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Plan to elevate federal CIO passes in the House - December 9, 2018

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) details why the role of the federal CIO needs to expand, and why he believes the United States needs a national artificial intelligence strategy. Antonio Doss, district director of the Small Business Administration Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, and Ann Sullivan, chief advocate at Women Impacting Public Policy, discuss the ChallengeHER initiative, and why it’s important to encourage women-led businesses to work with the federal government. Federal News...


DoD and GSA collaborate on contract to move functions to the cloud – December 5, 2018

Terry Halvorsen, former DoD CIO & executive VP of IT & mobile communications at Samsung, discusses the administrative cloud contract being worked on for the Pentagon, and how it could provide inspiration for civilian agency contracts. Reggie Brothers, former under secretary of science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, and executive vice president & chief technology officer at Peraton discusses the top ten technologies that the department wants to acquire, and the overlap...


House moves to keep government open ahead of funding deadline - December 4, 2018

Sarah Ferris, budget and appropriations reporter at Politico, discusses what the next few weeks will hold for budget negotiations, and the possibility of a shutdown happening on December 21. Ed Meagher, former chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs and executive VP of healthcare strategy at Information Innovators, discusses why he believes that the current VA EHR plan is unworkable, and how people can support veterans during the holiday season through Operation Covert...


GSA to host federal marketplace industry day- December 3, 2018

GSA to host federal marketplace industry day- December 3, 2018 by WJLA-TV


GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules - Dec. 2, 2018

GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules - Dec. 2, 2018 by WJLA-TV


Treasury's Fiscal Service releases Antifraud Playbook- November 29, 2018

Treasury's Fiscal Service releases Antifraud Playbook- November 29, 2018 by WJLA-TV


Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results for DoD IG office - November 28, 2018

Glenn Fine, principal deputy inspector general performing the duties of the inspector general at the Department of Defense, discusses his agency’s FEVS results, and how they are keeping the momentum going. Brig. Gen. John Cho (USA Ret.), executive director and CEO of AMSUS, discusses challenges facing the federal health workforce, and the impact of data on healthcare providers. Oriana Pawlyk, reporter at, and Robert Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government...


GAO report: Corrosion prevention and mitigation efforts – November 27, 2018

Diana Maurer, director of Defense Capabilities & Management at the Government Accountability Office, discusses the Pentagon efforts to prevent corrosion to their infrastructure and weapon systems, and ways GAO believes it can improve. David Berteau, president & CEO of the Professional Services Council, details how the government is moving background checks to the Defense Department and why industry is worried. Jacqueline Klimas, national security reporter at Politico, discusses what a...


What the new Congress will mean for federal workers - November 26, 2018

Jessica Klement, vice president of advocacy at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, discusses the impact the new Congress will have on the federal workforce, and what it will take to bring the new lawmakers up to speed. Danny Werfel, former controller of the Office of Management and Budget and director at the Boston Consulting Group, details how agencies can reduce improper payments, and how “smart bureaucracy” could prevent errors. George Young, vice president of...


How HUD approaches enterprise risk management - November 25, 2018

Larry Koskinen, chief risk officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, discusses using ERM strategies for shared services, and why risk work is “complicated.” Christine Jones, associate deputy assistant secretary for finance at the Department of Health and Human Services discusses how agencies determine how they will implement ERM, and some common misperceptions surrounding the strategy. Thomas Brandt, chief risk officer at the Internal Revenue Service, and David Fisher,...


DHS looks to streamline procurement process through innovation lab - November 20, 2018

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, discusses the agency’s Procurement Innovation Lab, and how they are using “boot camps” to educate about the concept. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, details the efforts to secure contractor supply chains, and the possible impact it would have on small businesses Walt Francis, consultant and health insurance expert, discusses why some federal workers should change their insurance plans.


Pentagon looks at U.S. manufacturing & defense industrial base - November 19, 2018

Jerry McGinn, former principal deputy director of the Manufacturing and Industrial Base at the Department of Defense and executive director of the Government Contracting Center at George Mason University, details takeaways from a Pentagon contracting report, and how to solve the problems laid out. Joe Jordan, CEO of and former administrator of federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget, discusses how smart risk-taking can lead to a more innovative...


Using the cloud to support mission of the State Department - November 18, 2018

Brian Merrick, deputy director of cloud program management at the State Department, discusses the agency’s cloud priorities, and how they will use the technology to further their mission. Precious Patch, junior proposal manager at CollabraLink Technologies, and Polly Hall, strategy lead at the Department of Homeland Security Procurement Innovation Lab, detail their proposals to make the government contracting process smoother. Frank Konkel, senior technology editor at Government Executive,...


Communicating management challenges at NSF - November 15, 2018

Mark Bell, assistant inspector general for audits at the National Science Foundation and Elizabeth Argeris Lewis, communications analyst at the NSF Inspector General Office, discuss their new report on management challenges, and the features that make it more accessible to agency leaders. Ronald Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan and president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, discusses the high-level staffing issues at the Department of State, and what is keeping diplomats from...


Potential implications of first DoD audit results - November 14, 2018

Marjorie Censer, editor of Inside Defense and Tony Bertuca, chief editor of Inside the Pentagon, discuss the departure of DoD CMO John Gibson and how the results of last week's election could change the defense acquisition landscape. Bill Greenwalt, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, discusses how the results from the Pentagon audit could be received, and why it’s taken so long for one to be performed. Capt. Kathryn Beasley, USN (Ret.),...


IBM report: Building blocks to transforming veteran patchwork to network - November 13, 2018

John Kamensky, senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government, details a new report about how the government can work to interlink the benefits network for veterans. Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill (USAF Ret.), president of Cyxtera Federal Group, discusses what the intelligence community is looking for in their election investigation, and what it might mean for future elections. Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector, examines the Office of Personnel Management’s...


Gartner releases its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends - November 12, 2018

Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner, discusses the tech trends that the government could pursue in the future, and how strategies could change due to renewed oversight. Ari Schwartz, managing director of cybersecurity services at Venable, discusses difficulties with keeping international anti-hacking agreements afloat, and the importance of proportional responses. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, discusses the Pentagon’s rollback of a debated contractor pay...


DHS Science & Tech Directorate overhauls organization model - November 11, 2018

William Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary for Science & Technology at DHS, discusses the directorate’s new mission areas, and how “tech foraging” will help the agency acquire what it needs. Paul Lawrence, under secretary for benefits at the Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the new VA website, and his top priorities going forward. Nicole Ogrysko, reporter at Federal News Network, Chase Gunter, staff writer for FCW and Eric Katz, senior correspondent at...


GAO looks at transfer of health facilities from DoD to DHA - November 7, 2018

Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities & management issues at the Government Accountability Office, details their review of the Defense Health Agency’s administrative consolidation plan, and the potential issues it has. Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne, details the benefits of bug bounties, and why their success at the Defense Department is making waves throughout government. Leo Shane III, deputy editor of Military Times, and Joe Gould, staff reporter at Defense News, discuss how...


Takeaways from improved VA employee satisfaction numbers - November 5, 2018

Greg Giddens, former chief acquisition officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs and partner at Potomac Ridge Consulting, discusses what the agency's internal survey found about morale at VA, and what it means for future workforce decisions. Jonathan Alboum, former chief information officer at USDA and public sector chief technology officer at Veritas, discusses how the new supply chain security task force will improve purchasing visibility and IT safety at the Department of Homeland...