Christopher Dorobek, writing in this month's Incoming column, addresses a major question for public managers: Just what is the best way to manage in the public sector? During the 1990s, many government agencies were trying valiantly to put performance standards into place, and took many cues from the private sector. But as Dorobek notes in Ending Government's Private-Sector Envy, government is very different from private industry.
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Vangent Incorporated has received a contract through the 350th Electronic Systems Group at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, to modernize the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF's) learning infrastructure. The one-year contract has a total value of $13.5 million if all options are exercised. Under the comprehensive outsourcing contract, Vangent will modernize and expand the learning environment at the RSAF's School of Command, Control and Communication to support rigorous performance standards and overall RSAF objectives. Vangent will design and build a new learning platform that will include solutions for traditional classroom training as well as Web-based e-learning applications.
QinetiQ North America's Mission Solutions Group has been awarded a three-year, firm-fixed-price contract to deliver security services to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). The company's security and intelligence services business unit will support the NCIS security program in Washington, D.C. QinetiQ North America's security team will provide a range of services to NCIS.
BAE Systems has been awarded an order to provide 5,685 Vehicle Emergency Escape Window kits from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command. The estimated total value of this contract is $45 million.
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a $90 million contract from Lockheed Martin to produce solid rocket propulsion systems for all three stages of the U.S. Navy's Trident II (D-5) Fleet Ballistic Missile. Under the terms of the annual contract, ATK will continue to supply Trident solid rocket propulsion systems to the Trident II (D-5) Missile System Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
Unisys Awarded Task Order to Provide Information Technology Support to Army Logistics Innovation Army
The U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) has awarded Unisys a task order to provide information technology support and services to assist the agency in executing its mission. The task order has an estimated total value of $7.1 million if all options are exercised. Under the new task order, Unisys will continue to administer LIA unclassified and classified networks and videoconferencing systems. Unisys also will continue to provide help desk services, graphics design support and selected application development.
CSC has signed a five-year, $53 million information technology services contract with BHP Billiton Petroleum. The contract covers enterprise-wide infrastructure, which includes help desk, desktop, mid-range, network, high-performance computing and telecommunications services as well as applications management.
The American Recovery and Investment Act is infusing $2.7 billion in funds to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but that is both the good news and the bad news. Along with the stimulus money comes increased reporting demands and enhanced transparency requirements as well as an obligation to quickly pump the money into the economy. Distributing the funds must occur while ensuring quality contracting, good business practices and flawless spending. Not only will the agencies receiving the funds have additional administrative burdens, but industry will also have new reporting requirements in any contracts receiving these funds, related Richard Gunderson, acting chief procurement officer, DHS.
Intelligence Community Directive 501 served as the focal point bringing together a constructive dialog among intelligence experts who discussed the standards that their agencies must meet to share information in a panel on intelligence sharing at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference. Once again, governance was fingered as the biggest issue being faced. Excellent leadership is needed to change the culture and to gradually change the organization. Policy guidelines must show that information sharing is the normal course. What should not be shared should be by exception, said Vance Hitch, Chief Information Officer, Department of Justice. "We need a Google for cops and a Google for intelligence agents," he added.
Infrastructure protection has many elements, but the first step is determining what we need to protect. According to William Flynn, director, Protective Security Coordination Division at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), "We know what is important to government, but we have to understand what the interdependencies are." From the data collection angle, infrastructure protection has made quantum leaps, and the ability to analyze the data also has come a long way, he explained.