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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).