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EXCLUSIVE: Go “behind the firewall” of GSA’s Acquisition Gateway

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Only federal government acquisition professionals can go “behind the firewall” and see exactly how GSA’s Acquisition Gateway works. Until now. Laura Stanton of GSA demonstrated the Gateway to me and my colleague Jason Miller, and let us video the demonstration…
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Listen (John Batchelor): VA crisis becomes issue in POTUS race

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The Department of Veterans Affairs claims a huge success in dealing with its disability backlog; one Presidential candidate proposes doing away with VA altogether; and the VA’s suicide problem is mostly Vietnam vets, not vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. I…
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US Coast Guard’s RDML Vojvodich on new ships, planes, and challenges

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Since the last time he was on the show, US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Vojvodich has seen the final contract go out in his National Security Cutter program, and he’s gotten a promotion. He’s now Assistant Commandant for Acquisition &…
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National Security Agency: building a more diverse, equal work force

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The National Security Agency seeks to be a model for equality in the federal government. To that end, Admiral Mike Rogers, the head of the NSA and Commander of US Cyber Command, created the office of Senior Advisor for Equality,…
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Listen (Jim Bohannon): VA customer service problems aren’t just in VA; more

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From the web site of the nationally-syndicated Jim Bohannon Show: The Veterans’ Administration has been up for major criticism that is well-deserved. While no one faults the care at any VA installation, the system has been plagued with failures in…
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Watch (NC8): IRS cyber breach 4x worse than first thought

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An investigation into a data breach at the IRS earlier this year, has revealed the hack was much bigger than originally thought. Now, many are wondering why it took so long to uncover the full extent of the cyber attack….
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Listen (John Batchelor): VA troubles: civil rights violations, IT, customer service

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The head of the Merit Systems Protection Board, Susan Tsui Grundmann, believes the new Veterans Affairs accountability bill will violate the civil rights of Federal employees. Improper data entries prevent 35,000 veterans from getting the health care they’ve been promised….
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VA Secretary McDonald’s web idea problem, FREE e-book, and more!

On Thursday, August 6, 2015, VA Secretary Bob McDonald joined Politico's Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen for a live Playbook Breakfast conversation about policy, politics and news of the day. 

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Hello friends, August is my favorite month in DC. This year is especially great since humidity levels haven’t been so bad. What is your favorite month of the year in DC? PLEASE SHARE THIS NEWSLETTER: If you enjoy this update every week,…
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