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Dan Waddell, Director of Government Affairs, ISC2

The Office of Personnel Management has a list of 25 different conferences that comply with federal training regulations. Dan Waddell is director of government affairs for the cybersecurity non-profit (ISC)2. OPM just added their fourth annual Security Congress event to its list of approved conferences. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Waddell explained how the event got on the list.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Lexy Kessler, Government Contracting Practice Partner, Aronson

Budget certainty is in place now, with the continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11. But what happens after that? Only Congress can make that more clear, and it isn't doing anything until November. Lexy Kessler is partner-in-charge of the government contracting practice at Aronson LLC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said history can be a contractor's planning guide for the CR.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The STOCK Act, the revolving door, the reverse revolving door: these are the reasons why the Office of Government Ethics is being more aggressive in its training of federal employees. Over the last year, OGE has offered 238 percent more training courses and hours then the year before. In part two of their interview, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how OGE is managing through this volatile environment.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:47pm EDT
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Complex ethics environment pushes OGE to focus on basics

Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, said the agency is focusing on three areas in order to improve ethics training across government: communication, direct support to agency ethics officials and oversight.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:51am EDT
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Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

Report: Government's own 'white-hat' hackers give HealthCare.gov mixed review on security

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 03:42am EDT

Report: Services for female veterans fall short

The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 05:40pm EDT

OGE Director Shaub wants a stronger, more transparent ethics community

The National Government Ethics Summit, sponsored by the Office of Government Ethics, highlighted basic and advanced training for federal ethics officials, as well as broader subjects, such as whistleblower retaliation, the Hatch Act and other legal issues. Walter Shaub, the director of OGE, wants training sessions such as these to bring the federal ethics community closer together.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:11am EDT
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VA has one ethics officer for every 18,674 employees

The Office of Government Ethics says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to expand the legal team responsible for ensuring employees follow government ethics rules. The team has just 19 people, in a department of more than 342,000.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT

TechAmerica dismisses Mike Hettinger as head of public sector practice

The industry association is once again in turmoil as it gets rid of Mike Hettinger, who was brought in to stabilize the association after a tumultuous year. TechAmerica brings in two consultants, Larry Allen and Bill Greenwalt, to handle the day-to-day activities of the organization in the meantime.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 01:54pm EDT

What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
September 22, 2014

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:32pm EDT
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SEC giving $30M, biggest whistleblower award yet

The Securities and Exchange Commission is giving its biggest award yet, about $30 million, to a whistleblower who provided key information that led to an enforcement action in a fraud case.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:10pm EDT

Johnson pitches DHS regional commanders as part of 'unity' campaign

Drawing upon his past as the Pentagon's top lawyer, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson envisions a clearer chain of command at DHS that would improve coordination among the department's 22 separate agencies.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 03:48pm EDT

Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT

Lawmakers want assurances from GSA on AbilityOne compliance

The Obama administration's strategic sourcing program has been beset by protests from unhappy vendors. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:33am EDT

Do we need a million fewer federal employees?

Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal examines the contention that hiring more federal employees would make for a smaller, better-run federal government.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:00am EDT

CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Obama to finally fill OPM deputy director role

The President plans to nominate retired Navy Rear Adm. Earl Gay to be the second in command at OPM. The last Senate-confirmed deputy director left more than three years ago.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:20am EDT

DHS management chief nominee's approach is data centric

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday. He said the Homeland Security Department needs to consolidate financial management systems so it can use the data to make strategic decisions. The committee also heard from nominees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USPS Board of Governors.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:41am EDT
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Continuing resolution heads to President Obama for signature

The continuing resolution keeps government agencies open and funded until Dec. 11. At this point, Congress has not tried to use the legislation to block a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2015.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:47pm EDT

Unions want more say in agency operations

Can a national council in Washington improve labor relations on agencies' front lines?

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:42pm EDT
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