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House bill would reduce SES pensions at VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House , House Veterans Affairs Committee , SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , veterans , Veterans Affairs , accountability , Hal Rogers , Sean McCalley

Friday - 01/23/2015, 07:46am EST

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell PLLC , Federal Trade Commission , Legal Loop , U.S. Court of Federal Claims , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , FTC

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
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Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is falling short on securing federal buildings from cyber attack. Your office may be vulnerable to attacks that would keep you from getting in or out, or could make the climate in the building unbearable. It may even encounter other problems that could impact the ability of your agency to meet its mission. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said building security is far more complicated than it used to be.

Tags: Mark Goldstein , DHS , federal buildings , In Depth

Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Double dipping from the federal government gets more common as agencies rehire more and more retirees. The Government Accountability Office says between 2004 and 2013, the amount of federal employees hired out of retirement rose from 5 percent to 8 percent of the overall workforce. Yvonne Jones is director of strategic issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how OPM approves employee double dipping.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 04:11pm EST

Linda Springer, Government and Public Sector Director, Ernst & Young

A list of agencies at high risk of waste, fraud and abuse is due from the Government Accountability Office this year. Linda Springer is the executive director of the government and public sector practice for Ernst and Young. In her Top 3 for 2015, she tells In Depth with Francis Rose why she's curious about the GAO High Risk List and how Congress will react to the report.

Tags: Linda Springer , Ernst & Young , Top 3 for 2015 , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:53pm EST

In OPM cyber breach, security experts spy fundamental problem

While it's far from a full-fledged cyberattack, the "technical malfunction" that besieged an Office of Personnel Management Web portal Monday underscores a governmentwide problem that's not easy to fix, according to experts.

Tags: cybersecurity , OPM , Elijah Cummings , KeyPoint Government Solutions , Greg Wilshusen , Simon Crosby , Bromium , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 06:20pm EST

Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

Agencies have a special name for projects where a subcontractor does at least 70 percent of the work. There's also a special rule to help agencies track how the money flows in those types of contracts to try to minimize the risk of overpayments. Tim DiNapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies follow that that special rule -- which is important, because three agencies spent about $190 billion on those types of contracts in fiscal 2013.

Tags: Tom DiNapoli , acquisition , In Depth

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:16pm EST
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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 , Congress

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 11:45am EST
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Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabiliies and Management, GAO

Pentagon and Congressional defense leaders worry military bases, especially large test ranges, are potential targets for spying by foreign governments. That's why they want to know who their neighbors are and what they are doing so close to DOD camps and bases. Brian Lapore is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why it's important to understand who owns and occupies the land surrounding training ranges.

Tags: Brian Lepore , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , military bases

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:28am EST
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Communications gap is putting DoD test ranges at risk, GAO says

A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department needs to close a gap in interagency communications to reduce the risk of foreign observation of its testing facilities.

Tags: Brian Lepore , DoD , Interior , Transportation Department , facilities , infrastructure , military bases , Michael OConnell , Bureau of Land Management , Federal Drive

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 01:39pm EST
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