• 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.

  • Thursday federal headlines – February 11, 2016

    The Internal Revenue Service is expecting its workforce to shrink by 2,000-3,000 full-time employees during the current fiscal year.

  • The future of Defense: Software?

    The U.S. military strategy for the current world: Take a given-sized ball of dough and stretch it into a wider but thinner pie crust.

  • Wednesday federal headlines – February 10, 2016

    Both House and Senate budget committees are not holding hearings with senior Office of Management and Budget leaders this year, for the first time in the committees’ history.

  • Procurement and facilities hit hard by DoD’s 2017 budget, personnel spending is mostly spared

    DoD’s 2017 budget includes few changes to pay and benefits, but DoD facilities and procurement take a major hit. The proposal includes an $8.1 billion reduction to acquisition programs, a $1 billion cut to new construction and severe underfunding of base maintenance.

  • President’s 2017 budget tackles OPM, governmentwide trouble areas

    Cybersecurity tops the list of spending priorities at the Office of Personnel Management in 2017. But President Barack Obama’s budget request also addresses several governmentwide initiatives the administration already started.

  • As IT budget request inches up, OMB underscores better overall management

    President Barack Obama is requesting $89.8 billion for federal IT in 2017, including $51.3 billion for civilian agencies and $38.5 billion for the Defense Department.

  • Hello cruel world: You earn what you’re worth

    Federal employees on Jan. 1 received a 1 percent raise. Does President Obama’s $4 trillion budget proposal mean a pay raise or more of the same for feds?

  • 2017 budget breakdown

    Here’s a breakdown of major agencies and the proposed funding amounts for fiscal 2017, which are included the President Obama’s $1.1 trillion budget.

  • Joshua Batkin: Proposed rule would create disaster deductible

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants state and local governments to pony up more money before receiving FEMA assistance for recovery after disasters. A proposed rule would create a sort of disaster deductible. FEMA believes that would persuade state and local governments to take more action to reduce risk. Joshua Batkin, director of FEMA’s Office of External Affairs, spoke to Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the proposed rule.