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A race to the bottom: How lowest price, technically acceptable is shortchanging agencies

Agencies are doing themselves a disservice by looking mainly for the lowest bid, says Moe Jafari, the president and CEO of HumanTouch, in a new commentary.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 03:16am EST

Fixing the SES: The truth about accountability

Does the federal government hold members of the Senior Executive Service accountable for their actions? In part three of Federal News Radio's special report, Fixing the SES, current and former senior executives respond candidly to the criticism.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 02:58am EST

The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
February 20, 2015

Friday - 02/20/2015, 06:41pm EST
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DHS cyber programs to ‘grind to a halt' if 2015 funding lapses

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) and Einstein 3A programs would be "gravely" affected if Congress doesn't pass DHS funding bill by Feb. 28.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 01:00pm EST

How former Director Maria Roat bought into FedRAMP

Maria Roat, former FedRAMP director and current CTO at Transportation, sat down with the Women of Washington radio show to discuss her work on FedRAMP and the challenges she faced in its implementation.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 02:07pm EST

OMB pushing agencies to use single system for online transactions

The Office of Management and Budget is circulating a draft memo to CFOs to all-but-mandate the use of the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) run by the Treasury Department. Sources say agencies would have to justify to OMB why they wouldn't use the IPP. It's part of the administration's effort to push agencies toward more financial management shared services.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:06am EST

What does it mean when the government 'closes' due to weather?

Is it fair to make teleworking federal employees work during a snow day when the rest of the government is closed? Jeff Neal, former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department, thinks so.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 03:16pm EST

OMB warns of consequences if sequestration returns in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget tells Congress if it doesn't fix sequestration, discretionary spending across the government would drop by more than $90 billion.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 01:20pm EST

The world of bid protests

Jason Carey and Luke Meier from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, join host Roger Waldron to discuss the uptick in bid protests and what that means for government and industry.
February 16, 2015

Monday - 02/16/2015, 07:10pm EST
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Why we stay: SES in their own words

The SES has lost its luster in recent years, in part because of constrained program budgets, increased scrutiny from Congress, and a sense among members that political appointees are assuming more of the leadership responsibilities once reserved for them. In part two of our special report, Fixing the SES, five Senior Executive Service members tell Federal News Radio why they choose to stay in the service, and why they believe the SES may have its faults, but it's not broken.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Navy brings IT, business, innovation under one roof

The Department of the Navy is taking a more corporate approach to meeting the ever-changing mission needs with technology, said Maura Sullivan, the Department of Navy's chief of strategy and innovation.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:45pm EST
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Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

Senate confirms Ash Carter, Obama's choice for defense secretary

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:58pm EST

GAO adds IT acquisition, VA health care to High Risk List

The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am EST
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OMB's A-123 rewrite to flip risk management on its head

Mike Wetklow, an Office of Management and Budget official, said the expected changes to Circular A-123 will ask agencies to view risk management in a different way.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:21pm EST

From Congress to consumer safety, Buerkle describes recipe for success

Anne Marie Buerkle is a current commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and a former New York congresswoman. She sat down with Women of Washington Hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black to discuss her path to Capitol Hill and what she's found since her arrival in DC.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 11:16am EST

How bad would a shutdown be for DHS?

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out February 28 unless Congress acts fast. Just how bad would a shutdown be for DHS? Former Homeland Security HR exec Jeff Neal offers his inside take.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:01am EST

Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST

Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Good help is hard to find. That's especially true at federal agencies looking for smarts in cybersecurity and financial auditing. The latest look-see by the Government Accountability Office shows a number of mission-critical skills gaps in federal agencies. What can agencies do to fill the gaps? Robert Goldenkoff, the director of Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:36am EST
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Bull today, steer tomorrow: More painful methods of reform

Members of the Senior Executives Service take heed: Not all reforms are bad, painful or even likely to occur, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 03:00am EST

OMB unties a few of the travel, conference spending knots

A CFO Alert tells agencies the White House would listen to proposals to spend more money on travel and conferences in 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:49pm EST
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