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Federal Drive Interviews -- Sept. 20, 2012

Prof. Charles O'Brien of the University of Pennsylvania talks about a report on binge drinking in the military. Jacob Pankowski of Greenberg Traurig and David Childs of Management Analysis Incorporated offer insight on inherently governmental procedures.

Tags: Federal Drive , people , University of Pennsylvania , Jacob Pankowski , Greenberg Traurig , DoD , David Childs , Management Analysis Incorporated , Obama Impact

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 10:54am EDT

Improvements to how agencies buy goods, services bear out little fruit

In part 4 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine progress the administration has made in the acquisition arena. We rated one initiative as effective (green), three as ineffective (red) and two as more progress needed (yellow). View the details of each initiative through our interactive dashboard.

Tags: Obama Impact , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , strategic sourcing , DoD , OFPP , high risk contracts , vendor-agency relationship , small business , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:27am EDT

GSA considers alternatives to track contractors

For decades, the General Services Administration has contracted with the company Dun & Bradstreet to provide unique identifying numbers for businesses. These numbers called Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS numbers allow GSA to track contractors and other recipients of federal funds. But the cost of using this service has grown from $1 million in 2002 to about $19 million per year under the current contract.

Tags: Bill Woods , GAO , Dun & Bradstreet , DUNS number , acquisition , contracting , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 11:20am EDT
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What are the big federal news stories?

Federal News Radio hosts Tom Temin and Francis Rose join host Mark Amtower to discuss some of the top issues affecting federal workers.
April 16, 2012.

Tags: Tom Temin , Francis Rose , Mark Amtower , OFPP , Mythbusters , GSA , Public Building Service , Amtower Off Center , acquisition , contracting , Bring your own device

Monday - 04/16/2012, 10:40pm EDT
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Professional Services Council has concerns about DoD insourcing

Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, explains why his organization wrote a letter to Defense Department Secretary Robert Gates. One of the largest unions in the country, the International Association of Machinists, has expressed concerns about the process, as well.

Tags: Pay & Benefits , management , insourcing , DoD , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , Dorothy Ramienski ,

Tuesday - 05/04/2010, 08:00pm EDT
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Is your job in danger of being outsourced?

OMB has a new test.

Tags: mngt , contracting , OFPP , OMB , Jason Miller , outsourcing , FAIR Act

Wednesday - 03/31/2010, 06:39pm EDT
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'Inherently Governmental:' Has the Debate Changed?

Federal News Radio told you yesterday about the OMB draft guidance defining "inherently government." We get analysis from former OFPP Administrator Al Burman.

Tags: mngt , contracting , Al Burman , Jefferson Consulting , OFPP

Wednesday - 03/31/2010, 05:45pm EDT
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Rep. Sarbanes calls for more telework, insourcing

Legislation calls for high-level executive to oversee employee telecommuting

Tags: technology , contracting , mngt , Rep. John Sarbanes , Rep. Stephen Lynch , Sen. Daniel Akaka , GSA , OPM , GAO , telework , Competitive sourcing , insourcing ,

Friday - 04/03/2009, 07:15am EDT
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GAO finds civilian agencies slow to insource jobs

Auditors issue a new report to Congress on how civilian agencies are meeting the legislative mandate to issue guidelines to bring work back into the government. Of the nine agencies GAO looked at, none have released final directives. Agencies say they need more help in defining certain terms such as inherently governmental.

Tags: contracting , management , GAO , OMB , insourcing , Multisector workforce ,

Tuesday - 10/06/2009, 07:08pm EDT
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OFPP defines 'inherently governmental'

Federal News Radio has obtained the draft policy letter that will standardize and help explain what jobs should only be done by federal employees. OFPP is expected to issue the draft policy letter tomorrow. The draft policy provides 20 examples of inherently governmental jobs and 19 that are considered closely associated with inherently governmental.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , FAIR Act , Critical functions , Function closely associated with inherently govern

Tuesday - 03/30/2010, 04:57pm EDT
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