Bob Tobias, a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at American University, counts down the week’s top federal stories with Francis Rose.
The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They will take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government and report on them to Congress. Janet Hale is a member of the new class of NAPA Fellows. She’s a director at Deloitte and Touche and former Undersecretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security. She joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about what its to be a NAPA fellow.
About half of agencies earn an “F” for incremental and agile development on their first Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act report cards. Agencies are trying to think about acquisition differently. But the new scorecards from Congress show many have a long way to go. Dave Zvenyach is director of acquisition management at the General Services Administration’s 18-F. GSA is one of four agencies that scored an “A” in the agile development category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tells Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko how he’s using more unconventional acquisition methods to buy innovative ideas and services quickly.
Republicans and Democrats agree on what the problem is at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency has been trying to repair the damage from a scheduling scandal for over a year. Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose how Congress wants the agency to fix its problems. First, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, explained what he thinks is the VA’s most pressing problem.
The Library of Congress is collecting veterans’ personal memories of war to create a unique telling of the nation’s history. Bob Patrick, director of the Veterans History Project, shared details with Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Good numbers for some big government contractors are some of the biggest highlights of Wall Street’s earnings season. For one company, a big contract award means a nice pop on its stock price. Ross Wilkers, newsroom editor at Executive Mosaic, give In Depth with Francis Rose the lowdown about the Gov Con Index.
The two-year budget and debt deal President Barack Obama signed may bring some certainty to the government business and contracting space, especially if Congress passes an omnibus spending bill for the rest of this fiscal year. But shutdowns, continuing resolutions and other budget problems have left a lot of clutter on the contracting landscape. Michael Fischetti, a fellow and executive director of the National Contract Management Association, wrote about clearing out that clutter.
Northrop Grumman is celebrating a huge win in the Long Range Strike Bomber competition and Boeing is considering a protest of the final decision. Jim Hasik, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told In Depth with Francis Rose there are still a lot of questions to answer about how much the planes will cost and how fast the Air Force really needs them.
President Barack Obama’s administration continues to work toward his goal of U.S. energy independence by 2018. Meeting that goal may be good policy, but it may not be good military strategy. Lt. Cmdr. Scott Bennie of the Navy Reserve joined In Depth with Francis Rose on Pentagon Solutions. He explained the strategy problem in a piece for the U.S. Naval Institute. His views are his own and not the views of the Navy or the Naval Institute. He said walking away from our relationships with oil producing countries could leave us in a precarious situation militarily.
The Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 8 in 10 physicians have adopted an Electronic Health Record. Challenges remain and the industry is transforming with each new step. Dr. Keith Salzman is a health fellow and Chief Medical Information Officer with IBM’s Global Business Services. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss some of the latest innovations.
The U.S. government says it’s the world’s biggest customer. When you add all of its spending together, it might have a point. But right or wrong, that claim is rubbing some vendors the wrong way. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, explained it all to In Depth with Francis Rose.
The IT Management Maturity Model is designed to help your agency assess where it stands in five critical functions of IT management. It’s a three-phase project developed by more than 50 experts in IT, finance, human resources and acquisition. Darren Ash, deputy executive director for Corporate Management at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and co-chair of the ACT-IAC FITARA Implementation Project, updates In Depth with Francis Rose with the latest.
The Veterans Health Administration might have a problem when it comes to calculating mental health wait times. The Government Accountability Office found some discrepancies between when veterans requested an appointment with VHA and when those appointments actually happened. Debra Draper, GAO’s director of health care issues, updated the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on the problems recently. She joins In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about her testimony.
The Senate finally passed a cybersecurity bill. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act sailed through. Some people have concerns about CISA’s contents, but others say it’s long overdue. Todd Helfrich, the director of federal sales at Threat Stream, wrote about CISA for Federal News Radio. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose with all the details.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will soon release the first round of grades on implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. One of the things the committee will grade agencies on is their IT spending. Richard McKinney, chief information officer at the Transportation Department, told In Depth with Francis Rose that determining what counts as IT spending and what doesn’t isn’t as easy as it looks any more.