The General Services Administration has a lot of vacancies in its acquisition pantheon. And there’s no administrator yet – or even an appointment. In a situation like this, contractors need a strategy. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give some tips.
Federal agencies trying to fend of the cybersecurity threat are about as not always effective, as breaches and losses are common. In fact, according to research by Thales E-Security and 451 Research, one third of agencies experienced a data breach just in the last year. Wayne Lewandowski, vice president of federal at Thales, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the numbers.
Industry and academia alike regularly come up with new applications for radio technology, and they often need an experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission. Now the FCC has launched a new and simplified way for filing applications for new experiments. Julie Knapp, chief engineer of the FCC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the process in detail.
In today’s Federal Newscast, two members of the House introduce legislation to apply limits to using lowest-price technically acceptable to civilian agencies.
The idea of an Amazon-like market is the latest iteration of a durable idea, namely getting the government to buy commercial items in a commercial way.
A 30-year stagnation in staff size means members of Congress and the people behind the scenes have all the more work to do, if only because of population growth. Molly Reynolds, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the Institution’s findings on the subject and how the stagnation affects Congressional independence.
Imagine cheating taxpayers out of millions and millions of dollars, and at the same time, deliberately misdiagnosing hundreds of patients just for the purpose of stealing. Unfortunately such people are out there. But there’s one less now, thanks to the efforts of Bryan Drake. Drake is a special agent on the FBI Doctor Fata investigative team and a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his process.
The federal government may be a step behind industry when it comes to IT, but it’s always the same step. It stays in the race, never quite catching up.
Working in the federal government means leadership comes and goes at least every four years. Unlike the private sector, most federal employees have constitutional protection for their jobs. And what they do is ultimately governed by that document. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, joined Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about this.
Sometimes large and highly publicized procurements go so far off the rails the agency has no choice but to cancel them. That’s what happened when Homeland Security’s acquisition shop tried to make a multiple award deal for agile development. After two rounds of protests, the agency gave up. Joseph Petrillo, procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more on the perceived irregularities.
Bureau of Land Management may be stepping up its technology game with improvements to its system for tracking oil and gas reserves on public and Indian lands.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is targeting procurement rules in response to President Trump’s executive order to evaluate existing regulations and recommend their repeal, replacement or modification.
From proving bomb parts can get through front-door screenings to examining the Fort Hood shootings, the Government Accountability Office has been following the federal insider threat situation for years. Its work covers both the physical world and cyberspace.Joseph Kirschbaum, GAO director of defense capabilities and management, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the range of work he’s overseen.
For many federal agencies, summer marks the arrival of interns. Among the fresh-faced kids could be one of the next generation of federal public servants. It is important to offer them an opportunity to see what’s great about the work you do. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the possibilities.
Ethical people don’t need a code of ethics, while crooks and cheaters don’t care whether you have one.