Nearly a third of federal contract spending or around $130 billion a year goes through indefinite delivery – indefinite quantity contracts (IDIQ). It’s a surprisingly durable practice. But the product mix has shifted and not all the buying is competitive. Bill Woods, Director of IT acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, provides an update on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Averages: If you encase one bare foot in dry ice and the other in boiling oil, on average you’re doing fine.
The nation’s opioid addiction epidemic is just the sort of phenomenon the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration was designed to take on. SAMHSA, part of the Health and Human Services Department, is making a major push to improve its data analytics capabilities. Don Cox, SAMHSA’s chief information officer, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the scope of this data-related activity.
Women are now eligible to hold any position in the military. But that doesn’t mean everything is equal. Military women have been hosting so-called Lean In circles to discuss solutions to problems women face in the military and DoD workplace. Army Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost worked with Facebook executive and Lean In creator Sheryl Sandberg to bring more Lean In techniques to the military. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione spoke with Frost about her work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
When incumbent services contractors see a recompetition coming, it often sets off their “spidey sense.” But there are limits to how much a contractor can control the solicitation put out by the agency for which it’s working. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares a recent case in point on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The executive order establishes the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protections as a new entity within VA. The new office will identify barriers and duplicative processes and resources to quickly disciplining and firing VA employees for poor performance or misconduct.
The Government Accountability Office’s report on reducing agency fragmentation, overlap, and duplication shows the federal government could save tens of billions of dollars — if agencies choose to act on the recommendations and Congress offers its help.
The Air Force on Wednesday became the second U.S. military service to move toward a crowdsourced approach to hunting down security holes in its systems.
The annual federal employee viewpoint survey will be coming out soon. It will give people a chance to sound off about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans. It will also give managers a look at what the rank-and-file is thinking. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, elaborates on this opportunity on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
After years of steady declines, spending on contracts by the armed forces and Defense agencies are heading back up. Andrew Hunter, director of the defense-industrial initiatives group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
A federal employment attorney says it’s outrageous the government is treating its federal workforce like this.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service has started a pilot program allowing digital assistant programs like Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana to have access to public service information.
Norm Dong, who spent three years as the commissioner of Public Buildings Service at GSA before leaving last month, said through a portfolio management process the agency is looking at federal real property assets and deciding which need to be maintained and which need to be disposed of.
The Food and Drug Administration is saving time on cyber incident responses by integrating its watch desk and engineers within a single command center, and integrating its tools to provide more holistic views of its systems.
Katherine Kidder, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and Amy Schafer a research associate for the military, veterans and society program there, tell Federal Drive with Tom Temin the all-volunteer military force is showing serious strains. They discuss what’s causing them and offer some solutions going forward.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, 6 a.m.-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.
Tom also writes a weekly commentary for Federal News Radio.