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Aaron Raddock, Manager, Baker Tilly

Some vendors use the phrase "contractors as pinatas" to describe how they feel about the assortment of new rules and regulations coming from the Obama administration. Aaron Raddock, a manager in the government contractor advisory services practice at the consulting firm Baker Tilly, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium to discuss how vendors can avoid the strike zone.

Tags: Aaron Raddock , Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP , Federal Drive , workforce , industry , Jason Miller , NCMA , contracting , acquisition

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:10am EST
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Tags: Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Mark Meadows , management , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SCRUB Act , Lois Lerner , Ariel Levin-Waldman

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT

Momentum builds to reform the regulatory process

Senate lawmakers, White House officials and good government groups say the current way agencies develop regulations is broken. They agree it takes too long, is too complicated and not transparent enough.

Tags: management , Howard Shelanski , Angus King , Katherine McFate , OIRA , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , Rob Portman , rulemaking , Congress , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 04:02am EDT
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Regulatory czar nominee pledges to speed up review process

President Barack Obama's pick to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pledged to clear up delays in the regulatory process if confirmed by the Senate. Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, Howard Shelanski said improving the timeliness of OIRA's work -- which has come in for criticism from Republican lawmakers and transparency groups, alike -- is among his top priorities.

Tags: Congress , Senate , management , Howard Shelanski , Public Citizen , OIRA , OMB , Carl Levin , Rob Portman , Unified Agenda , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 06:21pm EDT
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Obama nominates new regulatory czar

President Barack Obama announced he will nominate Federal Trade Commission official Howard Shelanski to serve as the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

Tags: OIRA , Cass Sunstein , Howard Shelanski , OMB , people , Jack Moore

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 08:35pm EDT

Timing of Unified Agenda release draws criticism from Issa

While Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized the Obama administration for turning in the Unified Agenda nine months late, one researcher says its more important to focus on the contents of the document rather than the timing of its release.

Tags: Unified Agenda , Darrell Issa , Jerry Ellig , George Mason University , Mercatus Center , Obama administration , deregulation , management , Congress , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/31/2012, 02:22pm EST
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Major rewrite makes MSPB's regs more consistent, viable and transparent

The Merit Systems Protection Board completed the first major rewrite of its regulations in more than 30 years. Susan Grundmann, the MSPB chairwoman, said the changes fall into four categories. The board is giving its users six weeks to transition to the new rules.

Tags: workforce , management , MSPB , Susan Grundmann , Federal Register , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 10/15/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Obama administration kick-starts regulatory reform, but more action needed

The Obama White House says it has cut red tape, reduced paperwork for businesses and citizens, and required agencies to simplify or get rid of old regulations. But how effective has this been? For analysis, Federal News Radio turns to Jerry Ellig, who was acting director of the Federal Trade Commission's Office of Policy Planning under George W. Bush. He spoke to Federal News Radio as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Jerry Ellig , Mercatus Center , George Mason University , management , Obama Impact

Monday - 09/17/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Achieving effective outcomes through management initiatives proves difficult

Federal News Radio evaluated a total of five initiatives meant to rally federal managers' enthusiasm, expertise and duty as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years. We determined more progress was needed on the administration's performance management and regulation reduction efforts. We called the President's plan to reorganize the Commerce Department a bust but find effective efforts surrounding energy sustainability and cutting waste, fraud, abuse and improper payments.

Tags: management , Lisa Wolfe , The Obama Impact , performance management agenda , improper payments , sustainability , green government ,

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:23am EDT

Democrats' platform continues call for 'remaking' of government

The Democratic Party platform, released Tuesday, is short on specifics about the federal workforce, particularly relating to federal pay or the size of the federal workforce. However, the platform does cite President Barack Obama's efforts to pare back overly burdensome regulations and his proposed consolidation of federal agencies. "President Obama and the Democrats are committed to rethinking, reforming, and remaking our government so that it can meet the challenges of our time," the authors of the platform wrote.

Tags: Democratic platform , government reorganization , AFGE , J. David Cox , Jack Moore , cybersecurity , cybersecurity udpate , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:58pm EDT
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