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Treasury's fixes to USASpending.gov begin with mapping, navigation

Christina Ho, the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, said Treasury developed short-and long-term plans to improve the spending portal. She said DATA Act requirements fit well in the department's strategy.

Tags: technology , USASpending.gov , Christina Ho , Treasury Department , DATA Act , contracting , information sharing , Exclusive

Friday - 09/26/2014, 04:57am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department is a classic. It's a tale of a senior veterans health administration deputy chief procurement officer committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:20am EDT
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Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

The Treasury Department has heard the complaints about the USASpending.gov portal: it's hard to use, the data quality is poor, etc. Treasury inherited the portal in February from the General Services Administration. It already has short- and long-term plans to improve the federal spending website. In part one of their interview, Christina Ho, executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the portal's improvement strategy.

Tags: Federal Drive , In Depth , GSA , Treasury Department , USASpending.gov , Christina Ho , Bureau of the Fiscal Service , data transparency , technology

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The Office of Government Ethics is stepping out from behind the legal and policy curtain to help build a broader community, and it wants agency ethics officials and others to do the same. Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, says a month-long series of seminars and summits is part of a broader effort to change the view of ethics oversight across government. He spoke to Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller in part one of their interview.

Tags: Walter Shaub , Office of Government Ethics , In Depth , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The STOCK Act, the revolving door, the reverse revolving door: these are the reasons why the Office of Government Ethics is being more aggressive in its training of federal employees. Over the last year, OGE has offered 238 percent more training courses and hours then the year before. In part two of their interview, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how OGE is managing through this volatile environment.

Tags: Walter Shaub , STOCK Act , training , ethics , In Depth , management , OGE , Federal Drive

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:47pm EDT
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FDA reorg splits CIO, informatics roles in preparation for network innovations

Walter Harris, the chief operating officer and acting chief information officer at the Food and Drug Administration, said the agency should name a permanent CIO in the next three months to help take the agency into the cloud.

Tags: technology , Walter Harris , FDA , cloud computing , mobile computing , management , Taha Kass-Hout , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 07:10am EDT
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Complex ethics environment pushes OGE to focus on basics

Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, said the agency is focusing on three areas in order to improve ethics training across government: communication, direct support to agency ethics officials and oversight.

Tags: management , Office of Government Ethics , Walter Shaub , training , oversight , Exclusive

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:51am EDT
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GAO decides one of first protests based on FedRAMP compliance

SRA loses its bid protest of the HHS award for cloud email services to InfoReliance. GAO says HHS' evaluation factors were reasonable and properly considered.

Tags: acquisition , industry , HHS , SRA , InfoReliance , cloud computing , GAO ,

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:27am EDT

TechAmerica dismisses Mike Hettinger as head of public sector practice

The industry association is once again in turmoil as it gets rid of Mike Hettinger, who was brought in to stabilize the association after a tumultuous year. TechAmerica brings in two consultants, Larry Allen and Bill Greenwalt, to handle the day-to-day activities of the organization in the meantime.

Tags: industry , management , Exclusive , Mike Hettinger , Steve Ostrowski , TechAmerica , CompTia , Todd Thibodeaux ,

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 01:54pm EDT

OGE Director Shaub wants a stronger, more transparent ethics community

The National Government Ethics Summit, sponsored by the Office of Government Ethics, highlighted basic and advanced training for federal ethics officials, as well as broader subjects, such as whistleblower retaliation, the Hatch Act and other legal issues. Walter Shaub, the director of OGE, wants training sessions such as these to bring the federal ethics community closer together.

Tags: management , Office of Government Ethics , Walter Shaub , workforce , Craig Holman , Exclusive

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:11am EDT
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