Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker
Molly Walker is Executive Editor of the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. She writes for, edits and oversees daily editorial operations for FierceGovernmentIT, FierceGovernment, FierceHomelandSecurity and FierceMobileGovernment. She also manages custom eBook and webinar content for the Government publications. Walker previously served as Managing Editor of both the Government and Enterprise IT groups at FierceMarkets. Prior to joining Fierce, she was a Managing Editor at SourceMedia and got her feet wet with internships at FoxNews.com and USAToday.com. She lives in Northern Virginia and is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C.. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker
POGO's 2015 "Baker's Dozen" includes areas for legislative reform as well as issues that would benefit from improved oversight.
Last week, the Obama administration rolled out a best practices guide to help federal agencies and departments build more responsive and efficient public participation programs and measure their effectiveness.
As part of the fiscal 2016 budget request President Obama delivered to Congress Feb. 2, the Defense Department seeks $534 billion – a figure about $36 billion above the fiscal 2016 sequestration caps and about $38 billion, or 7.86 percent, above the enacted fiscal 2015 levels.
In addition to a modest pay increase for federal employees, the president's fiscal 2016 budget request lays out additional plans that could help the government attract and retain talent, and improve employee morale.
The Postal Service could gain some much-needed revenue with services such as international mail forwarding and continuity shipping, says the agency's watchdog in a report that explores the feasibility of non-postal products.
The General Services Administration doesn't know how many virtual employees it has and many telework arrangements are not fully approved, according to the GSA Office of Inspector General.
Recommendations from audits conducted by the Defense Department's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction allowed an estimated $1.1 billion to be put to better use and the sustainment or recovery of more than $11.1 million, according to a Jan. 20 report from the watchdog.
Veteran suicide prevention legislation that ramps up mental health services and accountability for care at the Veterans Affairs Department passed the House Jan. 12. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R. 203) will be considered in the Senate after it passed unanimously in the House.
The Office of Personnel Management is not closely tracking the trends or reasons for using its dual compensation waiver and OPM regulations provide limited oversight of the practice, according to a Dec. 29, 2014 Government Accountability Office report that was not issued publicly until Jan. 5.
The Senate has confirmed 89 of President Obama's judicial appointees in 2014 – a record number of confirmations in the post-election lame duck session, according to analysis from the Brookings Institution. His judicial confirmation rate now exceeds that of previous two-term presidents Bush and Clinton.