Weekly Roundup: Big Government Dilemmas
Posted on: October 31, 2014
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Additional Enhancements are Needed for Army Business System to Fully Meet Best Practices

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-470; Oct. 30, 2014

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted an in-depth assessment of the Army’s Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army), an automated logistics ERP system that will be fielded throughout the US Army.  GAO examined cost estimates and PMO schedules of this business system modernization program and found that, while improved from an October 2010 GAO report, DOD still only partially met the best practices standards for developing high-quality and reliable cost estimates.  GAO concluded that improved use of best practices would increase the probability of a timely deployment and full functionality required to meet DOD’s audit readiness goals for 2017.

 

Can DHS be Fixed? Lawmakers Divided over Agency’s Future

http://www.federaltimes.com/; Oct. 24, 2014

Mr. Medici reports on the debate in Congress over the future of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  DHS is an agency comprised of 22 smaller components, some of which have vastly different missions and issues.  As a result, lawmakers differ on their visions for how DHS should reform, consolidate, or coordinate across components.  Mr. Medici highlights valid perspectives from committee members, but unfortunately one topic did not come into light: an increased use of shared services could also create more accountability and cohesiveness department-wide.

 

Tangherlini: Agencies can Learn a lot from Startups

http://www.federalnewsradio.com/239/3732328/Tangherlini-Agencies-can-learn-a-lot-from-startups; Oct. 29, 2014

According to Dan Tangherlini from the General Services Administration, government could benefit from the sense of urgency, calculated risk taking, and responsiveness to customer needs present in many technology startups.  The biggest challenge to such a culture shift is the speed at which government changes. Even though a movement towards more innovation and risk taking in government is possible, it is most likely to occur in small, selective increments and at a very gradual pace.