Nobody messes with Sheriff Joe Biden.
President Barack Obama launched his “Campaign to Cut Waste” June 13 and appointed Biden to lead it because, as Obama said in a video message posted on WhiteHouse.gov, “no one messes with Joe.”
Stephanie Cutter, assistant to the president and deputy senior adviser, echoed that sentiment during a call with reporters the same day when she referred to Biden as “Sheriff Joe.”
Cutter said the president chose Biden to head the campaign because of the role the vice president played in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Posted by Alyah Khan on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM2 comments
Walking onto the platform for an event at the White House on cutting waste, three Obama administration officials came out in the wrong order.
On June 13, the announcer first introduced Jacob Lew, the director of the Office of Management and Budget; then Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; and finally Vice President Joe Biden.
The three men walked out in a different order. Biden led the way, then Lew, and Devaney.
As Lew began his speech, he joked to Biden, “For a minute I thought it was a promotion.”
Biden responded: “I thought I’d have to work.”
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Weapons testers and program managers in the Defense Department need couples therapy, according to the Project on Government Oversight.
POGO found an internal defense memo recently that insinuates the testing, requirements, and program management communities in DOD need better relationships and interaction with each other. But it is not enough for POGO to simply say these defense communities need couples therapy. DOD needs more concrete takeaways for repairing their relationships and helping the therapy along.
Therefore, each recommendation from the memo has some insights for couples:
1."Stronger mechanisms for rapid adaptation to emerging facts by the requirements, acquisition, and test communities and less resistance to change."
Translation: If you've agreed on a movie and she changes her mind at the last minute, go with it.
2. "A requirements process that produces well-defined, and therefore, testable requirements."
Translation: Consider the true character of the man if he stops opening doors and paying for dates.
3. "An executable plan to use developmental and operational testing together as a means to achieve and demonstrate success."
Translation: Set your vacation itinerary ahead of time to be sure both of you agree on where to go and what to do on the trip.
4. "To ensure that expected and healthy tension between the program and test community doesn’t turn to animosity by having early and objective communication of concerns and issues."
Translation: Apologize early and often. Alternately: Accept that you have a choice to be happy or to be right, but not necessarily both.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 09, 2011 at 12:55 PM1 comments
The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) held its annual awards luncheon June 9 to honor outstanding leaders in the federal government.
The list of award winners reads like a who’s who of the federal IT sector.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra won the organization’s most prestigious honor, the Executive Leadership in Information Resources Management-Civilian Government Executive Award, for his role in transforming the way in which the government acquires and uses IT. He was also recognized for launching the administration’s 25-point IT reform plan last December.
Robert Carey, the Defense Department’s deputy assistant secretary and deputy CIO, took home the executive leadership in information resources management-defense executive award primarily for his role as the fifth Navy CIO where he “championed transformation,” according to AFFIRM.
Dan Gordon, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, was given the leadership award in acquisition and procurement for leading the administration’s “Myth-Busting” campaign.
Industry members also received awards at the luncheon. Anthony Jimenez, president and CEO of MicroTech, was presented the Executive Leadership Award for industry. MicroTech is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and holds more than 100 prime contracts and 25-plus federal contract vehicles.
A full list of AFFIRM award recipients can be found here.
Posted by Alyah Khan on Jun 09, 2011 at 12:55 PM0 comments
Steven VanRoekel, the former Microsoft expert brought in to revamp the Federal Communications Commission’s online presence, is leaving the commission to join USAID, according to a June 2 report
in The Hill newspaper.
VanRoekel came to the FCC in June 2009 to overhaul the agency’s website to improve transparency, improve electronic reporting and to release FCC data. The new website went live on May 12.
According to The Hill, the redesigned website had gotten a number of complaints, especially from industry lawyers.
VanRoekel’s title at the FCC was managing director, with responsibilities for administration and management of budget and financial programs, personnel, telecommunications, fees, the Universal Service Fund, physical space and security, among other items.
He previously held various executive positions in 15 years at Microsoft, including managing the cross-industry Web services and serving as a speech and strategy assistant to Bill Gates.
VanRoekel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Jun 02, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
One of the Army’s top acquisition officials has resigned from his position, according to several new reports.
Malcolm O’Neill, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, notified his staff in an e-mail sent May 31. He’s leaving the job because of personal reasons. Defense News reports it’s a mental health-related issue.
He had the job since March 2010.
O'Neill worked closely with Ashton Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics on the Better Buying Power Initiative, the Defense Department's approach to saving money and being more efficient.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 02, 2011 at 12:55 PM0 comments