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Reverse auctions not all a bed of roses, one expert says

Defense analyst Robert Levinson told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that while reverse auctions can generate significant savings for the federal government, they do have their downside.

Tags: Robert Levinson , DoD , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , reverse auctions , contracting , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 11:49am EDT
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Bid protesting system helps agencies police themselves

Steven Maser, a professor of public policy and administration at Willamette University, recently completed a study on the bid protest process. While he acknowledged that the number of bid protests were on the rise, he didn't necessarily think that was a bad thing for agencies and contractors.

Tags: Steven Maser , bid protests , acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Federal Drive , industry , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 12:25pm EDT
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TSP funds continue downward trend in May

Eight of the 10 Thrift Savings Plans posted negative numbers for the month of May, with the two funds posting positive numbers sliding slightly as well.

Tags: TSP , retirement , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board , Michael OConnell

Monday - 06/04/2012, 05:37am EDT

Military diversity bill codifies commission's findings

Retired Air Force Gen. Lester Lyles said new legislation calling for diversity benchmarks in the military would codify the recommendations of the commission he led in 2011 and would make for a better armed forces.

Tags: Lester Lyles , diversity , Military Leadership Diversity Commission , Ben Cardin , Kirsten Gillibrand , Federal Drive , DoD , Congress , Senate , Elijah Cummings , House , Michael OConnell

Monday - 05/21/2012, 01:09pm EDT
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Big Data creates big challenges for agencies

Mark Weber, NetApp's president of the U.S. public sector, spoke to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about a Meritalk study his company sponsored called The Big Data Gap.

Tags: Mark Weber , NetApp , big data , Federal Drive , technology , data analysis , Michael OConnell , information technology

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 08:52am EDT
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Budget top of mind as USDA celebrates 150th birthday

The Agriculture Department kicks off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary today with a star-studded party at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Tags: Tom Vilsack , USDA , In Depth , budget , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 08:11am EDT
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Special counsel letter details air safety concerns

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling attention to reports of safety lapses at some U.S. commercial aviation facilities. She also criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for delays in responding to whistleblower disclosures.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , Office of Special Counsel , FAA , DoT , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Ray Lahood , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 09:48am EDT

Bill calls for 'duplication score' to cut wasteful programs

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has cosponsored two pieces of legislation that target duplication of government services, both in the legislative and executive branches.

Tags: James Lankford , House , Congress , Federal Drive , duplication , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 11:41am EDT
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New legislation seeks to prevent hazing in military

Congressmen introduce the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act of 2012, a bill aimed at preventing hazing in the military services.

Tags: Elijah Cummings , Ben Cardin , Judy Chu , Mike Honda , Harry Lew , DoD , hazing , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , House , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 06:24am EDT

Video: More feds are teleworking, report says

The Telework Exchange released a report last week saying that feds who participated in the 2012 Telework Week saved more than $5.6 million. The report not only showed a greater adoption of teleworking, but that feds were leading the way.

Tags: telework , Telework Exchange , technology , mobility , Cindy Auten , Casey Coleman , Peter Tseronis , cisco , Michael OConnell

Monday - 05/07/2012, 01:09pm EDT
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