Executive Suite: Work dilemma: delivering bad news a good way

There is no easy way to give bad news in the work place. Years ago at a Harvard seminar composed of senior Defense Department executives, the professor asked if anyone had ever had a good experience delivering bad news to their supervisor or employees. In the audience of more than 100, not a single hand was raised.

Morale agency solves EA puzzle

Building an enterprise architecture is a lot like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, said Rick Thomas, CIO of the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation agency.


<b>9-10 SoldierTech 2003 Conference.</b><br>Arlington, Va. Contact the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement; Web: <a href= ""></a>.

Federal Contract Law: Public database for contracts could spell disaster

Last summer I read about a proposal by the General Services Administration to post copies of all awarded contracts on the Internet. At the time, I wondered why anyone would want to do such a thing.

GSA plans new rule for share-in-savings

The General Services Administration has proposed a new procurement rule intended to boost the number of share-in-savings contracts agencies award.


<b>18-19 Enterprise Architecture: Enabling Results-Oriented Government Conference.</b><br>Washington. Contact PostNewsweek Tech Media; e-mail: <a href= ""></a>; phone: 202-624-1752.

Policies and Practices: President's Management Agenda'slip or grip?

Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, has been quoted numerous times over the last few months saying that the President's Management Agenda has gained 'traction' with federal employees.

Taking measure of e-gov projects

As many agencies struggle to define ways to measure the performance of their IT investments, the General Services Administration seems to have found a method that works.


<b>3-7 Next Generation Networks Conference.</b><br>Boston. Contact MediaLive International Inc.; Web: <a href= ""></a>.

Federal Contract Law: Creativity is key to this military program

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I visited a place that is putting into practice what many in Washington have merely preached.

New OMB tools will delve deeper into lines of business

The Office of Management and Budget will soon give agencies tools to take a deeper look into their lines of business and advance their efforts to establish an enterprise architecture.


<b>26-28 SecureGOV 2003</b><br>Hot Springs, Va. Contact SecureGOV; Web: <a href= ""></a>; phone: 773-975-0226.

Executive Suite: What kind of manager are you?

Are you a rock, gem or shooting star? Each is a metaphor for a particular competitive strategy in the federal workplace. What are their individual characteristics and strategies, and how can you assess your talents and aspirations accordingly?

EPA teams focus on efforts to improve data handling

With the deadline for the Government Paperwork Elimination Act looming next month, the Environmental Protection Agency has governmentwide efforts under way to help it meet the mandate of making all transactions electronic.


<b>11-15 URISA Annual Conference</b><br>Atlanta. Contact the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association; Web: <a href= ""></a>; phone: 847-824-6300.

Federal Contract Law: How not to place contract orders

The 1997 OFPP guide says that 'the 'preference' for multiple award contracts is just that, a preference.' When they put a word in quotes like that, it's irony. You know, like winking.

E-grants pilot sets example of going for the PMA green

Wade Horn takes the goals of the President's Management Agenda seriously.