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What's hot and what's not in commercial real estate today? Host Wally Conway will introduce you to the people who are influencing and acting on the current trends in real estate.from agents to investors, lenders and venders you'll know who's doing what and where in the world of commercial real estate!As a media-active educator, show host Wally Conway has been a regularly featured expert on the HGTV series “House Detectives”, co-hosted of the DIY Network series “Finders-Fixers”, is host of “T ...
 
Evan and Sean talk about SO MUCH... and so little at the same time. Covering the important topics of life, they give their opinions, politically incorrect views and ridiculous takes on everything and anything... but they are only scratching the surface. Make sure to email the show at scratchingthesurfacepodcast@gmail.com Special thanks to Seth for the killer artwork!
 
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The longer it takes the Biden administration to get its final fiscal year 2022 appropriation request out, the worse it'll be for federal contracting. By one account, the final numbers might not gel until February. My next guest says that would have a serious and negative impact on federal procurement, you know, buying stuff from contractors. For mo…
 
The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is in the midst of a region-by-region look at how well its facilities perform their mission. It's something the IG does every three years. This time around, no surprise, the Covid pandemic is a big part of the look-see. In fact, inspectors themselves had to switch to online visits. For what they foun…
 
When the pandemic hit the United States, the Veterans Affairs Department famously switched to mostly virtual visits for primary health care. No surprise there, VA was already deep into a plan to be ready for such a disaster. But telehealth did have some issues, mainly having to do with VA Video Connect, the VA's system for doing video visits. Here …
 
With more business travel returning for people in the defense department, the cumbersome Defense Travel System is cranking up more. Now, though, it looks as if the Pentagon is going to replace the whole system, and officials have already begun contract talks. With this and other late DOD matters, Federal News Network's Scott Maucione and Jared Serb…
 
The General Services Administration is celebrating the success of a five-year-old pilot, to use data to get better prices for federal buyers. While initial data demonstrates the value of Transactional Data Reporting, industry experts say there are a host of issues that GSA still must resolve. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, executiv…
 
More money to expand the IRS, and raises for TSA officers. Both are on the agenda as Congress returns to Washington this week. They're both part of the so-called infrastructure bill the Biden administration has put forth. For how this might play out, the Federal Drive turned to WTOP Capitol Hill Correspondent Mitchell Miller.…
 
Ransomware, hackers hijacking systems and demanding big money to release them, has become more than a threat for state and local governments and school districts. So far the federal government has been lucky. Now a coalition of companies and non profits called the Institute for Security and Technology has come up with a long list of recommendations…
 
Airline safety has increased nearly 100 percent in the last couple of decades. But the challenge isn't over. There's still a big gap in average safety among nations. Bacterial and viral disease increasingly fly first class around the world. And new modes of navigation make the whole system more vulnerable to cyber attacks. That's the gist of new re…
 
To help solve the threats climate change poses to the oceans and cybersecurity threats to communications systems, the National Science Foundation is taking a unique approach. Through its convergence accelerator, NSF both funding research and bringing together a broad group of experts, all with a goal of commercializing the innovations. For more, Fe…
 
The Software Engineering Institute, operated by Carnegie Mellon University as a federally funded research and development center, has a new name at its CERT Division. The Division's new director is Greg Touhill, a retired Air Force Brigadier General former federal chief information security officer joined the Federal Drive to discuss his new role.…
 
One Defense cybersecurity initiative from the Trump era is gaining steam in the Biden. That would be CMMC, the Cybersecurity Model Maturity Certification Program. It a program with many moving parts, all aimed at making sure Defense contractors can be trusted with controlled, unclassified information. Two cybersecurity companies the CMMC ecosystem,…
 
Even for the government, the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is a complicated apparatus. It's goal is ultimately to ensure that DOD agencies can be reasonably sure their data held by contractors and subcontractors is secure. Central to CMMC is a group known as the Accreditation Body. Joining the Federal Drive…
 
The Postal Service is opting for a non-voluntary reduction in force, of its non-bargaining unit employees. It’s part of an agency restructuring that started once Postmaster General Louis DeJoy took office. USPS is also lifting a hiring freeze on management jobs, and sending out a second round of voluntary early retirement offers ahead of the RIF. F…
 
Leaders of the Space Force have already said they want to build the new organization as the U.S. military’s first “digital service.” Now, they’re rolling out some details on what exactly that means. A new document explains four separate lines of effort that’ll try to pull of a digital transformation from top to bottom. Federal News Network’s Jared …
 
It's not too late to get on a 35-day challenge. The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund is looking for feds and supporters of public service to walk, run, swim, even roll your wheelchair for 35 miles, and you've got 35 days to do it. Joining the Federal Drive with details, FEEA executive director Joyce Warner.…
 
People trying to cross the southern border illegally make most of the news these days. But the Customs and Border Protection also apprehends illegal entrants, those with four legs, or maybe no legs at all. People constantly attempt to smuggle animals of all sorts into the United States. With how they do it and what happens when they get caught, the…
 
We conclude our series, Federal Unions, For Better or Worse, exploring the role of unions in the federal workforce. This week we've heard from a highly pro-union academic, an anti-union right-to-work advocate, and a long-time federal executive who's of mixed views. The Federal Drive heard from the president of one of the major unions itself, the Na…
 
The starting salary for an officer at the Transportation Security Administration can be as low as $29,000 a year. Congress agrees TSO's are underpaid. But members can't agree on what they should do to resolve pay and morale issues at TSA. House Democrats are trying a third time to pass legislation they believe would help. The bill would give TSOs a…
 
The State Department’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer is busy drafting a multi-year diversity and inclusion strategy. The department's previous diversity officer juggled multiple responsibilities but Secretary of State Antony Blinken distilled the position to focus exclusively on longstanding workforce challenges. For more on what the …
 
The General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday said they'd made big changes to how they'll administer a billion-dollar fund for modernizing federal information systems. Among other things, the new guidance emphasizes changes to the repayment model for the Technology Modernization Fund. But a new, faster time …
 
When federal agencies make financial grants to science and technology researchers, scouring their proposals for possible conflicts of interest is a big part of the process. But some agencies are focused on financial conflicts, and less on guarding against the risks of new scientific discoveries being sent to potential foreign adversaries. That appe…
 
One good thing about the last year's seemingly endless crisis is the opportunity to render outstanding public service. And that's what this year's class of Service to America Medalist finalists have done. Announced this week, many have risen to the challenge of the pandemic. For a review, the President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service …
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies have restored to federal employee unions so-called official time, or the right to do union business during regular working hours. Official time was sharply curtailed during the Trump administration. Now a Republican-backed bill in the House would eliminate official time. It's called the Do Your …
 
The Biden administration wants federal contractors to pay their employees a minimum of fifteen dollars an hour. For some contractors it's a moot issue. For others, it would have a lot of implications for profits and competitiveness. Joining the Federal Drive with analysis on a couple of topics, the president and CEO of the Professional Services Cou…
 
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