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Federal News Network Defense Reporter Jared Serbu speaks one-on-one and in depth with the people responsible for managing the inner workings of the federal government's largest department, and those who know it best.
 
From how to win government jobs and contracts, to effectively managing your government career, learning about interesting federal agencies, workers and jobs, and best utilizing government services, host Derrick Dortch explores the world of the federal government and provides you the access needed to succeed.
 
Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off-Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.
 
The Business of Government Radio Hour, hosted by Michael J. Keegan, features a conversation with a federal executive who is changing the way government does business. The executives discuss their careers and the management challenges facing their organizations. Guests include administrators, chief financial officers, chief information officers, chief operating officers, commissioners, controllers, directors, and undersecretaries.
 
Nycci Nellis is everyone's "go to" food journalist for insights and in depth info about everything happening across the food/wine/spirits/brews/restaurant scenes in the Mid-Atlantic and across the U.S. Her husband, David, is a beer and burgers guy. On radio since 2009, they host celebrity guest interviews with famous and up-and-coming chefs, winemakers, distillers, oystermen, farmers, marine biologists and more. Get the foodie info you need to know and won't find anywhere else; enjoy irrever ...
 
Market Chat! is an ongoing series that provides an open and collaborative interaction between government and industry to ensure that listeners will walk away empowered with greater knowledge on how to better market to their targeted federal and state and local audiences.
 
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The theory behind governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) hasn't changed since the mid-1990s. But with many of the 10 GWACs run by the General Services Administration, NASA and the National Institutes of Health going through recompetes and refresh efforts in the coming years, it may be time to rethink how GWACs work. For one set of possible ch…
 
When the pandemic shut down worldwide travel, some 100,000 Americans were stranded in nations across the globe. It fell to my next guest to pull together a multi-agency team to get them home. He and the team succeeded, and now he's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals Program for his work. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Cons…
 
The Department of Homeland Security set out in 2016 to replace its facial and fingerprint recognition system. But little has gone right for the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) program. It's three years late, no components are yet up and running. The Government Accountability Office said DHS officials need to get on with a lot of pro…
 
A change in parent organizations is coming to the National Intelligence University. It's about to move from under the Defense Intelligence Agency and become a part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. With what this means, plus a bit of history, the NIU president, J. Scott Cameron spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.…
 
Nearly half of the most popular federal websites are difficult to navigate for disabled people. That's according to research by the Information Technology and Innovation Fund. For details, Federal News Network's Jonathan Tercasio spoke with report authors Ashley Johnson and Daniel Castro on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.…
 
Last year was a good one to be a federal contractor. Because of the pandemic and a few other things, federal contract spending went up by double digits. And there were a few changes to the list of the largest federal contractors. The Federal Drive got highlights from Bloomberg federal market analyst Laura Criste.…
 
Federal criminal investigators are required to attend periodic training sessions. They go to any of several locations of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, FLET-C. Investigators allege that during training periods, they are asked to work overtime, but not getting the overtime they're entitled to. So they've filed a class action lawsuit. J…
 
They do the day to day legal work of the United States. And they didn't take the jobs to become rich lawyers. But the assistant U.S. Attorneys, career civil servants, are asking Congress to end what the attorneys feel is unfair pay disparity compared to other lawyers, in the Department of Justice. For more, the president of the National Association…
 
As an organization that operates around the globe, the Defense Department needs a global approach to information technology. Even though DOD planners like centralized control, they've started look at how units outside of the continental United States can access the latest in commercial cloud technology. For this and other developments, the Federal …
 
Two vendors recently made it through a tough gantlet. That is, they underwent a certification exam given by the Defense Contract Management Agency. These two companies are the first to be certified to provide third-party assessments of other defense contractors under the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification or CMMC program. The assessment was…
 
A crucial week's ahead for Congress. Democrats say they'll go to reconciliation to pass a six trillion dollar package, this as regular government operations are likely to head to a continuing resolution. The Federal Drive got the latest from WTOP Capitol Hill correspondent Mitchell Miller.By Tom Temin
 
One way or another, bio-fuel will be part of the country's energy future, especially to power ships and airplanes. That's why the Energy Department's ARPA-E is spending some $35 million in grant dollars to improve the efficiency of making this class of fuel. For details, the EcoSynBio program director David Babson.…
 
A federal buying approach known as category management for several years has sought to boost efficiency by pooling requirements for various commodities. That way the government can negotiate better prices. The General Services Administration states that category management is also supposed to help the government meet its small business goals. But i…
 
The Department of Homeland Security is on a multi-year mission to improve employee engagement scores after years of being at the bottom of the pack. DHS improved overall engagement scores by four points on the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Leaders and supervisors each improved their scores by five points last year. For how they did it, Fe…
 
June 21, 2021 on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins, CPA® welcomes today’s guests to talk about how the pandemic has changed career transitions and job searching.Sixteen months into the pandemic and many things have changed for those working in government, looking to transition from government, or already working in the private sector.Alison Bouwmeeste…
 
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today’s show:• Need a cure? Deb Schaffer, founder of Enchanted Botanicals, is a spiritual herbalist;• Grassfed True Aussie Beef & Lamb helps home cooks and food professionals in America achieve success with Australian beef and lamb. But, how healthy is it? Catherine Golding, business development manager for Nort…
 
On this week's show, Danielle Metz, the deputy DoD chief information officer for information enterprise talks with Jared Serbu about the shutdown of Commercial Virtual Remote.CVR -- the service DoD created to let employees work from home at the beginning of the pandemic -- was a first-ever example of the entire DoD converging around a centrally-pro…
 
EPA senior officials failed to follow standard operating procedures in 2018, when they signed off on permit renewals for certain pesticides. Including leaving scientific documents out of the decision. For details, the Federal Drive turned to health scientist in the office of the inspector general at the EPA, Alton Reid.…
 
You can hardly swing a cat these days and not hit somebody talking about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. The Defense Department's strategy for buttoning up the Defense industrial base. My next guest says the CMMC approach is good in theory, but lacks anywhere near the resources to get it done. He's not only director of infor…
 
Recent ransomware attacks have some members of Congress looking to boost the budget and the authority of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The Colonial Pipeline attack has lawmakers concerned about CISA’s ability to defend critical infrastructure. More now from Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday.…
 
Agencies faced more than 30,000 cyber incidents in fiscal 2020, an 8% increase over the year before. Email phishing and website authentication continue to be among the biggest attack vectors hackers are using to get to agency networks and data.But despite this escalation, the annual Federal Information Security Management Act or FISMA report to Con…
 
On FEDtalk this week, join a roundtable discussion on the importance of mental fitness for law enforcement. Panelists will discuss the importance of both preventative and reactive mental health for law enforcement professionals. They will discuss the unique needs of law enforcement and efforts underway to ensure every department or agency is aware …
 
When soliciting bids under a task order contract, the government isn't obligated to have full-on negotiations. Contracting officers can have interchanges with bidders, but even these have to be done fairly, or else bidder is likely to protest, as the Navy found out recently. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo brings us the case.…
 
From rattlesnakes to bison, the wildlife are part of the attraction in places like the Grand Canyon National Park. But it's 2021, not 1821, and the bison herd must be controlled. That's why the National Park Service has initiated what it calls a lethal reduction. Joining the Federal Drive to explain how it works, spokesman Kaitlyn Thomas.…
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to spend $46 million to update something you might not even know it does. Namely, the inspection of cargo coming into the United States not by sea or air, but by rail. Here with a look into this program, CBP's Aaron Bowker.By Tom Temin
 
This week, the Defense Department shut down Commercial Virtual Remote – the cloud-based collaboration service it set up to help employees telework during the pandemic. CVR was always meant to be a temporary solution, but it worked so well that it pushed the military services to speed up their plans to move the workforce to long-term implementations…
 
Military relocations have happened in fits and starts throughout the pandemic. For a few months, the Defense Department even completely stopped service members from moving to new orders. Now service members are facing a different problem: supply and demand. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione reports.…
 
Shaheen Pasha and Yukari Kane, co-founders and co-executive directors of the Prison Journalism Project, join It's All Journalism host Michael O’Connell to explain their initiative. They work with inmates to help those with an interest in writing learn how to tell their stories to a wider audience. Keep up with the latest news about the It's All Jou…
 
Congress is turning its attention to 2022 budget negotiations. But the talks about funding the Department of Veterans Affairs sound a lot like those of years past. VA is on track for another record budget next year if the Biden administration gets its way. Democrats said the extra resources will fund VA programs that have been unattended in recent …
 
More than 75 years have passed since the Navy has had to repair several battle-damaged ships all at once. Now naval planners are wondering whether this capability might be needed once again. But the way they're going about planning it is operating without a compass. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got more information from the Director of Defense Capa…
 
The Biden administration is calling on agencies to transition the federal automobile fleet to zero-emission vehicles. But agencies have a long way to go to meet that goal. The current inventory of plug-in electric vehicles is less than 1 percent of the overall fleet and agencies have been slow to purchase more. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman j…
 
For a variety of reasons, many Black, Latino, Native American and other minorities had higher rates of COVID-19 - contracting it and and being hospitalized - than the national average. Last summer, Dr. Gary Gibbons decided to do something about it. He's the director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Healt…
 
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