The Government Accountability Office plans to start assessing a fee for vendors filing complaints in March 2018.
The Senate Regulatory Accountability Act is designed to use better science, strengthen checks and balances and give the public more of a voice in federal rule-making. GWU law professor Robert Pierce joined Federal Drive to explain why he believes there is a 'glaring error' in the bill.
The winner of George Washington University’s business plan competition aims to cut the number of emergency room visits in D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods. Dr. Freya Spielberg, a professor at GW, said she set out to demonstrate that “it’s possible to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable populations while also lowering healthcare costs.”
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he's not surprised by the low morale his workforce has felt for years. In his first public speech since becoming secretary, Kelly offered a glimpse of his management and leadership style and said lawmakers should "shut up and support the men and women on the front lines."
Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama didn't have a lot in common. But they all issued a slew of midnight regulations — new rules issued between election and the inaugurations of their successors. But President Barack Obama seems to have been the champion. Why do they do it and what are the implications? Sofie Miller, senior policy analyst at George Washington University, offers her analysis on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Freedom of information advocates say the recent uptick in FOIA requests is due to a combination of current events and interest in the presidential transition. But the growing interest does mean an additional burden on already short-staffed FOIA offices.
Cyber breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and Ashley Madison may have something in common: you. The Los Angeles Times reports foreign spy services are hacking and aggregating data from U.S. networks to build their files on U.S. intelligence officers. Ron Marks is senior fellow for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University and a former CIA special assistant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose the OPM breach was never about identity theft, but a plan to learn more about what you're doing and where you're going.
Protests aren't the big holdup to defense acquisitions that industry thinks they are. New data from the Congressional Research Service shows protests aren't bad news for acquisitions. It's quite the opposite. Protests tend to push agencies to take action and resolve it themselves. Steve Schooner is co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at George Washington University. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the tough odds that protestors face.
The Office of Personnel Management is turning to the Homeland Security Department to help it set the standard for better federal cybersecurity. OPM is still recovery mode as it deals with the consequences of the biggest breach of federal employee data in history. Chris Cummiskey is the CEO of Cummiskey Strategic Solutions, a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University and former acting undersecretary for management at DHS. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that says DHS has five big items to tackle before it can — and should — lead the effort.
Head of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Adm. Mike Rogers, said having stronger offensive cyber capabilities would help prevent future cyber attacks. That's one of his latest messages to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ron Marks is senior fellow for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said an having a cyber strategy that focuses more on offense, might wind up causing even more cybersecurity problems for federal agencies.
Bid protests by vendors are up, but the number of cases the Government Accountability Office upholds is down by 4 percent. Dan Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law studies at George Washington University and former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how you should understand the mixed messages.
Embedding cybersecurity into the Defense Department's design, manufacturing, and supply chain is a goal the Pentagon sees is possible. Mike Papay is Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President at Northrop Grumman, and Frank Cilluffo is director of the George Washington University Cybersecurity Initiative and the Homeland Security Policy Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they offered steps the DoD can take to address the issue.
As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we examine bid and contract award protests. In the grand scheme of things 1,600 protests don't amount to much stacked next to the one or two million contract actions each year. Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective.
The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.