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An executive order from the Biden administration is ostensibly aimed at protecting employees of services contractors. It would require a company that wins a follow-on contract from an incumbent, to give the incumbent employees first right of refusal to work for the winning company. It's an idea that's come up in earlier Democratic administrations. …
 
The Labor Department’s new initiative to modernize the technology that underlies the delivery of unemployment insurance. It's far from your typical IT project. Labor has more than 50 customers, each at varying stages of development and with varying types of technology. Michele Evermore is the deputy director for policy in the office of unemployment…
 
The Federal Election Commission on a party-line vote recently decided not to sanction a federal prisons contractor. The company, GEO Group, had made a big contribution to the Donald Trump political action committee in 2016. Where can contractors contribute politically, a and where can they not? Bloomberg Government senior editor Ken Doyle has been …
 
Congress gave the Department of Homeland Security the authority to create its own cybersecurity personnel system back in 2014. Six years later, the new cyber talent management system is live, and accepting applications. CTMS lets the department recruit, hire, pay and promote cybersecurity talent in a completely different way from the traditional Ge…
 
As it does every year, the Health and Human Services office of inspector general publishes the top management and performance challenges facing the department. This year, the IG found that HHS faces significant challenges when it comes to data, managing it and using it. Joining the Federal Drive with details, the senior counselor to the OIG, Andrew…
 
The Continuing Resolution under which the government has been operating since October 1 will expire this Friday. Returning from its Thanksgiving recess, dealing with the budget is a top priority for both chambers. Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked about all this with Bloomberg Government deputy news director Loren Duggan.…
 
Now that the 2020 decennial count is more or less in the rearview mirror, the Census Bureau has a new concern: The five-year American Community Survey will also be late, with the pandemic to blame, as well. Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked about all this with Census Project co-director Howard Fienberg, who said Congress needs to bolster the Cens…
 
The Biden administration's military strategy appears to support a reduction in forces while relying more on soft-power tools. That is the gist of the most recent (and detailed) analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. For highlights about what upcoming budget battles are all about, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with CSIS…
 
The Transportation Security Administration is proposing new cybersecurity regulations. They would apply to high-risk rail operators. It’s part of a broader push by Homeland Security to improve cybersecurity across the transportation sector. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday.By Tom Temin
 
It's one thing for a contracting officer to help a bidder in a tight contract competition to fix errors in its bid. It's another thing to disclose information from a competitor's offer. That's what happened in a State Department plan to recompete protective services. We got details from Smith Pachter McWhorter procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo.…
 
The Social Security Administration delegates to state agencies responsibility for making disability determinations. States in turn use medical experts, some staff, some contracted. Either way, the Government Accountability Office found Social Security needs to shore up its oversight of state medical experts. For more, we turned to the director of G…
 
Gentlemen, listen up. Prostate cancer is no fun. But it takes many forms. Some will get you fast. Others grow so slowly you'll die from something else. Now the Veterans Health Administration is teaming with the University of Maryland on a research project. It's goal is to establish new surveillance methods to track those with low-risk prostate canc…
 
U.S. Transportation Command’s first attempt to reform the military moving system got derailed by a successful bid protest. Now it’s reawarded the Global Household Goods Contract to one of the companies that lost the first time around. The initial award is worth an estimated $6.2 billion over the next three year, and could be worth up to $20 billion…
 
Federal sales boomed during the fiscal 21, with General Services Administration buying vehicles reporting sales records. That shouldn't be a surprise given record appropriations in response to the pandemic. My next guest says that despite the strength of the market, dark clouds hover over contractors. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Busin…
 
The Biden administration's management agenda, which it called a vision, laid out three basic principles. Boosting the federal workforce, improving citizen service, and using the bureaucracy to achieve the administration's agenda. New stuff or old wine in a new bottle? The Federal Drive got one view from the president and CEO of the National Academy…
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development is looking to expand the roster of organizations it partners with around the world. So it's launched a set of online resources to help new partners get together with experienced ones and with the agency. It's all housed at a new site called WorkWithUSAID.org. Joining the Federal Drive with details, USAI…
 
Ambassadors and diplomats aren’t the only ones who further the mission of the State Department. In most cases, the family members that join them overseas promote the department’s interests through volunteer work. This year’s winners of the Secretary of State’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad did just that, donating reusable hygiene kits t…
 
The deadline for federal employees to comply with the Biden administration's vaccine mandate has passed. And some of the numbers are in. The White House says 90% of federal employees have at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined the Federal Drive to tell us what we know so far about the vaccination cam…
 
Supply chain security issues have been dominating the news lately. That plus rising costs and longer delivery times. The Biden administration has taken some steps to help logistics companies. For an assessment, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with the Senior Vice President of Policy and Senior Counsel at the Information Technology Industry …
 
Agencies with big campuses often have parking that's either not enough, or people have long hikes from distant spaces. That's the case at the National Security Agency's big headquarters campus at Fort Meade, Maryland. For decades it's been a source of angst for employees. The Office of Inspector General took a look at the parking situation. IG Robe…
 
On Friday, the federal IT world got some long awaited news about the future of cloud computing in DoD. The department picked four companies for spots on its upcoming Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability contract, expected to be worth several billion dollars. But the names of the companies are about all we do know. After months of market research, the …
 
It’s been six months since President Joe Biden signed a sprawling executive order on cybersecurity. Agencies have received a fire hose of new guidance and standards. Now a top White House cyber official says it’s time to start executing on those plans. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday.…
 
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