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Bill Culhane and Jim Ward, a couple of government procurement pros, discuss the B2G world. News, analysis, tips, and more. A lot more.






Quick Clip: Dr. Rohde on Hurricane Harvey Public Health Issues

Here is our discussion with Dr. Rodney Rohde, from Texas State University. Dr. Rohde discusses the impact Hurricane Harvey could have on public health in Texas, and elsewhere. Dr. Rohde covers his personal feelings regarding the disaster, covers his article ‘Why do we Wait for a Natural Disaster to do what's right? Painful Reminders after a Hurricane in Texas - 2017’ (see below for link), and things we all need to consider as recovery continues....

Duration: 00:06:46

Red Cross On Hurricane Harvey and How to Help - Quick Clip

During last week's episode, Bristel Minsker, Area - ‎Communications Director at American Red Cross, Central & South Texas Region, took a few minutes to discuss the situation in Houston and South-Central Texas. Bristel also shared a few suggestions on how people can help. To donate: Text “Harvey” to number: 90999

Duration: 00:02:02

Quick Clip: Ryan Nichols and Mike Oonk Saving Lives in Houston

In addition to our conversation with Mike Orakpo, we also interviewed Ryan Nichols and Mike Oonk, who were involved in rescue efforts in the greater Houston area. The guys describe the situation, some difficulties, and offer suggestions on what is needed. To help Ryan and Mike in their efforts: Facebook: @thewholesaleguy.

Duration: 00:07:16

Quick Clip: Mike Orakpo on Hurricane Harvey Rescue Efforts

Quick Clip from our recent episode. As part of 'Hurricane Harvey. What Now? What Next?', Bill Culhane interviewed Mike Orakpo, Houston native, to discuss his efforts and observations as the Hurricane Harvey disaster unfolded. To help Mike, his team, and the citizens of Houston. Thank you. When All Else is Lost Faith Remains. Facebook: @Michael.Orakpo

Duration: 00:05:27

Hurricane Harvey. What Now? What Next?

The title says it all. What is happening right now in Houston and elsewhere? What's important to know in the coming days, weeks, and months? Our co-host, Bill Culhane, leverages his 25 years of broadcasting experience and stellar efforts by Lauren and Braedon to assemble an amazing list of guests. From rescue efforts, on the ground in Houston, to the impressive list of experts, this episode helps to bring you much more on the Hurricane Harvey story. Mike Oonk, Ryan Nichols. Houston heroes....

Duration: 00:31:57

You Think Freedom of Information and Transparency Matter? Jim Ward Felt Free to Disclose a Fear.

A lot of freedom discussed in this episode. David Snyder, Executive Director of the First Amendment Coalition, stopped by to inform us on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). David shared some history, interesting factoids, spells out what is subject to FOIA, and more. David and Bill discussed the growth in request numbers, “predatory” activity, and David closed down the segment with a look into FOIA’s future. Also, see below, David shared some informative resources. Check them out! The...

Duration: 00:20:11

Marcia Madsen Recaps Testimony Delivered to Capitol Hill. Jim Ward Delivers on Ethics.

Marcia Madsen, from Mayer Brown, stopped by the show to discuss her testimony on Capitol Hill, from earlier this year. If it involves the U.S. acquisition process, Marcia understands it. A recognized expert and valuable resource on government contracts and litigation, she discusses needed changes, why accountability and transparency are critical to the process, challenges facing the acquisition workforce, and more! You will soon realize, Marcia has been there done that. Your thoughts? Jim...

Duration: 00:18:07

Robert Scoble on Technology and Who & What Is Changing the World. Jim Has Found Art.

Robert Scoble, from the Transformation Group, and a giant in the technology sphere, visited the show and shared his insight on Mixed Reality, the technologies and businesses changing the world today and shaping the future. In addition, Robert covered cloud technology, glasses, GPUs, the list goes on... Of course, Jim Ward shares his expertise. Jim ‘found’ a #CrazyBids that will catch the ear of art lovers and people interested in, well, interesting bid requests. All of that and more. A lot...

Duration: 00:22:52

D+. You See ASCE’s U.S. Infrastructure Report Card? Gulp. Is There Any Hope?

The grades are in! We’ve been talking about various aspects of U.S. infrastructure for years. Bridges in the U.S., yikes! Mr. Greg DiLoreto, 2013 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, has spoken to Congress and now he speaks to you on our infrastructure. Report on the ASCE report card (see below), security considerations, and a look into the future. This guy knows his stuff. Some of this news is “crazy” enough, so no #CrazyBids on this episode. Yep, we hear you, “boo,...

Duration: 00:09:02

Az Balabanian Expands Your Virtual Reality Know-How and Jim Ward Is Back with Crazy Bids!

Virtual reality is an interesting and booming industry in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Az Balabanian, Creative Director at UploadVR and host of ResearchVR podcast, stopped by to share his interesting insights. AI, augmented reality, and the future of the technologies are among the additional topics we discuss. The most qualified person on the planet, Jim Ward, returns to the show to deliver his #CrazyBids. Public art light sculpture is cool and even cooler when JW talks about it....

Duration: 00:17:33

Survived our sabbatical! Let there be knowledge, frivolity, and #CrazyBids

We’re back! The new season is off and running...well, jogging occasionally. Dr. Rodney Rohde, our resident U.S. health expert, updates us on the latest in healthcare, what a Trump presidency means, what you don’t know can hurt you, aircraft mechanics and more. #CrazyBids will be “resurrected” in the next episode. Literally. Reminder: April 23rd-29th is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Be sure to thank your local Lab professionals! To stay up to date on U.S. health, here’s who Dr....

Duration: 00:19:29