On Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launches a health insurance exchange in 34 states. People will be able to comparison shop for health insurance just like they do for airplane tickets on Orbitz or Expedia. It could help millions of underinsured Americans finally afford coverage. Can CMS deliver?
J. David Cox president American Federation of Government Employees
With budget constraints and a growing list of high-risk programs, some look at the federal government and say it’s ripe for a makeover again. That’s what former comptroller general David Walker told Federal News Radio last week.
Joe Petrillo procurement attorney Petrillo and Powell
When it comes to awarding contracts, the government’s choices aren’t always so cut and dried. Contracting officers and source selection committees have a lot of latitude in evaluating technology and other factors. Sometimes, losing bidders take a chance and protest discretionary awards. In one case, they prevailed when the judges didn’t agree with the agency.
Odia Kagan associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group Pepper Hamilton LLP
Security breaches often lead to the leakage of private information about people. When they hit a federal agency, the damage can be three-fold. There’s the loss of data, reputation and money. Often agencies end up paying for credit monitoring services for thousands or even millions of people. Odia Kagan has written extensively about how federal agencies can protect personally identifiable information.
John Palguta vice president for policy Partnership for Public Service
Federal employees are feeling the squeeze of sequestration. But it’s not just about furloughs; when programs are scaled back or eliminated, agency morale takes a dive too. One way to help is by focusing on a big task, instead of woe-is-me.
Ron Smits general manager, Readiness and Training Solutions Division, Dynamics Research Corporation
Training doesn’t have to be dull. That’s why organizations are using a technique called gamification as a way to ignite employees’ creative thinking. Instead of learning a new task, it feels like a game with rewards for doing good work. Ron Smits is the General Manager of Dynamics Research Corporation’s Readiness and Training Solutions Division. He is responsible for developing flexible, interactive training and support products that enhance performance of mission essential operations.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 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.