Counterfeit parts seem to bedevil DOD. Congress pushes it to deal. So, naturally, a slew of rules ensues, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.
As it prepares for the 2016 tax filing season, the IRS is in recovery mode from last year. It managed to get its work done, but budget cuts and the resulting reductions in staff took their toll. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson reviews IRS customer service and what it's got to do. She says the final numbers are now in, and the picture didn't improve much.
The Defense Department wants to make sure the electronic parts it uses aren’t tainted. In a new proposed rule expansion, DoD would require contractors to have a risk-based system to trace electronic parts from their original equipment manufacturer and subcontractors. The goal is to crack down on counterfeit electronic parts. Chris Myers is a partner and assistant chair of the Government Contracts Group at Dentons. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the proposal.
After months of on-and-off talks, House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement yesterday on the Defense authorization bill for 2016. The legislation would make sweeping changes to the military’s personnel and acquisition systems. But as Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, it’s almost certain to be vetoed for entirely different reasons.
In today's news, Senate lawmakers are pushing defense officials for a definitive policy on cyber attacks, the Homeland Security Department will create a new chief learning and engagement officer position, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) introduces a bill to guarantee service members and DoD civilian employees get paid in the event of a government shutdown.
Bloomberg offers five trends affecting contracts next year. Federal Drive host Tom Temin offers some basic strategies for dealing with them.
The results of the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey are out, and federal agencies made some progress in boosting employee engagement this year. But not by much. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko told In Depth host Francis Rose more about this year's results.
National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers says he’s preparing for a reorganization. Rogers told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee he’s expecting recommendations on his desk by Oct. 1. Federal News Radio reporter Scott Maucione has more on what might be in store for the NSA.
Fiscal year 2016 will be the seventh straight year of a constrained federal contracting market. Contractors will face fewer opportunities and fiercer competition. Industry will have to adapt as government buyers revamp their acquisition strategies. That's all according to Bloomberg Government, which has identified five key trends that will define government contracting in the upcoming fiscal year. Brian Friel, senior contracts analyst at Bloomberg, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen made some waves earlier this year when he said he’d like to see commercial companies construct and operate data centers on DoD property. The military would provide physical and cyber security, while the firms would bring the cost and scalability benefits of cloud technology. Now, the Army is ready to try out a version of that idea. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu writes about this in the latest edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.
A quiet little team deep in OSTP is blocking and tackling to make government more effective, one yard at a time.
The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards honor many of the individuals and businesses among the region's government contractors. The awards, sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council, celebrate high achievers. Between now and Nov. 5, Federal News Radio is interviewing the finalists for this year’s awards. William Van Vleet is the founder and CEO of Haystax Technology, which is a finalist for this year's Contractor of the Year award, in the $75-to-$300 million in sales category.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency says it wants to "succeed in the open" by being a voracious consumer of imagery gathered by private companies. And the agency wants to provide as much of its own analytical work as possible to the public at large. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on how NGA says it’s leading the intelligence community’s drive for more transparency.
The Boots-to-Business program has the goal of keeping service members on their feet once they leave the military. Jointly operated by the Defense Department and the Small Business Administration, Boots-to-Business has had a few changes. Barbara Carson, the acting associate administrator in the Office of Veteran Business Development at the SBA, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update.