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9:10 am, May 29, 2015

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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
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Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is falling short on securing federal buildings from cyber attack. Your office may be vulnerable to attacks that would keep you from getting in or out, or could make the climate in the building unbearable. It may even encounter other problems that could impact the ability of your agency to meet its mission. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said building security is far more complicated than it used to be.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Linda Springer, Government and Public Sector Director, Ernst & Young

A list of agencies at high risk of waste, fraud and abuse is due from the Government Accountability Office this year. Linda Springer is the executive director of the government and public sector practice for Ernst and Young. In her Top 3 for 2015, she tells In Depth with Francis Rose why she's curious about the GAO High Risk List and how Congress will react to the report.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:53pm EST

Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Double dipping from the federal government gets more common as agencies rehire more and more retirees. The Government Accountability Office says between 2004 and 2013, the amount of federal employees hired out of retirement rose from 5 percent to 8 percent of the overall workforce. Yvonne Jones is director of strategic issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how OPM approves employee double dipping.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 04:11pm EST

Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

Agencies have a special name for projects where a subcontractor does at least 70 percent of the work. There's also a special rule to help agencies track how the money flows in those types of contracts to try to minimize the risk of overpayments. Tim DiNapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies follow that that special rule -- which is important, because three agencies spent about $190 billion on those types of contracts in fiscal 2013.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:16pm EST
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Communications gap is putting DoD test ranges at risk, GAO says

A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department needs to close a gap in interagency communications to reduce the risk of foreign observation of its testing facilities.

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 01:39pm EST
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Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabiliies and Management, GAO

Pentagon and Congressional defense leaders worry military bases, especially large test ranges, are potential targets for spying by foreign governments. That's why they want to know who their neighbors are and what they are doing so close to DOD camps and bases. Brian Lapore is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why it's important to understand who owns and occupies the land surrounding training ranges.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:28am EST
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Former GAO employee got worker's compensation for 30 years, IG says

The inspector general of the Government Accountability Office says a former worker had been receiving improper payments from GAO for decades.

Friday - 12/26/2014, 03:06pm EST

GAO, DCMA losing two-long time senior executives to retirements

Ronald Youngs, the director of the Defense Contract Management Agency's cost and pricing center, and Eileen Larence, a director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, are retiring after more than 65 years of combined federal service.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 02:00pm EST

Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The amount of money the Homeland Security Department spends on administratively uncontrollable overtime is on the rise. The Government Accountability Office says it's up about 30 percent since 2008. But the overtime management system DHS uses is having a hard time keeping up. Dave Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the system.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:28pm EST
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House lawmakers call for OFPP to issue reverse auction guidance

Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are "misusing" reverse auctions to "evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations."

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 04:50pm EST

Jeff Steinhoff, Executive Director, KPMG Government Institute

About half of cabinet level agencies can prove to their Inspectors General that they're reducing improper payments. The Government Accountability Office reports some agencies continue to struggle, though. Jeff Steinhoff is executive director of the KPMG Government Institute, and former Assistant Comptroller General of the United States for Accounting and Information Management at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies have made progress since 2009.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:46pm EST
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Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

17 federal contractors each claim to know the best way to modernize the retirement system at the Office of Personnel Management. Those vendors pitched their ideas to OPM at an Industry Day earlier this year, and now the agency's gearing up for its fifth attempt to modernize its system. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said OPM needs to weigh its options carefully so the fifth try is the one that finally sticks.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:22pm EST
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Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

NASA's launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That's the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they're all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency's findings.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:31am EST
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Time for OFPP to weigh in on use of reverse auctions

An interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:06am EST

OPM plots steps to modernize retirement system IT in 2015

Office of Personnel Management officials told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Census about its plan to buy a case management system. The case management system will serve as the foundation for yet another attempt at modernizing the retirement system.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:27am EST
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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The results of a governmentwide sweep to see how well agencies are meeting the goals set by the DATA Act is headed to Congress. The Government Accountability Office is bringing its results to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The GAO reports most agencies still have a tough road ahead. That road includes a 2015 deadline to create governmentwide data standards. Chris Mihm, managing director for strategic issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, the sooner your agency meets those goals, the better.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:20pm EST
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GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 03:22am EST

David Trimble, Director of Natural Resources, GAO

The National Nuclear Security Administration has a guide for predicting how much its large projects will cost. But the agency's project managers don't know it exists, and it's not entirely their fault. That's according to David Trimble -- he's Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he suggested ways to improve NNSA's cost estimation process.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:32pm EST
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Linda Kohn, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operate websites meant to help Medicare patients navigate the tangled world of health care providers. But the sites often fail at basic tasks. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office found some don't provide enough information to compare prices, while others don't give adequate information about quality of care. Linda Kohn is director of Healthcare Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what GAO found.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:03am EST
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