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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...


VA Deputy CIO outlines 5 strategic priorities - November 4, 2018

Dominic Cussatt, deputy chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses top modernization priorities, and how the rollout for VISTA’s replacement is coming along. Steve Goodrich, president & CEO at the Center for Organizational Excellence, and Mary Schwartz, senior vice president of digital & technology at ICF, detail what the latest federal workforce survey says about morale, motivation and “survey fatigue”


Treasury's Bureau of Fiscal Service tackles cross-agency priority goals - November 1, 2018

John Hill, director at the Office of Financial Innovation & Transformation in the Bureau of Fiscal Service, discusses using technology to achieve cross-agency priority goals, and how the office’s experiments with blockchain and automation are progressing. Tony Scott, former federal CIO and managing partner at Ridge-Lane Limited Partners, discusses the TMF board’s latest awards, and what other agencies can learn from them. Roxana Tiron, defense reporter at Bloomberg Government, discusses the...


Companies file protests over DoD's JEDI cloud contract - October 31, 2018

Lauren Brier, associate attorney at the Federal Practice Group, discusses how the bid protests against the JEDI contract selection process are faring, and how post-award protests might play out. On this edition of the Pentagon Beat: Tara Copp, Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times, and Hope Hodge Seck, managing editor of, discuss the armed forces’ deployment to the southern border, and how long they might stay there. Government Matters convened a panel of experts to discuss...


DoD moves $8B back-office cloud buy to GSA contract - October 30, 2018

Lauren Williams, cyber & defense reporter at FCW, and Billy Mitchell, editor of FedScoop, discuss the reasons behind moving the Defense Enterprise Office Solution to GSA Schedule 70, and why this might be in response to issues with the JEDI procurement. Robert Bigman, former chief information security officer at the Central Intelligence Agency and founder of 2BSecure, discusses how widespread cyber vulnerabilities are in the supply chain, and why “machine duels” are the future of...


Behind the scenes of FEMA during hurricane season - October 29, 2018

David Grant, partner at Potomac Ridge Consulting and former acting deputy administrator of FEMA, discusses what this year’s busy hurricane season means for the agency, and how they can manage multiple disasters at once. Report: Lessons learned from recruiting, hiring tech talent at the U.S. Digital Service Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research & evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses how the United States Digital Service is influencing hiring across the...


One-on-one with Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert - October 28, 2018

In this two-part interview, Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, outlines her priorities for modernizing the federal workforce. Karen Evans, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, discusses her office’s authorities, and working with the private sector to secure energy infrastructure.


Role of data in USDA's Centers of Excellence initiative - October 25, 2018

Ted Kaouk, chief data officer at the Department of Agriculture, discusses the agency’s dashboard systems, and how data plays into managing USDA’s IT modernization efforts. Robert Tuohy, chief operating officer of Advanced Technology International, gives an industry-based view on the growing use of Other Transaction Authorities, and the pros and cons of using them. James Eisenmann, former general counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board and counsel at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch,...


Challenges facing the U.S. Army supply chain - October 24, 2018

Lt. Gen. Edward Daly, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, discusses the top equipment modernization priorities in the Army, and how they’re using data analytics to properly equip soldiers. On this Space Force edition of the Pentagon Beat, reporter Oriana Pawlyk and Robert Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government, discuss what happened at this week’s National Space Council meeting, and the latest draft of the Space Force plan. Stan...


OMB, MITRE release federal workforce report - October 23, 2018

Jim Cook, vice president of Strategic Engagements & Partnerships at MITRE, details how stakeholders would like to modernize the federal workforce. Courtney Anderson, senior electronic records policy analyst at the National Archives and Records Administration, discusses how the FERMI initiative will help the government’s shared services goals. Mike Herrinton, U.S. Government & Public Sector leader and partner at Ernst & Young, discusses what takeaways OMB could have from Cloud Smart comments,...


Developing a Tech-Savvy Procurement Workforce- October 22, 2018

Developing a Tech-Savvy Procurement Workforce- October 22, 2018 by WJLA-TV


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...