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The recent “Great American Eclipse” is a good metaphor for the “dark data” being generated and stored in federal agencies today. To view an eclipse, you need eclipse glasses—without them, you not only endanger your eyes, but you can’t see the moon traveling across the...

This collection is about change, reform and innovation in federal government—with content curated from various government information resources, including LAC Federal. The old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, no longer seems to apply to federal government agencies striving to survive under the threat...

Everyone has been following the current administration’s intentions to reduce the federal workforce and downsize the scope of federal government. In April, OMB director Mick Mulvaney released a 14-page memo that creates the process for executive branch leaders to produce a detailed plan to cut...

Anyone who has worked in government contracting knows that relationships can be fraught with ethical quandaries.  Three pages of a 48-page Air Force training manual on government contracts are devoted to just listing the laws, statutes, regulations, codes and directives on the topic! Is it any...

Some records management problems are bigger than others The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, deals with a super records management challenge for the Superfund program, administered by the Agency to clean up the country’s most contaminated land and respond to environmental emergencies. This records management burden...

Most people likely believe that data visualization is a recent phenomenon of the computer revolution, but its roots go back to the Age of Enlightenment, the same intellectual roots of the U.S. Constitution. Far from being modern, data visualization is nearly 400 years old. The birth of...

I earned my MLS degree from the University of Maryland, which is inside the Washington DC beltway. The focus of the program was on obtaining a federal government job, yet one federal government employment option was never discussed – contracting. If you currently are pursuing your...

President Donald Trump has begun the first week of his term by signing a series of executive orders, including one that freezes federal hiring. LAC Federal Deputy Director Jocelyn McNamara addressed this topic already, when she shared her thoughts on President-elect Trump's 100 Day Action Plan. Now that the...

President-elect Donald Trump has published a 100-day action plan that categorizes the immediate priorities of his administration when he takes office in January. Included is the following statement regarding the federal workforce: SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition...