April 29, 2012 |
At a time when federal spending is facing sizeable possible cuts, one law firm is betting on a future with more government contracting work. Covington & Burling, the District's largest law firm, is making an aggressive push to grow its government contracting practice. Despite maintaining the city's largest law firm by the numbers — with more than 500 attorneys in Washington — Covington's government contracts group has historically hovered between five and seven attorneys, led by one partner.
May 3, 2013 |
The big idea: If change is "the only constant," as Francois de La Rochefoucauld put it, why is it that change efforts cause such uproar and often fail? And what happens when the change leader is an outsider, the changes are not readily connected to profitability and the organization has its own strong and highly successful culture? The scenario: SNCF is a 32 billion-euro state-owned rail company in France running on more than 19,000 miles of train tracks, managing 246,000 people operating in 120 countries.
July 28, 2011 |
A high-ranking Labor Department official appointed by President Obama to oversee a job-training program for veterans has resigned after an inspector general's investigation found that he had violated federal procurement rules and ethics principles. Raymond M. Jefferson , assistant secretary of the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service, submitted his resignation Tuesday. Jefferson engaged in "a pattern of conduct . . . ...
May 1, 2013 |
Laurence A. Stone, 98, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who was a longtime ordnance officer before becoming a specialist in military procurement matters, died March 31 at a retirement facility in Napa, Calif. He had congestive heart failure, a grandson, Richard Rosenberg, said. Lt. Col. Stone served in the Army from 1939 to 1965 and was an ordnance officer during World War II. After the war, he spent more than three years with U.S. occupation forces in Germany, leading a unit that rebuilt military vehicles.
June 17, 2012 |
The time is now for the federal government to move forward aggressively with plans to consume IT as a service in the cloud. Thus far, we have seen only baby steps, with individual agencies moving e-mail and perhaps collaboration software to a cloud environment. But in order to meet the goal of operating with reduced budgets while increasing efficiency, a new culture must take shape, starting with revamping the procurement and program-based funding process. In addition, the government needs a champion for the...
April 1, 2008 |
IBM has received a grand jury summons from the U.S. Attorney's Office over possible procurement violations between employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and certain IBM employees, the company said Monday. IBM is cooperating with the investigation, it said. The company made the announcement just days after the EPA said IBM had been temporarily suspended from receiving new Federal government contracts or assistance. A suspension from one U.S. government agency is respected by other...