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Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

For more than 20 years, a driving principle behind federal procurement is a simple one: To the extent possible, the government should buy regular commercial items under regular commercial terms and conditions. That idea is enshrined in law and regulation. So when it doesn't happen, companies protest. In a dispute between contractor CGI Federal and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals reaffirmed that commercial principle. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why the ruling is so important.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Tom Temin , procurement , CGI Federal , Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services , CMS , Court of Appeals

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:57am EDT
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Pre-judging an opponent is a sure path to making a mistake in contract negotiating. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn. He's also authored the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the 10th and final commandment: You shall not stereotype your opponent. That's one of the biggest mistakes a contractor can make.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , contracting ,

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:10am EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The debate over the defense budget needs some fresh ideas. That's according to Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. He says too much attention is focused on cutting costs. Instead, the priority should be ensuring the military is buying the right things in the first place. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain further.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:11am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - March 11, 2015

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,a bipartisan bill would build on programs to reduce veteran homelessness; the American Civil Liberties Union, Wikipedia and eight other groups are suing the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives backs off a plan to block a popular type of ammunition

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 08:51am EDT

David Mader, Controller, Office of Management and Budget

After a few years of declines, the government's improper payment rate jumped 14 percent in 2014. The Government Accountability Office said the increase came from major programs including Medicare fee for service, Medicaid, the earned income tax credit, unemployment insurance and supplemental security income. David Mader is the White House controller. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Executive Editor Jason Miller about some new steps to move the needle in the right direction.

Tags: David Mader , OMB , GAO , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 06:20am EDT
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Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Last year was a record-setting one for the National Park Service, with visitation at an all time high. More than 290 million people traipsed through the National Parks last year the highest total since 1987. And with 2016 marking the parks' centennial celebration, that number might rise. How is the Park Service coping with all the wear and tear? Jonathan Jarvis, the 18th director of the National Park Service, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the parks, and the new push to attract visitors.

Tags: Jonathan Jarvis , National Park Service , Interior Department

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:08am EDT
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Bobby Smart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Air Force

Military contractor requirements seem simple enough: Get the right material to the right location on time. Some contractors are better at it than others. It's true that you get what you measure, which is why the military branches have the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). They use it to create an incentive program to spur on suppliers. Bobby Smart, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for Acquisition Integration, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the system works.

Tags: Bobby Smart , Air Force , CSPAR , contracting , DoD

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:06am EDT
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Mike Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department couldn't provide reliable data on many of its current Acquisition Category II and III programs. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Those programs include everything from a multi-billion dollar radar modernization program to soldier clothing. Mike Sullivan, the director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Tags: Mike Sullivan , GAO , DoD , acquisition ,

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:03am EDT
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David Mader, Controller, Office of Management and Budget

David Mader came back for a second tour of duty in government to work on some of the most pressing federal financial management issues. As the Office of Management and Budget's Controller, his priorities span more than just money, but also technology and acquisition. In his first broadcast interview since returning to government last year, Mader joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and told executive editor Jason Miller about his vision for finally getting one money-saving effort right federal shared services.

Tags: David Mader , Tom Temin , OMB

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:35am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - March 10, 2015

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, a group of Iraqis has launched a lawsuit against the State and Homeland Security Departments, auditors say the Census Bureau has miscalculated timelines and costs to make the 2020 census Internet-ready and the FBI has upped the reward for a missing former agent.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:27am EDT
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