Author Archive: Francis Rose

New in GovExec: Never-Ending VA Appeals Process Hurts All Vets

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My latest piece in Government Executive, on the prospect for really making progress on the case backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs: “The major reason the backlog doesn’t shrink any faster, the way [an LA Times] story tells it, is…
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New in GovExec: Poor FITARA grades might be a good start

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My first piece for Government Executive, in which I argue that terrible FITARA grades (and they were terrible) may actually be a good start: “In a Congress where any issue can easily be poisoned by partisan rancor, both [Transportation CIO…
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Listen (John Batchelor): criminal referrals in relocation bonus scheme

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The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General makes criminal referrals to the Justice Department in the case of two employees involved in a scheme to take jobs in which they had fewer responsibilities, keep the same level of pay, and…
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Obama ISIS strategy collapsing under criticism of own advisors

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You won’t be surprised that three former Secretaries of Defense are going very public in their pointed critiques of President Obama’s strategy – or lack thereof – against ISIS. What may surprise you is who those three SecDefs are. They…
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The future of federal contracting opportunities: shrinking

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Thanks to the Professional Services Council for inviting me to moderate a panel at the 2015 Vision Conference. I was pleased to lead a discussion featuring the PSC’s Alan Chvotkin; Kitty Klaus of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Emily Murphy of the House…
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FITARA implementation: bad grades not necessarily a bad start

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The first round of grades for agency implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act are out, and they are not very good. But it appears the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and even the…
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Listen (John Batchelor): WashPost gives VA Secretary 4 Pinocchios

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The Washington Post awards Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald four Pinocchios out of four for his comments about how many VA employees the agency has fired. The agency paid big bonuses to employees who were later parts of various…
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Watch (NC8): Push to digitize immigration coming up short

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U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has spent more than $1 billion on a project to replace its old, inefficient system. Now, a new report by The Washington Post shows not much progress has been made. I talked about that, and the…
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