Federal, state, and local governments use GSA's eBuy system to find businesses that offer specific services and products at competitive prices. These federal buyers can request information and prepare RFQs/RFPs for services and products offered through GSA Schedule contracts. Businesses small and large use GSA eBuy to sell products and services to the government. According to GSA, more than $8.34 billion in products and services were processed through eBuy in 2012. Now the GSA is making a push to make eBuy more accessible to small businesses by taking eBuy mobile. According to a GSA representative, “you can learn how to do business with the federal government right from your cell phone” making the site more accessible to small businesses.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has recently begun two proposals to cut contracting costs for professional services. These two bids combine under a master contract vehicle calledOne Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS). One of the plans under OASIS will administer contracts to large businesses, while the other will serve smaller businesses.
A well-designed leadership development program is essential to identifying, attracting, filling, and retaining employee leadership. By using a consistent talent management program at all levels across the organization, future leaders are developed fruitfully. Leadership programs truly shape the success of business processes like hiring strategies, employee development, and career succession planning. Did you know that only 25% of those hired for executive director and other executive functions will stay in their jobs more than five years?
Making sure your employees are trained and up to date on the latest IT developments is a crucial part of ensuring your agency runs at maximum efficiency. With the constant development of new technologies, it can be hard to stay up to date. In addition, educating your employees on the latest technology can be complicated and expensive, leaving underfunded managers with no room to budget proper training for their employees. How can your agency educate employees without burning a hole in your budget?
As an intern at Winvale for the past two months, I have not been delivering coffee around the office. In fact, I have not run any mindless errands! Instead, I have been exposed to the business like an employee; working closely with people in multiple departments to the point where I feel invested in what I am doing. As a result, I understand that Winvale is both a consultant and a contractor that helps businesses expand sales to the government market.
On August 27th, 2013 a new rule will go into effect that states that any contract given to a small business that has misrepresented their size status will suffer a “presumption of loss” of the full amount of that contract. This rule comes in the wake of a report by NASA auditors which found that approximately one third of the woman owned small businesses that were awarded NASA contracts misrepresented their socioeconomic and small business certifications, and were not in-fact woman owned small businesses. With an increase in scrutiny and fiscal consequences, it is important to be fully transparent when representing the size and socioeconomic status of your business.
Windows XP’s days are numbered. Microsoft will be terminating all support for the operating system, as well as support for Microsoft Word 2003, on April 8, 2014. This includes all security updates and fixes, leaving those with Windows XP vulnerable to security threats. Many organizations are now faced with the task of migrating to a modern desktop on Windows 7 or 8.
Providing an exceptional customer service experience is a key element of running any organization, from large corporations to non-profits to government agencies. Government agencies have to deal with issues raised by the public every day and be able to respond to constituents in an efficient manner. While seemingly a straightforward task, customer relations is a constantly evolving field. Many people now expect a personalized experience through whatever channel they prefer, whether it is by phone, email, web or social networks. By using the most current technology to optimize the customer service experience, organizations can not only improve the way they respond to their constituents needs but also improve their own organizational efficiency and reduce costs.
Accelerating a new employee’s productivity rate is a goal that every agency strives to achieve. The onboarding process involves many time consuming elements. Everything from preparing new-hire paperwork, to ensuring equipment is ready on time, and reducing the onboarding cycle from days to minutes can help your agency save millions of dollars and increase productivity rates for new employees. How can you enable new hire productivity across every level of your organization? Here are some tips to ensure your new employees can hit the ground running.
1. Streamline Your Process
Streamline paperwork, cut mailing costs and increase overall consistency to improve your employees’ productivity on day one. Streamlining time-consuming onboarding tasks allows hiring managers and HR staff to dedicate more time to employee orientation and training, and less time to tactical logistics. Maintaining employee engagement early on establishes a healthy work environment. Managing the employee lifecycle can be simplified by including engaging media content, data forms, and automated processes that save both time and money.
After HP and Lockheed Martin both issued cloud security authorizations by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a dispute between Amazon Web services and IBM came about over a CIA cloud infrastructure contract. In addition to this, the recent release of Dell’s Cloud for U.S. Government makes it plain to see that the future of computing lies in the cloud.