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The DorobekInsider meets with DHS Secretary Chertoff Tuesday

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So on Tuesday, I and who knows how many other bloggers get to sit down with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The DHS press offices refers to it as part of a “blogger roundtable” with the DHS secretary.

The DHS Press Office would like to invite you to attend a blogger roundtable with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. He will discuss the overall state and future of the department as its transitions to new leadership, and will highlight key achievements during his tenure.

Details below:

What: Blogger Roundtable with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

Topic: State and Future of Homeland Security

When: Tuesday, December 9, 2:30-3:30PM

Frankly, I’m interested in the transition… I’m interested in why he is meeting with bloggers… and it has been reported that he doesn’t use e-mail. I’m interested in how one leads an organization without using that fundamental communication method. So many questions and so little time.

I’ll post about it here tomorrow… and discuss it on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.

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December 8, 2008 at 7:18 PM

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GSA delays Alliant again, but… you’d barely know that from the press release

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OK — so I get the role of communications people is to figure out the best way to put the bad news. But also the role of agency communications people is to… well, communicate.

GSA today announced that its troubled multi-billion Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract was being delayed — yes, yet again.

But here is the release they sent out:

GSA Provides Alliant Small Business and Alliant Program Updates

Washington — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is providing an update on the status of the Alliant Small Business and Alliant Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC).

GSA’s Director of GWACs and IT Schedule 70, Mary Powers-King said, “I am pleased to announce positive progress.” Alliant Small Business re-evaluations have been completed and the contract is on schedule for award by the end of December, 2008.

For Alliant, GSA has completed the technical and cost/price re-evaluation of the Alliant offers based on recommendations and findings of the Court of Federal Claims. It has been determined that it is necessary to enter into discussions with the Offerors to maximize the Government’s ability to obtain best value for our customers. Once the information requested through discussions is provided from the Offerors, a new anticipated award date will be made available.

Alliant Small Business and Alliant provide federal agencies a centralized source to acquire integrated information technology (IT) solutions worldwide. Each contract has a 5-year base period with one 5-year option. Alliant is valued at $50 billion and Alliant Small Business at $15 billion. The contracts provide streamlined access to a broad range of management and technical support services, enabling total and complex IT solutions to be acquired under a pre-competed multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (MA/IDIQ) contract.

There is more, but… you get the point. (I’d point to it online, but… I can’t find it online.)

So the key piece of information, in case you missed it, is this line: “Once the information requested through discussions is provided from the Offerors, a new anticipated award date will be made available.” The translation here: We’re not on schedule… We’re not going to make the end of the year like we said. But, of course, even the headline suggests this is just a status update. Really?

Why not say that? Why make people guess what they are saying? Frankly, it just ticks people off even more.

After the break, you can read the history of the Alliant contract.
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December 8, 2008 at 2:59 PM

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12.08 edition: DorobekInsider’s most read items for the past 7 days

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Yes, the most read items for the past 7 days:

  1. Microsoft federal names a CTO — a chief transition officer (I should note this item got a bump in traffic thanks to the new Microsoft Federal blog. You can read that blog at Only one item so far, but… I’m excited.)
  2. DorobekInsider: Why feds may not be able to use YouTube
  3. Tapscott on the Obama CTO: It’s about collaboration
  4. Disruptive technologies on the horizon – from the National Intelligence Council’s viewpoint
  5. Doan sings the Army fight song — radio gold
  6. Obama CTO frenzy: More names in the mix
  7. Hearing that Interior has named a new CIO (I should note that this is all-but official. While Interior still hasn’t said anything official, today is Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia’s first day as Interior CIO.)
  8. The DorobekInsider Guide: Experimenting with Twitter, part II
  9. NewsBytes: Items worth reading (or hearing)… NASA undergoing hacks… DC CTO Vivek Kundra… government 2.0… and Safavian pardon watch
  10. The DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 tonight
  11. Hear the Federal News Radio Book Club: The SPEED of Trust
  12. Krumholtz, Microsoft’s K Street legend, is leaving
  13. Gartner’s 10 technologies worth watching
  14. 1105 Media scores with a big return… and a new GovInfo marketing person
  15. Obama’s yet-to-be-named CTO suggestion box
  16. FCW’s Fed 100 Awards: Recognizing the good work done by people… nominations open for the annual awards
  17. 11.30.2008 NewsBytes: Obama jobs… fiscal discipline… and an OMB director blog?
  18. 12.01 edition: DorobekInsider’s most read posts for the past 7 days
  19. Apps for Democracy… and my recommendation for Obama’s CTO
  20. NASA CIO Pettus: Stepping down to spend time with his family — really
  21. Navy out with one of the first Web 2.0 policy memo
  22. Hear the Navy CIO talk about the Navy’s Web 2.0 policy
  23. Obit: Christina Nelson, formerly of the Digital Government Institute

And I’d just recommend one other interview from Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris from the past week: I had the opportunity to talk to sports writer John Feinstein about the annual Army-Navy game, which took place on Saturday. Feinstein has written the book, A Civil War: Army Vs. Navy a Year Inside College Football’s Purest Rivalry and he told me the game is one of the most remarkable events in sports. I have to admit I’m not a huge sports fan, but… I did read Feinstein’s book about the Masters. It was a real honor to get to talk to him. You can hear our interview here.

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December 8, 2008 at 7:00 AM

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