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What feds should know about the 114th Congress

Tuesday marks the first day of the 114th Congress, which mostly serves as a day of ceremony for freshman members. But once the fanfare is over, experts on the Hill say Republicans and Democrats will get right back to settling some old scores left over from 2014.

Tags: Congress , Don Kettl , Erik Wasson , Jason Chaffetz , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Jory Heckman , Federal Drive , DHS , budget

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 12:17pm EST

Innovation and Tech Superiority through Acquisition Reform

Challenging the status-quo of federal networks, and what can be done on the technology and procurement fronts to get new, lower cost, more efficient, and non-proprietary technology into agencies.

Tags: Brocade , Tony Celeste , Steve Charles , Joe Paiva , Joanne Woytek , procurement , acquisition reform

Monday - 12/15/2014, 12:32pm EST

Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Today is the opening day of the 114th Congress. It's got a lot to consider, and a lot to accomplish. But what can federal employees expect from this new Washington? Especially with all the new faces joining the floor later this morning. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some analysis and predictions.

Tags: Don Kettl , University of Maryland , Congress , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:44am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

To cope with the complexity of government procurement, contractors tend to develop habits and rules by which they cope. The best ones echo the Boy Scouts: Be prepared. Tim Sullivan is a partner at Thompson Coburn and has authored the new blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the first commandment: Thou shalt do thy homework.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , contracting , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:42am EST
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Tom Suder, President, MobileGov

The Consumer Electronic Show is happening this week in Las Vegas. Despite its name, the annual show, one of the biggest in the world, has plenty of new technology of interest to the enterprise. It's also the 10th anniversary for the CES Government program, with the agenda focusing on Security, Innovation and Acquisition. Tom Suder is the president of MobileGov and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about federal mobility trends, security best practices and what it's like at the Las Vegas Convention Center as more than 100,000 people descend on the city to see 50 football fields worth of gadgetry.

Tags: Consumer Electronic Show , technology , CES Government , Tom Suder , MobileGov , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:06am EST
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Kevin Plexico, Vice President of Information Solutions, Deltek

Federal budgets may not be growing much, but contractors can still make a good living. They're looking at $122 billion in the top 10 prime contracting opportunities from civilian agencies this year. According to Deltek, that's more than double the number from last year. Kevin Plexico is the vice president of information solutions at Deltek. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on civilian contracting opportunities in 2015.

Tags: Kevin Plexico , Deltek , Federal Drive , budget , contracting

Monday - 01/05/2015, 10:58am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The departments of Commerce and Labor have quietly reconfigured the position of their respective Chief Information Officers. In many respects, the agencies are headed in opposite directions. In his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller tells us about the changes. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Commerce , Labor , CIOs , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:01am EST
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Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

CyberCompEx. It sounds like a new medicine. Actually it's a social network site just for cybersecurity people in and out of government. The Homeland Security Department's Research and Development Division recently announced CyberCompEx. Developed in conjunction with Monster Government Solutions, CyberCompEx will serve as a portal for students, professionals, employers and others interested in the cybersecurity. Karen Evans is the National Director of U.S. Cyber Challenge and one of the architects of the site. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new site.

Tags: technology , social media , Federal Drive , Karen Evans , U.S. Cyber Challenge , cybersecurity

Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:05am EST
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Deborah Gibbs Tschudy, Deputy Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue

Revenues from the sale of natural resources collected on federal lands totaled more than $125 billion between 2003 and 2013. These revenues are made up mainly of royalties, bonuses and rents. Anyone can see all the data thanks to a new portal. It allows the public to see money made from the lease of federal lands for natural resource exploration and development. Deborah Gibbs Tschudy is the Deputy Director of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how it all works.

Tags: Deborah Gibbs Tschudy , Office of Natural Resources Revenue , federal land , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/02/2015, 10:21am EST
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Kevin Brancato, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The new year will bring new contracting initiatives throughout government. A big case in point: The Army's forthcoming Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services, or RS3. It's one of several big, multiple-award contracts that will drive consolidation of professional services. Many more service contracts are likely to flow through vehicles like RS3 and the Navy's SeaPort E. Kevin Brancato, Senior Defense Analyst at Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to provide a broader outlook on RS3 and defense contracting in 2015.

Tags: Kevin Brancato , Bloomberg Government , Army , RS3 , Navy , Federal Drive , contracting

Friday - 01/02/2015, 10:23am EST
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