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  • Jessica Klement: What does Congress have in store for feds in 2016?

    Even though we’ve lived through a city-flattening blizzard, the advent of a bear market and umpteen presidential debates on TV, the year is still young. You still have time to do some careful planning on the financial front. Jessica Clement, legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with predictions for what Congress will do to and about the federal workforce this year.

  • Matt Goodrich: Status check for FedRamp’s cloud services program

    Agencies have more choices than ever to buy secure cloud computing services. The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) is finding its footing in providing access to authorized vendors to provide cloud services. The General Services Administration’s Matt Goodrich is the director of the FedRAMP cybersecurity program for cloud services. He tells executive editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the progress FedRAMP has made since the summer.

  • Phil Bond: Is it time for agencies to use white hatters?

    Ethical white-hat hackers are the ones you ask to find vulnerabilities in networks so they can be fixed before the bad guys expose them. With federal agencies and contractors dealing with so many daily attacks from cyber criminals, it may be time agencies start using white hatters themselves. That’s what Phil Bond, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, tells Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: Bill clears up claims process for some feds

    Two years ago, a federal appeals court ruled against a financial analyst and a military commissary employee who said they’d been summarily removed from their positions without being able to contest their agencies’ decisions before the Merit Systems Protection Board. At issue is a category of federal jobs called “noncritical sensitive.” Even though those workers don’t handle classified information, the government contends that airing their cases before MSPB could expose “sensitive” information — and the label now applies to about 200,000 Defense Department workers, according to two members of Congress who say they need more due process rights. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced a bill this week to make clear that MSPB is allowed to hear those employees’ claims. Holmes Norton talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin by phone about why the appeals court’s ruling needs to be overturned.

  • Tim McManus: New tools for hiring younger feds

    The government is big, with 2 million people in the civilian workforce. It’s also middle-aged. Only 7 percent are under 30. Now the Office of Personnel Managment has come out with something called the Pathways Toolkit to help agencies hire greater numbers of younger people. Tim McManus, the vice president of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, told Federal Drive with Temin how it’s helping OPM develop the new tools.

  • Joe Weishaar: What went into winning WWI memorial design

    After a 6-month competition, the national commission in charge of building a new World War I memorial in Washington has picked a design. The new memorial will take the form of a partial transformation of Pershing Park in downtown Washington, D.C. That site is already a tribute to Gen. Joseph Pershing, the commander of American forces in Europe. In the new memorial, his statue will be joined by walls inscribed with quotes from key World War I figures and sculptures of rank and file soldiers for a total of 116,500 cubic feet of new architecture — one for every American who died in the war. Joe Weishaar is the young architect who won the competition. His design is called “the weight of sacrifice”. He talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the design came together, and what visitors will see when construction is finished.

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