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The Real Talk

Breaking down the facts or fiction in federal policies and mandates

The Real Talk’s goal is simple - keep the policy and mandate conversations going to ensure industry is delivering on the promise of helping government reach their missions.

Welcome to The Real Talk for Government, a podcast series from Government Marketing University.

The Real Talk Podcast Series breaks down the latest facts or fiction in federal policies and mandates. The Real Talk features a wide range of policies and mandates that the government IT community needs to know about and understand to ensure their offerings are meeting the requirements.

Brought to you by thought leaders Tom Suder, President and Founder of Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) along with Matt Langan of L&R Communications.

The Real Talk’s goal is simple – keep the policy and mandate conversations going to ensure industry is delivering on the promise of helping government reach their missions.

Show hosts Tom Suder and Matt Langan sit down to discuss a wide range of policies and mandates that the government IT community need to know about and understand to ensure their offerings are meeting the requirements.

This is Real Talk, the podcast that’s filled with insightful conversations about government policies and mandates.

August 2020
Tom and Matt talk about The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) made changes to the ways the U.S. federal government buys and manages computer technology, passed by Congress in December 2014, is a historic law that represents the first major overhaul of Federal information Technology (IT) in almost 20 years.

  • What exactly is FITARA and why is it needed in today’s federal IT climate?
  • Is FITARA focused on civilian, DOD, intel? What does it encompass? What types of agencies?
  • Who are the key leaders in the federal space right now that are driving FITARA?
  • What were the key pain points that federal IT faced that drove the need for FITARA today?
  • What are the top five benefits to government by having FITARA?
  • Will agencies be responsible through report cards for reporting on their implementation of FITARA?
  • How prepared do you think government industry is to meet the requirements of FITARA?
  • What are the key takeaways for government industry to be aware of when it comes to FITARA?
  • Additional Resources: https://management.cio.gov/implementation/

Hosts
Tom Suder, Professor, GMarkU
President, Advanced Technology Academic Research Center

Matt Langan, Professor, GMarkU
Founder, L&R Communications

May 2020
Tom and Matt talk about 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, better known as IDEA, which aims to improve the digital experience for government customers and reinforces existing requirements for federal public websites.

  • What exactly is IDEA and why is it needed in today’s federal IT climate?
  • Is IDEA focused on civilian, DOD, intel? What does it encompass? What types of agencies?
  • Who are the key leaders in the federal space right now that are driving IDEA?
  • What were the key pain points that federal IT faced that drove the need for IDEA today?
  • What are the top five benefits to government by having IDEA?
  • Will agencies be responsible through report cards for reporting on their implementation of IDEA?
  • How prepared do you think government industry is to meet the requirements of IDEA?
  • What are the key takeaways for government industry to be aware of when it comes to IDEA?
  • Additional Resources: https://digital.gov/resources/21st-century-integrated-digital-experience-act/

Hosts
Tom Suder, Professor, GMarkU
President, Advanced Technology Academic Research Center

Matt Langan, Professor, GMarkU
Founder, L&R Communications

April 2020
Tom and Matt talk about the recent $2 trillion stimulus and emergency appropriations package that was brought into law, part of a sweeping effort by the federal government to respond to the economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • What does the $2T Coronavirus stimulus mean for federal employees and contractors?
  • When was it announced and is there a timeline set for agencies to leverage?
    Can all federal agencies benefit? Are there key areas focused on Civilian, DoD, Intel?
  • Breaking down the IT portion of the stimulus package a bit more…what areas will industry see the most need from federal agencies?
  • Are there any agencies that have jumped in and accelerate connecting with government industry to maximize this new funding?
  • How prepared is government industry to respond quickly to this new demand for IT related support?
  • What are the key takeaways for government industry to be aware of when it comes to stimulus package?

Hosts
Tom Suder, Professor, GMarkU
President, Advanced Technology Academic Research Center

Matt Langan, Professor, GMarkU
Founder, L&R Communications

April 2020
Tom and Matt talk about Trusted Internet Connections 3.0, better known as TIC 3.0, which was released in December 2019 by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Covered during this episode are:

  • What exactly is TIC 3.0, and why is it needed in today’s federal IT climate?
  • Is TIC 3.0 focused on civilian, DOD, intel? What does it encompass? What types of agencies?
  • Who are the key leaders in the federal space right now that are driving TIC 3.0?
  • What were the key pain points that federal IT faced that drove the need for TIC 3.0 today?
  • What are the top five benefits to government by having TIC 3.0?
  • Will agencies be responsible through report cards for reporting on their implementation of TIC 3.0?
  • How prepared do you think government industry is to meet the requirements of TIC 3.0?
  • What are the key takeaways for government industry to be aware of when it comes to TIC 3.0?

Hosts
Tom Suder, Professor, GMarkU
President, Advanced Technology Academic Research Center

Matt Langan, Professor, GMarkU
Founder, L&R Communications