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Exit interview with GSA TTS Director Joanne Collins Smee - August 19, 2018

On this weekend edition of Government Matters-- Technology Transformation Service Director Joanne Collins Smee joins the program for an overview of her work at the General Services Administration, and what the future has in store for both GSA and herself. Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigation Bureau at the Office of Personnel Management, discusses moving his organization’s functions to the Defense Department, and why they’re not waiting “for the green flag.”...


NSA Inspector General lays out priorities - August 16, 2018

National Security Agency Inspector General Robert Storch discusses the importance of transparency, whistleblowers and communication at the intelligence organization. Kristine Simmons, VP of Government Affairs at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses the civilian workforce changes in the 2019 NDAA, and how it could impact the greater federal workforce in the near future. Jim Williams, former acting administrator of the General Services Administration and partner at Schambach &...


Back office changes a key challenge to Space Force effort - August 15, 2018

Frank Kendall, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics and executive in residence at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, discusses some of the logistical issues with the current Space Force plan, and what questions still need to be answered. Bill Greenwalt, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, discusses the growing discord between the Department of Defense and the Silicon Valley tech companies they want to...


EPA Office of Inspector General releases Flint water report - August 14, 2018

Charles Brunton, program analyst at the EPA Office of the Inspector General, discusses the second IG report about the Flint Water Crisis, and why the lack of management controls played a part in delaying solutions. Dr. Barney Graham, Sammies 2018 finalist and deputy director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, discusses the work he and his team have done developing a Zika vaccine, and why coordination is important for agencies. Jonathan Alboum, CTO of Public...


Appropriations activity underway on Capitol Hill - August 13, 2018

Congressional expert David Hawkings and Sarah Ferris, budget and appropriations reporter at Politico, discuss the upcoming deadline to pass the remaining appropriations packages for fiscal year 2019. Neil McDonnell, founder of the HUBZone Chamber of Commerce, discusses the $13 billion HUBZone contracting program, and the success his organization has in bringing communities, industry and agencies closer together. Alan Balutis, senior director and distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems,...


DoD IG releases 2018 Compendium of Open Recommendations - August 12, 2018

Troy Meyer, Assistant Inspector General of Audit at the Defense Department, discusses the more than 1500 recommendations that the DoD IG has for the agency, and how implementing 30 of them could save the department billions. Defense News Air Warfare Reporter Valerie Insinna, Defense One Global Business Editor Marcus Weisgerber and Bloomberg Government Senior Defense Analyst Robert Levinson, discuss the Pentagon’s plan to stand up a Space Force, and what it means for the Department of...


Army’s push to shift millions of FY18 money to modernization efforts - August 8, 2018

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work discusses why the Army wants to shuffle around its development funding and what it means for military contractors. John Watts, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, discusses the trends that impact innovation at the Pentagon, and why energy storage systems will be important for next-generation military hardware. Inside the Pentagon Chief Editor Tony Bertuca and Managing Editor Justin Doubleday discuss developments with the AT&L restructuring,...


GAO: VA needs to confront employee misconduct & accountability - August 7, 2018

Kathy Larin, director of the Forensic Audits & Investigative Service at the Government Accountability Office, discusses a new report outlining issues with internal investigations at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Phil Sparks and Mary Jo Hoeksema, co-directors of the Census Project, discuss the challenges the census faces before their 2020 tally, and the biggest changes to the census this time around. Ariel Gold, data program manager for the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint...


How to build a better budget process - August 6, 2018

Mike Veselik, managing director of the Building a Better Budget Process project at the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, discusses their report on streamlining the budget process at all levels of government, and why federal stakeholders want “predictability.” Dan Blair, senior counselor at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the center’s report on the role of the inspector general at agencies, and how IGs can help with management issues. Dr. Daniel Kastner, Sammies 2018 finalist...


Transition of all military hospitals to Defense Health Agency - August 5, 2018

Steve Wallace, Technical Director of the Development & Business Center at DISA and Jeremy Corey, Chief of the Cyber Innovation Office at DISA, details their efforts to ‘augment’ the Common Access Card with modern tech, and the experimentation they’re doing with biometrics. Maj. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Transitional Intermediate Management Organization and the National Capital Region Medical Directorate at the Defense Health Agency, discusses the efforts to consolidate military...


House, Senate will go to conference over Technology Modernization Fund - August 2, 2018

Mike Hettinger, President of Hettinger Strategy Group and Rich Beutel, Principal at Cyrrus Analytics, discuss the future of the Technology Modernization Fund, and the need for transparency in its awards. Ari Schwartz, managing director of cybersecurity services at Venable, discusses the new Department of Homeland Security risk management center, and the effect the Homeland Security Supply Chain Act would have on contractors. Jeffrey Neal, senior vice president of ICF, discusses...


Report: Rebuilding America's military for future conflicts - August 1, 2018

Dakota Wood, senior research fellow for Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation, discusses his report on how the military should prepare for future wars, and the importance of rapid experimentation. Reggie Brothers, former under secretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security and Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Peraton, discusses some issues that Army Futures Command will have to tackle as it stands up, such as integration and budget....


Assessing enterprise risks within Thrift Savings Plan accounts - July 31, 2018

Kim Weaver, director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, discusses TSP’s research into enterprise risks and the board’s latest budget review. Ron Marks, intelligence program chair at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, discusses what a more “aggressive” stance means for cyber defense, and how it could change operational strategy at the agency. Matt Erskine, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and...


Congress facing upcoming deadline for big spending bill - July 30, 2018

Leo Shane III, deputy editor of Military Times, and David Hawkings, senior editor of CQ Roll Call, discuss the congressional issues keeping a FY19 funding bill from advancing, and the first day on the job for new VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. Michael Curtis, executive director of GrantSolutions, discusses the value of machine learning in information and grant management, and his goals for helping people through new technologies. Dave Mihelcic, former Defense Information Systems Agency CTO...


DoD embarks on department-wide financial audit - July 29, 2018

In this special two-part interview, Department of Defense Deputy Chief Financial Officer Mark Easton details the department’s large-scale audit, and his future priorities at the Pentagon. U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro and Ann Ebberts, CEO of the Association of Government Accountants, discuss what is needed right now in the federal oversight workforce, and the evolution of enterprise risk management.


OPM starts preparation for agency-wide reorganization - July 26, 2018

Terry Gerton, president & CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, and Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association, discuss the White House’s efforts to shift OPM functions to other agencies, and what that means for the office’s future. Terry Halvorsen, former Department of Defense CIO & executive vice president of IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics, discusses changes to authentication tech at the Pentagon, and how it could move to civilian...


House & Senate reach an agreement on defense authorization bill - July 25, 2018

Gen. Larry Spencer (USAF, Ret.), president of the Air Force Association, discusses the conferenced version of the National Defense Authorization Act, and the rollout of the KC-46 tanker. Frank Strickland, managing director at Deloitte Consulting, discusses his report on how to use cutting-edge tech to solve age-old difficulties with military readiness. Federal News Radio Defense Reporter Scott Maucione and Reporter Oriana Pawlyk discuss provisions in the latest version of the...


Financial management initiatives underway at the FBI - July 24, 2018

FBI Chief Financial Officer Richard Haley joins the program to detail financial management programs at the agency, and what the two-year budget deal means for his office. Paul Debolt, co-chair of the Government Contracts Group at Venable LLP, discusses how the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate waste in government could lead to a spike in False Claims Act cases. Chris Kuang, co-founder of Coding it Forward, and Civic Digital Fellows Loren Hinkson, Rachel Stone, and Omer Bensaadon...


Senate, House disagree on pay raise for federal employees - July 23, 2018

Jessica Klement, vice president for Advocacy at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, discusses the congressional debate over a possible federal pay raise, and how it could affect agency employees. Sarah Ferris, budget and appropriations reporter at Politico and David Hawkings, senior editor of CQ Roll Call, discuss the funding bills making their way through Congress, and how they could impact FY19 budget discussions. Amy O’Connor, chief information officer at...


GSA streamlines General Schedules to allow ancillary purchases - July 22, 2018

Mark Lee, assistant commissioner of the FAS Office of Policy & Compliance at GSA, discusses the agency’s schedule changes and why it’s one of the “biggest improvements” ever made to the acquisition program Peter Levine, senior research fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, David Berteau, President & CEO of the Professional Services Council and John Young Jr., principal at JY Strategies, LLC, discuss the split of the Pentagon’s AT&L office, and what the two new organizations will be...