Operations in the offices of Inspectors General all over the government are about to change. With the signing of the “Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008,” each IG will, among other provisions, be required to set up a web site independent of his or her agency’s site. IGs will also join together to form a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Former CIA Inspector General Fred Hitz talked about the plusses and minuses of the new law.
Financial planner Rebecca Schreiber of Solid Ground Financial Planning has, of course, been following the ups and downs of the markets. She specializes in working with clients in the Federal government, so she talked about how the unsettled markets are affecting your TSP account and other benefits. Rebecca got into the upcoming Open Season and what you should be thinking about now, benefits-wise.
Regardless of who wins, many new faces (or at least old faces in new places) will turn up at agencies around the government. Foreign Policy Magazine asked a panel of experts of all political stripes to name their “Dream Teams” of the people they think would serve the agencies well in the next administration. Blake Hounshell of FP talked about the results.
An “Insider’s View” of the Defense Contracting World
He’s been on every side of Defense acquisitions–policy development at the Pentagon, procurement of aviation programs for the Army, lobbying for programs on Capital Hill on behalf of companies, and even end use, as a graduate of West Point. Matthew Kambrod gave us some inside stories about the acquisitions process and about his book, “Lobbying For Defense: An Insider’s View.”