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In Depth with Francis Rose features daily interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 4 to 7 p.m. or download his archived interviews below.
Compliance is a bigger part of the acquisition world than ever. Peeling off some layers of compliance, while keeping enough compliance oversight to make sure everyone's doing what they should, could save money for the government and lead to a better outcome for the agencies. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Marcia Madsen, partner at Mayer Brown and former chairwoman of the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a lot of the issues members of Congress are talking about today are things the SARA panel looked at in 2006.
Acquisition reform is one of the most popular subjects on Capitol Hill right now. The likely next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), is leading a task force on defense acquisition reform. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations just published a collection of essays from acquisition experts on the next steps for reform. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Tom Davis, director of government relations for Deloitte and former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's changed since the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel presented its work to his committee eight years ago.
The United States is teaming up with NATO allies and partner countries in Eastern Europe for training exercises and logistics collaboration. The exercises take place frequently, but now there's added tension. Namely, sustained aggression from Russia against Ukraine. The U.S. actions fall under a strategy umbrella called Operation Atlantic Resolve. Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt is deputy commanding general of Army Europe and Commander of Army NATO. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo.
The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the State Department is concerned about the planned sale of New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel to a Chinese insurance company, the NIH director blames budget cuts on lack of Ebola vaccine and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel repeats warning that climate change poses a threat to militaries around the world.
This year's Columbus Day feels like...Columbus Day. But that's news if you consider last year's Columbus Day was in the middle of a government shutdown. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey recaptures that moment in his column. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley what the experience was like then and how it compares to today.
Confirming a replacement for Eric Holder as Attorney General and leader of the Justice Department looks like a tough job for President Barack Obama right now. Congress won't do anything until the lame duck session after the election, and most of the names floated so far have baggage that could at least hold up their nominations -- if they were ever nominated. But three names making the rounds may not be as tough to get confirmed as some others. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, explains why one of these three could be the next AG.
Two features of a recent procurement at the Department of Health and Human Services are an example of procurement jujitsu. That's the term Steve Kelman attaches to the work of HHS Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak. Steve is professor of public management at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what you can learn from HHS.
Tom Davis, director of government relations at Deloitte and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said acquisition offices haven't improved much since Congress passed SARA in 2003.
The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the State Department gets rid of transgender exclusion from its largest health program, U.S. and coalition forces gain access to a Turkish base near Syria, and the Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's (D-Mont.) master's degree thesis.
The backlog of retirement claims is shrinking at the Office of Personnel Management. That's partly due to OPM receiving1,000 fewer claims in September than expected. Still, about 6,000 federal employees chose a day last month as their best day to retire. But September might not be the best month for everyone. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells Sean McCalley on In Depth with Francis Rose what's really the best day to retire.
A large majority of millenial employees appreciate their jobs in the federal government. Eighty-six percent of employees born in the 1980s said their work is important in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that's good news -- the bad news is millenials are far more likely than older employees to leave the federal government because of a lack of leadership opportunities.
Federal agencies are forgetting to save their work to help with future acquisition projects. The Government Accountability Office looks at 28 different contracts to see if market research is helping them make better procurement decisions. Tim Dinapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agencies do the market research, but aren't saving it to use in future projects.
Mike Hettinger, federal IT expert, and Jeff Koch, federal consultant, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.
The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Ebola aid money gets stalled in Congress, VA breaks records in processing disability and pension claims and the Pentagon wants to station American aircraft at a Turkish air base near the Syrian border.
The Army is taking the next step in connecting soldiers on the battlefield: letting squads and platoons run their own complex modeling and simulation programs, even when electric power is pretty scarce and an enemy is jamming satellite communications. The Army has already invested billions of dollars in systems that try to connect small groups of soldiers to the network when they're in austere environments. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.
The White House celebrates 50 federal innovators for their contributions to STEM fields. At an event with the Office of Personnel Management, they showed off five prototype programs that may one day help your agency recruit and retain new STEM talent. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He attended the event and shared details on how the White House plans to bring more STEM talent to your agency with Francis Rose on In Depth.
The White House still holds out hope for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation from Congress. Just not a lot of hope. Now, the administration's goal is to get smaller bills passed through Congress that address challenges everyone can agree on. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the White House's new approach.
Open season for federal health insurance plans starts on Nov. 10. The hardest part of the process might be summoning the motivation to participate. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the biggest problem facing federal employees is persuading them that they might save a lot of money on health insurance this year. He spoke with Sean McCalley on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Data will play a key role in the future of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The new OFPP administrator, Anne Rung, is about one month into her new job as leader of the agency. She says a data-centric approach will help OFPP better meet its mission of buying smarter, buying less and improving the acquisition workforce. Rob Burton is a federal procurement attorney and former deputy OFPP administrator. He joined Francis Rose on In Depth to look ahead to Rung's goals for the next two years.
The next steps in defense acquisition reform may come from the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asks experts from all parts of the defense acquisition community to tell them where the committee should go next to streamline defense acquisition. Beth McGrath of Deloitte is former Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department and one of the contributors to the committee's efforts. She worked to institute what she called a cost culture. She didn't use that phrase in her comments to the committee, but Francis Rose asked her if that concept was written between the lines on In Depth.