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Federal open source software activities are growing

The wave of the future in government digital innovation may be in the open source arena, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: commentary , technology , open source , FDsys , GPO , Jarid Cottrell , Booz Allen Hamilton , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:22am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal contractors have a new way to tell agency contracting shops how they really feel about the acquisition process. It's called Acquisition 360. It gives both contractors and program managers a chance to rate how individual agencies go about buying things. Anne Rung is the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Leslie Field is the deputy administrator. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about how Acquisition 360 works, and how they hope it will help improve the federal procurement process.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , contracting , acquisition , Acquisition 360 , OFPP , In Depth

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:19am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The IRS has stretched its budget enough to render furloughs unnecessary. That's according to Commissioner John Koskinen. He tells members of the House Appropriations Committee, the agency has made other tough choices, including freezing all hiring and overtime. Now he's asking Congress for a big boost next year. How'd that go over? Reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , IRS , John Koskinen , furloughs , workforce

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:17am EDT
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Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana

As the federal government struggles with how to make better use of data, it could learn a thing or two from the states. A case in point is Indiana. It's harnessing data to solve problems and improve how it does business. In one example, Indiana has had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country for more than two decades. Officials have identified causes and directed funds to programs that target at-risk mothers. Paul Baltzell is Indiana's Chief Information Officer. on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, explained more about the state's data analysis program.

Tags: Paul Baltzell , CIO , Indiana , infant mortality rate , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:29am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It may sound odd, but source selection officials have the authority to use more than one selection approach within a single procurement. And it looks like they're using that authority more often. You can find this authority in an often-overlooked section of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, FAR Part 15.101. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how this works and what it means.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell , Federal Drive , source selection , FAR , acquisition , procurement

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:28am EDT
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Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

Tags: Danny Werfel , Boston Consulting Group , Federal Drive , Improper payments , IRS , GAO , OMB

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

When CIA director John Brennan announced a reorganization, a big feature was formation of a new directorate. It's aimed at what Brennan calls digital innovation in cybersecurity and other areas. It has a lot of potential for contractors of all sizes. Jonathan Aberman, managing director of the Northern Virginia capital fund Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit business development-oriented TandemNSI, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss this development.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Amplifier Ventures , Federal Drive , CIA , John Brennan

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 11:39am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief financial officers are fighting an epic battle over ceding budgetary turf to chief information officers. The Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA) is now law. It gives CIOs control over agency IT budgets. The Office of Management and Budget is working with agencies to implement FITARA, and that's sparked the reaction from the CFOs. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about this long-simmering turf battle. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , CFOs , CIOs , FITARA , budgets , Inside the Reporters Notebook , In Depth

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:34am EDT
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Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Some fresh, new and big federal contracting opportunities are coming. The biggest will be the $60 billion Alliant Two deal, a government-wide acquisition contract the General Services Administration is cooking up. That's according to Bloomberg Government. B-Gov has published its latest list of the top 20 upcoming vehicles. There are the ones contractors simply must have places on. Bloomberg senior analyst Kevin Brancato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the list.

Tags: Kevin Brancato , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Alliant Two , acquisition , contracting

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:52am EDT
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Dr. Wendy Dean, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, U.S. Army

You might remember Charla Nash. She's the woman who was horribly disfigured when attacked by a friend's pet chimpanzee back in 2009. The Pentagon has been closely watching her long recovery. More than watching, actually. The Army has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nash's medical bills. The hope is Nash's ordeal can help the military learn to care for disfigured soldiers returning from war. Dr. Wendy Dean, a medical advisor in the Army's Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the effort and what the military hopes to learn.

Tags: Wendy Dean , Army , Federal Drive , Charla Nash , chimpanzee , DoD , disfigured soldiers , Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:41am EDT
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