A recent House Small Business Committee hearing revealed small businesses’ concerns over strategic sourcing. The witnesses had some ideas too for how the General Services Administration and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy could make it work better. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement and a former GSA acquisition official, was one of those who testified.
Some lawmakers want to restrict the intelligent community’s use of contractors to spare the nation further national security leaks. Easier said than done. New analysis from Bloomberg Government shows contractors are so entwined in classified government work, it would be difficult if not impossible to extract them.
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Micah Edmonds assistant vice president, Industrial Base Policy Aerospace Industries Association
Enough is enough for the Aerospace Industry Association. They not only want spending cuts at the Defense Department to stop, they are calling on Congress and the White House to reverse them. DoD released some budget information recently, which AIA believes reveals some dangerous trends for 2014 and beyond.
Robert Stoll partner on the patent team Drinker Biddle & Reath
President Barack Obama has named the enemy: patent trolls. The president has asked Congress to pass legislation restricting these companies that amass patents with no intention of ever using them. In the meantime, he has directed the Patent and Trademark Office to ferret out the trolls and more carefully examine applicants for new patents.
Steve Ryan head of the government strategies practice group McDermott, Will & Emory
The Edward Snowden affair represents one of every company’s worst nightmares. A trusted employee goes rogue, not on the company but on its biggest customer. Damage is done. The news dominates the headlines for weeks. And everyone wonders, is the company itself liable? In this case Booz Allen Hamilton fired Snowden immediately, but what happens next?
The leaders of the House Veterans Affairs Committee believe the VA misled them and violated the law requiring the notification of data breaches. And now, lawmakers want VA to explain, in specific details, what happened and why agency technology leaders didn’t tell them about multiple nation-state cyber attacks.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.