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When he's not tooling around the National Capital region on his motorcycle, Tom Temin interviews federal executives and government contractors who provide analysis and insight on the many critical issues facing the Executive branch. The Federal Drive is found at FederalNewsNetwork.com and 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. region.

Episode Date
National commission's new report ponders why Americans pursue public service
00:09:33
For about a year the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service has been studying what inspires Americans around the country join the military and civil services. On Wednesday, the commission issued its report, along with recommendations to the president and Congress for creating a greater "ethos" of public service. Commission Chairman Joe Heck joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it. He is an emergency physician, a reserve Army brigadier general, a deputy staff surgeon in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former member of Congress.
Jan 23, 2019
Navy needs to follow these steps to make pay for performance work
00:08:59
The Navy has launched the test of a new pay for performance system. Other parts of the government have tried pay for performance before and they've had mixed results. This is happening as the Supreme Court tells the Defense Department it can bar transgender people from the military. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione shared all of that and more from his DoD personnel notebook on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 23, 2019
Shutdown costs mounting with contractors' lost revenue
00:08:52
About the only thing good from continuing partial government shutdown might be less traffic, but the costs keep mounting. One fallout is losses in revenue to federal contractors, especially in the Washington, D.C. region. To find out just how much loss that is, Bloomberg Government analyst Paul Murphy joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 23, 2019
Tired of shutdowns? One solution may be automatic CRs
00:08:21
Nearly everyone concerned with good government is thinking like the fictional TV anchor Howard Beale. He urged his audience to stick their head out the window and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." American University public administration professor Bob Tobias is mad as hell, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for one idea for ending the shutdowns once and for all.
Jan 23, 2019
Waiting for additional leave guidance, new shutdown furlough notices go out
00:09:10
The government shutdown is in its 33rd day. That means agencies are facing some unprecedented situations and challenges. They're sending out second rounds of shutdown furlough notices to their employees, which has never happened before. And civilian federal employees are expected to miss their second paycheck at the end of the week. Coast Guard retirees could also face a new first. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to survey the scene.
Jan 23, 2019
Cyber is least of worries for many federal CIOs under partial shutdown
00:09:03
The federal cybersecurity sky is not falling because of the partial government shutdown. Despite what you may have heard over the last few weeks, claiming that federal cybersecurity is at risk or that website certificates are expiring, the fact is federal systems and data are at no more risk than usual. In his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about why agency chief information officers are confident about their cybersecurity efforts but worried about other things. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for more.
Jan 22, 2019
New consortium wants to build defense partnerships to take advantage of recent acquisition changes
00:09:43
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) hosted the inaugural meeting of his Maryland Defense and Aerospace Consortium earlier last week. The group aims to connect small and large defense companies to educational institutions and the Pentagon. The consortium will tackle everything from innovation to workforce shortages. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Brown for Federal Drive with Tom Temin, to see how the first meeting went.
Jan 22, 2019
Air Force may need to branch out for contractor innovation
00:09:37
If you're looking for health food, there's no sense wasting time at a greasy burger counter. And if you're the Air Force looking for innovation to ensure you can win the next war, your traditional aerospace contractor might not be the place either. Lt. Col. Dan Schoeni is chief of international law at 12th Air Force at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more.
Jan 22, 2019
Congress eschews recess amid shutdown negotiation struggles
00:09:33
Congress was supposed to be on recess this week but that's not happening as the government shutdown passes the one month mark. Hard positions by leadership and President Donald Trump might mask more willingness to compromise down the ranks. For a look at the week ahead, Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 22, 2019
Readiness is nearly restored, top military officials say
00:08:05
After years of claiming the military was in a readiness crisis, top military officials now say US forces are back on track. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran said their services are nearly where they need to be to compete with near-peer competitors like China and Russia. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin me to talk about what’s changed.
Jan 22, 2019
VA partners with GE to improve 3D technologies
00:08:46
3D technologies have been a subject of interest for the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical system for a long time. First came the transition from 2D to advanced 3D modeling on computer screens. Next, VA started to move those models into the physical world, with 3D printed models that clinicians can hold in their hands. But the systems it’s been using aren’t purpose-built for the medical field, and a new partnership with GE aims to change that. Under the agreement, GE is providing 3D printing workstations designed for health care, and VA is offering its expertise to help improve the system. Beth Ripley is a Seattle-based radiologist who chairs the Veterans Health Administration’s 3D Printing Committee. She talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about the promise VA sees in 3D technologies on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 22, 2019
Financial woes, cabin fever sets in for furloughed workers
00:08:31
The longest government shutdown in history is of course affecting agency operations, but what about the mindsets of their employees? Financial burdens and cabin fever may start taking their toll on some of them, as many remained furloughed or working without pay. With more on that, Federal News Network's Eric White joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 21, 2019
For first time in long time, DoD must start committing funds earlier
00:09:53
Defense Department agencies risk having uncommitted or unspent funds yanked back unless they act soon. That's an opportunity for contractors, according to Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 21, 2019
Furloughed with nowhere to go, feds give 'gig economy' a shot
00:07:45
With a spike in the number of furloughed feds seeking unemployment benefits this month some employees have tried to make some bread by joining the so-called gig economy. Gigs can be as basic as driving a cab to as high-end as editing scientific papers. But the lawyers say watch out. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 21, 2019
In some ways, new WH cyber strategy a 'continuation' from past administrations
00:08:23
The White House released a new national cybersecurity strategy last fall. Is it working? Two cyber experts think they have the answer. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Jason Healey, senior research scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, and Neil Jenkins, chief analytic officer at the Cyber Threat Alliance, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 21, 2019
What the DATA Act doesn't require federal agencies to do
00:09:10
The DATA Act implementation is a work in progress for federal agencies. They've got until 2022 to make spending data automatically available to anyone who wants to see it. The act's biggest promise, though, might be in what it lets agency finance people not have to do. With a progress report and some of the challenges ahead, Dave Mader, former White House controller and now chief strategy officer at Deloitte, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 21, 2019
Army lieutenant, writer says to pump brakes on artificial intelligence in military
00:09:22
You've heard before that artificial intelligence will transform the military. Autonomous drone swarms will keep uniforms out of harm's way, China has a military AI program, and we need one too. But Army 1st Lt. Michael Ferguson says not so fast. He has combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a former Army Ranger instructor and writes regularly about national security. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Jan 18, 2019
DC commercial real estate feeling effects of shutdown
00:09:41
The D.C. area has been feeling the pinch of the partial government shutdown. Fewer federal employees are around to buy stuff or even ride the Metro. But what about the government's other bills, like, say, rent? Lucy Kitchin, senior vice president of government investor services at real estate management firm JLL, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the impact of the shutdown on commercial real estate.
Jan 18, 2019
Navy will use new legal authorities to speed up top acquisition priorities
00:07:35
It’s been three years since Congress voted to give the Defense Department new, streamlined acquisition authorities. But the Navy said it’s starting to take advantage of them in a big way. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reported, many of its top-priority weapons systems are moving into a new, accelerated process. Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 18, 2019
Shutdown and a taste of Armageddon
00:08:10
Congress seems inclined to ensure furloughed and working-without-pay federal employees get their back pay once the shutdown ends. That's always been the case but it's not enough, at least not in the opinion of Jeff Neal, a former federal chief human capital officer. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Jan 18, 2019
Trump signs bill ensuring federal employees get paid after government shutdown
00:08:38
President Donald Trump made it official that federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown will get paid eventually. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act guarantees back pay for federal employees but not federal contractors. Cafeteria workers, janitors, security guards and others are feeling the pain. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 18, 2019
Can RPA shift lower-grade federal employees to higher-value work?
00:08:43
Automation won’t put federal employees out of a job anytime soon, even those on furlough. But researchers at the General Services Administration said the spread of robotic process automation, now known as RPA, will change the future of government hiring. They say this branch of automation might make it easier to recruit the next generation of talent. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 17, 2019
Shutdown slows momentum of Trump administration's deregulation efforts
00:09:34
The border wall-induced standoff among Republicans and Democrats in Congress and President Donald Trump has put the breaks on one of the administration's signature initiatives — namely deregulation, or reregulation. It's an effort that involves both the White House and many that remain without appropriations. For details, Bridget Dooling, former staff member of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, now a research professor at The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 17, 2019
Watchdog disapproves of Trump's idea to make Afghanistan reconstruction reports secret
00:07:32
For going on 20 years, Congress and the public have read with a mixture of horror and fascination the reports coming out of the inspectors general, first for Iraq and then for Afghanistan reconstruction. They've detailed hundred of billions of dollars in spending and misspending. Now President Donald Trump has proposed making the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reports secret. He called it insane that they're routinely released publicly, but the idea isn't going down too well with at least one long time good-government group. Mandy Smithberger, director of the center for defense information at the Project on Government Oversight, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for her reaction.
Jan 17, 2019
Data analytics, focus on cities are key to Army’s aim to grow its force
00:07:24
In 2018, amid a growing economy and a demand to grow the force, the Army missed its recruiting goal for the first time in more than a decade. Officials say they’re now regrouping to make sure it doesn’t happen again. As Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reports, the plan involves a change in geographic focus and a new reliance on data analytics.
Jan 16, 2019
Fed facts: A 'quiz' on the federal workforce
00:09:14
The federal workforce and its partial plight have dominated the news since Christmas. But how much do you know about that workforce? Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a sort of radio quiz on fed facts.
Jan 16, 2019
Congress expected to play bigger role in federal IT in 2019
00:08:13
Even with all the focus and concern over the partial government shutdown, we can't lose sight on the potential and real impact technology will continue to have on agencies in 2019. From the Office of Management and Budget's continued push to move agencies to the cloud as part of the IT modernization focus to the never-ending battle to secure federal networks and data, 2019 is shaping up to be another year of change for federal IT. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller asked six federal IT experts for their take on what to expect in 2019. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Jan 15, 2019
Congress faces raising debt ceiling before next potential shutdown
00:09:05
Congress remains at an impasse over much of the federal budget. In a few weeks it will have to agree whether to raise the debt ceiling threatening the next showdown. Yet at least in the House the new Congress has shown some bipartisanship in the way it governs itself. That might bode well for the future. The Firewall editor in chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 15, 2019
GSA, White House need improvement at securing federal facilities
00:09:06
Securing federal facilities seems to be a never-ending challenge. What used to be a guard at a desk has morphed almost into an industry called physical access control systems. The General Services Administration approves the technologies and the vendors and the White House sets the parameters. They both need to do more work. Lori Rectanus, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 15, 2019
Navy starts small with pay for performance pilot
00:08:25
The Navy is testing a pay-for-performance plan officials hope will keep some of its talented surface warfare officers in the service. If the pilot goes well, the Navy will expand the program. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Rear Adm. John Nowell, Naval Director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy, about the pilot and how it will work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 15, 2019
Navy starts small with pay for performance pilot
00:16:50
The Navy is testing a pay-for-performance plan officials hope will keep some of its talented surface warfare officers in the service. If the pilot goes well, the Navy will expand the program. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Rear Adm. John Nowell, Naval Director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy, about the pilot and how it will work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 15, 2019
Section 809 panel's final report prescribes 'revolutionary' changes to DoD buying
00:24:26
A congressionally-chartered panel of defense acquisition experts Tuesday delivered the third of three promised sets of recommendations for modernizing how the Defense Department buys. Some things DoD can do on its own authority. Others will require Congress to act. For a summary of the final report and what comes next, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with David Drabkin, the chairman, and Charlie Williams, a member of the Section 809 Panel, about the recommendations.
Jan 15, 2019
Air traffic controllers, TSA try to keep airports moving without pay
00:08:52
The long partial government shutdown has had little effect on the flying public. The Transportation Security Administration has received a lot of attention, especially as reports come of large numbers of officers calling in sick. But what about those in the air transport chain the public doesn't see? The air traffic controllers of the Federal Aviation Administration have also been on the job, and also working without pay. Executive Vice President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association Trish Gilbert joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it.
Jan 14, 2019
Can IRS pay tax refunds during shutdown? It depends who you ask
00:08:05
The IRS plans to begin this year’s tax filing season on time, as if to say, what shutdown? That means it'll start sending out tax refund checks on Jan. 28. But Democratic lawmakers and agency employees have raised concerns about the logistics of getting everything done on time. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 14, 2019
How do contractors continue operating through prolonged shutdown?
00:08:28
Few contractors ever dreamed the partial government shutdown would start to approach a full month. So the question becomes how do you keep operating through such a long lapse in revenue? And should the end come into view, how do you gear up? David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some insight.
Jan 14, 2019
Kaine: Dems want border security 'done right', 2020 budget plans beginning
00:10:04
Having reached historic length the great partial shutdown of 2019 has no end in sight. Still, a Democratic senator was able to get a promise from President Donald Trump to sign a bill guaranteeing federal employees would get paid once appropriations are restored. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to discuss what's next.
Jan 14, 2019
When did government start shutting down and how to prevent it
00:08:07
Shutdowns may seem like a fact of life, but that wasn't always the case, and according to the Government Accountability Office, it doesn't have to be. Before 1980, government shutdowns didn't exist. A GAO report from March 1981 explains the decision that created them, the fallout from that decision, and a number of measures Congress could take to ensure they never happen again. Federal News Network's David Thornton has been digging into this and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 14, 2019
Changes coming to harmonize subcontracting rules between defense, civilians
00:08:13
Subcontracting has always come with complicated rules for allowable costs and reporting for small business compliance. Now some changes are arriving aimed at harmonizing the rules across defense and civilian agencies. Washington procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo had the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 11, 2019
Federal employees rally, demand end to shutdown holding pay ‘hostage’
00:08:43
We’re approaching day 21 now of the partial government shutdown. Most federal employees are missing previously scheduled paychecks today. But they’ve been telling their own shutdown stories all week. Federal News Network’s Amelia Brust and Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to tell us about some of those stories.
Jan 11, 2019
Former federal exec., now contractor recounts past funding lapses
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If you've moved from a federal executive position to the contractor side, chances are you've lived through two long lapses in funding. One such person is Jonathan Alboum, chief technology officer for the public sector at U.S. Veritas Technologies. He had high level technology and acquisition jobs at the Agriculture Department. He's also vice chair of the Industry Advisory Council's executive committee, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Friday.
Jan 11, 2019
In 2019, state of federal IT still has ways to go
00:10:35
Following a couple of dizzy years of policy and legislation, just what is the state of federal information technology going into calendar 2019? According to one new in-depth look, it's better but not great. Agile development, cloud computing and just basic impact of IT still have a long way to go. Dave McClure, principal director — Federal CIO Advisory Services at Accenture Federal Services, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 11, 2019
Top House Armed Services Republican: Using defense funds for border wall would hurt troops
00:08:53
With the government still shut down, and politicians in seemingly intractable stalemate, President Donald Trump is looking for other ways to fund a border wall. One of those ways might be to tap military funds. But some prominent lawmakers including some Republicans are not happy about that idea. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 11, 2019
Air Force expands futuristic training to maintainers
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The Air Force is implementing a handful of new plans to train pilots faster, get maintainers in hangers quicker, and bring more recruits into the force. Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the director of plans, programs and requirements for the Air Education and Training Command, oversees all those initiatives. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Sears on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how 2018 shaped up and what’s to come.
Jan 10, 2019
DC area hardest hit by shutdown, could affect people's credit ratings
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Washington, D.C. is the area hardest hit by the partial government shutdown. Maryland is the third hardest hit and Virginia is sixth. That's according to an index developed by credit rating company WalletHub. Their analyst Jill Gonzalez joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what's in the index and what it shows.
Jan 10, 2019
Feds’ GoFundMe campaigns open a ‘minefield’ of ethical questions during shutdown
00:08:35
A growing number of federal employees or people advertising themselves as feds impacted by the government shutdown are setting up pages on GoFundMe to solicit donations. With no guarantee they'll get their next paycheck later this week many say they need dough to help pay bills medical expenses and child care. But if you try this tactic, choose your words carefully. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on whether these donation campaigns are ethics violations in the making.
Jan 10, 2019
Number of postponed federal events rise as partial shutdown is prolonged
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The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate postponed its annual cybersecurity showcase just a few days before the event was supposed to happen. The Association of Government Accountants pushed its federal financial systems event back by three weeks, and may have to push it back again into February. These are just two examples of the spreading effect the partial government shutdown has on the federal community. Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about this phenomenon.
Jan 10, 2019
Removing troops from Syria would force end to contracts
00:08:48
It sounds easy, if controversial: Remove US troops from Syria. The reality would be a little messier. As the Defense Department proceeds with the withdrawal, it's forcing the sudden end of contracts that have been supporting operations there. Bloomberg Senior Defense Analyst Rob Levinson joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 10, 2019
SES and lower-paid feds alike hit by partial shutdown
00:08:58
As the federal partial shutdown drags on, much of the attention is on union employees and lower-paid people. They tend to be hardest hit financially. But it's not easy for federal senior executives, either. For some perspective, Bill Valdez, a retired member of the Senior Executive Service and president of the Senior Executives Association, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 10, 2019
Lawmakers trying to stay on top of IoT advances
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Congress usually finds itself playing catch up with industry when new technology is introduced and becomes popular. With more and more companies and agencies using internet of things devices, some members want to make sure they don't fall a step behind the IoT revolution. One of them is Vermont Rep. Peter Welch (D). He spoke with Federal News Network's Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the work he and colleagues are doing to try and ensure a safe expansion of IoT devices.
Jan 09, 2019
Shut down and nowhere to go: Federal employees frustrated with furlough ‘limbo’
00:08:06
With a partial government shutdown now in its third week nearly 400,000 furloughed federal employees might be unsure of what to do with themselves during their vacant days. But many are finding ways to stay busy. American University recently open its doors to help them brush up on some professional skills. Federal News Nework’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Shut down and nowhere to go: Federal employees frustrated with furlough ‘limbo’
00:08:21
With a partial government shutdown now in its third week nearly 400,000 furloughed federal employees might be unsure of what to do with themselves during their vacant days. But many are finding ways to stay busy. American University recently open its doors to help them brush up on some professional skills. Federal News Nework’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Shut down and nowhere to go: Federal employees frustrated with furlough ‘limbo’
00:08:15
With a partial government shutdown now in its third week nearly 400,000 furloughed federal employees might be unsure of what to do with themselves during their vacant days. But many are finding ways to stay busy. American University recently open its doors to help them brush up on some professional skills. Federal News Nework’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
VA medical police lack planning, oversight says IG
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has its own federal police force to ensure safety at its medical facilities. But it doesn't do a great job at planning and oversight of its police force. Nor does the agency have a clear idea for whether police should investigate alleged misconduct by VA managers. For more on this and other recent findings, VA Inspector General Michael Missal joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Watchdog group: Lasting effects of a prolonged government shutdown
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Federal government lapses in funding have become a regular occurrence. But only rarely have they lasted more than a weekend. When they do, the effects can be powerful. Sean Moulton, program manager at the Project on Government Oversight, gave his perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Bureau of Fiscal Service improving security, user experience of its citizen services
00:08:22
It’s been more than three years since the then White House cyber czar Michael Daniel said he wanted to kill the password... kill it dead. But most citizen and business facing sites continue to rely on username and passwords to validate the user’s identity. This is why the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Service is taking on user authentication, which many consider one of the most challenging technology projects the federal government has faced over the last 20 years. Marshall Henry, a program manager in the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation in the Bureau of Fiscal Service, told Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin all about the bureau’s effort to stamp out the password.
Jan 08, 2019
House Democrats try to re-open government as Congress resumes full work week
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The 116th Congress returned to its first full week of work with the partial government shutdown now in its 18th day. House Democrats are trying many tactics to get the closed agencies re-opened. For a full rundown, Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 08, 2019
OOC now Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, has new policies
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It didn't get a lot of coverage in the pre-Christmas frenzy of the partial government partial shutdown, but President Donald Trump signed a new law aimed at enhancing workplace protections for congressional staff members. The Office of Compliance — the rough Capitol Hill equivalent to the Merit Systems Protection Board — has turned into the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, and has some of the responsibility for carrying out new policies and procedures. OCWR Executive Director Susan Tsui Grundmann pointed out that most cases are about discrimination, with some distinction between them and #MeToo-eque harrassment cases. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Jan 08, 2019
Private industry feeling impact of partial government shutdown
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If you've had one of those careers that switches from government to industry, or vice versa, you've probably lived through more than one lapse in funding. A case in point: Richard Spires, the former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security and now the CEO of Learning Tree International. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with what it looks like in that that unique federal market.
Jan 08, 2019
Why political appointees are getting a pay raise and most career feds, for now, aren’t
00:09:36
President Donald Trump said he would consider asking his cabinet members to reject a pay raise that political appointees were supposed to get in early January. But he might not even have to ask. The Office of Personnel Management now is encouraging agencies to hold off on processing those raises. Let's face it, the optics aren't good considering 800,000 federal employees are going with zero pay during the government shutdown. The entire situation is yet another consequence of government’s collective failure to pass appropriations bills or provide stop-gap funding for agencies ahead of time. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest.
Jan 08, 2019
EPA employees join furloughed ranks, face mounting financial challenges
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The Environmental Protection Agency closed most of its operations on New Year's Day, sending most of its staff home for the duration of the partial government shutdown. The agency had exempted nearly all of its workforce for the first week of the shutdown. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman spoke with some newly furloughed EPA employees. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for more details.
Jan 07, 2019
Former NIFA director unsure about USDA proposal to move it
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Agriculture Sonny Perdue has famously proposed moving the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of Washington. He said more than 100 entities from around the nation have expressed interest in hosting it. A former NIFA director isn't so sure it's a good idea. Sonny Ramaswamy, president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why not.
Jan 07, 2019
Shutdown starts bringing significant losses for federal contractors
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For some federal contractors, the prolonged shutdown has turned them from doubt and uncertainty to real losses. For an update on the shutdown, now in its third week, Barbara Kinosky, managing partner at Centre Law and Consulting, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 07, 2019
What furloughed feds close to and actively retiring should know
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Some 345,000 federal employees are on furlough at the moment. That's more than Facebook, Google and General Motors combined. Among those stuck at home are people who were about to retire or had already filed their retirement papers. What happens to them? Federal retirement expert Tammy Flanagan had some answers on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 07, 2019
Coast Guard bolstering waterways security with new strategy
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Some $4.5 trillion dollars worth of economic activity take place every year on the seas. Ninety percent of US imports and exports move by ship. Now the Coast Guard has developed a plan to bolster security of the waterways. Back in October, it unveiled a new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook to lay it out. For details, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with Coast Guard Vice Adm. Daniel Abel, deputy commandant for operations, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 04, 2019
Consultant describes what it's like for contractors during shutdown
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Contractors join federal employees and their families as the so-called collateral damage in the latest political game of chicken. Typical of affected companies is a consultancy known as OnPoint, a subsidiary of Sapient. OnPoint President Tim Smith joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what the company is experiencing in the partial government shutdown.
Jan 04, 2019
EPA increases internet of things data collection, has advice for others
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Internet of things data collection has been steadily rising at the Environmental Protection Agency. Both the reporting entities at the state level and the agency itself are taking in more measurements of the environment using devices that sense and then send in what they sniff. Lee Kelly, division director with the EPA Office of Information Security and Privacy, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update and some advice for other IoT users.
Jan 04, 2019
DoD IG continues to climb in employee satisfaction ratings
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The Defense Department Inspector General's Office saw a more than 25 percent increase in employee satisfaction since 2015.
Jan 03, 2019
FAR (almost) in line with SBA on prime contracting
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Back in 2014 the law changed for how much prime contractors can subcontract under small business set-asides. But because the federal acquisition regulation council never got around to updating the FAR, its rules have differed from those of the Small Business Administration. Finally that situation is rectified, almost. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got details from Washington procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell.
Jan 03, 2019
House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government
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House Democrats took on a new leadership role Thursday. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her first task will be a vote on two separate bills that would reopen most agencies for the rest of fiscal 2019 and put an end to a partial government shutdown that's closing in on two weeks long. One bill would also give federal employees some more good news. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 03, 2019
MSPB's only member still has to work through partial shutdown
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Amid the partial government shutdown, one group sometimes gets overlooked. Political appointees must stay on the job, often when they're the only ones at work. A case in point is Mark Robbins, vice chair and the only member of the Merit Systems Protection Board. In fact he was there for the 2013 shutdown. He spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the shutdown.
Jan 03, 2019
Why federal IT hit a crescendo in 2018
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The federal technology hit a crescendo in 2018. And there are plenty of signals that say the management, buying and use of technology is only going to get better. In many ways, the last 12 months laid the foundation for major progress in 2019 and beyond. As part of our ongoing look ahead to 2019, Federal News Network’s Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with his take on the year that was and why there is plenty to celebrate when it comes to federal IT in 2018.
Jan 03, 2019
Fight on: Lawyer files suit on behalf of feds required to work during shutdown
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Federal employees may not like being furloughed or forced to work without pay. But they have a chance to get even thanks to a new class action lawsuit charging the government with violating fair labor laws. Attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, partner at Kalijarvi, Chuze, Newman and Fitch, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 02, 2019
Researchers try to predict when soldiers risk overheating in gear
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Work out too much in the heat and body core temperatures can rise to dangerous levels. Add heavy Army uniforms and equipment, and heat can turn deadly. Now the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine has developed a way to more accurately predict when a soldier is in danger of overheating.Laurie Blanchard, biomedical engineer, and Adam Potter, research physiologist at the Institute, spoke about the issue on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 02, 2019
SBA looks to give women-owned businesses better shot at federal contracting market
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The Small Business Administration and its private-sector partners are looking to give women-owned small businesses a better shot at entering the federal contracting market through their ChallengeHER program. The agency, partnered with the group Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express, gives female small business owners a crash-course in government procurement. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 02, 2019
Shutdown costing contractors millions, questions on pay swirling
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The partial government shutdown is costing federal civilian contractors millions of dollars per day. Are they paying their employees? Are they planning to pay them back when government funding is resolved? Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council., joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for some answers.
Jan 02, 2019
Comparing rise of mid-grade military wages to civilian middle class
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The late Sen. John McCain once lamented the fact that the average mid-grade military service member earned so little he or she could quality for food stamps. But that was nearly a generation ago. Now the same people make up a big exception to the stagnation in middle class wages. For what's going on, Navy Cmdr. Brendan Stickles, at the moment a federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 01, 2019
EPA, Smithsonian preparing more closures, as partial shutdown extends into January
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The partial government shutdown is over a week old now and there's no immediate end in sight. More agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Smithsonian are closing down now as the shutdown enters the new year. And there's more bad news for federal employees and their paychecks in 2019 whenever the shutdown ends. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 01, 2019
GSA working to consolidate MAS's, establish electronic marketplace
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That chomping you hear is the sound of the General Services Administration working on two projects it's taken on. One is the consolidation of its multiple award schedule contracts. The other is establishment of a governmentwide electronic buying marketplace. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an industry take.
Jan 01, 2019
No easy way out of shutdown stalemate
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Congress and the Trump administration all looked green and wrinkled just before Christmas, just like the Grinch. The question now is, can they pull anything of value out of all the piles of coal they gave 800,000 federal employees for Christmas? Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an assessment.
Jan 01, 2019
Teleworking losing steam despite frequency of government shutdowns
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Federal employees stuck at home during the great shutdown of 2018 brought to mind the idea of teleworking. Not that people can work if they're furloughed during a shutdown. But the teleworking movement has lost steam in the last few years. That might be a mistake, said Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 01, 2019
Best Places to Work: What the Partnership’s new rankings tell us
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Every year the Best Places to Work rankings for federal agencies produce apparently perennial winners and losers. Besides lists that are fun to talk about, what effects do the rankings really have? For some answers, Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. That's one of the agencies which could stand some improvement in the Best Places to Work rankings.
Dec 21, 2018
Medicare racks up more than $7B annually for lab tests
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Medicare's yearly tab for lab tests amounts to real money — more than $7 billion. But it doesn't get the best deals, and changes to the program could make it worse. For more, James Cosgrove, director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 21, 2018
Navy education system overhaul creates new research hubs on coasts
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The Navy just delivered a new plan for maritime superiority, or at least a new curriculum. That document basically overhauls the Navy’s educational system to make it more collaborative with industry. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to explain what to expect from the Navy’s schools in the future.
Dec 21, 2018
Senate clears Feb. 8 continuing resolution, sends to the House
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The Senate quickly passed a short-term continuing resolution Wednesday night that would keep the government open through Feb. 8. The CR now goes to the House. It's a good first step for the agencies that would have dealt with a partial government shutdown at the end of the week. But the news isn't good for federal employees hoping for a pay raise by Jan. 1. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what's next.
Dec 20, 2018
GAO finds FEMA could use contractors better after 2017 hurricane season
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With 2017's large amount of hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency found itself relying heavily on advance contracts to get much needed goods and services to areas affected. However, a recent review by the Government Accountability Office found FEMA could be getting even better use of these contracts. Marie Mak, director of Contracting and National Security Acquisitions Issues at GAO, told Federal News Network's Eric White how FEMA can utilize them more. Hear the conversation on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 20, 2018
Lawyer says keeping award details confidential beneficial for contractors
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It's axiomatic, or it has been for decades, that pricing information in contract bids remains secret — not that contractors don't sometimes try. Some recent Freedom of Information Act decisions have upheld that principle on recompetes. Attorney Terry O'Connor, a partner at Berenzweig Leonard, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about it.
Dec 20, 2018
Practice makes perfect: Contractors better prepared for real or potential shutdown
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With all the talk this week about a possible partial government shutdown, the one issue that seems to get lost in this discussion is the impact all of this is having on federal contractors. Fortunately, or really unfortunately, industry is getting used to this game of shutdown cat and mouse. Federal News Network's Executive Editor Jason Miller digs into the ongoing challenge vendors face as the Congress and the White House negotiate over funding. Jason joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Dec 20, 2018
6 in 10 federal organizations lost ground in 2018 Best Places to Work rankings
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The Partnership for Public Service said its latest Best Places To Work ratings should be a wake-up call for federal agency leaders. After three straight years of governmentwide gains on the employee engagement index, the 2018 version, conducted with the Boston Consulting Group, found nearly six in 10 federal organizations lost ground. And a handful of agencies saw double-digit declines in just one year. Mallory Barg Bullman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about this year’s rankings.
Dec 19, 2018
Explaining the mixed messages on 2018 employee engagement
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Messages about employee engagement and agency standings on the Best Places to Work rankings this year have been mixed. Some large agencies bumped up their engagement scores by a few percentage points. But other agencies both big and small saw some steep drops over the past year. The Partnership for Public Service said uncertainty and lack of leadership are the main reasons behind declining scores. Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.and acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, spoke to Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko. Weichert said why improvements at the largest agencies are most significant to her on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 19, 2018
Homeland Security's CISA rebranding also comes with new status
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When the old National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security got a new name, a lot changed. It's now called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The new title also brought new status, as Bloomberg Government analyst Laura Criste described on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 19, 2018
Marines looking for more mobile body armor
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Mobility is important for Marines and armor can get heavy. That’s why the Marines Corps is looking for a lighter armor plate to outfit its troops. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with body armor engineer Flora "Mackie" Jordan, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, about what the Marines are looking for in protection, and how they plan to procure it.
Dec 19, 2018
Armed services missing long-term recruitment, retention strategy
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The military services know they’re facing challenges when it comes to hiring, training and keeping enough skilled personnel at their major maintenance depots. And while each of them has taken major steps to tackle the problem over the last several years, what’s missing is a long-term strategy. That’s one of the findings of a new deep-dive by the Government Accountability Office. Diana Maurer is of Defense Capabilities and Management at GAO, and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it.
Dec 18, 2018
How OMB’s new cyber policy will lift the albatross off of the cloud
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Cloud computing services and the Trusted Internet Connections, or TIC initiative, go together like oil and water. To make the TIC cyber requirements work with the cloud takes a lot of elbow grease. Some said the TIC requirements prevented agencies from moving to the cloud. The Office of Management and Budget hopes a new draft TIC policy will solve this 11-year-old problem. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the draft TIC policy and how i'ts the fourth and final piece to OMB's policy modernization effort. Jason joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the administration's year-long initiative.
Dec 18, 2018
STRIDES aims to standardize, increase access to biomedical data
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Biomedical researchers, like all scientists, rely on data. The more accessible and standardized the data, the faster and better research can take place.That's in part the idea behind a National Institutes of Health information technology initiative known as Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation and Sustainability, or STRIDES. For details, NIH chief information officer Andrea Norris spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 18, 2018
This shutdown threat has different 'hallmarks,' hill reporter says
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What is usually a quiet week on Capitol Hill has turned into a bit of holiday madness, as the fight for the president's proposed border wall could very well lead to a budget stand off, ending in a partial government shutdown. To get an update on the matter, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with veteran Capitol Hill Reporter David Hawkings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 18, 2018
TRICARE extends open season deadline, Army increases time soldiers can spend in service
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As the year is running out, so is the opportunity to sign up for a new TRICARE plan. The good news is the Defense Health Agency is giving you a little more time. Also, the Army is extending the amount of time some of its enlisted soldiers can stay in the force. All that and more is in Federal News Network's Scott Maucione’s DoD Personnel Notebook this week. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Dec 18, 2018
Democrats could bring more oversight to DoD audits in 2019
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The Defense Department's failure to get a clean financial audit in its first go around has riled some members of Congress. California Democrat Mark DeSaulnier has introduced a bill called the Defense Waste Reduction Act and he promises more oversight once his party is in the majority. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Dec 17, 2018
Despite skepticism, DoD, NBIB insist pending security clearance transfer will be seamless
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Top leaders at the Defense Department and National Background Investigations Bureau said they're working daily and almost hourly to plan for the inevitable transfer of the governmentwide security clearance portfolio from the Office of Personnel Management to the Pentagon. DoD said it doesn't want the transfer to reverse any of the progress that NBIB has made to cut the backlog of pending background investigations. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal News Network to discuss planning for the transfer.
Dec 17, 2018
Highlights, lessons learned from federal contracting in 2018
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With calendar year 2018 nearly in the history books, we take a brief look back at highlights and lessons learned from a federal contracting point of view. We also looked at what contractors are hoping for in the remaining days. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Dec 17, 2018
New HHS tool aims to help acquisition workforce shift from low to high-value work
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The Department of Health and Human Services has taken a big tech step forward. It can now use live data from its acquisition shop in order to buy things faster and cheaper using a combination blockchain-and-artificial intelligence tool called HHS Accelerate. Jose Arrieta, the associate deputy assistant secretary for acquisition there, told Federal News Network's Jory Heckman what it means for his team to receive the first authority to operate for a blockchain application in government. Hear the interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 17, 2018
NIST director describes proposals for modernizing R&D transfers to commercial
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For decades, the government either conducted or paid for research and development in countless fields. As part of its management agenda, the Trump White House proposed to modernize the process for transferring federally funded R&D to the commercial domain. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a green paper detailing several proposals for making that happen. For more, Walter Copan, NIST director undersecretary of Commerce, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 17, 2018
Calculating the dollars of the
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The Defense Department estimates Congress has appropriated something like $1.7 trillion for war-related expenses since Sept. 11, 2001. That includes the roughly $60 billion a year in overseas contingency operations, or OCO funding. My next guest argues those are only a fraction of the full costs of the War on Terror. Neta Crawford is chair of the political science department at Boston University and co-author of a detailed spending analysis. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Dec 14, 2018
DoD study questions whether US industrial base can handle war effort
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If the great powers competition ever got to shooting, a Defense Department assessment questions whether the United States industrial base could support a major war effort. That's according to a deep-dive study from October that didn't get a lot of attention. But some members of Congress noticed. Among them was Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a former Marine Corps captain. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Dec 14, 2018
Economic fellow argues for incentive raises versus blanket 1.9 percent boost
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No one is getting rich from the 1.9 percent raise likely to come feds' way next year. But a bigger question might be whether giving everyone the same percentage raise is the right approach in the first place. My next guest argues real incentive raises for top performance would be far more effective. Rachel Greszler is a fellow in economics, budget and entitlements at the Heritage Foundation. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Dec 14, 2018
Navy says its readiness is improving, but progress is fragile
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The Navy has had two years of increased funding under its belt to improve readiness. Another boost is on the way. So a fair question is whether the money making a difference? Top Navy officials gave testimony to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione heard it and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Dec 14, 2018
Starting small, GSA will limit online shopping portals to $10,000 per purchase
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The General Services Administration said it still faces a lot of questions about the right way to introduce Amazon-style web portals for government buying. And because of that, it wants to start small. At least in the beginning, purchases through commercial marketplace initiative will be capped at $10,000 each. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had details on GSA’s thinking, and the next steps on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 14, 2018
USDA employee recognized for over 5 decades of civil service
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Johnie Jenkins wins his second Presidential Rank Award after almost 58 years spent at the Agriculture Research Service. He joined Federal News Network's Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his career.
Dec 14, 2018
Bright spots in Best Places to Work show progress at largest agencies
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This year’s Best Places to Work rankings from the Partnership for Public Service are out, and yes, it's NASA in the lead, again. The good news is many agencies that have been struggling for years to improve employee engagement are on the rise. But others took a turn in the wrong direction in 2018. Still, senior leaders in the Trump administration said there’s a lot to celebrate. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko had the lowdown on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 13, 2018
Procurement attorney breaks down DISA's bid protest losses
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The Defense Information Systems Agency thought it had all the bases covered for its Systems Engineering, Technology and Innovation contract. Best value, multiple awards, unrestricted and small business are all there. But it lost four protests. For the why, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 13, 2018
Customer’s voice may be key ingredient to make shared services work
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Thanks to the work of three organizations, there's new light on how to accomplish shared services, something the government has been working at for decades. They've found something simple but profound, which is that including the voice of the customer is vital to ensuring shared services are successful. John Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition, and Terry Gerton is the president National Academy of Public Administration. They told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller about why the end user is so important, and shared other findings they'll release at Thursday's Senior Executives Association annual conference. Hear the conversation on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 12, 2018
DHS' Science and Tech directorate awards universities grants for risk management
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Risk management — it's a way of spending scare dollars in the most effective ways. Now the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security wants to help large organizations map their risk management cybersecurity strategies to their investment decisions. It awarded two universities grants to figure it out. Science and Technology program manager Erin Kenneally joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Dec 12, 2018
Federal benefits expert Tammy Flanagan answers some Medicare questions
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If you're one of 10,000 people who will turn 65 years old today, you're probably at least thinking of retiring. For federal employees this brings complicated choices about healthcare insurance options. As open season draws to a close retirement benefits expert Tammy Flanagan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort out some of the Medicare-related questions.
Dec 12, 2018
Library of Congress pushing digitization over next 5 years
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The Library of Congress, which dates to Thomas Jefferson, is marching resolutely into the digital age. Recently it released a new, five-year digital plan. To better understand this initiative, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with the library's director of digital strategy, Kate Zwaard.
Dec 12, 2018
Oracle lawsuit claims DoD’s JEDI contract violates law on 7 counts
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More trouble for the Defense Department’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract. Oracle has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging DoD violated a host of procurement laws when it designed the contract. A federal judge unsealed the lawsuit earlier this week. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu has been taking a look at the complaint. He wrote about it in this week’s edition of the DoD reporter’s notebook and shared more information on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 12, 2018
Bringing in the voice of the customer may be the missing ingredient to make shared services work
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Thanks to the work of three organizations, there's new light on how to accomplishing shared services ... something the government has been working at for decades. They've found something simple but profound: Including the voice of the customer is vital to ensuring shared services are successful. John Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition and Terry Gerton is the president National Academy of Public Administration. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about why the end user is so important and other findings they'll released at tomorrow's Senior Executives Association annual conference.
Dec 11, 2018
Commerce demonstrates the real impact of FITARA
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The Department of Health and Human Services will be in the hot seat before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday. That's when committee members will bore in on its progress against the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). This seventh oversight session of FITARA will continue the committee’s focus on agency implementation of the law enacted four years ago this month. In his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke to Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT, about why the FITARA scorecard remains a key indicator of how agencies value the role of their chief information officer. Hear the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 11, 2018
NIH's BRAIN initiative gets $220M for neurological research
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Plenty is left to learn about the human brain. Now the National Institutes of Health has expanded an initiative known as the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. The latest round of grant funding is $220 million, doubling the BRAIN investment. With more on the goals of the initiative and where the money will do, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 11, 2018
There’s more consensus on civil service modernization than you might think, SES group says
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The 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act has a lot of good government groups thinking about change. Many of them say it's time to reform the 1978 reform, including the Senior Executives Association. SEA gathered a group of former senior executives and think tanks with a wide variety of ideologies to review how they might modernize the civil service. Jeff Salmon, a member of the Senior Executives Association and co-chair of the organization's civil service modernization committee, and Adam White, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a law professor at George Mason University, spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. They said there's more agreement on civil service modernization than people might think.
Dec 11, 2018
There’s more consensus on civil service modernization than you might think, SES group says
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The 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act has a lot of good government groups thinking about change. Many of them say it's time to reform the 1978 reform, including the Senior Executives Association. SEA gathered a group of former senior executives and think tanks with a wide variety of ideologies to review how they might modernize the civil service. Jeff Salmon, a member of the Senior Executives Association and co-chair of the organization's civil service modernization committee, and Adam White, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a law professor at George Mason University, spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. They said there's more agreement on civil service modernization than people might think.
Dec 11, 2018
USAID asst. admin. for Asia receives Presidential Rank Award
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Gloria Steele has been called a visionary and a dreamer by people who've benefited from her work. She's also an accomplished senior executive who not only knows the value of American foreign aid but also how to work it in effective ways. Steele is Asia Bureau acting assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and a recipient of one of this year's Presidential Rank Awards. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Dec 11, 2018
What issues remain before Congress' session runs out?
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December in Washington is proving colder than normal in a lot of ways. As Democrats prepare to take over the House, persistent issues remain before the hourglass runs out of sand on the current session. For an update, Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 11, 2018
DoD plans consolidation, outlines JEDI interaction with other networks
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The Defense Department has nothing if not a really big bureaucracy. Now the brass want to consolidate their so-called fourth estate networks as a model for the rest of the military. That could translate into some savings in the IT realm. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 10, 2018
Marine vet questions reasoning behind boosted military spending
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Military leaders and many in the political and contracting realm worry the nation is losing it's competitive military advantage. The Commission on National Defense Strategy has called for a boost in spending, which is not an uncommon Washington response. My next guest questions this conclusion. Dan Grazier is a Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project on Government Oversight and a Marine Corps veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Dec 10, 2018
Short-term CR won't delay these other obstacles for Congress
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Congress bought itself a couple of weeks by passing a short-term continuing resolution. Contractors have other things to worry about before they go back to worrying about a partial government closure. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, shared a couple of them on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 10, 2018
Trump administration to focus on fewer workforce initiatives with more impact in 2019
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The Trump administration has many plates spinning when it comes to its plans to modernize the federal workforce. Maybe too many? But the administration said it will focus on fewer of them in 2019, focusing on things it can do that will have the most impact. Improving employee engagement seems to be on the list, and agencies are starting to talk about it in a different way. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Dec 10, 2018
Initiative begins to determine what government should, shouldn't do
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What should the government do, and how should it do it? Those are the two big questions the National Academy of Public Administration wants to answer under its new Grand Challenges initiatives. Terry Gerton, academy president and CEO joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to go into more detail.
Dec 07, 2018
National Science Foundation seeks to ‘lower the barriers’ to reskilling federal workforce
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Emerging technology has agencies rethinking the workforce of the future. But instead of just putting out a ‘help wanted’ sign, they’re looking at ways to reskill and retrain the employees they already have. So what new skills do future and current federal employees need? Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to attempt to answer that question.
Dec 07, 2018
OSC rule creates more questions than answers
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Its usually a bad idea to talk politics in the office. Still, recent policy from the Office of Special Counsel aimed to clarify if and how discussing impeachment might take place. Austin Evers, executive director of the watchdog group American Oversight joined Federal News Network's Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why even he, a former government attorney, isn't quite sure what the rule means.
Dec 07, 2018
Secret Service needs to upgrade its IT workforce
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No agency — even a highly operational one like the Secret Service — can get away from the need for a solid information technology workforce. Getting a top-notch IT crew takes real planning and strategy. The Secret Service has work to do there, according to the Government Accountability Office. Carol Harris, director of information technology and acquisition management issues at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to go into more detail..
Dec 07, 2018
VA’s telehealth program is already the largest in the nation. It’s about to get bigger
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The Veterans Affairs Department is expanding its telehealth program. It’s already the largest one in the country. But the department says it wants to reach the group of veterans that haven’t been engaged with the VA system before, especially those who struggle with mental health challenges. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Dec 07, 2018
2019 expected to bring crucial FAR changes
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The federal acquisition system might be complicated and slow, but it's not immune to change. In fact, Congress and its own practitioners are constantly tinkering with it. The coming year will bring a number of crucial changes. Eric Crusius, partner at Holland and Knight, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to discuss some of the most important changes.
Dec 06, 2018
DoD hopes medical realignment will help prepare for fight against global powers
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The military medical system is undergoing some pretty big changes. The Defense Health Agency took over medical treatment facilities and medics are preparing for injuries made by conventional warfare, after years of fighting the War on Terror. And the military services are changing the way they keep troops in shape. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Army Medical Service Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg about these issues and more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 06, 2018
Postal task force seeks to remove USPS compensation from collective bargaining
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The White House postal task force calls for rolling back collective bargaining rights for postal unions but is not looking to undo the Postal Service's obligation to prefund health benefits for future retirees. Those are just two of the takeaways from the long-awaited report. Its recommendations dropped shortly after the Postal Service reported its 12th straight year of losses. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Dec 06, 2018
21st Century IDEA Act requiring updated federal websites passes House
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The House last week passed a bill that would force federal agencies to update their websites and offer more digital services. It's policy, but now it would be law. One of the backers of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, or IDEA, is California Democrat Ro Khanna. He spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin shortly after the House passage, starting with what the act is supposed to do.
Dec 05, 2018
Air Force plans to shave decades from software dev schedules
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The Air Force’s senior leadership gave itself the goal of shaving a collective 100 years from the service’s acquisition programs. Officials pointed to what they called some major signs of success, especially in software development. Projects that used to take years are getting done in weeks or months, thanks to agile development. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 05, 2018
Pathways program still drawing students, recent grads to federal service
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Since its establishment in 2010, the Presidential Management Fellows Program, also called Pathways, has brought thousands of students and recent graduates into federal service. This year's class is smaller than last year's, but the program remains vital. Margot Conrad, director for Federal Workforce Programs at the Partnership for Public Service, provided more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 05, 2018
Reoccurring management challenges at the heart of VA’s recent GI bill confusion, agency admits
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Members of Congress say they're frustrated with the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA leaders are saying the right things and have the right priorities, but the agency is struggling to overcome deep-seated cultural challenges. Lawmakers said VA's recent struggles to implement the new Forever G-I Bill are exhibit A. But VA's inspector general said its series of recurring managerial problems contribute to the agency's challenges. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko helped sort it all out on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 05, 2018
Despite funeral, Congress still needs budget deal by Friday
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The passing of former President George H. W. Bush might buy them some time, but Congress can't avoid dealing with that possible funding lapse Friday. For an update on the latest negotiations, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke to veteran congressional analyst David Hawkings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 04, 2018
More agencies making use of OTAs to get past federal acquisition regulation
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A growing number of agencies are dusting off old procurement rules that lie outside the Federal Acquisition Regulation. These so-called other transaction authorities are perfectly legal. For more detail, Ben McMartin, chief of the acquisition management office at the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 04, 2018
New contract management group CEO already has strategic plan
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For those who wish to learn anything about federal acquisition and contracting, a good place to start is the National Contract Management Association. The influential group has a new CEO in Kraig Conrad, who has long experience in financial management association leadership. He spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin at the Government Contracting Management Symposium in Crystal City on Monday.
Dec 04, 2018
Service members are running out of time to opt-in to the blended retirement system
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Time is winding down for service members to sign up for the blended retirement system. Army soldiers have some new options for work after service. And the military is continuing to work with those service members who are deemed nondeployable. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione discussed all that and more from his DoD Personnel Notebook on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 04, 2018
Vendors more motivated to protest to GAO, 2018 numbers show why
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The Government Accountability Office’s latest annual report on bid protests shows a less than a 1 percent increase in the number of complaints last fiscal year. Contractors decided to take their grievances to GAO for just over 2,600 of the hundreds of thousands of transactions agencies make every year. On the surface, it seems like the federal procurement marketplace is doing just fine. But Federal News Network’s executive editor Jason Miller dug deeper into GAO’s numbers and found some concerning trends in his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Dec 04, 2018
Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy to retrain federal employees as cyber defense analysts
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In its push to fill critical gaps in the federal IT workforce, the Trump administration is looking to find candidates from those already in the government's ranks. Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent launched the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy on Friday. It aims to fast-track current federal employees to becoming cyber defense analysts. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Dec 03, 2018
Contractors have ideas for OMB in case of government shutdown
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Just three days remain before funding expires for a wide swath of the government. Don't you hate when that happens? So do contractors, and they have advice for the Office of Management and Budget about what should happen to deal with a partial shutdown. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for details.
Dec 03, 2018
Former MSPB director describes what could happen to unfilled board
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Sometimes agencies make mistakes. But sometimes they get into trouble and it's not their own doing. Such is the case with the Merit Systems Protection Board. Now that the Senate has failed to move on three Trump administration appointees, the three-member board is left with one holdover and his term expires in March. Former MSPB Executive Director James Eisenmann, now an attorney with Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what might happen or should happen.
Dec 03, 2018
DoD imposes financial sanctions on TRICARE contractor amid ongoing transition problems
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Nearly a year after new contractors took over the management of the military’s managed health system, TRICARE is still seeing major transition challenges. Defense officials said not only have they issued corrective action plans to the two vendors, they've imposed financial penalties on at least one of them. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 30, 2018
A member-less MSPB more likely as Senate committee fails to clear pending nominees
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The Merit Systems Protection board is officially in a precarious position. That is to say, what little there remains of the board. A Senate committee tried but failed to vote out any of the president's nominees to fill the three-member board and restore a quorum. The outcome means the board is much closer now to a reality that really no one wants: A board with no members. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko said the recent vote is prompting more questions about the entire agency's future.
Nov 30, 2018
Changing Forest Service's harassment culture means changing behavior — even leadership's
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Vicki Christiansen has a difficult job. The newly installed chief of the U.S. Forest Service has promised Congress she'll change the agency's culture that has led to widespread harassment, misconduct and retaliation. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University, has studied organizational and cultural change for decades. He had some advice for the Forest Service leadership on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 30, 2018
GAO assesses the state of air travel, enforcement of passengers' rights
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The best thing about being president of the United States might be Air Force One. For everyone else, it's horrible airline travel. Still, the Transportation Department could do a bit more to help inform harried passengers about the limited rights they do have. Andrew Von Ah, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Nov 30, 2018
USPS IG measures agency's ethics program, goals and accountability
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Like all large departments, the US Postal Service has a comprehensive ethics policy and program. But how effective is it? The Postal Services's inspector general has concluded a detailed look and Audit Manager Kevin Freborg joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share what he found.
Nov 30, 2018
Agencies fund some truly brainy research
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In information technology circles, artificial intelligence is tossed around as a panacea for everything from disease to employee boredom. The ultimate goal of AI is machinery that acts autonomously but within bounds — such as federal policy on this or that. AI is often and inaccurately described as computers that can think like a human brain, but according to a human brain expert don't hold your breath — that could take another century. Dr. Walter Koroshetz, the director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the agency's BRAIN initiative.
Nov 29, 2018
Are agencies making the grade on cyber hygiene? DHS looks to find out with AWARE algorithm
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Agencies are supposed to be bolstering their network cybersecurity under a program called continuous diagnostics and mitigation, or CDM. But are they actually doing it? Now Department of Homeland Security officials are putting in a system to find out. The new Agency-Wide Adaptive Risk Enumeration, or AWARE, algorithm assigns a score for where each agency stands on CDM. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had the story on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 29, 2018
Top House Armed Services Democrat wants oversight of new DoD cyber strategy
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With Democrats soon to hold the House, Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin is set to take over as chairman of the House Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. He’s long been a proponent of scrupulous cybersecurity and he plans to bring that to his leadership role next year. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Langevin about his plans for January and beyond on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 29, 2018
What was behind GAO's decision to deny Oracle's JEDI protest?
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A recent and highly watched-for decision by the Government Accountability Office shows just how much discretion the government has, even in big, high-dollar procurements. In denying Oracle's pre-award protest of the Defense Department's so-called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud procurement, GAO shot down the company on a few issues. Washington procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo had more analysis on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 29, 2018
Some young veterans need more from government
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Another Veterans Day has passed. American military veterans are as diverse a group as you'll find anywhere, and they don't all need the same level of service from the Department of Veterans Affairs or other parts of the government. That's not surprising, but what is is the level of care needed by some of the youngest veterans. Jeff Neal, former Homeland Security chief human capital officer and now a senior vice president with ICF, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Nov 28, 2018
A shutdown deadline, federal pay and other items on government’s to-do list in December
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Federal employees still face a lot of uncertainty with one month left in 2018. Most of the to-do items affecting feds will fall on Congress. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko discussed three big developments federal employees should watch for before 2018 on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 28, 2018
TSA wants to move FAST on software acquisition
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The Transportation Security Administration wants to move fast, which is also the name of an agency initiative. Flexible Agile Scalable Teams is aimed at better mission support and software development. For the acquisition angle on FAST, Katrina Brisbon, TSA's assistant administrator for the Office of Contracting and Procurement, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 28, 2018
‘Long overdue’ reforms coming to GSA’s schedules program
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The General Services Administration has been talking about modernizing its $31 billion schedules program for much of the last two decades. Over the next two years, GSA plans to finally turn its talk into action. The agency said yesterday it plans to consolidate its 24 schedules into one big schedule by 2020. Federal News Network's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what this means for agencies and vendors.
Nov 28, 2018
'Humans of HUD' site shares stories of people served by the agency
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In some sense, housing and urban development is all about buildings and apartments. But it's also about the people who ultimately inhabit them. That's why the department's public affairs office has launched a special web site called Humans of HUD. The site's creator, April Brown, a public affairs and social media specialist, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share the thinking behind it.
Nov 27, 2018
12 days of Congress, before CR runs out
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Only 12 days remain on the calendar for the outgoing 115th Congress, but a lot is left to do. Half the government is operating on a continuing resolution, which expires next week. Loren Duggan, Bloomberg Government editorial director, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a look at what might be a fire drill of a session.
Nov 27, 2018
State Dept. recognizes spouses for overseas volunteer work
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The Foreign Service has put a face on the State Department's diplomatic mission. It is taking note of diplomats' often-overlooked spouses, children and other family by recognizing them formally for their volunteerism wherever their spouses ended up. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had the story on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 27, 2018
Winner take most? DoD intends to move majority of applications to JEDI
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The Defense Department’s massive Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract has cleared its first bid protest hurdle. But the cloud computing project is nowhere near out of the woods. The Government Accountability Office ruled in DoD’s favor in a challenge filed by Oracle, but it still needs to decide another pre-award protest. And the contract is almost certain to face more legal challenges after DoD finally makes an award. Lauren Brie, an attorney who specializes in government contracts at the Federal Practice Group, spoke with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the next steps.
Nov 27, 2018
DoD to reorganize, create new security clearance organization
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Big change is coming to the Defense Department as the Pentagon prepares to take over the governmentwide security clearance program from the Office of Personnel Management. DoD is planning to merge people and resources from the National Background Investigations Bureau, the Defense Security Service and other entities to form a brand new clearance organization. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Nov 26, 2018
Federal records digitization deadline now nearly a year away
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December 2019 does not seem that far away anymore. One year from Monday is the date, initially set in 2016, by which agencies must manage all their permanent records electronically and send them to the National Archives and Records Administration in an electronic format. Courtney Anderson is a senior electronic records policy analyst at NARA. She updated Jason Miller, Federal News Network Executive Editor, about how NARA's helping agencies meet that 2019 deadline on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 26, 2018
Growing administration means agencies walk tightrope between guidance and rule-making
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Growth of the administrative state means nearly no American is untouched by regulation of some kind. That's why agencies have to be careful when treading between guidance and rule-making. It might sound arcane to the average person, but it actually has enormous impact on the economy and whether people think the government is acting fairly. Nick Parrillo, a professor at the Yale Law School, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights of a deep-dive look at the guidance in question.
Nov 26, 2018
GSA reshuffles positions in quest for e-commerce platform
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The General Services Administration is shuffling around a couple of information technology service executives as it chips away at its task of building a federal e-commerce platform. For more on this and a couple of other year-end matters, Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 26, 2018
At least one agency successful at cutting improper payments, industry report finds
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Every year the federal government reports levels of improper payments of around $140 billion. The problem seems impervious to efforts to end it. A study by Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service finds at least one federal agency is having success. And state governments might have some practices worth trying. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the partnership, had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 21, 2018
CMS sees improper payments drop after ‘targeted review’ of requirements
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When it comes to improper payments few agencies can hold a candle to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicaid alone accounted for more than a quarter of government-wide improper payments last year at $40 billion and the program has been on the Government Accountability Office's high risk list since 2003 for inadequate fiscal oversight. Medicare's been on the list even longer — since 1990 — also because of improper payments. But CMS shared some good news recently about its detection of improper payments. Federal News Network's Amelia Brust had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 21, 2018
DHS mulling whether to create new role of chief data officer
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The Department of Homeland Security may be the latest cabinet-level agency to embrace the concept of a chief data officer. As Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, lawmakers have been nudging DHS in that direction, but it’s about to begin a study that may lead it to appoint a CDO of its own.
Nov 21, 2018
Former military officers continue embracing contracting industry despite ethics concerns
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Despite conflict of interest laws and regulations, the phenomenon of military officers who head straight for the defense contracting industry, and contractor executives confirmed for high level Defense Department jobs, never seems to stop. In the view of Mandy Smithberger, director of the Center for Defense Information at the Project on Government Oversight, it might be getting worse than ever. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Nov 21, 2018
NTEU leader shares hopes for lame duck Congress and next year
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Federal employee union leaders, like their members, are finding a lot to worry about right now. A partial lapse in funding could be looming. A big dispute with the Trump administration is dragging on. Plus, uncertainty persists over future federal pay. Tony Reardon, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what he hopes for and expect in the lame duck 115th Congress and beyond.
Nov 21, 2018
DHS silver medalist stresses importance of data for agencies
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When Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,  handed out the annual DHS awards for employee excellence, Michael Hoefer was among them. He's chief of the office of performance and quality at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and a silver medalist in the Meritorious service awards category. Hoefer joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk about the award, and the importance of data in his office.
Nov 20, 2018
Launch of DHS cyber agency 'more of a groundbreaking than a ribbon-cutting'
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The Department of Homeland Security finally secured a name change for its cybersecurity-focused branch. Now the resulting agency looks to implement a two-year strategy aimed at bringing it up to full operating capability. Chris Krebs, undersecretary for the newly re-branded Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, gave an overview of what that roadmap entails. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more details.
Nov 20, 2018
Lawmakers frustrated with ‘bureaucratic incompetence’ as VBA struggles with overdue benefits changes
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It's been 15 months since the Forever GI Act became law. But the Veterans Benefits Administration's IT systems still aren't capable of handling the new payments to veterans furthering their educations. Now it looks like they still won't be functioning when the spring semester arrives. That's not sitting too well on capitol hill. Lawmakers called in VBA leadership to explain the shortfalls, and how they intend to rectify them. Federal News Network's David Thornton joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss lawmaker concerns.
Nov 20, 2018
Only 12 days left in session: What will Congress do?
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Black Friday may arrive at the end of this week, but next week will bring purple Tuesday, when a red and blue Congress returns to mix it all up. Only 12 working days remain for the 115th Congress. How will they use them? Veteran Congressional expert David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network with his take.
Nov 20, 2018
Amid persistent accounting weaknesses, DoD fails to pass its first-ever financial audit
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After ten years of trying, the Defense Department finally completed its first ever financial audit. That might seem odd for an organization that spends something like $700 billion a year and has $2.7 trillion worth of assets. But the results aren’t surprising. It failed. Now what? Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the story.
Nov 19, 2018
Congress questions VA’s ‘fuzzy math,’ persistent leadership gaps on EHR
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It's been a few months since the Veterans Affairs Department signed a 10-year contract for a new electronic health record with Cerner Corporation. It looks like it might take 180 years to finish it. Some members of Congress say they have more questions than answers at this point about those plans. VA officials tried to reassure lawmakers the costs and schedule won't blow out of control, but members still say VA math seems "fuzzy." Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Nov 19, 2018
Defense industry aggravated with progress of DoD LPTA contracts
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Congress fixes things in the one way it can — by passing laws. But in the real world of uber-government, nothing happens until an agency writes a rule to implement the law. Sometimes it takes them months or years to get around to it. Such is the case on rulemaking related to lowest prices, technically acceptable (LPTA) Defense Department contracts. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk about what's starting to annoy industry.
Nov 19, 2018
What happens when an ombudsman has to step in?
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The Defense Logistics Agency supplies practically everything military units all over the world need, short of ordnance. Everything from uniforms to jet engine parts. Occasionally things don't go as planned with DLA suppliers and therefore potentially with customers. DLA Ombudsman Tim Stark joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to explain what he has to do when he's called in.
Nov 19, 2018
'We are not financially strong': USPS reports 12th year of net losses
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Like a letter that never reaches its destination, the Postal Service announced its 12th straight year of net losses. The agency ended fiscal 2018 nearly $4 billion in the red. But it expects better financial outcomes in the new year. Come January, the price of a first-class stamp will go up by 5 cents. That’s the biggest increase of its kind since 1991. Still, the Postal Service says rate hikes will only get the agency so far. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman has more.
Nov 16, 2018
DHS reorganizes science and tech directorate for more new programs, less R&D
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The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology directorate has reorganized. It aims to work more closely with the department's operating divisions, focusing more on the application of new technology and less on traditional research and development. Senior official Bill Bryan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Nov 16, 2018
DoD, DHS sign new memorandum on cyber cooperation
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The departments of Defense and Homeland Security say they are finding new ways to collaborate on cyber defense. For starters, they have agreed to team up to identify the critical infrastructure DoD depends on most, even though it does not own or operate it. As Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, defending those assets would nevertheless become a top priority.
Nov 16, 2018
IRS accused of underpaying whistleblowers by millions
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The IRS has been systematically underpaying whistleblowers responsible for tens of millions of dollars from tax cheats. It's happening because of what might be a mistaken calculation. Now the Government Accountability Office has looked into this situation. Jay McTigue, director of tax issues on GAO's strategic issues team, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with what it found.
Nov 16, 2018
Newly divided government could bring headaches for federal workers
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Few people feel the whiplash of policy changes and oversight enthusiasms more than career federal executives. With the return of divided government, their world could get more difficult as the two parties struggle for dominance. Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his take.
Nov 16, 2018
Army looks to video game companies to make training more realistic
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The Defense Department has been reaching out to famous technology companies like Uber and Amazon. To that list you can now add video game companies. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked to National Security Technology Accelerator CEO Tim Greeff about how these games will be the next frontier in the military.
Nov 15, 2018
Council offers up 5 recommendations to change the way federal pay is measured
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The Trump administration will soon review five recommendations for changing the model it uses to make decisions about the federal locality pay program. Those suggestions come from the Federal Salary Council. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss new locality pay areas up for consideration and the results of the council's review.
Nov 15, 2018
Industry report attempts to define vision for future government leaders
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After 20 years of studying public servants from a variety of angles, the IBM Center for the Business of Government has published a sort of summary book with advice for a bumpy future. John Kamensky, senior fellow at the center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network with some highlights.
Nov 15, 2018
Veteran medical care not always the best, one attorney notes
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While nearly all veterans who visit a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center get adequate care, sometimes things don’t go so well. When they don’t, the results can be catastrophic and expensive. A case in point is that of former Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Merritt. He died in 2014 at a VA hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Now the VA has paid a big settlement. Trey Thatcher, attorney at Burch-Porter-Johnson, represented Merritt’s family. Thatcher joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk more about the case.
Nov 15, 2018
5 questions to consider for open season this year
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Open season is off and running. It's the one month a year that participants in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have to make changes to their insurance for the next year. Greg Klingler is director of wealth management at the Government Employees' Benefit Association. GEBA is a non-profit that helps federal employees, retirees and some military contractors make sense of their benefits. Klingler joined Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko to suggest ways federal employees should consider changing their plans, even though premiums haven't moved much.
Nov 14, 2018
Feds can beat tech evolution with new, resilient cyber culture
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Cybersecurity is like a battle with no end. But with the right people, your organization can stay that crucial step ahead. Feds need to build what one expert calls a resilient cybersecurity culture. John McCumber, director of cybersecurity advocacy for North America at the cyber training non-profit (ISC)², joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to explain his plan.
Nov 14, 2018
GAO: Armed services need more cohesive procedures to safeguard munitions
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The Defense Department has strict and detailed procedures for how the armed services should safeguard supplies of munitions such as ready-to-fire missiles and rockets. Trouble is, the Army, Navy and Air Force don't always follow them. Diana Maurer, director of defense capabilities and management at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to discuss what GAO shared in a recent report.
Nov 14, 2018
House leadership changes could impact budget, procurement going forward
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You've heard the expression, elections have consequences. Because they scrambled the power balance in Washington, the recent midterms could have an impact on budgeting and procurement as committee chairmanships change in the House. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined  Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to share his assessment.
Nov 14, 2018
Pentagon hasn’t complied with 2-year-old congressional mandate on LPTA
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Congress is once again taking an interest in allegations of substandard military housing on camps and bases. Responding to media reports, Sen. Mark Warner has written a letter to DoD Secretary James Mattis demanding an urgent briefing. He wants to know how the Pentagon’s handling claims of mold, leaking roofs and rodents in military homes across the country. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss further.
Nov 14, 2018
2019 defense budget tradeoffs are unavoidable, one expert says
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The Trump administration has gotten Congress to go along with a defense budget for this year that's a solid 14 percent more than that of 2017. Mark Cancian, senior adviser for the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said there's no getting around the tradeoffs among readiness, force expansion and modernization. Cancian joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share his analysis of the 2019 budget.
Nov 13, 2018
3 takeaways from DISA's forecast to industry
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The Defense Information Systems Agency may be best known for the more than 5 billion dollars in contracting support it provides the military services and agencies each year. But with the move of the Joint Force Headquarters, DoD Information Network back to DISA earlier this year, the agency is playing a bigger role in securing the Pentagon’s networks and data. Federal News Network's Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the 3 biggest plans DISA is developing for fiscal 2019.
Nov 13, 2018
Highlights from EPA's newly released 5-year plan
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It sometimes seems like the offices of inspector generals operate in reactive mode — springing into action only when something goes wrong or a whistleblower sounds off. In reality, many of them work according to carefully worked out plans. A case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA IG just released a strategic plan for 2019 through 2023. Kellie Walker, director for business analysis and results at the EPA IG office of management, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to discuss the highlights.
Nov 13, 2018
Tammy Flanagan: 'Your plan might be changing'
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Feds need to check their health benefits this open season, even if they don't intend on changing plans; the plans themselves could be changing. Tammy Flanagan, federal benefits and retirement expert, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk about health insurance choices.
Nov 13, 2018
What to expect from Congress before session ends
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With just days left on its calendar, the so-called lame duck Congress returns to Washington this week for a few days before another week-long recess for Thanksgiving. It might be the closing of the session but they've still got work to do. Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to discuss what to expect in the coming days.
Nov 13, 2018
100 years later, national WWI memorial project makes progress
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The last US veteran of World War I died back in 2011. Yet, a century after the Great War the actions of Frank Buckles and his counterparts still inform American culture and policy. This past weekend marked progress in a long-awaited new memorial near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Chris Isleib, public affairs director for the World War One Centennial Commission, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update.
Nov 12, 2018
DoD ready to further define and expand fast moving procurement vehicles
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The Defense Department is chomping at the bit to speed up its procurement process. It’s one way to stay ahead of Russia and China, the new near-peer competitors. DoD will release two new sets of guidance in the coming months, which the Pentagon hopes will quicken acquisition. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Nov 12, 2018
To free up money and time, Army steadily cutting mandatory training
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As part of a push to restore readiness, the Army has been steadily getting rid of what it views as unnecessary burdens on the force over the past fed months. Among the latest requirements to go is mandatory training for corrosion control. The service’s top official has issued more than a dozen memos cutting administrative demands, and says there’s more to come. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu had details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 12, 2018
VA hit with lawsuit claiming 1,000s of vets never received medical reimbursements
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Last week the Veterans Affairs Department was hit with a class action lawsuit. It claims tens of thousands of vets never received reimbursement they're entitled to for emergency medical services rendered at non-VA facilities. Bart Stichman, executive director and co-founder of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why they're going after VA.
Nov 12, 2018
Veterans insurance provider explains changes in blended retirement
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For military veterans, the option of blended retirement sparks a lot of questions, or at least it should. Service members know they'll get an annuity, but they've also got to make regular contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan. For the latest in this still-evolving system, retired Army Brig. Gen. Michael Meese, executive vice president of insurance provider AAFMAA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 12, 2018
Air Force testing new, interesting product for transmission
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You've heard of breathing through your ears — how about hearing through your teeth? That's the idea behind a new product the Air Force is testing. It's a transducer that clips to an airman's back tooth, connected to a transmitter on their neck. Peter Hadrovic, CEO of Sonitus, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to explain how it works and its use cases.
Nov 09, 2018
How to restore order for government oversight despite political divide
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Oversight of federal agencies and programs is embedded in the law and culture of Washington. But oversight is challenging and becoming more so as political divides widen. For what might help order and bipartisanship for oversight, Justin Rood, director of the congressional oversight initiative at the Project on Government Oversight joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network.
Nov 09, 2018
NAPA inducts Army's deputy chief of staff
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She started out as an entry level accountant, after being asked if she knew how to type. She rose through the civilian ranks and now she's the administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Kathleen Miller has been inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk more about her induction.
Nov 09, 2018
Trump admin looks to overhaul Paperwork Reduction Act to ease customer service overhaul
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Agencies sit on nearly endless treasure troves of data, but often managers don't have a complete picture of what they have or its value. That’s one of the questions raised by the upcoming federal data strategy. The Office of Management and Budget seeks comments this month on the draft sets of practices that’ll feed into a final data strategy. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more insight.
Nov 09, 2018
Expect ‘profound change’ with House oversight’s approach to federal workforce, government reform
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The midterms are over and the big headlines are clear: Democrats regained control of the House and Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate. But the results have some big implications for the committees that oversee federal agencies and control their budgets. They may weigh in federal pay, benefits and the Trump administration's plans for the federal workforce as well. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko break down those implications on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 08, 2018
InterOps protest of Coast Guard bid proves contractors have finite leeway
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When technology and innovation outweigh price in a request for proposals, bidding contractors have a lot of leeway. But not unlimited, as one unsuccessful protest recently proved. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, Petrillo and Powell, had the details of this illustrative case on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 08, 2018
TRICARE open season may lockout options for some military families
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The first ever open season for military TRICARE beneficiaries starts Monday. Some advocacy groups fear the options may pigeonhole users into one treatment facility. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with Karen Ruedisueli, the Government Relations Deputy Director for the National Military Family Association, about some of those concerns on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 08, 2018
What would a divided government mean for feds now until 2020?
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Come January, Democrats will control the House while Republicans will control the Senate and the White House. So at least two years of divided government are expected. Two million federal employees watched this week's elections, wondering what it would mean for them. Federal employment and dispute attorney Lynne Bernabei joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about some possibilities.
Nov 08, 2018
Former OPM director leads task force looking into agency performance
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The "alphabet soup" agencies are getting closer look from a new group of some of their own past leaders from the Bipartisan Policy Center. The center is taking a look at executive branch oversight, reviewing how well agencies like the Office of Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget, and General Services Administration are functioning. Dan Blair is a former OPM deputy director and now a senior fellow at the center. He leads the new oversight task force and spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko.
Nov 07, 2018
How federal employees can become card-carrying experts on risk management
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The Office of Management and Budget raised the bar on enterprise risk management through its Circular A-123 update two years ago. Now federal employees can become card-carrying experts on the topic. The Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management recently enrolled 65 agency employees through its new ERM credential certification. Tom Brandt, the IRS's chief risk officer and the president-elect of AFERM, and Cynthia Vitters, managing director at Deloitte and an AFERM board member, spoke with Federal News Network's Jory Heckman. They discussed how the new credential plays a role in putting OMB's circular update into practice on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 07, 2018
Navy’s own ‘red wheelbarrow glazed with rain’
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It might sound obvious, but much of what the military does depends on explosives. Much of the research, engineering and manufacturing of what they call "energetics" takes place at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, part of the Naval Sea Systems Command. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Indian Head's commander, Capt. Scott Kraft, to learn more.
Nov 07, 2018
Post-midterms, need for civil service modernization remains
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The election wasn't really a referendum on federal employees but they had a lot at stake. The need to modernize civil service, to improve federal hiring and to maintain solid career leadership — none of that has changed. Margot Conrad, director of Federal Workforce Programs at the Partnership for Public Service, offered her perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 07, 2018
USAID's new web tool measures how countries are developing with foreign aid
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The U.S. Agency for International Development has deployed a new online tool called the Self-Reliance Country Roadmaps Portal. It lets users look up metrics of low and middle income countries to see how they are progressing towards no longer needing foreign aid. For more on how it works, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with Chris Maloney, deputy assistant administrator of USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 07, 2018
Can DHS get financial shared services right by following OMB’s refreshed strategy?
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Federal information technology management is like a big stove with many pots cooking on many burners. Now a slightly back burner item - shared services - is getting renewed attention, as we learn in this week's Reporter's Notebook by Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller. The administration plans to update its shared services strategy in the December release of the President’s Management Agenda. Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Nov 06, 2018
Justice, Interior pair up to expand tribal access program
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The Justice and Interior Departments have teamed up to expand a program giving Indian tribes access to crime databases. It's called the Tribal Access program (TAP) and its already in place at 47 tribal locations. Tracy Toulou, director of the Office of Tribal Justice, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk about where the program is headed and its goals.
Nov 06, 2018
TRICARE starts its first healthcare open season next week
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TRICARE beneficiaries will get their first open season next week. The choices seem pretty simple, but that doesn’t mean people won’t have questions. Also, military families don’t need any more help moving, they just need the Defense Department to provide the help it’s supposed to give. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain in more detail.
Nov 06, 2018
New NAPA inductee from DHS trying to foster 'culture of preparedness'
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Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson's famous memoirs are titled "Present at the Creation," referring to the post-World War II world. Don Bathurst was present at the creation of the Homeland Security Department in the post 9/11 world. The executive director for Emergency Preparedness at DHS has been inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Nov 05, 2018
NTIS helps agencies transition data to become a strategic asset
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If data is the lifeblood of agencies, the National Technical Information Service at the Commerce Department makes sure agencies have good circulation. NTIS helps agencies make better use of data to address mission critical needs with that all-important focus on improving citizen services. Avi Bender, director of the National Technical Information Service, told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller about how his office's know-how is translating agency data into more of a strategic asset. Hear their conversation on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 05, 2018
Senators express ‘serious concerns’ over agency compliance with EO court order
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After a federal district court invalidated much of the president's May executive orders, life has been anything but smooth sailing for some employee unions. Tensions are high at the Department of Health and Human Services Department, Social Security Administration and now the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Now, 16 Democratic senators want more information from the Office of Personnel Management about its role in all of this. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update.
Nov 05, 2018
Trump admin. pushing Technology Business Management
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For years, Congress and White House administrations have tried to make chief information officers business leaders with a proverbial seat at the top management table. It hasn't happened, at least not for many agencies. Now the Trump administration is pushing a practice known as Technology Business Management (TBM). David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for an industry take on the topic and a few other matters.
Nov 05, 2018
FBA president shares 2019 goals to benefit federal judiciary members
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Fifty years since passage of the Federal Magistrates Act, the Federal Bar Association continues to work on behalf of members of the federal judiciary and of administrative law judges. Recently it released a statement on the rule of law and confidence in the Department of Justice. Federal Bar Association President Maria Vathis spoke about the association's issues for the coming year on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 02, 2018
HHS expects AI will save $2 billion in smarter bulk purchases
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The Department of Health and Human Service's investment in emerging technology might soon give a big payoff. That's according to people connected to the department's Buy Smarter initiative, a team focused on re-imagining HHS procurement. The team is using artificial intelligence to ferret out price discrepancies in common agency purchases. Team members think that knowledge could lead to billions in savings. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 02, 2018
Recovering lost, stolen artifacts from NASA moon missions
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Astronauts who went to the Moon for Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 collected numerous samples of rocks and dust. Some of them went to states as gifts, or to other countries as goodwill gestures. Over the decades many of those pieces have been lost or stolen, often sold on the black market. Joseph Gutheinz is working to recover all the pieces and return them to NASA. Federal News Network's Eric White reported for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 02, 2018
State Department lags in replacing 180 posts with more secure buildings
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When a series of deadly bombings hit State Department embassies in the 1990s, the agency hatched a plan to replace 180 of its posts with new, more secure buildings. But the plan is nowhere near its goal of finishing by the end of the year. It's not even halfway there. For why and what to do about it, Brian Mazanec, acting director for international affairs and trade issues at the Government Accountability Office, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 02, 2018
Surveys show public opinion has faith in military despite growing cultural gap
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If you believe public opinion surveys, Americans have more faith in the military and its leaders than they do in civilian institutions. Yet the cultural gap between the military and American citizens who haven't served grows. But are Americans placing exaggerated faith in all-too-human military officers? Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione discussed this question with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Alice Hunt Friend and Mara Karlin, former deputy assistant defense secretary for Strategy and Force Development. Hear their conversation on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 02, 2018
8 ways federal agencies are starting to embrace blockchain
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Now that the storm of publicity over blockchain has passed, federal agencies are settling down to see how it can work in reality. Several agencies are using encrypted ledger technology to help them with digital transformation efforts. IDC Government Insights' Shawn McCarthy has complied a list of eight cases, and he discussed them on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 01, 2018
A year later, Army rethinking multi-billion-dollar tactical network
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It’s been a little over a year since the Army decided the tactical network it had spent billions of dollars and more than a decade building was not what the network needed. The process of figuring out what it does need is still a work in progress. But officials say the key word is "progress." Maj, Gen. David Bassett, the Army’s program executive officer for command, control and communications-tactical; and Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, director of the Army’s network cross functional team, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu. They discussed what’s been accomplished over the past year on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nov 01, 2018
Do campaign contributions help companies score more federal contracts?
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Do political contributions help a company get more federal contracts with more favorable terms and conditions? It's an old question but Reza Houston, assistant professor of finance at Ball State University, has done research he said proves the answer is "yes." Houston joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Nov 01, 2018
‘Laundry list of problems’ from DoD audit driving new data systems
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The reports from the Defense Department’s first-ever audit don’t go to the Office of Management and Budget for another two weeks. But DoD officials say they are already seeing some benefits. DoD Comptroller David Norquist said the audit forced the department into data analytics at a pretty deep level and that’s enabling better decision-making. Federal News Network's David Thornton joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for more discussion.
Nov 01, 2018
Common suitability, security clearance standards are coming within a year, ODNI says
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Building a modern, trusted federal workforce requires efficient security clearance. And that means more than just which agency is responsible. The Intelligence Community said it'll never achieve a completely risk-free environment. But there are standards it can put in place to help make sure agencies have the right people in the right place at the right time. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 31, 2018
DHS reorganizes science and tech arm to emphasize applications, customer experiences
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The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology directorate has reorganized. It aims to work more closely with the department's operating divisions, focusing more on the application of new technology and less on traditional research and development. Senior official Bill Bryan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Oct 31, 2018
GAO's financial market expert inducted into NAPA
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She didn't make the headlines and no one has written a book about her, but Orice Williams Brown was at the heart of the financial crisis that gripped the nation exactly 10 years ago. As the Government Accountability Office's point person on financial markets, she became one of Congress' most trusted experts. Now the managing director for congressional relations at GAO, Williams Brown was inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 31, 2018
Government effectiveness hindered by nearly 30-year growing Senate divide
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A famous senator once remarked, the House doesn't matter; as an influential member of the world's great deliberative body, he knew the central role of the Senate in US affairs. Ira Shapiro, a former senior Senate staff member and trade negotiator, said the Senate is broken, with party lines having become something of a border wall. And that affects the government's ultimate effectiveness. The author of "Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?" joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Oct 31, 2018
Why a FOIA workforce shortage? Employees may see work as ‘punishment
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Freedom of Information Act requests have gotten a digital face lift on FOIA.gov. But on the back side not much has changed in the way employees process inbound requests. Plus, the government may not have enough FOIA officers. So a new job series for FOIA officers came out this year. But the Office of Government Information Services said more needs to be done to improve hiring and recruiting. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 31, 2018
About 10 percent of flag officer positions can be replaced by lower grades, study says
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In 2017, Congress asked the Defense Department to trim the number of generals and flag officers. DoD has been examining its ranks. The RAND Corporation found more than 130 such positions that are unneeded, with duties that could go to lower ranking officers. For details, Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Lisa Harrington, the Associate Director for Forces and Resources Policy Center at RAND, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 30, 2018
ACT-IAC executive director Ken Allen stepping down after 14 years
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You may not have seen him on the rostrum at the big conferences, and he isn't the man running the endless meetings to plan events or craft policy recommendations. But Ken Allen has been behind the scenes for nearly 14 years as executive director of the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council. Now he's about to step down, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Oct 30, 2018
After midterms, Congress still faces unfunded agencies and more
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When it went on recess to go campaigning, Congress left the government like a person with one shoe. Some agencies are fully funded for 2019 and some aren't. That's just one of the issues lawmakers will deal with when they return after next week's midterms. For a preview, Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 30, 2018
HHS IG supports adding cybersecurity to FDA criteria for medical devices
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The Food and Drug Administration can turn down approval for medical devices for a lot of reasons. But cybersecurity is not on the checklist. The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general says it should be. Abby Amoroso, deputy regional inspector general, shared more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 30, 2018
OMB loosening the reins on major cyber programs for 2019
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The Office of Management and Budget is sending a clear message to agencies when it comes to cybersecurity. Agencies will have more flexibility but also more accountability over protecting their networks and data. In his weekly feature the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller details this policy update. Jason joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Oct 30, 2018
DISA beginning to look at policy changes for DEOS ahead of new RFI release
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It's not enough for the Defense Department to have big challenges to its JEDI cloud procurement. The Defense Information Systems Agency was supposed to send a third and final request for proposal on its $9 billion Defense Enterprise Office System contract, also a cloud deal, back in June. Suddenly, four months later, there's a whole new request for information. Federal News Network's David Thornton joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Oct 29, 2018
DLA goes digital, stops printing unclassified maps for archiving
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Until recently, the Defense Logistics Agency spent a good deal of time and money printing and mailing hard copies of its unclassified maps in order to be archived. In a small but significant bit of digital transformation it no longer does that. Program manager Robert Rogers joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Oct 29, 2018
Engagement up again in 2018 FEVS, but satisfaction with pay, performance in the cellar
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The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results are out. Overall employee engagement across the federal workforce is up slightly this year. It now sits at 68 percent, but there were no real meteoric rises this year in engagement at any one agency. And employees' satisfaction with their pay and rewards, and how it matches with performance, again sits low. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break down the 2018 results.
Oct 29, 2018
Former ambassador to Greece takes over Foreign Service Institute at State Dept.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has chosen career ambassador Daniel Smith as the new director of the Foreign Service Institute, the State Department's premier training bureau. It teaches everything from foreign languages to information technology. Smith, a former ambassador to Greece, was sworn in Friday and spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin at the State Department beforehand.
Oct 29, 2018
Re-skilling federal workforce unlikely without union cooperation
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Federal executive after federal executive has taken to one rostrum or another to say the federal workforce has to be "re-skilled." But for that to happen, management needs to work with employee unions, according to Bob Tobias, a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Oct 29, 2018
DISA no longer mandates customers use mail.mil email
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For 120,000 users of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s unclassified mobile device service, email is about to get a lot easier and more personal. DISA plans to let uniformed and civilian employees using the Defense Mobility Unclassified Capability access their native or non-DISA enterprise email addresses from their mobile phones. This means DISA is connecting to Army.mil or Navy.mil email accounts and providing full services. Jake Marcellus, DISA’s mobility portfolio manager, tells Executive Editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about this and several other changes on tap from DISA to improve mobile computing.
Oct 26, 2018
Do agencies need an ‘awakening’ about what their data is worth?
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The Trump administration has a governmentwide data strategy in the works but agencies don’t always understand the value of the information they’re sitting on. That’s the latest call to action from the White House's IT modernization road map. Top IT and data experts from the departments of Homeland Security and Energy gave a recent snapshot of where they are on that road map and what lies ahead. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 26, 2018
Navy unveils plan to trim fat and align with defense strategy
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The Navy has unveiled a comprehensive new business operations plan. Top brass said they hope it will streamline the bureaucracy while boosting the Navy’s strength relative to what it views as rising powers such as China and Russia. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione reported for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Oct 26, 2018