February 24, 2006

A bizarre analogy for government contracting

This article on GovExec.com, about the reworked Alliant GWAC, contains a truly fantastic analogy about a problem that plagues many government IT procurements. A typical federal statement of work resembles a grocery list, when it should resemble a directory of food categories, he said.…

Congressman Wu: “Federal Dollars Should Benefit The Whole, Not Just Majority” — (Medford Article)

I see that Oregon Congressman David Wu has sent a letter has sent a letter about Grants.gov’s Mac compatibility issue to Joshua Bolten, Director of OMB: I am personally troubled by the overarching discrimination against Mac-users simply because they are considered the minority.…
February 21, 2006

Kentucky vies for NBAF

I see that Kentucky has thrown its hat in the ring for NBAF (National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility). in a joint effort sponsored by Congressmen and the governors of Kentucky and Tennessee, the University of Louisville, UT and Oak Ridge National…
February 13, 2006

Mac solution for Grants.gov

Over at my personal blog, where I mirror the grants-related posts I make here, Dave Schroeder of the University of Wisconin published this happy news: The University of Wisconsin has released a standalone package for using Grants.gov on Mac OS X as a service…

Grants.gov won’t be platform-agnostic

Yesterday I posted about a Washington Post article that was highly critical of Grants.gov’s inability to provide e‑forms for the Mac platform. One comment on that post really set me thinking. Claus Wilkes noted that while a Mac e‑forms client would help, the…
February 12, 2006

Washington Post slams Grants.gov’s Mac Woes

Looks like the mainstream press has caught wind of Grants.gov’s electronic forms Mac compatibility problems: The Washington Post’s Federal Page features an article about it tomorrow. The article is unfortunately sensationalist and is factually incorrect as a result — Grants.gov is…
February 6, 2006

GCN: OMB to name grants service providers

Now that the FY2007 budget is released, everyone can talk freely about the Grants Management Line of Business shared service providers (SSPs) that have already been chosen: Department of Education Department of Health and Human Services / Administration for Children…
January 27, 2006

Performance-based contracting not a panacea

GovExec has a nice article about an AFCEA event at which Ed Meagher, CTO at the VA, and others give a reality check about the limits of performance-based contracting and earned value management. I especially like this quote: “Earned value … is like being…
January 24, 2006

Recycling no-nos

This really has nothing to do with anything on this blog to date, but I recently received a calendar from the DC Department of Public Works that, among the more exciting pages, listed the kinds of items that could and could not…
January 23, 2006

Top 20 Excellence.Gov Award Winners announced

After much debate, the 20 Excellence.Gov Award winners were announced last week. The awards are run by the Industry Advisory Council’s Collaboration and Transformation SIG (formerly called the e‑Gov SIG). The 20 winners are listed below, and the top 5 will…