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Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform ,

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to follow the rules around cloud computing. The Council of Inspectors General examined 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies. It found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the councils' new report.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , cloud computing , inspector general , Council of Inspectors General , best practices , contracting

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

Contractors are casting a wary eye on President Barack Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. It seems innocuous because most contractors already comply with labor laws. Still, the EO could cause a lot of mischief. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the EO affects contractors.

Tags: Trey Hodgkins , Federal Drive , Information Technology Industry Council , Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces , executive order , contracting

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:38pm EDT
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Big changes are coming to one corner of the General Services Administration in January. GSA's Federal Acquisition Service plans to overhaul its professional contracts by consolidating several multiple award contracts into one big schedule. The new vehicle could generate more than $5 billion in sales. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Miguel Garrido , Federal Drive , Bloomberg Government , GSA , Federal Acquisition Service , consolidation

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:34pm EDT
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Nayantara Hensel, Former Chief Economist, Navy

President Richard Nixon once joked with Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. He said he'd give her three U.S. generals in exchange for the legendary Moshe Dyan. Meir answered, sure, I'll take General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics. Today's Defense Industrial Base is operating in a changing and uncertain economy. In the last few years, it's been hit by Defense spending cutbacks. Nayantara Hensel, former chief economist for the Navy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describes what this means to the Defense Industrial Base and to the Defense enterprise.

Tags: Navy , Federal Drive , DoD , economics , defense industrial base , Nayantara Hensel

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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Ted Pestorius, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ebola outbreak has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into overdrive. About 100 staff members are in West Africa. Hundreds of other employees are working at the agency's emergency operations center in Atlanta. Still more are working stateside to protect Americans from Ebola or just picking up extra work so their colleagues can focus on the disease. Ted Pestorius is a management officer for the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, where his focus is on the center's employees. Emily Kopp caught up with him at NIH this week, at a conference where he was speaking about ways supervisors can support their employees. She asked Pestorius how is the CDC supporting these employees, and what concerns he hears the most about their well-being?

Tags: Ted Pestorius , Federal Drive , Centers for Disease Control , CDC , Emily Kopp , Ebola

Friday - 10/10/2014, 10:23am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House still holds out hope for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation from Congress, but not a lot of hope. Instead, the administration's more likely expectation is a series of smaller bills that address challenges everyone can agree on. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the White House's new approach.

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Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:34am EDT
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Dr. Steven Simon, National Cancer Institute

The first atomic explosion took place seven decades ago, but there's still fallout. The National Cancer Institute has embarked on a new study to examine cancer risks from that early detonation. Researchers want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may have been induced by the explosion called Trinity. Dr. Steven Simon, head of Dosimetry Unit of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Federal Drive , Steven Simon , National Cancer Institute , radiation

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:44pm EDT
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Patrick Redling, Homeland Security Investigations

When it comes to catching child predators, speed is often law enforcement's most important requirement. That's why a mobile app can help. The Operation Predator App, developed at the Homeland Security Department, has already proved successful. One suspect was apprehended less than 36 hours after its launch. Now it's available in Spanish and on Android phones. Patrick Redling is the unit chief for child exploitation investigations at Homeland Security Investigation's Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the app.

Tags: Federal Drive , DHS , Patrick Redling , Cyber Crime Division , technology

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Bill Zielinski, Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has found a new home for all of its data. The agency recently unveiled its new National Support Data Center in Urbana, Maryland. The 300,000 square foot facility replaces the 30-year-old Woodlawn facility that couldn't adapt to changing technology or meet electricity requirements. Chief Information Officer Bill Zielinski joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Bill Zielinski , Federal Drive , Social Security Administration , data storage , technology , SSA

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:50pm EDT
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