,,In the ever-evolving landscape of government consulting, a recent development has emerged that significantly impacts how IT projects and requirements are managed within the government sector. The Directive on Digital Talent introduces crucial changes that all government consultants need to be aware of.
The Directive on Digital Talent: A Response to Union Grievances
With over 3,000 union grievances filed over the outsourcing of IT projects, the government has instituted the Directive on Digital Talent. This policy mandates that managers and directors prioritize exploring full-time talent options before resorting to consulting services. The directive aims to address the need to staff more individuals in full time permanent roles instead of consulting. However, there are over 30,000 vacant digital jobs in the government, juxtaposed against a mere 300 listed IT professionals on Talent.Canada.Ca.
The New Compliance Procedures
Navigating this new landscape requires understanding the added bureaucratic layer. Procurement officers and clients now face the task of completing a comprehensive 10-page form, designed to validate efforts in utilizing internal government resources before seeking external consulting solutions. This process, while intricate, is vital in aligning with the directive’s goals.
Managing Project Timelines Amidst New Regulations
Marc D’Onofrio, the TBS OCIO, emphasizes the importance of ensuring that these new procedural requirements do not delay ongoing operations. Although additional paperwork is now part of the process for initiating consulting contracts, it’s designed to be handled post-procedure to prevent any hindrance to current projects.
Navigating the New Normal in Government Consulting
As someone deeply entrenched in the world of government consulting, I understand the potential confusion and challenges these changes might bring. However, assistance is available through HR and procurement officers, and I am also at your service to provide expertise and guidance through these new processes.
As we adjust to these new regulations, remember that these changes are aimed at optimizing the use of talent within the government. While they introduce a new layer of complexity, they also present an opportunity to reassess and refine our approach to government consulting.
Call to Action
Are you looking to navigate the new Directive on Digital Talent? Need assistance with the added procedures or seeking strategic advice on government consulting? Contact me for a consultation, and let’s explore how we can work together to efficiently advance your IT projects in this new government landscape.