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Hackathon generates Section 508 resources, playbook for agencies to use

Office of Science and Technology Policy and the General Services Administration's 18F lab take part in hackathon focused on developing solutions for digital accessibility problems.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 05:08pm EDT

Mike Kruger, Director of Digital Engagement, Commerce Department

The General Services Administration's 18F and the U.S. Digital Service based at the Office of Management and Budget, are two of the first examples of the digital services teams agencies have to deploy by administration order. But digital services won't work the same, or do the same thing, at every agency. Mike Kruger is director of digital engagement at the Commerce Department. On with Francis Rose, he explained a couple things digital services are not.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:05pm EDT
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Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
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Cyber award to Booz Allen begins CDM's value-chain evolution

DHS and OMB says the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program will begin to show 'intrinsic value' to the government as more and more agencies benefit from the cyber tools and services. GSA's $39 million award to Booz Allen is the second of six awards for tools and services under the program.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:22am EDT
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Acquisition leaders on the move at VA, GSA

As much attention as the Veterans Affairs senior executive responsible for oversight of the debacle in Boulder, Colorado of the construction of a new hospital left, his replacement got strikingly little fanfare.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:53am EDT

GSA's schedule contract consolidation kicks major overhaul effort into gear

The General Services Administration plans to substantially complete the merger of eight professional schedule contracts into one by November. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said 440 professional services contractors owning more than 4,400 total schedules need to migrate to the new construct.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Nick Bristow, 18F Innovation Specialist, GSA

Online security and online access for people with disabilities have collided. Many of the most common Web practices for ensuring a user is actually human can be very difficult to use if you've got a disability. For example, Techniques like CAPTCHA, which requires users to type in a distorted word or symbol, can be impossible for the blind. To remedy that, the General Services Administration's 18F tech team recently held an "Accessibility Hackathon." They want to find a way to keep dot-gov sites secure and make them more accessible. Nick Bristow is an 18F innovation specialist working on this problem. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain some of the team's ideas.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:48am EDT
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David Montoya, IG, HUD, and Brian Miller, Navigant

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Housing and Urban Development has some big wins to celebrate. Settlements with shady lenders, and others, have netted a big return for the federal government. David Montoya is inspector general HUD. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose along with Brian Miller, managing director at Navigant and former inspector general of the General Services Administration, to talk about his office's values and why they're important in an IG office.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:07pm EDT
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From the Old Post Office to FBI headquarters, GSA gets creative with federal property

As the government's landlord, the General Services Administration is coming up with creative approaches for how agencies can consolidate their workforces, rethink their office spaces and dispose of excess properties. In our latest special report, Federal News Radio takes an in-depth look at two projects receiving a lot of buzz: the renovation of the Old Post Office building and the relocation of the FBI headquarters.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 02:51am EDT

Second protest further delays DHS cyber program

HP Enterprise Services submitted a protest to the Government Accountability Office on March 9 of the $29 million award to Knowledge Consulting Group under task order 2.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:07pm EDT

Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant, Former IG, GSA

Former General Services Administration official Jeff Neely pleads guilty to one count of fraud in a case that started with the scandal surrounding a convention in Las Vegas. Brian Miller is Managing Director at Navigant, and he was Inspector General at GSA when the case against Neely began. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his takeaway as he learns about the plea in the case.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 05:11pm EDT
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Guilty plea from former GSA official Jeff Neely

The ex-Public Buildings Service regional commissioner admitted to charging GSA for a vacation he took at the M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 12:23pm EDT

Data visualization & data analytics

GSA's Edward Meyman, Kris Rowley and Ryan Swann join host John Gilroy to discuss how to understand and analyze big data.
March 31, 2015

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 06:38pm EDT
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Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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Justin Herman, SocialGov Lead, GSA

The General Services Administration launched the first-ever Public Participation Playbook. GSA said it will help federal agencies meet their open goverment priority goals. Justin Herman is SocialGov lead and manager of the Public Participation Playbook project at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how it works.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:49pm EDT
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OMB targets further federal office space reductions

David Mader, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will issue a memo today requiring agencies to set an annual square foot reduction target and to adopt space design standards for future office space. The Reduce the Footprint memo builds on the 2013 Freeze the Footprint policy that saw a reduction of more than 20 million square feet of office space.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 06:00am EDT
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Sonny Hashmi, Outgoing CIO, GSA

The latest federal chief information officer to transition to the federal business space is Sonny Hashmi. He is the outgoing chief information officer of the General Services Administration, and he'll be the new managing director of Box. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the past, present and future of federal government IT.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:24pm EDT
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All things procurement

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss the top procurement issues in 2015, and how they are impacting contractors.
March 23, 2015

Monday - 03/23/2015, 08:54pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The potential new rule from the General Services Administration for contractors to report their Schedules transaction data could be redundant. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA is asking contractors to report data it already has, and says the rule proposal raises five important questions.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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OFPP initiates 360-degree reviews of the acquisition process

New guidance from Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, implements a way for vendors and program owners to rate the acquisition process in each agency. The goal of Acquisition 360 is to identify potential procurement process improvements.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:12am EDT
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