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
Defense Department officials have begun to observe real impacts of climate change on military facilities, but poor planning and processes leave the department ill-equipped to protect infrastructure that may be at risk, says the Government Accountability Office.
In a report to President Obama, the Office of Special Counsel described a "troubling pattern" of Veterans Affairs Department officials ignoring veterans' concerns about the quality of care at veterans' health facilities nationwide. The report cited whistleblowers' "struggle to overcome a culture of non-responsiveness."
The Navy Department's Superior Supplier Incentive Program, a pilot program launched as part of the Defense Department's Better Buying Power initiative, will be adopted broadly across the department, said a top DoD official.
The Housing and Urban Development Department potentially violated the Antideficiency Act by compensating then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's senior advisor, finds the department's internal watchdog.
Although federal chief human capital officers have been trying to coordinate personnel management activities across the government since 2002, agency strategies remain highly fragmented, says the Government Accountability Office.
The premier federal hiring programs endorsed by the Office of Personnel Management are not as beneficial to agencies as they could be, said panelists speaking at a June 3 event in Washington, D.C.
For many citizens, USA.gov is their first stop when looking for information on the federal government. But now, an administration that prides itself on openness has effectively shut down a channel for citizens to make their voices heard on a central goverment portal.
The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to have greater transparency into contractors' past performance before they sign on the dotted line. "We are a couple of weeks from issuing additional guidance that broadens the sources of past performance information," said Lesley Field, acting administrator of OMB's Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
Eight congressmen from both sides of the aisle are encouraging their colleagues to resist the urge to slash the Defense Department's civilian workforce as the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense prepares to mark up the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill on May 30.