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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How much should contractors charge the government for labor for a project? Perhaps not surprisingly, it depends on the type of contract and what the government instructed the contractor to do. It gets murkier when subcontractors are involved. In a long running case between QinetiQ and the General Services Administration, GSA is asking for millions it says the company overcharged. The company sued, saying it was doing what the government asked for. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out this highly-watched case.

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

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:34am EDT
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Mike Casey, Chief Learning Officer, GSA

Training your agency's employees by sitting them down in a classroom in front of a teacher giving a lecture won't work for the federal government anymore. Mike Casey is the chief learning officer of the General Services Administration and a guest for the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose. He's at the forefront of the effort to teach agency managers the difference between training and learning. Casey said knowing the difference could make a big impact on the cost to run your agency. Read related article.

Tags: Mike Casey , training , In Depth , workforce , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:03pm EDT
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Agency blunders put spotlight on risk management

A series of management blunders and agency misbehavior in recent years ranging from the General Services Administration to the Veterans Affairs Department, haven't only put agency leaders in the hot seat and sometimes out of work. They've also highlighted the importance of better risk-management planning by agencies, current and former federal officials told Federal News Radio as part of a special discussion on risk management.

Tags: risk management , IRS , VA , Todd Grams , Danny Werfel , Beryl Davis , GAO , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Lessons in federal training - straight from your garden

Training should not be about checking items off a list, says GSA Chief Learning Officer Mike Casey. It should be more like a "self-weeding garden."

Tags: training , Mike Casey , chief learning officer , workforce , management , Francis Rose , In Depth , Executive Suite , Stephanie Wasko

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:48pm EDT
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Q&A with former GSA administrator Martha Johnson

Former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson discusses her new book: "On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation and Personal Resilience", and takes a look back at her career in public service.
June 23, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Martha Johnson , GSA scandal , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 06/23/2014, 07:58pm EDT
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Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , workforce , Megan Schmith , RAND , TechAmerica , management , Stephanie Wasko , AFCEA

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

DoD to test cloud security requirements above, beyond FedRAMP

DISA is working with the services to identify a mission-critical application in the cloud to ensure the additional requirements for Level-3 security are appropriate and achievable. Meanwhile, the FedRAMP program office is beginning to consider what the program will look like in two to three to five years.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cloud computing , Maria Roat , DoD , Kevin Dulany , AFCEA , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Bob Woods, President, Topside Consulting

The General Services Administration is pushing agencies to offer more eco-friendly contracts. Industry is already on board with the idea, but some agencies aren't taking the bait. Bob Woods is president of Topside Consulting and former commissioner of the Federal Technology Service at the General Services Administration. He's tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's stopping agencies from going green.

Tags: Bob Woods , TopSide Consulting , In Depth

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:13pm EDT
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GSA ends office supplies 2 contract; faces new protest on version 3

Vendors protested GSA's desire to extend the Office Supplies 2 contract for six more months. GSA says agencies can buy office supplies through the multiple award schedules. National Industries for the Blind protests the OS3 contract to the agency, not to GAO.

Tags: contracting , industry , GAO , bid protest , office supplies , OASIS , National Industries for the Blind , Jason Miller

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:25pm EDT

GSA taps Lockheed to transform FAS business systems

The General Services Administration has tapped Lockheed Martin to help update the Federal Acquisition Service's (FAS) business systems. The agency announced Monday it awarded Lockheed the Application Maintenance, Enhancement and Operations (CAMEO) task order, which will "streamline a highly integrated IT portfolio."

Tags: Lockheed Martin , Tom Sharpe , acquisition , contracting , industry , Federal Acquisition Service , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:28am EDT
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