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The Proactive Lawyer: General Counsels in GovCon Weigh In

It is every business person’s nightmare: a tangled web of litigation that gets more snarled the more they try to get out. But in most cases, involving the legal department from all stages of the process could have avoided a worst-case scenario and saved both valuable time and money. Litigation — very few words evoke...

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CTOs in Government & Industry: What’s Ahead

Less than a year since federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s memo on data-center consolidation, CTOs on both sides of the aisle see plenty of innovation ahead. It was an important memo in the federal IT world. Back in February, federal CIO Vivek Kundra told government agencies it was time to develop a preliminary plan for data-center...

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CMS’ New Man

He’s got one of the most important healthcare positions in the country, with an annual budget of roughly $800 billion. As administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Donald Berwick faces the sizable task of implementing many of President Barack Obama’s healthcare-reform measures. It’s a role that’s been met with a few fits...

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HR 2.0: Tapping Technology to Find New Talent

Gone are the old days of placing “Want” ads in the Classifieds section of a newspaper to find new employees—today’s recruiters in government contracting are tapping technology to find the best and the brightest to join their corporations. Before the advent of the Internet, recruiting efforts often consisted of posting ads in local and national...

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New Warriors of Cyber

The United States is under attack in cyberspace. Each year, the nation loses up to one trillion dollars in wealth and intellectual property, according to last year’s 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review led by Melissa Hathaway. Foreign nations carry out espionage through cyberspace, searching out both government and industrial secrets. Cyber criminals siphon off millions of...

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The Evolution of the GovCon CIO

With the evolution of technology and a changing marketplace, the chief information officer in government contracting has transformed from a traditional tech-centric, hands-on-only manager into a boardroom-friendly, IT savvy executive. Thirty years have passed since the phrase “chief information officer” was first used in IT. The occasion: the 1980 Information Management Exposition and Conference with...

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Contract Oversight: How to Stay Ahead

For contracts professionals, it was a day to remember. Or else. On July 15, 2010, OFPP Administrator Daniel Gordon told the Senate Budget Committee’s Task Force on Government Performance, “Agencies are moving away from pricing arrangements … to more prudent, fixed-price contracts.” Shay Assad, director of defense procurement and acquisition policy, chimed in: “Before embarking...

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