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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.
It's Day Two of our special report The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus is reforming the system. What improvements can be made to acquisition training and workforce? Does Congress have the knowledge it needs to suggest improvements? What is the state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, shared services, and bid and award protests? Jon Etherton is president of Etherton and Associates. He worked on several major pieces of acquisition reform in the 1990s when he was a Congressional staffer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jon says there is one major difference between reform then and reform now.
The Veterans Affairs Department tops the list of most time spent on union business in fiscal 2012. The VA uses a little more than 1 million hours in total. But when you look at the numbers by hours per union employee, you get a completely different list. Bob Tobias is professor in the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University and teaches about labor-management relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered insight into the figures on official time.
It's Day Two of our special report The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus: reforming the system. What improvements can be made to acquisition training and workforce? Does Congress have the knowledge it needs to suggest improvements? What is the state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, shared services, and bid and award protests? Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Congress is listening and knows the need.
The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, President Obama says he won't nominate a new attorney general until after mid-term elections, the CDC chief says he wishes he'd acted faster to fight Ebola and VA executive Susan Taylor retires before she could be fired.
Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.
Officials from each of the armed services are troubled by the fact that a shrinking minority of American young people meet the physical and educational qualifications needed to join the military. Army officials say they want to grow that potential recruiting base, but they say it's also possible that they haven't been measuring all the right things. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains.
The General Services Administration reviews version four of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification program. It wants to know if the LEED system is actually helping agencies meet federal green building goals. Kevin Kampschroer, federal director of the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and senior climate change adaptation official at GSA, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about sustainable practices any agency can implement.
Next month, 399 representatives and 28 senators seek re-election. That means federal employees can oversee and grade the people who oversee and grade their agencies. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association releases its annual scorecard in time for the election. It keeps tabs on the 113th Congress and how it votes on key legislation affecting federal employees. Jessica Klement, legislative director of NARFE, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those key votes.
Compliance is a bigger part of the acquisition world than ever. Peeling off some layers of compliance, while keeping enough compliance oversight to make sure everyone's doing what they should, could save money for the government and lead to a better outcome for the agencies. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Marcia Madsen, partner at Mayer Brown and former chairwoman of the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a lot of the issues members of Congress are talking about today are things the SARA panel looked at in 2006.
Acquisition reform is one of the most popular subjects on Capitol Hill right now. The likely next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), is leading a task force on defense acquisition reform. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations just published a collection of essays from acquisition experts on the next steps for reform. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Tom Davis, director of government relations for Deloitte and former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's changed since the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel presented its work to his committee eight years ago.
The United States is teaming up with NATO allies and partner countries in Eastern Europe for training exercises and logistics collaboration. The exercises take place frequently, but now there's added tension. Namely, sustained aggression from Russia against Ukraine. The U.S. actions fall under a strategy umbrella called Operation Atlantic Resolve. Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt is deputy commanding general of Army Europe and Commander of Army NATO. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo.
The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the State Department is concerned about the planned sale of New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel to a Chinese insurance company, the NIH director blames budget cuts on lack of Ebola vaccine and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel repeats warning that climate change poses a threat to militaries around the world.
This year's Columbus Day feels like...Columbus Day. But that's news if you consider last year's Columbus Day was in the middle of a government shutdown. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey recaptures that moment in his column. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley what the experience was like then and how it compares to today.
Confirming a replacement for Eric Holder as Attorney General and leader of the Justice Department looks like a tough job for President Barack Obama right now. Congress won't do anything until the lame duck session after the election, and most of the names floated so far have baggage that could at least hold up their nominations -- if they were ever nominated. But three names making the rounds may not be as tough to get confirmed as some others. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, explains why one of these three could be the next AG.
Two features of a recent procurement at the Department of Health and Human Services are an example of procurement jujitsu. That's the term Steve Kelman attaches to the work of HHS Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak. Steve is professor of public management at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what you can learn from HHS.
Tom Davis, director of government relations at Deloitte and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said acquisition offices haven't improved much since Congress passed SARA in 2003.
The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the State Department gets rid of transgender exclusion from its largest health program, U.S. and coalition forces gain access to a Turkish base near Syria, and the Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's (D-Mont.) master's degree thesis.
The backlog of retirement claims is shrinking at the Office of Personnel Management. That's partly due to OPM receiving1,000 fewer claims in September than expected. Still, about 6,000 federal employees chose a day last month as their best day to retire. But September might not be the best month for everyone. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells Sean McCalley on In Depth with Francis Rose what's really the best day to retire.
A large majority of millenial employees appreciate their jobs in the federal government. Eighty-six percent of employees born in the 1980s said their work is important in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that's good news -- the bad news is millenials are far more likely than older employees to leave the federal government because of a lack of leadership opportunities.
Federal agencies are forgetting to save their work to help with future acquisition projects. The Government Accountability Office looks at 28 different contracts to see if market research is helping them make better procurement decisions. Tim Dinapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agencies do the market research, but aren't saving it to use in future projects.