Navy “Fat Leonard” contracting scandal: common or rare?

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“Fat Leonard” Francis, head of Glenn Defense Marine Asia and the center of a Navy contracting scandal (photo courtesy San Diego Union Tribune)

Convictions for corruption and executives that behave like mobsters unfortunately are parts of real headlines in contracting at the Navy Department. The “Fat Leonard” scandal has sucked in officials at various levels – and from various offices – of the department. In his Top 3 for 2014, Dan Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law studies at George Washington University Law School and former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy, says determining whether this scandal is the tip of the iceberg or unique will be a key to satisfying Congress about how clean the contracting process is.

Also on today’s show: Dan Chenok of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, on the next step in the evolution of cloud computing; Vice Admiral Norb Ryan (USN ret.), President of the Military Officers Association of America, on the danger of the shrinking all-volunteer force; John Salamone, former Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and now Vice President of FMP Consulting, on the burden Congress faces when it comes back to work next week; Government Executive magazine Editor-in-Chief Tom Shoop on his choices for the top Federal stories of 2013; and former DoD Comptroller and CFO Dov Zakheim on reforming military compensation this year.  You can listen to all the interviews on today’s In Depth blog post.