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  • Joseph Petrillo: The folly of being your own lawyer

    You’ve heard the saying. Don’t take the law into your own hands. You take ’em to court. There’s a corollary saying, or there should be. If you take ’em to court, hire a good lawyer. That is, don’t try and represent yourself. Everyone’s a genius, but three recent cases show the folly of trying to be your own lawyer. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Robert Shea: Deep dive into 2017 budget proposal

    From cybersecurity to clean transportation to curing cancer, the 2017 budget request from the Obama Administration is ambitious. The non-Defense portion of the discretionary budget would rise to nearly $600 billion. For one view of what the budget is saying and what it might mean to federal agencies, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton and former Office of Management and Budget official during the Bush administration.

  • Mallory Barg Bulman: SES mobility under the microscope

    Achieving senior executive status in the federal government can be a two-edged blade. The pay is better and you get a lot of authority. But too often, it means getting stuck in one place for too long. That can make you stale and deprive other agencies of your expertise. The Partnership for Public Service, in conjunction with McKinsey and Company, has taken a deep look at mobility in the Senior Executive Service. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some of the findings, Mallory Barg Bulman, research director at the Partnership.

  • Larry Allen: Contract work continues when federal offices close

    It’s winter. That means in Washington, anything might happen, including the shuttering of federal office buildings. If you’re a contractor, that doesn’t mean the work stops. What should you do? Here’s something not to do, and that’s try and get advice from just anyone you can reach. Larry Allen, principal of Allen Federal Business Partners, talks about this an other matter in his blog this week. He also discussed the topic on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • David Zvenyach & Alla Goldman Seiffert: Why bother with micro-purchases?

    Reverse auctions can do more than simply get federal agencies the best price. They can also bring in new contractors. When done at the micro-purchase level, under $3,500, the results can be downright amazing. That’s what the 18F innovations group at the General Services Administration found when it tried reverse auctions to buy open-source software code. To explain how it all works, David Zvenyach, the acquisitions management director at 18F, and Alla Goldman Seiffert, the acquisitions consultant there, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Bryan Clark: DoD faces 5 strategic challenges in funding

    The Pentagon didn’t get everything it wanted for 2017 in the President’s budget proposal. But it got a lot: $524 billion in the base, plus another $59 billion for overseas contingency operations. It’s a mix of cost-cutting reforms and investments in what the brass sees as five strategic challenges. Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer his insight.

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