Acquisition reform at the Homeland Security Department is the goal of a new bill from the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.). You can read the details from Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller. Joe Jordan is the president of Public Sector for FedBid and former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy.
Virginia Hill National President Young Government Leaders
More than two-thirds of the 2013 President Management Fellows program haven’t been hired in the federal government. The program doesn’t guarantee a placement. April 8 is the deadline for finalists to get hired. But a group of fellows is asking OPM Director Katherine Archuleta for an extension.
Kim Weaver Director of External Affairs Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Lifecycle funds in the Thrift Savings Plan are supposed to be an option for you to invest in. They’re supposed to make your life easier. But the TSP finds they may be making people confused. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, explains what the L-funds are really for.
Larry Allen President Allen Federal Business Partners
Federal contractors have a thing or two to learn from an unlikely source — Walmart. The lowest price might not be enough. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, writes the Week Ahead newsletter.
The Defense Department says it will struggle to make significant cuts to the civilian workforce without another round of base closures. Most DoD civilians are outside the Pentagon. They work at bases, depots and other places the agency may or may not need any more. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller has details on DoD’s challenges to meet its budget and draw down its active forces.
Some big job openings at the Defense Department are closer to being filled. The Senate Armed Services Committee heard from six nominees to take jobs at the Pentagon, including Bob Work, administration’s deputy Defense secretary nominee; Michael McCord, the administration’s choice to be the under secretary of Defense (comptroller); and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy nominee Christine Wormuth. Francis Rose shared some of their testimony on In Depth.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.