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
Despite NASA reporting the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, will launch as planned in October 2018, the Government Accountability Office says one of the agency's most complex and expensive projects in NASA history faces increased schedule and cost risks.
More people with disabilities were federal employees in 2013 than any time in the past 33 years, both in real and percentage terms, says the Office of Personnel Management.
By 2016, the customer service initiatives that were set in motion in 2014 should "bear fruit," predicts Stephanie Thum, vice president of customer experience at the Export-Import Bank, which serves as the federal government's official export credit agency.
The Postal Service currently lags behind competitors in the area of mobile services and digital payment technologies, but if it can improve its eCommerce offerings it will increase shipping and package revenue and remain relevant in the digital age, says the USPS Inspector General.
The Office of Personnel management is intent on doing more to bring in the right people to government. That means reaching out to new areas on the recruitment side but also improving the application process by retooling USAJobs.gov, said Director of the Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta during a Nov. 14 digital town hall.
"I'd give my left arm for someone innovating in acquisition," said one government executive. But take one look at this year's list and it's clear that innovators in acquisition are not a myth. They practically dominated this year's list of honorees.
National Institute of Standards and Technology scientists recently demonstrated how a laser-based tool can measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. NIST says the new technique could provide accurate, continuous regional monitoring of the major gases implicated in climate change from kilometers away.
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.