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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.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation gets in the way of innovative information technology acquisition in government, according to many industry leaders and even some agency IT leaders. Some experts believe the FAR can be, and should be, your friend for innovative procurement. A panel of experts addressed that idea at NextGov Prime 2014 with Dave McClure of the Veris Group, Joanne Woytek of NASA SEWP, Jaymie Durnan of the Defense Department and Karen Evans of the US Cyber Challenge. McClure tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose how the process that exists now is perceived.
Agency efforts to measure performance and continually improve upon those results are slow. Two House members want more action and more progress. That means new language in the House appropriations bill could hold your agency to higher performance standards. Congressman Henry Cuellar, author of the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act and co-author of the new Lean and Responsive Government Act, says there are some new spending provisions on performance management. He tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the GPRA Modernization act progress so far.
The VA patient scheduling scandal that began in Phoenix has expanded to an investigation that spans nearly 100 separate facilities. As the department's Inspector General works through the hundreds of complaints it's received about scheduling, it's becoming increasingly clear that the off-the-books scheduling practices were a pervasive, nationwide phenomenon. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.
The General Services Administration has two new tools to help federal agencies navigate the world of IT acquisition. The names of the programs should be a hint to what GSA's trying to do: One is called the Enterprise Acquisition Solution Integrated, or EASI -- and the other is the Assisted Services Information System, or ASSIST. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered predictions for how well the programs will live up to their names.
Agencies struggling to find talented young employees can find help outside the federal government. The group Young Government Leaders has its own university to connect young people with federal training and mentoring opportunities. Miguel Joey Aviles is chief learning officer for Young Government Leaders, and a talent management strategist for the Defense Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some data to help you understand if the federal new-talent pipeline needs some adjustments.
The 3-D printing revolution now includes an effort to replicate the human skull. The Army Research Laboratory is working on skulls that can be used for research on brain injuries. Dr. Thomas Plaisted is a materials engineer at the Composites and Hybrid Materials Branch of the Weapons and Materials Directorate at the Army Research Lab. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the skulls won't solve the head injury problem, but they'll be an effective tool to help find a solution.
Some federal IT leaders cite the Federal Acquisition Regulations as the biggest obstacle to getting innovative technology deployed at their agencies. That concept was just one covered at the "Advancing Procurement at the Pace of Technological Change: Why Government Will (or Won't) Fix Procurement" panel at NextGov Prime 2014 Monday. Federal News Radio's Francis Rose moderated the discussion with Frank McNally, content developer at ASI Government; Joe Jordan, president of public sector at FedBid and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; Kaitlin Devine, innovation specialist at the General Services Administration; and Shawn Kingsberry, chief information officer at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. To start the panel off, Joe Jordan tells Francis whether that perception of FAR as obstacle is fair.
Bob McDonald, new secretary of Veterans Affairs, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports McDonald is promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages constructive dissent. Read Jared's related article.
The pressure to get a deal done to prevent another government shutdown is already on Congress as it comes back from summer recess today. It looks like they won't waste any time getting down to business. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On his blog "Hawkings Here" and on In Depth with Francis Rose, David said he's watching the continuing resolution negotiations and the richest members of Congress.
The Office of Management and Budget has a new reading list on innovative contracting. Tom Kalil of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Lesley Field of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy write about the release of the first version of Innovative Contracting Case Studies. One of them is a book called FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation. Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward is author of the book. He shared some of the details on In Depth with Francis Rose.
For the next two weeks, the news media spotlight will focus on Congress and its plan to avoid another government shutdown at the end of September. But the bad publicity spotlight is always ready to zero in on bad news from your agency. Dick Stieglitz is former director of defense consulting for McDonnell Douglas. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a list of bad signs to watch out for that could potentially throw your agency into the bad publicity spotlight.
The Labor Department's leap of faith in putting its financial management system in the cloud and that effort is troubled. Labor's inspector general recently found the agency's back up plans to take over from its contractor running the financial system to be lacking. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Labor's challenges in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why Labor's financial management system is at risk.
Jim Williams, left, partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, and Ron Marks, president of Intelligence Enterprises, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.
Every single fund in the Thrift Savings Plan is up at least 1.5 percent since this time last year. But the strength of the TSP might not matter at all if you're thinking about phased retirement. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, helps federal employees navigate the new world of phased retirement options. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options. Register for Federal News Radio's Phased Retirement Chat.
Bob Brese steps down Friday as the chief information officer of the Energy Department. He leaves right before the agency starts a technology consolidation program he helped plan for the last two years. Keith Trippie, chief executive officer of the Trippie Group and former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office at the Homeland Security Department, has predictions for how the roles of future CIOs will change over the next few years. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the job can change so quickly. Read Keith's related column.
The Defense Health Agency is nearing its one year anniversary. Its officials say they're serious about finding the savings they promised through the reorganization of DoD's healthcare activities. One way they hope to save money is through more strategic sourcing. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, that includes a new multiple award contract for IT services. Read Jared's related story.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," was how Charles Dickens started off the novel Tale of Two Cities. But that introduction could also start a novel about your agency. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he drew some similarities between the federal government and the Dickensian world.
Drones may wind up the future weapon of choice in cyber attacks. Some cybersecurity analysts discover a cheap unmanned drone can be very effective at breaching wireless networks. Greg Rayburn is a security analyst for Fluke Networks. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are many different scenarios where a drone can pose a major cyber threat to your agency.
The Internal Revenue Service has a hard number of how much money each of their revenue agents brings in for every dollar invested in their pay and benefits. But that's not possible for every agency or every job description. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what he thinks the key is to put a dollar value on the work employees do.
The Homeland Security Department will debut its continuous diagnostics and mitigation dashboard. It's the latest effort from the government to transition to a CDM model. Rob Roy is federal chief technology officer of HP Enterprise Security Products. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said problems like these aren't unique in the federal government.