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 use of reverse auctions by agencies is on the rise, but the Government Accountability office is concerned that many agencies simply aren't aware of the fees they're paying to use auction tools, said Michelle Mackin, GAO's director of acquisition and sourcing management.
A regulation jointly proposed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to update the position-designation process is inadequate, said a Government Accountability Office official. The proposed regulation is "a good step" toward meeting GAOs recommendations for updating security clearance issuance at agencies, said Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. However, implementation guidance still needs to be developed.
Staffing problems, poor oversight of nursing staff and a push to expedite the prescription of pain medications without full patient evaluation, allowed staff at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. to illegally dispense narcotics, said a former doctor who worked at the facility.
The National Science Foundation had enough flexibility in its fiscal 2013 budget to mitigate some of the cuts made due to sequestration, but going forward that will not be possible, said Kelvin Droegemeier, vice chairman of the National Science Board, during a Nov. 6 hearing.
While science research programs received less funding 10 years ago than they do today, they benefitted from the fact that the Energy Department had a better feel for how much money was coming. Today, however, funding levels are in flux, making long term planning difficult, said Pat Dehmer, deputy director of science programs at the DOE's office of science.
The Internal Revenue Service is issuing potentially fraudulent tax refunds because the processes it uses to verify taxpayers' income and withholding status are flawed, finds the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Freedom of Information Act processing at many agencies has been delayed because the majority of FOIA professionals were furloughed as non-excepted employees during the government's 16-day shutdown. Unfortunately, the FOIA statute does not address government shutdowns, writes Kristen Mitchell, a facilitator at the National Archives and Records Administration's office of government information services, in an Oct. 24 blog post.
Forty-six percent of uninsured, single young adults eligible for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace--or 1.3 million people--could obtain "bronze" plan coverage at a cost of $50 or less per month, finds a Health and Human Services Department report published Oct. 28.
Town halls and public meetings intended to provide the public with access to government provide minimal interaction, no discussion outside the scope of what's on an agenda and result in very few answers for citizens, said Lisa Blomgren Amsler, a public service professor at Indiana University.
"It's hard to believe that what has happened was not the result of economic crisis, not the result of a war, but was a self-inflicted wound by people who frankly swear to make sure that they will do everything to protect and defend the Constitution of this country and this country," said Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.