New from Francis Rose

IRS Commissioner, Watergate figure, and me

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UPDATE: Audio now available below! I would like to offer a big “thank you” to Dan Blair and the National Academy of Public Administration for inviting me to host a discussion with this year’s Elliott Richardson Prize recipients, John Koskinen…
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Watch (NC8): IRS data breach gets bigger; FAA privatization stalls

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On Friday, the IRS announced hackers may have stolen tax information on 700,000 Americans. That’s more than double their previous estimate. And Congress has put a plan to privatize air traffic control at the Federal Aviation Administration on hold. I…
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The State of Your Union with OMB’s Dave Mader, Grant Thornton’s Carlos Otal

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Wednesday’s webcast on the “State of Your Union” covered a broad range of management issues federal agencies will deal with in 2016. Dave Mader, Controller at the Office of Management and Budget, and Carlos Otal, Managing Partner of Grant Thornton’s Global Public…
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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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