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DorobekInsider: 24-hour deal – get Federal News Radio Book Club book Fired Up or Burned Out… for free

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It’s my birthday on Wednesday, but… here’s a gift for you

Earlier this year, for Federal News Radio Book Club book number four, we discussed Fired Up or Burned Out: How to reignite your team’s passion, creativity, and productivity by Michael Lee Stallard… and Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose and I discussed the book Stallard and with Martha Dorris, GSA’s acting acting Associate Administrator Citizen Services and Communications. Read more and hear the book club meeting here.

Fired Up or Burned OutEarlier today on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose, Stallard made a return visit to Federal News Radio. You can hear that conversation here. But he also announced that, for a short time, you can download Fired Up or Burned Outfor free. Just follow this link and you can download the book as a PDF. It’s only for a short time — through tomorrow — so… dowload away. [PDF]

Meanwhile, you can hear our conversation about Fired Up or Burned Out here.

Written by cdorobek

August 11, 2009 at 5:48 PM

DorobekInsider: GSA names a OGP-CAO leader — and then merges the organizations

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There has been a lot going on over a the General Services Administration. We told you yesterday about Michael Robertson being named to head the Office of Governmentwide Policy and the Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer. As we were talking to people about Robertson, we kept hearing that they were going to actually merge the two organization… and then today… they merged the two organizations.

GSA Reunites Acquisition Policy and Office of Governmentwide Policy
Move Will Improve Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency of Government Procurement

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration today announced that it will bring the Office of Acquisition Policy back into the Office of Governmentwide Policy.

Both offices share a common mission, which they will better be able to fulfill under combined leadership, to guide policy and procurement across government and to increase effective management of government assets and efficient spending of taxpayer money. Originally part of the Office of Governmentwide Policy, the Office of Acquisition Policy was renamed Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer when they were separated in July 2004.

“Bringing acquisition policy back into the Office of Governmentwide Policy positions GSA to better fulfill our mission to drive innovation, accountability, and transparency across government,” said GSA Acting Administrator Paul F. Prouty.

GSA has named Michael Robertson as Associate Administrator of the reunited Office of Governmentwide Policy. Robertson has served as GSA’s White House liaison since March. Before coming to GSA, he served as the deputy working group lead for the Energy and Environment Agency Review Team on the Obama-Biden Transition Project, the Director of Congressional Affairs on the Obama for America Presidential Campaign, and then-Sen. Barack Obama’s Legislative Coordinator and Deputy to the Chief Counsel.

“Michael Robertson is an outstanding choice to lead these important policymaking offices,” said Prouty. “His record of building coalitions and driving innovation and change will serve GSA particularly well as it carries out this transition.”

One longtime GSA watcher said it makes sense and that it should have never been separated. OGP and the CAO were seperated under former GSA Administrator Stephen Perry as a result of the 2003 Services Acquisition Reform Act [PDF]. Here is what Perry testified in November 2001 before the House Government Reform subcommittee on technology and procurement policy:

On the matter of establishing a Chief Acquisition Officer for each agency, GSA believes that any senior Chief Acquisition Officer within an agency should be responsible for providing advice and other assistance to the head of the agency as he or she requests, and to other senior personnel to ensure that acquisitions are managed in a manner that implements the policies and procedures of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the priorities established by the head of an agency.

One former GSAer told me that acquisition had already was a significant part of OGP.

It will be interesting to see how it develops and evolves.

Written by cdorobek

August 11, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Posted in GSA, Policy, procurement

DorobekInsider: 1105 GovInfo names government IT vet Weiss as group publisher

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We have been hearing that she was in Falls Church, VA but that the official announcement hadn’t been made yet — it’s official now… 1105 GovInfo president Anne Armstrong has named Jennifer Weiss as vice president and group president. (Actually, Armstrong broke it on her blog.)

Weiss is a veteran of the government IT market. She worked for Government Computer News back when I was there way back in the day. She since went on to other non-government IT groups, but… she is back at it.

Weiss replaces Evilee Ebb, who left that post to join TechTarget… before that, the job was held by Jeff Calore, the publisher at Hanley Wood Business Media and previously served as 1105 GovInfo’s general manager. And she is married to Larry Rosenfeld, the co-founder and chief executive offier of Sage Communications. (Sage recently announced a merger with JDG Communications.)

The release from 1105 Media:

Jennifer Weiss Joins 1105 as VP, Group Publisher

(FALLS CHURCH, VA., August 11, 2009) — 1105 Government Information Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., announced that Jennifer Weiss is joining the company as Vice President, Group Publisher. She will be responsible for all print and online activities for Defense Systems, Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News (GCN), Washington Technology, Security Products, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S), and Environmental Protection.

“We are very pleased that a knowledgeable and energetic publishing executive, with roots in the government market, will be joining our team,” said Anne A. Armstrong, President of 1105 Government Information Group. “Jennifer has deep experience in managing integrated media platforms and in adapting traditional publishing products to the new interactive, online marketplace.”

Weiss comes to 1105 after seven years at SourceMedia (formerly Thomson Media), rising from managing the insurance publications and products to serving as Vice President and Group Publisher of the Investment Advisor Group, which includes Financial Planning, On Wall Street, and Bank Investment Consultant magazines. During her time at SourceMedia, she worked to develop the custom business and to build their online business through webinars and other e-products.

Early in her career, Weiss spent six years at GCN, when it was part of Post Newsweek Tech Media, as District Sales Manager and later as National Sales Director of GCN State and Local magazine.

“I’m very excited about returning to the government market and being a part of these leading brands,“ said Weiss. “Technology has never been a more important contributor to the mission of government. I’m also looking forward to working closely with our partners to help them develop innovative and successful marketing programs.”

Written by cdorobek

August 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Posted in press