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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Public interest watchdogs discuss agency watchdogs

Project on Government Oversight general counsel Scott Amey and Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project join host Debra Roth to talk about the inspector general community and the challenges IGs face in identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal government.
November 21, 2014

Tags: workforce , inspectors general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , CIGIE , Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 , Scott Amey , Tom Devine , GAP , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford and Roth , Fed Talk

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 09:34pm EST
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Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project on Government Oversight

The former acting Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, Charles Edwards, is now on administrative leave, following the release of a Senate subcommittee report indicating Edwards "jeopardized the independence" of the IG office. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about who's watching the watchers.

Tags: Danielle Brian , Charles Edwards , DHS , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping 'exorbitant' contractor salaries

A collection of federal unions and watchdogs groups wrote to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee urging support for a law capping taxpayer-funded contracting compensation costs at $230, 700 the maximum salary earned by the highest-paid federal employees.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , contractor pay cap , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , AFGE , NTEU , Carl Levin , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 06:05pm EDT

Intelligence community employees to gain whistleblower protections

Employees in the intelligence community (IC) who report waste, fraud and abuse have gained whistleblower protections, under a directive President Barack Obama issued Wednesday. The presidential policy directive aims to ensure intelligence and national security employees are able to legally report agency wrongdoing and be protected from retaliation for doing so.

Tags: whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Intelligence community , Congress , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 09:03pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Aug. 13

The Project on Government Oversight evaluates whether defense contractors would be hit hard by sequestration. Plus, what are best practices for creating PDFs that are accessible by people with disabilities?

Tags: Federal Drive , Ben Freeman , Terry Weaver , GSA , disabilities , PDF , sequestration , DoD , industry , contracting

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:06am EDT

DoJ IG ombudsman to guarantee whistleblower rights

Long-time federal prosecutor Robert Storch is the first whistleblower ombudsman at the Justice Department. In this newly-created position, Storch is charged with making sure whistleblower complaints coming into the Office of the Inspector General are reviewed in a timely and proper manner.

Tags: Robert Storch , inspector general , DoJ , ombudsman , oversight , whistleblower , Federal Drive

Friday - 08/10/2012, 11:01am EDT
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Analysis: Defense contractors already reducing workforce

The Project on Government Oversight reviewed the size of five of the largest defense contractors and found three of the five were reducing their workforces even as the Defense Department's procurement budget ballooned between 2006 and 2011.

Tags: sequestration , budget , DoD , contracting , Congress

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 12:44pm EDT

EXCLUSIVE: DHS directorate withdraws controversial vendor checklist

The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it would not put a contractor communication guidance in place that would have required agency leaders to answer 15 questions before meeting with companies. Industry experts said the draft guidance would have had a chilling effect on agency-contractor communication.

Tags: industry , acquisition , DHS , Mythbusters , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Industry-agency communication , Scott Amey , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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Federal pay statistics are easily manipulated, GAO reports

The Government Accountability Office looked at six studies about federal pay and found that the different approaches taken in each made their findings potentially problematic.

Tags: pay and benefits , GAO , Scott Amey , workforce , Keith BieryGolick , CBO

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 05:25am EDT
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