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Lessons learned from USDA's Centers of Excellence model - October 18, 2018

Scott Finke, IT specialist for the Centers of Excellence project at the Department of Agriculture, discusses moving to the next phase of the IT modernization program, and how it has impacted the department’s technology approach. General Services Administration chief customer officer Anahita Reilly, and deputy chief customer officer Matt Ford detail how GSA is using data to improve services, and why it’s important to avoid “analysis paralysis” Carla Thomas, industry liaison at the Department...


Under Secretary McCarthy’s vision for Army Futures Command - October 17, 2018

Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy outlines his priorities for Army modernization, and how the new Futures Command slots into the plan. Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Daniel Dailey details how the Army plans to optimize how it recruits new soldiers, and why things that would disqualify someone 20 years ago are no longer issues. Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, chief & commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve, discusses the component’s top priorities and role in promoting readiness. The...


Army Secretary talks recruitment, retainment challenges & goals - October 14, 2018

Secretary of the U.S. Army Mark Esper joined Francis Rose for a two-part interview to discuss modernization and recruitment priorities, and his major takeaways from AUSA 2018. Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, deputy chief of staff for Personnel at U.S. Army G1 discusses implementing Secretary Mattis’s plan to make the military 100% deployable.


OPM announces new direct hire authorities for STEM and IT - October 11, 2018

OPM deputy director Michael Rigas joins the program to discuss the brand new hiring authorities for technical fields, and what’s happening at the agency after the recent leadership shakeup. Council of Inspectors General in Integrity and Efficiency vice chair Allison Lerner and David Berry, co-chair of the CIGIE 40th Commemoration Working Group discuss how the IG community has improved since the late 1970s, and why it’s important to reflect on how far they’ve come.


Google announces withdrawal from DoD’s JEDI cloud contract - October 10, 2018

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work discusses the reasons why Google pulled out of the competition for the Pentagon’s enterprise cloud, and why relations are currently strained between the two organizations. Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle (USAF, Ret.), president of the National Defense Industrial Association, details the latest Defense Department report on their supply chain, and why keeping the mid-tier contractors afloat is key to national security. AUSA president Gen. Carter Ham...


The future of the Defense Department cloud landscape - October 7, 2018

In this special two-part interview, Department of Defense CIO Dana Deasy discusses top IT priorities at the Pentagon, including the JEDI cloud program and artificial intelligence research. Government Matters talks with former Department of Labor CFO Jim Taylor and Former Office of Personnel Management CFO Clarence Crawford about what full appropriations means for the agencies that received it.


New bill to improve government agency web services -October 4, 2018

Mike Hettinger, president of Hettinger Strategy Group and Rich Beutel, principal at Cyrrus Analytics discuss a bill to redesign federal websites, and the rapid timeframe it proposes. Jeffrey Neal, senior vice president of ICF, discusses how widespread AI adoption would affect federal jobs, and what the future may look like. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, discusses the bid protests that come after the year-end spending spree, and why some companies are hesitant to undertake the...


DoD starts new fiscal year with budget for first time in 10 years – October 3, 2018

Tina Jonas, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies International Security Program, discusses what benefits a fully funded Defense Department has for FY19, and how it could help in procurement. Paul Scharre, director of the Technology & National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, discusses the increasingly heavy equipment soldiers have to carry, and the negative impact that has on their bodies. On this all F-35 edition of the Pentagon Beat,...


Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Florence relief work - October 2, 2018

Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division, discusses how USACE is assisting in hurricane relief efforts, and the unique assistance they can provide. Bill Shear, Director of Financial Markets & Community Investment Issues at the Government Accountability Office, discusses issues with the Small Business Administration scorecard, and how they can be fixed. Maj. Gen. George Franz (US Army, Ret.), managing director at Accenture Federal Services,...


VA Secretary Wilkie claims agency is calmer, reformed - October 1, 2018

Stars & Stripes Veterans Reporter Nikki Wentling and Leo Shane III, deputy editor of Military Times, discuss Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie’s recent hearing on Capitol Hill, and questions that remain to be answered about the department. Richard Spires, former IRS Chief Information Officer and CEO of Learning Tree International discusses pending legislation to overhaul the role of the federal CIO, and the effect it would have on the Office of Management and Budget. Ron Marks, Chair...


Exclusive: DoD CFO details annual audit process - September 30, 2018

In this exclusive two-part interview, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) David Norquist details how the Department of Defense’s first audit is proceeding, and what the top priorities are for the Pentagon’s chief financial officer. Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent, details the Cloud Smart policy proposal, and who they are looking for to provide input on its implementation.


Air Force announces plans for expansion, squadron increase - September 26, 2018

Lt. Gen. David Deptula (USAF-Ret.) dean of Aerospace Studies at The Mitchell Institute, discusses the Air Force’s plans for more squadrons, and how it plays into the greater goals of military modernization. Seamus Daniels, Program Coordinator & Research Assistant for Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, details the latest CSIS budget analysis report, and why the Department Of Defense is “paying more for a smaller force.” Federal News Radio Defense...


White House releases new cybersecurity strategy - September 25, 2018

Christopher Painter, Former Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the State Department and Ari Schwartz, managing director of cybersecurity services at Venable, give their perspective on the new federal cyber strategy, and how it builds upon previous iterations. Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector, discusses congressional efforts to support, or possibly impede, the Trump administration’s reorganization plan. Peggy Honein, Director of the Division of Congenital & Developmental...


Building an IT-savvy federal acquisition staff - September 24, 2018

Avi Bender, director of the National Technical Information Service, discusses modernizing the federal acquisition workforce, and the skills hiring managers should look for. Sarah Ferris, Budget and Appropriations Reporter at Politico and Congressional Expert David Hawkings discuss the efforts to get a budget passed in the last week of the fiscal year, and the odds of a shutdown on October 1. Scott Blackburn, Partner at McKinsey & Company and former VA Interim Deputy Secretary & CIO,...


Top workforce priorities for NASA CHCO - September 23, 2018

Robert Gibbs, Chief Human Capital Officer at NASA, discusses what the priorities are at one of the “best places to work” in the federal government, and the unique challenges that come with it. Tony Scott, managing partner at Ridge-Lane Limited Partners and Darren Ash, CIO of the USDA Farm Service Agency, discuss how forming a good IT strategy at agencies can help them complete their missions. Defense News Air Warfare Reporter Valerie Insinna, Reporter Oriana Pawlyk and Defense...


GAO Report: Risks of USCG Polar Icebreaker Program - September 20, 2018

Marie Mak, Director of Contracting & National Security Acquisitions at the Government Accountability Office, details potential issues with the Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker procurement, and why it’s imperative that the program succeed. Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, details how his organization is observing the court-ordered repeal of President Trump’s workforce measure, and what it means for the employees they represent. Frank Konkel, senior technology...


Release of Defense Industrial Base Report delayed

Release of Defense Industrial Base Report delayed by WJLA-TV


NASA's Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement role in acquisition - Sept 17, 2018

Joanne Woytek, program manager of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement GWAC at NASA, details how the end-of-year spending rush impacts their contract vehicle, and what lies ahead as FY18 wraps up. Congressional Expert David Hawkings and Niv Elis, reporter at The Hill, discuss how the next few weeks will play out, and how a bipartisan agreement will help avoid a government shutdown on October 1. Jessica Klement, Vice President for Advocacy at the National Active and Retired Federal...


Using Enterprise Risk Management in federal decision-making - September 16, 2018

In this special Government Matters segment, A panel of experts from the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management discuss the adoption of ERM in the federal government. Hudson Hollister, president of the Data Foundation, discusses how an identification system used in the private sector could help agencies manage their data. Karen Dodge, Sammies 2018 finalist and staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, discusses investigating Western Union for wire fraud cases, and how they...


DoD policy, NDAA, and National Defense Strategy - September 11, 2018

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood discusses making changes to space policy in advance of the Space Force, and what the NDAA has in store for his job. NSA Executive Director Harry Coker details what the organization is doing to attract a highly-skilled workforce, and why comfort with technology is the most important skill for their future employees. Suzanne Spaulding, senior adviser at the CSIS Homeland Security Program, discusses the need for a cyber coordinator at the White...