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Posted by on Nov 14, 2019

USDS and OPM’s Game-Changing Hiring Process — Coming Soon to a Federal Agency Near You

USDS and OPM’s Game-Changing Hiring Process — Coming Soon to a Federal Agency Near You

The Federal hiring process causes frustration on many levels. Hiring managers would rather utilize non-competitive tools, such as the direct hiring authority provision than sift through an enormous pile of largely unqualified candidates. Qualified candidates who want to serve the public may never be considered. Teams that are tied to directives and deadlines are unable […]

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2019

Let Us Stand Together as a Grateful Nation

Let Us Stand Together as a Grateful Nation

In the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 8, 1954 …It has long been our custom to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace. …In order to expand the […]

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Stomping Out Fraud in Government

Stomping Out Fraud in Government

When you consider that each fiscal year the Federal Government appropriates trillions for projects, programs, and operating budgets, it is easy to see that there might be opportunities for misuse of funds. According to the Government Accountability Office, (GAO), a person commits fraud when they attempt to obtain something of value through willful misrepresentation. But what does that look like in day-to-day operations? Let’s examine some recent earth-shattering to seemingly minor examples that should put fraud in perspective.

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2019

Need-to-Know Facts about Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Contracts

Need-to-Know Facts about Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Contracts

As of October 1, 2019, DFARS 215.101-2-70 limits the use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) in source selection criteria in Department of Defense (DoD) solicitations. The next step is to expand the application of these limitations to all civilian agencies as well. The proposed language explains when using LPTA would be prohibited, should be […]

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2019

What Does it Take to Be a Project Manager in Government?

What Does it Take to Be a Project Manager in Government?

The Interpretive Guidance for Project Manager Positions published by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in May of 2019 lays out the responsibilities that are shared by a wide range of project managers. It also provides precise criteria to be used in the evaluation of current and future project managers in the Federal Government. The production of this guidance involved consideration by numerous government organizations that oversee human resources, financial management, procurement, and other related functions.

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2019

Insights Gained from Today’s Talent Management Approaches for the Workforce of the Future

Insights Gained from Today’s Talent Management Approaches for the Workforce of the Future

This week, Management Concepts had the honor of co-sponsoring Today’s Talent Management Approaches for the Workforce of the Future, hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) where a panel of Federal workforce experts shared their experiences and insights on ways to recruit, engage, and retain talented people for public service. After the initial introductions, Debbie Eshelman, Managing Director of Management Concepts, facilitated the panel discussion. Highlights include:

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