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VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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With money in the bank, Patent and Trademark Office sets long-term agenda

The Patent and Trademark Office can plot a long-term strategy for the first time, thanks to newfound financial security, said Deputy Director Michelle Lee. Her top priority: improving patent quality.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 05:28am EST

Beyond cyber, feds need to read between SOTU lines

President Barack Obama focused little on improving government management in his annual speech to Congress. Obama called on Congress to pass cyber legislation and said the administration will release a new report on surveillance and privacy safeguards.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:42am EST

Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Workforce planning for 2015 and beyond is on in federal agencies. The data from the Best Places to Work in Government survey is one group of information HR leaders in government will use, but it's not the only one. Jeri Buchholz is the chief human capital officer for NASA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said looking deep into the data is critical to making your entire agency a better place to work.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Marketing tips for your small business

Business development expert and consultant Bob Davis joins host Mark Amtower to discuss how marketing has changed over the years and what that means for your company.
January 19, 2015

Monday - 01/19/2015, 07:55pm EST
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

More than 90 percent of federal managers say better technology helps them be more productive for their agency. But that doesn't mean their lives are any easier. New research from the National Academy of Public Administration and ICF International shows about 30 percent agency managers have to bring their work home with them now. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, a NAPA fellow, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained some of the 13 findings and 14 recommendations from the research.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 05:48pm EST
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OMB gives agencies deadline to set up digital services teams

The Office of Management and Budget is instructing agencies to set up their own digital services group modeled after those at the General Services Administration under 18F and the Veterans Affairs Department.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:06pm EST

The FirstNet mission

What are the strategic priorities for FirstNet? How is FirstNet pursuing its outreach strategy with key stakeholders? What is FirstNet doing to use collaboration and partnership to meet mission? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), U.S. Department of Commerce.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 01:48pm EST

Moniz demands more accountability in Energy projects

The Energy secretary is shaking up the department to improve accountability. Project managers will assume more responsibility and face harsher consequences if they fail to meet major targets. Some contractors already have felt the difference, and it isn't pretty.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:57am EST
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Prashant Gaur, President, Credence

A stronger economy is persuading senior executives to leave their jobs in the federal government. Twenty-three federal chief information officers and other senior IT leaders left their positions in 2014. One reason why is more industry job opportunities because of the improved economy. Prashant Gaur is president of Credence, and former Director of Enterprise Integration at the Defense Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to streamline the reintegration of federal executives into the private sector.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 04:45pm EST
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Tangherlini stepping down as GSA administrator

Nearly three years after coming to the General Services Administration in the wake of the Western Regions Conference scandal, Dan Tangherlini announced he's leaving government Feb. 13.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 01:24pm EST

Does CIO stand for 'chief information officer' or 'career is over'?

With the challenges that chief information officers face today, it is worth asking whether becoming a CIO is worth the work and jeopardy it seems to entail, says former FAA IT leader Bob Woods in a new commentary.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:07am EST

House votes to undo Obama immigration actions

GOP House votes to overturn Obama's immigration actions, expose many immigrants to deportation

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 02:22am EST

Is the SES pay-for-performance appraisal system working?

With fewer SES awards being handed out, Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, wonders whether executives are performing less well than they did in years past or if the standards simply have gotten too tough?

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 05:55pm EST

A new era in DoD cyber defense begins

The Defense Information Systems Agency launches reorganization, including the new Joint Task Force-DoD Information Networks. The new cyber organization will reach initial operating capability on Jan. 15, taking over 14-to-19 tasks from U.S. Cyber Command.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:18am EST
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Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
January 12, 2015

Monday - 01/12/2015, 08:53pm EST
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When is fair and open recruiting not fair?

Certain recruiting and hiring authorities within agencies "threaten the principle of fair and open competition," according to the latest report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal offers his take.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 05:08am EST

Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

Human Capital Management Panel

With the new year and a new Congress getting underway, the possibilities seem limitless. We're going to spend the next hour talking about people. Specifically, the human capital management questions that vex the government. Engagement, pay and benefits, whether federal employees get the recognition and respect they deserve. Danny Werfel, a long-time career employee and former acting IRS Commissioner is now with the Boston Consulting Group. Jeri Buchholz, is NASA's chief human capital officer. Angela Bailey is the chief operating officer of the Office of Personnel Management. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on a special bonus hour of the Federal Drive to explore those issues and try to come up with a few answers.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 11:42am EST

Digging through the new bills: Across-the-board cuts and more

We've gone through the first 400 bills in the new Congress to pull out those you'll want to watch, from a measure to kick political appointees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to three that embrace across-the-board spending cuts.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 11:15am EST
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