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Government innovation? It gets an 'A' for effort

Federal Drive host Tom Temin reports that agencies and companies at a recent technology conference are betting on innovation.

Tags: Tom Temin , technology , Energy , Booz Allen Hamilton , Sentien , Jonathan Aberman

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:56am EST

Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Tags: acquistion , contracting , industry , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Phil Kangas , Grant Thornton , LPTA , workforce , training , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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Dan Chenok, Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Good customer service is just one of President Barack Obama's 15 cross-agency priority goals for agency managers in 2015. Dan Chenok is executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the expectations agencies will have to provide top notch customer service.

Tags: Dan Chenok , IBM Center for the Business of Government , technology , cybersecurity , GSA , 18F , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 03:46pm EST

Wendy Taylor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Workers on the front lines battling Ebola face a lot of dangers. One of the biggest? Simply taking off their protective suits at the end of the day. It's a multi-step process with no margin for error. To combat this and other logistical problems, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched what it calls the "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge." It solicited designs and innovations from all over the world. Wendy Taylor, director of USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to parse the challenge's results.

Tags: Wendy Taylor , USAID , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Ebola , Ebola Grand Challenge ,

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:21am EST
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A pathway to transformation

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, will discuss a new report that looks at how to fix the defense acquisition system.
December 9, 2014

Tags: acquisition , defense acquisition , contracting , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , NDIA , data reporting , data analysis , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 05:36pm EST
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GSA's 18F applies agile approach to hiring as part of growth strategy

The 7-month-old innovation lab will launch three pilots this fall as part of its new consulting services. Greg Godbout, the executive director of 18F, said the organization now has 100 employees, up from 14 in March, and cut the time to hire down to about eight weeks.

Tags: management , technology , workforce , GSA , 18F , Greg Godbout , hiring reform , agile development , TechAmerica Foundation , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 09:59am EDT
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Tangherlini: Agencies can learn a lot from startups

The ability to take risks and a hyper-focus on customer needs are just two of the things GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the federal government can learn from technology startups.

Tags: Dan Tangherlini , ACT-IAC , Executive Leadership Conference , GSA , technology , startups , 18F , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 05:08pm EDT
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How to innovate on a smaller budget

Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm talk to Karen Dahut, executive vice president and leader of the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton, about what companies need to do to embrace innovation, especially in the public sector.

Tags: Karen Dahut , Booz Allen Hamilton , Women of Washington , Aileen Black , Gigi Schumm , budget , Navy

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 10:52am EDT

One woman's call to government service

Lara Shane, vice president of Communications and Research at the Partnership for Public Service, joins Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm to discuss the importance of government in peoples' lives and her own call to government service.

Tags: Lara Shane , Partnership for Public Service , STEM , Service to America Medals

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:32am EDT

Lauren Oleksyk, Army NSRDEC

Move over MRE's, the Army is developing 3D food printers for soldiers in the field. If successful, soldiers will instantly have access to their food of choice by pressing the print button. The new technology could save money, avoid wasted food and give soldiers more food choices. Lauren Oleksyk is the food leader at the Army's Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new project.

Tags: 3-D printing , Army , Lauren Oleksyk , Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center , technology , DoD , food

Friday - 08/08/2014, 07:30am EDT
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