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.
Articles by David Perera
If there's to be a resolution to the looming threat of sequestration, it'll stem from party caucus meetings among members of Congress centered on a discussion of "who's going to be blamed more," said Paul Carliner, a former Democratic Senate Appropriators Committee staffer.
A lack of central planning and a focus on immediate threats is what permitted the United States to overwhelmingly arm itself during World War II, said Arthur Herman, a historian and author of Freedom's Forge, new account of how the private sector built what President Franklin Roosevelt termed the "Arsenal of Democracy."
Federal agencies fall far short of the private sector in buying commodity products and services through consolidated contracts that gain lower pricing in exchange for high-volume ordering – a technique known as strategic sourcing – find the Government Accountability Office.
"VA's processes and the oversight were too weak, ineffective, and in some instances, nonexistent," the OIG says in a report (.pdf) released Oct. 1, just a day after VA Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepúlveda resigned over matters discussed in it.Sepúlveda had a "hands-off approach" toward conference oversight that resulted in "a confusion of roles and a dysfunctional execution of responsibilities."
Seventy federal agencies owe approximately $14 million in unpaid taxes as of Dec. 31, 2011, according to a Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration report (.pdf) dated Sept. 5, but not released publicly until later that month, perhaps from trepidation of ensuing snark.
A continuing resolution to keep the government funded through March 26 cleared Congress with a Sept. 22 Senate vote of 62-30 to approve the measure, which already gained House approval Sept. 13 on a 329-91 vote. The continuing resolution's expected passage into law does nothing to alleviate the specter of sequestration, which will occur in January unless Congress moves to undo it.