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DoD, State implement only fraction of wartime contracting recommendations

A new Government Accountability Office report found that three main actors in contingency contracting — the Defense and State Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development — will likely only implement a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The agencies have either determined their existing policies already address the commission's concerns or they disagreed with the recommendation in the first place, GAO found.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 07:27pm EDT

USAID plans to rebound from dramatic drop in cybersecurity scores

The U.S. Agency for International Development saw their FISMA scores drop to an F grade. Jerry Horton, USAID's chief information officer, said they will fix their shortcomings this year.
June 21, 2012

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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USAID using big data to its advantage

Chief Information Officer Jerry Horton said his agency is now linking its procurement and financial systems, among others, to take advantage of the large amounts of data USAID produces.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 12:42pm EDT

USAID crowdsources to clean up aid data

The United States Agency for International Development called on volunteers to clean up data with more accurate geolocation information. Over the weekend, USAID held a crowdsourcing event asking for volunteers from the public to help code and research information on 20,000 records.

Monday - 06/04/2012, 10:46am EDT
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USAID emphasizes strengthening local institutions

It's long been the tradition of the U.S. Agency for International Development to hire U.S. contractors and nongovernmental organizations. But USAID is not shifting its investments to local entities.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 11:11am EDT
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NASA seeks innovations for space waste

NASA is looking for ways to re-purpose waste in space, and the space agency is turning to innovators to come up with some ideas.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:57am EDT
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USAID using childcare subsidy as another way to retain employees

The U.S. Agency for International Development has joined more than 30 other agencies in offering a childcare subsidy for lower-income employees. The program has been shown to help retain employees for relatively little money but many agencies still do not offer it, said Steve Bauer, executive director of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, which is managing the USAID program.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:10am EST
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Van Dyck joins OMB to work on mobile, .gov reform efforts

Van Dyck comes to the E-Government and IT office to work as a policy analyst after working at the FCC and most recently USAID.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 04:54pm EST

Signs of fraud in the workplace

Ken Bricker, a partner at Dixon, Hughes and Goodman, discusses some checks managers can put to prevent embezzlement.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 12:26pm EST
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DAI's Jean Gilson on working with gov on development

Jean Gilson is the senior vice president for strategy and marketing of DAI.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 04:23pm EDT
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Thanksgiving: Whose heads will roll?

The Thanksgiving turkeys delivered to the White House may have a much happier holiday than many federal workers, who could be getting a very big dose of bad news, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 02:00am EDT

USAID leverages social media for famine awareness

Haley Van Dyck, USAID's director of digital strategy and engagement, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the new project.

Friday - 09/23/2011, 10:31am EDT
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Report: Widespread waste, fraud in war spending

As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and payoffs to warlords and insurgents, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending estimates.

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 07:00pm EDT

GAO: Acquisition planning must include cost estimates, best practices

The top four civilian agencies can do a better job in the planning stages for service contracts, according to a new Government Accountability Office.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 05:07pm EDT

New federal CIO VanRoekel's goal is execution

President Obama today named Steven VanRoekel to replace Vivek Kundra as the federal chief information officer. VanRoekel said his experience at the FCC helped him understand the challenges of government, and the fact there are answers to the complex problems. VanRoekel's first day is Friday.

Thursday - 08/04/2011, 05:58am EDT

Agencies getting tougher on contractors?

Faced with increasingly tighter federal budgets, agency leaders are getting tougher on contract spending. The Office of Management and Budget announced in March that spending on federal contracting had actually declined for the first time in more than a decade. Also, earlier this month, OMB directed agencies to cut spending on service contracts by 15 percent.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 04:43pm EDT
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International development in Africa

Africare President Dr. Darius Mans joins host Derrick Dortch to talk about the work his organization is doing in Africa.
July 1, 2011

Friday - 07/01/2011, 10:16pm EDT
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Watchdogs: Agencies risking billions in war zones

Unless changes are made "the United States faces new waves of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan" according to the Commission on Wartime Contracting. USAID, the Departments of Defense and State are singled out in a new commission report for their inadequate planning.

Friday - 06/03/2011, 09:40am EDT
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NASA, USAID team up to solve worldwide problems

Will Schmitt, the open innovation advisor in the Office of Science and Technology at USAID, spoke to Federal News Radio about the collaborative effort.

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 01:19pm EDT
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USAID works around FISMA to use iPads

"We are not DHS. We are not DoD," says Jerry Horton, chief information officer at USAID.

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 10:30am EDT
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