On the show today – April 23

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Today’s guests:

Jim BeaupreChairman, Industry Advisory Council (IAC)

Mary DavieExecutive President, American Council for Technology (ACT) and Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

The ACT-IAC is one of the premier groups exemplifying public-private partnership in federal technology. Two of its leaders, Jim Beaupre and Mary Davie discuss the pressing issues in federal IT, from cybersecurity to the government’s mobile push with Francis.

The group will hold a forum for government managers and their industry counterparts to learn more about the federal mobility strategy.

Dan EpsteinExecutive Director, Cause of Action

Cause of Action, a nonpartisan group that aims to increase accountability in government, says the revelation that regional General Services Administration employees feared retaliation from an administrator who was later found to be responsible for excessive spending at the agency.

Dan Epstein joins Francis to discuss agency whistleblowers in the wake of the GSA scandal. The group has written to Jeffrey Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget seeking more information about whether agencies are following whistleblower protection laws.

Casey ColemanChief Information Officer, General Services Administration

Across government, social media is more commonly thought of as fun-and-games than as an actual strategy. But demonstrating value from using social media is getting easier — and more common. General Services Administration Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman is on a new list of “most social CIOs.” She discussed why social media is a good investment for federal agencies.

Also on the show:

Bill makes customer service part of feds’ evaluations

Private-sector mentality to blame in GSA scandal, Cardin says

Postal bill amendment seeks to cut backlog ahead of USPS retirement ‘deluge’

Plus, In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

DoD wants to standardize cyber language

CIO Council unveils draft strategy for securing email

Pentagon spooks get own spy service

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