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
Federal agencies and departments work in an environment that supports a waterfall acquisition process, said General Services Administrator Dan Tangherlini, making a shift to "agile" extremely difficult.
Agencies are attempting to dutifully move toward shared services – a core Office of Management and Budget priority – but change is difficult, said Kathleen Turco, chief financial officer of the Veterans Health Administration. Turco said the salary construct within government, known as the Office of Personnel Management's general schedule, impedes innovation and risk taking, which makes adopting shared services more difficult.
In an effort to close skills gaps in the federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workforce, the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging human capital officers to begin using pay flexibilities.
The Environmental Protection Agency's $6 million per year fleet management program needs stronger oversight, finds an Oct. 6 report (pdf) from the EPA office of inspector general.
The postal service lost revenue in 2012 and 2013 due to reduced spending from commercial customers – a segment making up 71 percent of USPS's customer base. The magnitude of the problem has a "significant impact" on the postal service's revenue and financial outlook, says the office of inspector general.
Money to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been reimbursed following a whistleblower tip that a team-building exercise for the GOES-R Ground Segment staff was improperly billed to the government.
Identity theft tax refund fraud is extremely difficult to detect but changes to the filing of employers' wage data, or W-2s, could help, says the Government Accountability Office.
Two recent announcements from the General Services Administration demonstrate how federal building management is increasingly focused on environmental innovation and emerging technologies, as well as environmental risk management.
Direct mail is a stale marketing medium reserved for teeth whitening services and carpet cleaning companies, right? Not so, says Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
The Environmental Protection Agency does not apply sustainability tools to its decision making in the same way it emphasizes approaches such as exposure assessment, risk analysis and environmental-footprint analysis, or social and economic tools, says the National Research Council.