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Posted by on Sep 12, 2019

Essential Knowledge for Grant-Making Professionals – Where Do You Stand?

Essential Knowledge for Grant-Making Professionals – Where Do You Stand?

Many Federal agencies award grants. Employees who work for grant-making agencies need to access a wealth of knowledge as they create funding opportunities, evaluate applications, implement awards, monitor progress, and close out grants. Pass-through entities navigate the challenges of receiving and allocating Federal funds to grant partners with accountable subaward processes, effective monitoring measures. Federal […]

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2019

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part IV: Succession Planning

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part IV: Succession Planning

In the first three parts of this series, we discussed how to identify and assess leadership gaps, address leadership gaps, and close leadership gaps within your organization. Next, we will examine how effective succession planning is essential to prevent mission-critical leadership gaps. Envision your future needs, pinpoint the competencies required to meet them, then identify […]

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2019

The Secrets of Successful Workforce Planning

The Secrets of Successful Workforce Planning

A significant segment of our workforce is becoming eligible for retirement as birth rates are at an all-time low. Add to that a wave of uncertain budget and economic conditions in our future. This combination presents a very real challenge for public and private industry. Let’s explore the ways we can ensure our success through workforce planning:

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2019

What’s Really at Risk?

What’s Really at Risk?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publishes Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (also known as the Green Book), which defines, among other things, four principles of risk assessment. In short, they are:
1. Define objectives and risk tolerances
2. Identify, analyze, and respond to risks
3. Assess fraud risk
4. Identify, analyze, and respond to change

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2019

What is the Origin of Labor Day?

What is the Origin of Labor Day?

September 2, 2019, marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a national holiday. This celebration originated with acknowledging the contributions and achievements of American workers associated with labor unions. Today, many people view Labor Day as a day off, time for barbeque picnics, and a parade. For most of us, it marks the end of summer when the swimming pools close, kids go back to school, and let’s not forget the Labor Day sales!

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2019

Ten Acquisition Communication Lessons from the OMB Myth-Busting Memos

Ten Acquisition Communication Lessons from the OMB Myth-Busting Memos

From the start of solicitation development through debrief, effective communication is essential for the success of any government acquisition. Over the past decade, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued four “myth-busting memos” that dispelled widespread misconceptions that have gotten in the way of success. As Michael Wooten assumes his position as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), there is talk of making use of this creative communication method to further enhance engagement. Here is a quick summary of most of the issues that have been addressed in prior myth-busting memos:

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