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Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., will give us an update on the procurement issues being discussed on Capitol Hill.
August 12, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , NDAA , procurement , Acquisition reform , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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Dan Dellinger, National Commander, American Legion

President Obama has signed a big Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law. No group will be watching what happens next more than the nation's military veterans. Dan Dellinger is national commander of the American Legion. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what they're looking for when it comes to the new law.

Tags: VA , VA overhaul bill , veterans , Dan Dellinger , American Legion

Friday - 08/08/2014, 08:33am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It looks like congressional reform of how agencies buy technology won't happen. Industry experts hold little hope that any of the multiple bills attempting to fix long-standing problems with IT acquisition will pass before the end of the year. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on why all the pessimism. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , industry , IT reform , technology

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:34am EDT
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Industry reps pessimistic about legislative IT reform this year

IT Alliance for Public Sector experts say there are two major reasons for their fleeting hope—one is the little time lawmakers have in Washington over the next four months; and second is the continued impasse among the Senate and House over the role of agency CIOs. ITAPS says a two-and-a-half month continuing resolution is likely and an omnibus spending bill for 2015 is gaining support.

Tags: industry , acquisition , technology , Trey Hodgkins , Erica McCann , IT Alliance for Public Sector , budget , IT reform , Supply chain security , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 05:20am EDT
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IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Tags: oversight , Justice , Peace Corps , EPA , Charles Grassley , management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Frank Kendall , Bob Work , AFCEA , Better Buying Power , Acquisition reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Tax deadbeat feds flee DC

Comedian Steve Martin has some useful words of advice -- two of them, actually -- for tax deadbeats on Capitol Hill, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , IRS , workforce

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:09am EDT

Rep. Edwards proposes restoring lower retirement contributions for feds

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced a bill Thursday that would reduce the amount new federal employees must pay toward their government pensions. The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association support the legislation, which would repeal the last two increases in retirement contributions.

Tags: retirement , retirement contributions , FERS , NARFE , NTEU , Colleen Kelly , Joseph Beaudoin , Donna Edwards , Stephanie Wasko , workforce , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/01/2014, 03:34pm EDT

SSA nominee seeks to mend labor-management fences

Carolyn Watts Colvin, the nominee to be Social Security Administration commissioner, vowed to Senate lawmakers to soothe turbulent relations between the agency and its labor unions. Colvin also said she plans to tackle troubled IT systems that still run COBOL.

Tags: SSA , Ron Wyden , Carolyn Watts Colvin , AFGE , COBOL , management , technology , Orrin Hatch , Ariel Levin-Waldman ,

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:19am EDT
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For once, it's OK to watch the clock

Consider yourself on holiday, of sorts, for the next five weeks. Even if you've had your vacation or can't afford one the time between now and Labor Day should be more relaxed because Congress is gone. And that's good news for most feds.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/01/2014, 06:27am EDT
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