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Federal News Countdown: Dark cloud over Sunshine Week, GOP's budget divisions

Rob Burton, procurement attorney at Venable, and Mark Forman, vice president for IT services at TASC, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Tags: Rob Burton , Mark Forman , TASC , Federal News Countdown , In Depth

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:47pm EDT
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Jamie Barnett, Cybersecurity Practice Partner, Venable

CENTCOM's Twitter and YouTube accounts are back up and running after Islamic State sympathizers hacked the sites yesterday. The Defense Department says the attack lasted for about 30 minutes. The sites posted threatening messages about American troops and showed pro-Islamic State images. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett is a partner for the cybersecurity practice at Venable. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the cybervandalism means for CENTCOM and national security.

Tags: Jamie Barnett , Navy , DoD , cybersecuirty , U.S. Cyber Command , In Depth

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:10pm EST
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Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

When the 114th Congress gets back to work next week, a new corps of leaders will take over important committees. Mac Thornberry will lead the House Armed Services Committee; Jason Chaffetz will chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Republicans will take over the chairs of all the committees in the Senate. Rob Burton is a partner at the Venable law firm, and former Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015. He said you can expect more oversight in the new Congress.

Tags: Ron Burton , Congress , Oversight , In Depth , Acquisition , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:22pm EST

Bid protests continue to rise as agencies take corrective action more quickly

The Government Accountability Office released its annual report showing vendors submitted 5 percent more protests in 2014 than in 2013. But the overall sustainment rate dropped significantly for the first time in five years.

Tags: bid protests , Acquisition , contracting , GAO , Industry , Ralph White , Rob Burton , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:30pm EST

Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

Tags: Rob Burton , GAO , USIS , contracting , Industry , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
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Lawmakers, industry press OFPP not to make strategic sourcing mandatory

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce is searching for answers about the potential impact on competition if the White House mandates the use of strategic sourcing contracts. Four industry associations provided little support for compulsory use, citing potential risks to the government and harm to vendors.

Tags: Acquisition , Industry , Joe Jordan , OFPP , Jeff Koses , GSA , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , Rob Burton , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:35am EDT
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Federal News Countdown: GOP platform, FEMA funding and sequestration

Jeff Neal, the senior vice president president at ICF International, and Rob Burton, a partner with Venable law firm, count down the top federal news story of the week.

Tags: In Depth , Industry Chatter , Francis Rose , Rob Burton , Jeff Neal , ICF International

Friday - 08/31/2012, 02:52pm EDT
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Former OFPP officials say government in state of 'paralysis'

Former officials from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy say agencies need to get out of the ditch they have dug for themselves by taking multiple-award contracts the wrong way.

Tags: Industry , Acquisition , contracts , GAO , MAC , best practices , Rob Burton , Allan Burman , Deidre Lee , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Keith BieryGolick

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Ahead of OMB guidance, agencies bring their own strategies to BYOD

Early-adopter agencies of the bring-your-own-device idea are blazing their own trail through the security, privacy and policy challenges of personally-owned devices on government networks.

Tags: Technology , Mobile computing , mobility , BYOD , Bring your own device , ACT/IAC , GSA , EEOC , Perryn Ashmore , Kimberly Hancher , Dan Reece , Rob Burton , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Suspension and debarments rise amid pressure from Congress

Agencies are making greater use of their ability to declare contractors and individuals ineligible for work by the federal government. Some outside experts suggest the increase may be the result of hasty decisions.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , contracting , Industry , Suspension and debarment , Air Force , Defense Logistics Agency , Crowell and Moring , McKenna, Long and Aldridge , Angela Styles , Rob Burton , Fred Levy , Normand Lussier , Steven Shaw , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 05:49am EDT
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