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One year later, House lawmakers dissatisfied with VA's handling of eBenefits cyber breach

Reps. Jackie Walorski and Mike Coffman wrote separate letters to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking for details about how the agency is addressing ongoing cyber challenges. Walorski asked VA to answer four questions about how it's protecting the identity of veterans using the eBenefits site.

Tags: Technology , Veterans Affairs , Cybersecurity , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Mike Coffman , Jackie Walorski , eBenefits portal , Mandiant , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:26pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: Acquisition , Acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , Oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , Industry , Technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , Research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Sean Morris, Director, Federal Human Capital Practice, Deloitte

Federal employees' overall satisfaction with their jobs fell for the fourth year in a row. That's according to the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. The Partnership noted a big problem for the government is that private sector job satisfaction is up. Sean Morris is director of Federal Human Capital Practice at Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the rankings and what they mean for your agency.

Tags: Sean Morris , Best Places to Work , Partnership for Public Service , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:27pm EST
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Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte

President Barack Obama will have his first meeting Tuesday with more than 1,000 senior executives and other career federal managers. The President oversees a vast workforce that, according to surveys, is less than thrilled with federal service. Jitinder Kholi is a director in the public sector practice at Deloitte. He received a preview of what Obama will tell the senior managers, and shared his analysis of what to expect on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Jitinder Kohli , Barack Obama , SES , management , Best Places to Work , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 09:57am EST
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Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

As the Duke of York used to say, "When you're up, you're up. And when you're down, you're down." The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released this year's version of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" Tuesday. The news is, as the Duke of York also said, "When you're halfway up, you're neither up nor down." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the big takeaways from this year's list.

Tags: Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Best Places to Work , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , management

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:02am EST
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Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

Some changes will come to the highest levels of the Defense Department if the National Defense Authorization Act becomes law. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller says the deputy chief management officer will become the undersecretary of defense for business management and information starting Feb. 1, 2017. The NDAA includes language that will merge the DoD CIO and performance improvement officer into the new undersecretary position. Beth McGrath was Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Pentagon, and she's now with Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explains what the effect of the law will be.

Tags: Beth McGrath , In Depth

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:13pm EST
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Jim Hagy, director, Deloitte

One of the newest hires at your agency could be someone that hasn't had a job in a long time. The Office of Personnel Management is helping agencies find and recruit people who haven't had a job in a while to help the long-term unemployment rate. Jim Hagy is a director for Deloitte's Department of Defense Human Capital practice. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered some other human capital management strategies.

Tags: Jim Hagy , In Depth , OPM , hiring

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:25pm EST
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What are you doing to help our returning heroes transition to civilian jobs?

More than 1 million veterans are expected to re-enter the workforce during the next five years and it's the business community's responsibility to help them, says Deloitte's Janet Foutty. She says the nation owes it to today's newest veterans to help them find the right opportunities, the right access to education and the chance to enjoy the future they fought so hard to protect.

Tags: Veterans Day , Janet Foutty , workforce , military transition , job placement , DoD , hiring

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:23am EST

Ira Goldstein, National Director for Federal Services, Deloitte

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Ira Goldstein. He's had a long public management career, starting as a charter member of the Senior Executive Service during the Carter Administration. Goldstein is now national director for Federal Services at Deloitte. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective on federal management .

Tags: National Academy of Public Administration , Ira Goldstein , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , management

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:34am EST
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10 ways to improve program management

Strong management is essential to driving successful project and program results. But many executives say their organizations struggle to move ideas into action. As part of our special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio offers a best practices for program management.

Tags: Acquisition , program management , Project Management Institute , Jordon Sims , Accenture Federal Services , John Goodman , Tim Young , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:00am EDT
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