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Ron Schechter & Kristen Ittig, Arnold and Porter, LLP

More contractors than ever are losing their government business to suspension and debarment. The Government Accountability Office reports even agencies that don't have much history of suspensions and debarments filed 14 times more cases since 2010. Ron Schechter and Kristen Ittig, partners at Arnold and Porter, are looking at the rising trend of suspension and debarment cases and what it means for contractors doing business with federal agencies.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Congress joins the fray as protests mount over strategic sourcing

Reps. Grace Meng and Tim Walberg introduce a provision in the Defense authorization bill to require GAO to study the impact of strategic sourcing on small businesses. GSA also is facing more than two dozen protests over its current and future office supplies contracts and now OASIS.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Congress , Grace Meng , Tim Walberg , Sam Graves , House Small Business Committee , strategic sourcing , bid protests , GSA , Office Supplies 3 , OASIS , Sam Bornstein , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Sequestration forced agencies elsewhere for program funding, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office takes a look at the effects of the 2013 sequester and how agencies prepared.

Tags: sequestration , oversight , DHS , CMS , CBP , education , HUD , budget , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Asif Khan, Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues, GAO

The Army is headed toward a Sept. 30 deadline to have a Statement of Budgetary Resources ready. Meeting that deadline is critical towards the Defense Department's goal of achieving full audit readiness by fiscal 2017. Asif Khan, director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army is showing some important progress to meeting this year's benchmark.

Tags: Asif Khan , In Depth

Monday - 06/02/2014, 06:23pm EDT
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Tim DiNapoli, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department's fighting an uphill battle to streamline its service contract inventory by fiscal 2016. One of their problems is DoD is trying to standardize how every branch collects data on the contractors they hire to help meet their missions. Tim DiNapoli, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, reports on DoD's progress and a number of hurdles standing in the way of meeting its fiscal 2016 goal to In Depth with Francis Rose

Tags: Tim Dinapoli , In Depth

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:23pm EDT
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Agencies suspending, debarring contractors more than ever

The Government Accountability Office reports agencies listened to the ISDC's demands to improve and make use of their suspension and debarment tools.

Tags: OMB , ISDC , suspension , debarment , industry , acquisition , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 05/23/2014, 04:00pm EDT

Agencies face tough challenges hiring, retaining cyber talent

Government agencies are having a hard time recruiting, training and retaining cyber and IT professionals. That's partly due to a lack of flexibility in the hiring process, according to a group of federal cyber execs.

Tags: GDIT Cyber Reports , GDIT Solutions Center , AFFIRM , Greg Wilshusen , David Bray , FCC

Friday - 05/23/2014, 09:54am EDT

Debra Draper, Government Accountability Office

The Veterans Affairs department's inspector general says it will take until August before it finishes investigating allegations of manipulated waiting lists in the Phoenix VA medical system and elsewhere around the country. But even if the investigation doesn't uncover intentional falsification, there is one thing we do know, based on the work of the Government Accountability Office: VA's data on medical appointment wait times is, at the very least, unreliable. And has been for years. Debra Draper, director of Health Care Issues at GAO, testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs last week and joins In Depth with Francis Rose (guest hosted by Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu) to discuss VA's issues with appointment scheduling.

Tags: Debra Draper , VA , In Depth

Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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Feds fast-tracking new system for keeping tabs on cleared personnel

In Part 4 of the special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines the government's plan to use new technology to keep better tabs on cleared personnel on a near, real-time basis. But some experts wonder whether such a plan could be implemented successfully in the swift timelines sought by the government.

Tags: oversight , security clearances , Questioning Clearances , continuous evaluation , OMB , ODNI , DoD , Marcel Lettre , Beth Cobert , Evan Lesser , Brenda Farrell , Bill Henderson

Sunday - 05/18/2014, 08:44am EDT
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Security review of healthcare.gov underway

The House Committee on Space, Science and Technology is asking for a top-to-bottom security review of the HealthCare.gov website. Committee chairman Lamar Smith is asking the Government Accountability Office to do the review.

Tags: GDIT Solutions Center , health IT , HealthCare.gov , Lamar Smith , House Committee on Space, Science and Technology

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:56pm EDT
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