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Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

Tags: Charlie Sowell , Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Salient Federal Solutions , contracting , social media

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we examine bid and contract award protests. In the grand scheme of things 1,600 protests don't amount to much stacked next to the one or two million contract actions each year. Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective.

Tags: Federal Drive , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Tom Temin , acquisition , contracting , bid protests

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:20am EDT
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Successful DoD acquisition programs start with funding for the workforce

The success of defense acquisition will always depend on the capability of a limited number of people inside and outside government whose resources of time and attention are finite. Increased skill, relevant experiences, and cultural adjustment of the workforce will occur only gradually and only with adequate funding and congressional oversight, says contracting expert Jonathan Etherton.

Tags: Etherton and Associates , acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , contracting , DoD , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , Jonathan Etherton

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:29am EDT

What's next in government contracting?

Bill Gormley, president of the Gormley Group and chairman of the Coalition for Government Procurement gives us his take on a wide variety of government contracting issues.
October 14, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Bill Gormley , Gormley Group , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , GSA schedules , contract duplication , Excellence in Partnership Awards , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 08:52pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to follow the rules around cloud computing. The Council of Inspectors General examined 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies. It found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the councils' new report.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , cloud computing , inspector general , Council of Inspectors General , best practices , contracting

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

Contractors are casting a wary eye on President Barack Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. It seems innocuous because most contractors already comply with labor laws. Still, the EO could cause a lot of mischief. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the EO affects contractors.

Tags: Trey Hodgkins , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Information Technology Industry Council , Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces , executive order , contracting

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:38pm EDT
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Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Tags: oversight , Council on Inspectors General , cloud computing , FedRAMP , cybersecurity , acquisition , contracting , service-level agreements , OMB , Jason Miller , technology

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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What's going on in federal hiring?

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.
October 10, 2014

Tags: workforce , hiring , job training , recruitment , Mike Bruni , Derrick Dortch , contracting , technology , Fed Access

Friday - 10/10/2014, 08:17pm EDT
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Labor: Minimum wage increase for federal contract workers

The Department of Labor released its final rule for a minimum wage hike for federal contracting employees by 2015.

Tags: minimum wage , pay , Labor Department , Barack Obama , contracting , industry , Jory Heckman

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How's this for a bid protest case? Two companies bid and both have the same price for the project. One company gets higher ratings for what the source selection authority called a multitude of highly innovative processes and insightful technology trends. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the case unfolded.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Joe Petrillo , contracting

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:42pm EDT
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