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Dave Wennergren, Senior Vice President for Technology, PSC

As Congress comes back next week, the Defense Department expects to make a huge push to end sequestration -- or at least blunt its effects. Part of the case the Pentagon will make is that its "cost culture" strategy is making a difference in how it's spending the money it does have. Dave Wennergren is Senior Vice President for Technology at the Professional Services Council, and former Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said that cost culture will spread from the Pentagon to all across government.

Tags: Dave Wennergren , PSC , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth , Clinger-Cohen Act , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:18pm EST

Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

When the 114th Congress gets back to work next week, a new corps of leaders will take over important committees. Mac Thornberry will lead the House Armed Services Committee; Jason Chaffetz will chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Republicans will take over the chairs of all the committees in the Senate. Rob Burton is a partner at the Venable law firm, and former Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015. He said you can expect more oversight in the new Congress.

Tags: Ron Burton , Venable , oversight , In Depth , acquisition , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:22pm EST

New year may bring more small business help from Washington

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.

Tags: small business , SBA , Small Business Administration , industry , John Arensmeyer , Todd McCracken

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 11:26am EST

SES workforce deserves better screening from OPM, says former SSA commissioner

As agencies decide on a two-year plan for structuring their senior executive workforce, one agency head says that the Office of Personnel Management is keeping some of the best and brightest from joining the SES.

Tags: SES , workforce , John Astrue , SSA , OPM , hiring , information technology , Jory Heckman , GAO ,

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 11:45am EST
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Chris Smith, AT&T Government Solutions

A flurry of cybersecurity bills passed through Congress after six years of no legal progress at all on the cyber front. Individually, none of the five cyber bills stand out above the rest. That's according to Chris Smith, vice president of for technology at AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's the passage of all five at once that's significant.

Tags: Chris Smith , AT&T , technology , cybersecurity , In Depth

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:04pm EST
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US Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion, pleading guilty to charges he had fought as he won re-election in November, but he remained determined to stay in office even with his sentencing now looming.

Tags: Michael Grimm , tax evasion , House

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 03:14am EST

Paying for the next generation of federal managers

Following President Obama's announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service, Doug Criscitello, managing director at Grant Thornton, says SES pay limits have made it difficult to attract top-quality managers across government.

Tags: management , Doug Criscitello , Grant Thornton , SES , Barack Obama , workforce , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/22/2014, 03:49am EST

Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Tags: NDAA , Buck McKeon , John McCain , DoD , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , Air Force , budget , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST
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