Biography for David Perera
David Perera is executive editor of the FierceMarkets Government Group, which includes FierceGovernment, FierceGovernmentIT, FierceHomelandSecurity, and FierceMobileGovernment. He has reported on all things federal since January 2004 and is co-author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market, a book published in October 2012. Based in greater-metro Washington, D.C., Dave can be reached here and can be found on LinkedIn or here. Tweeting at @daveperera.
Articles by David Perera
The Health and Human Services Department Wednesday released a much-anticipated report (.pdf) on American enrollment into health insurance plans through the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.
Recent years of House Republican brinksmanship over federal government funding finally came to an impasse following Congress's late night Sept. 30 failure to approve a continuing resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The federal government is shut down – barring essential functions necessary for the protection of national security, life and property, and functions funded by money with another source than one year appropriations bills.
An effort by the House Small Business Committee to transfer verification of small business veteran businesses to the Small Business Administration is laudable – but could go further. At issue is the fact that the Veterans Affairs Department alone of all federal agencies requires independent verification of veteran-owned small business status before being willing to enter into a set-aside contract with such a business.
The federal government, I've argued before, is mostly a force for good in American society. It played vital roles in desegregation. Its social net programs ensure that the United States is more than a market of consumers, but a society that protects its vulnerable (something that's vital for the long-term survival of that market, as well, although those who would support poverty alleviation for utilitarian purposes only lack a soul). Its ability to regulate across the nation ensures modicums of basic safety and health standards at home and at work.