David Perera

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

Treasury sells off AIG stocks

The Treasury Department has agreed to sell the last of its remaining shares in American International Group common stock, the agency announced Dec. 11.

Spanish no real objection to Puerto Rican statehood

When considering Puerto Rican statehood, dislike against admitting a primarily Spanish-speaking territory into the union is often the first objection. And there are apparent examples to suggest that...

Social mobility wanes in the U.S. while income inequality rises

Upward income mobility has decreased to the point where the United States is now among the least mobile of advanced economies, says the Congressional Research Service, based on published research reports. Income inequality has simultaneously substantially increased, the CRS notes in a report (.pdf) posted online by Secrecy News.

EPA suspends BP from gaining new federal business

The oil company responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been suspended from gaining new federal contracts, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Nov. 28.

More can be done to promote innovation in government

The most recent Office of Personnel Management annual survey of federal employees doesn't show great changes when it comes to an important question, that of whether creativity and innovation are...

More can be done to promote innovation in government

The most recent Office of Personnel Management annual survey of federal employees doesn't show great changes when it comes to an important question, that of whether creativity and innovation are...

GAO proposes fee for bid protests

Ralph White, the agency's managing associate general counsel for procurement law, says the agency handles at least 16,000 protest-related emails each year, and must manually sort them. What's badly needed, he says, is a docket system – but, based on an earlier responses to a request for information, the agency estimates one would cost between $400,000 and $450,000, and that's money the agency doesn't expect to get from Congress.

Federal worker morale drops, says OPM

The survey, now annual, shows that only 68 percent of federal employees (OPM weighs the response against sample bias) can say they are very satisfied or satisfied with their job – a figure lower than the 71.5 percent who gave positive responses in 2010 and the 70.7 percent in 2011. Likewise, satisfaction with pay has dropped to 58.8 percent, down from 65.9 percent in 2010 and 62.5 percent in 2011.

Climate change should cause reappraisal of FEMA grants

Climate change is likely to blow in storms of greater intensity more frequently onto the East Coast. As our nation – kicking and screaming along the way – eventually come to grips with...

DCAA passes up chance to save $249.1M annually, says DoD OIG

A September 2010 Defense Department policy change that established thresholds under which the Defense Contract Audit Agency doesn't ordinarily audit contractor proposals was meant to net the audit agency a higher return on investment. In fact, the policy change potentially cost taxpayers $249.1 million annually, says the Defense Department office of inspector general, in a Nov. 13 report (.pdf).