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Insight by ProPricer: Emily Murphy, former GSA administrator, and Angela Styles, former OFPP administrator, discuss what updates to the mentor-protégé program mean for small and large businesses.
The Government Accountability Office is putting the finishing touches on it’s next strategic plan. It will detail how GAO plans to support Congress and help improve performance of federal agencies. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro heads the GAO.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency and the American Federation of Government Employees have signed a new contract under a national bargaining council. It’s the first ever agency-wide labor contract. Jim Galler, DCAA’s council president, has the details.
Pot is placing the federal government in a sticky situation. More states consider legalizing marijuana. That makes it tricky for the federal government to enforce the law on its books — the one that outlaws marijuana.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held the first hearing on the issue. The chairman, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), says there is “dramatic chaos” within the national drug policy.
JR Reagan has helped the National Institute of Standards and Technology develop the cybersecurity framework the White House unveiled this week. Reagan is the federal chief innovation officer and principal for Deloitte Services. His group also helped NIST conduct four public workshops over the past year. The framework is based on five core functions: Identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.
New agency performance goals will likely be part of the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress. That request comes out on March 4. This would be the third time agencies updated their high priority goals. Federal News Radio’s executive editor, Jason Miller, has details on agency progress toward current goals and what to expect from the new ones.
The Army’s latest effort to rapidly deploy new innovations to the battlefield is a new spin on crowdsourcing. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, the service is testing out a new concept that asks soldiers to identify combat challenges and lets the public help solve them.
In a winter where the D.C. region has seen its fair share of snow and ice, has telework been a saving grace for government agencies? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler has more.
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