Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker
Molly Walker is the managing editor of FierceMarkets' Government and Enterprise IT groups. She contributes regularly to publications in both groups. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was managing editor of Employee Benefit Adviser, a B2B magazine serving the insurance industry, as well as an intern at USAToday.com and FoxNews.com. When she's not exploring the nexus of business and technology, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors and cheering on her beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. She is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @mollsiebee on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker
The White House launched a website April 23 that aims to connect veterans and service members with employers. The Veterans Employment Center will provide public- and private-sector employers looking to hire veterans, service members and their spouses a database of resumes to search from.
Overall funding for the Defense Department's science and technology budget would see about a $500 million reduction in the president's fiscal 2015 budget request, with grants and missile defense bearing the brunt of the cut, says a DoD official.
In conjunction with a report recounting several dangerous, even deadly recent incidents at veterans health facilities, a department watchdog told Congress the Veterans Affairs Department is failing to deliver quality care. "I believe that VA has lost its focus on the importance of providing quality medical care as its primary mission," said John Daigh, assistant inspector general for healthcare inspections at VA.
Despite management and program changes resulting in $3 billion in savings per year, military health system costs continue to climb, said Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs.
Why governments engage citizens in open government programs matters more than how they engage and poor engagement is worse than no engagement at all, says Tim Hughes, a researcher at Involve, a UK-based civil society organization. Hughes spoke March 20 during a webinar sponsored by the Open Government Partnership.
Analysis of more than 200 crowdsourcing and contests run by federal agencies and departments finds that the format is used primarily to inform and educate the public about public management problems, not to solve complex, technical problems.
Seven of fifteen federal agencies reviewed received a failing grade for implementing the Freedom of Information Act in a Center for Effective Government report. No agency earned an "A" overall although some agencies earned top scores in one of the three areas examined, says the group.
Legislative branch agencies would see a nominal increase from current year levels in discretionary appropriations under the White House budget proposal released March 4.
Defense Department officials say the Defense Health Agency, which DoD stood up in October 2013 to streamline and centralize the military health system, is already realizing cost savings. But the Government Accountability Office says the department's numbers are fuzzy because it has no clear method for monitoring implementation costs.
The Agriculture Department held the first of six webinars for federal employees Jan. 9 that comprise a free, online certificate program in telework management. The courses will run through March 20 and the first three sessions are now available on demand through TMGovu.org, the website hosting the course.