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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
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The National Security Agency is not known for opening its arms to outsiders. But the NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center is trying to change that perception just as the nation seems to be under constant cyber attack. The center staff wants to work with the defense, telecommunications, and other industries to develop a more widely shared unders…
 
Mail delivery is like weird weather — everyone has their own theory about it. Now the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General has taken a step to make the public aware of what's really going on with mail delivery, where it's flagging and where it's right on time. For more about the project, Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb joined Federal Dr…
 
Military training is supposed to train service members, not kill them. But the Army and Marine Corps have sustained thousands of non-combat vehicle accidents. In a 10-year period, 123 service members were killed. A review by the Government Accountability Office finds that the services don't always employ their own preventive practices. GAO's Direct…
 
Everyone wants to save the whales, but Jay Barlow has actually saved them. He's developed new ways of tracking marine mammals, worked with the Navy and others to reduce noise damage, and even discovered a whole new whale species. He's a senior scientist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio…
 
Agencies are setting tentative dates for their employees to return to the office. The dates are part of agencies' wider reentry plans. They were to due to the White House for review last week but many agencies are still fine-tuning the details. And they're still working out how telework and remote work programs will fit into the equation. The Offic…
 
The Senate Armed Services Committee reported out its version of the 2022 Defense authorization bill last week. The legislation has some historic changes and a bit of a plus-up for the Defense Department. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more insight.By Tom Temin
 
The Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service laid out its most complete vision of what the future of financial management shared services will mean to agencies and vendors. The second request for information outlined the role of the Quality Service Management Office (QSMO) and how it hopes to reach the right mixture of standardization and…
 
The recent executive orders on cybersecurity and on diversity and inclusion struck many readers are overly wordy and complex — hard to understand. Fergal McGovern ran these texts through an algorithm-based program that analyzes written text for complexity and understandability. The CEO of Visible Thread joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with what…
 
Among the blizzard of executive orders coming from the Biden White House was a June missive telling agencies to buy American. But procurement law and regulation have required buy American for decades. Is there anything left to do? For one interpretation, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Venable attorney Dismas Locaria.…
 
The Biden administration has proposed no less than 72 initiatives in a single executive order on competition. The order, earlier this month, is ostensibly to benefit consumers. But if you read far down in the order, there's a lot there about federal contractors. For analysis, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the President and CEO of the Profe…
 
Shelby Oakley, a director in the Government Accountability Office's Contracting and National Security Acquisitions team joins host Roger Waldron on this week's Off the Shelf for a wide ranging of discussion of her agency's reports on key procurement programs in the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.…
 
Given what's happened over the last year and a half, the Department of Health and Human Services would have something which the departments of Defense and Energy, as well as the intelligence community have — namely, an advanced research projects agency. Now the Biden administration has proposed just that: a $6.5 billion ARPA Health as part of the N…
 
July 26, 2021 on ForYourBenefit, host Bob Leins, CPA® welcomes Michele Bollier, Federal Benefits Specialist. Michele is developing a checklist specifically for Federal employees who are single. This resource will be available soon at www.nitpinc.com. During today’s program, she will talk about some of the key items in the checklist:Why create a che…
 
Deep in the Defense Department, a group is partnering with industry to create a window into the cyber vulnerabilities of the defense industrial base. The Defense Industrial Base Collaborative Information Sharing Environment (DCISE) is part of the Defense Cyber Crime Center, and division chief Mike Weiskopff talked about it in more detail on Federal…
 
A group of House lawmakers is out with new legislative proposals addressing vulnerabilities in the defense supply chain. They want the Pentagon to take supply chain security more seriously, especially when it comes to dependencies on China for key materials. Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more…
 
Former State Department leadership have said it’s time to rethink what a stint in the Foreign Service looks like. Options on the table include transforming the agency’s up-or-out system of promotions, and allowing outside experts to lend their talents to the Foreign Service for a few years at a time. Former officials said these changes would help t…
 
It's the last week of legislating on Capitol Hill before lawmakers depart for more than a month for the August recess. And there's a lot on their plates. Between the Defense authorization bill, work on a potential infrastructure package, and annual spending legislation, members of Congress are hoping to get at least a few big things finished before…
 
How can government leaders see constant change as an opportunity, not a threat? How can fostering a flux mindset help leaders be more effective and resilient in the face of relentless uncertainty? What strategies can leaders employ to do just this? Join Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with April Rinne, author of FLUX: 8 Super…
 
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today’s show:• The Washington Post has called Andy Bixby, creative director of beverage at The Imperial, a “cocktail wizard,” for his uber-creative house cocktail ingredients. Andy’s with us today and we find out some of his trade secrets and … if the Post’s praise is justified;• Thanks to the pandemic, there’s …
 
Host Shirley Rooker talks to John Berlau. The author of "George Washington, Entrepreneur" explores the greatness and intellect of Washington and his ventures into whiskey making and mule breeding as well as his vision about flight. He also discusses Washington's partnership with his wife Martha and her importance to his success.…
 
The Sesame Workshop has a long history of working with the Defense Department. Its goal is to help children of service members adapt to the sometimes-difficult living conditions they face. This year, the muppets are tackling race and diversity. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with the workshop Vice President Maria del Rocio Galarza.…
 
A trillion here, a trillion there — as Congress prepares to spend relatively more money than it spent on World War II, the question arises whether the federal workforce even has the capacity to carry out whatever programs the coming money will spawn. Bob Tobias said the government needs a parallel investment in management. The professor in the Key …
 
As cybersecurity attacks interrupt government services at the state and municipal levels, governors are calling on the National Guard for help. For details on just how often this happening, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to a senior fellow at the center-left think tank Third Way, Todd Rosenblum.…
 
As it expands additive manufacturing all over, the Defense Department is also adding cybersecurity risk. That's because operators of networked 3D printers aren't always securing the machines or the files that drive them. For more, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Karla Roark, program director for Audit Cyberspace Operations in the DoD Office …
 
Both the Air Force and the Navy want Congress’ permission to retire some of their weapons systems. The basic rationale is to free up money for the sort of high-end warfare they say they need to prepare for. Some of those systems are decades old, and showing their age, but not all of them. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had details on the servic…
 
It might sound surprising, but many federal contractors are under no obligation to report cybersecurity breaches to the government. That could changing under a new bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate this week. The Cyber Incident Notification Act of 2021 would require contractors, critical infrastructure companies, and agencies themselves for …
 
Department of Veterans Affairs reform legislation back in 2018 required the Veterans Health Administration to report regularly on its staffing and vacancy levels. VHA officials generally meet the requirement. Now the Office of Inspector General has found that VHA has made a lot of progress in the accuracy of its reporting but still has a ways to go…
 
Federal contractors who ship stuff often overlook or don't put a lot of bother into compliance with obscure federal shipping rules. Now with a refreshed federal emphasis on Buy American, that could be a costly mistake. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got details from Thomson Coburn attorney Jayna Marie Rust.…
 
Simon Galperin, founding director of the Community Information Cooperative, explains the concept of an Info District. He talks with It’s All Journalism host Michael O’Connell about how local news initiatives, funded by taxpayer dollars, can help change the future for municipalities across the country. Keep up with the latest news about the It's All…
 
Investors in the TSPs stock index funds (C, S and I) have done very, very well for a long time.The market has had its ups and downs (but mostly ups) since the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009. Most people didn’t see that one coming and few knew how or when it would end. Until after the fact, when investing your retirement nest egg is not real…
 
Federal data isn’t much use if no one can find it. Many chief data officers are running inventories of their data, saying they've got a battle getting their agencies to think critically about it. The Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service is also assessing the maturity of its data and trying to make it more shareable. The bureau's CDO J…
 
How can the Department of Homeland Security possibly vet 40,000 people coming to the United States every day to spot the possible security threats? Until recently, it couldn't, or it took so long a terrorist could already have moved in. Lori Vislocky developed, in record time and on a shoestring, a modern information system that lets Custom and Bor…
 
Defense policy will forever be debated, but nearly everyone agrees it's possible for the Pentagon to spend more wisely. One potential for savings comes from the prices for spare parts, which came up recently in Congressional hearings. The Project on Government Oversight's Mandy Smithberger testified, and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to t…
 
Congress provided the Department of Veterans Affairs received nearly $20 billion to take on COVID-19. The money came with the requirement to account for it. Now VA's Office of Inspector General has found that the department worked hard to document its handling of the money. But weaknesses in VA's financial management systems raise questions. For mo…
 
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