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  • Andrew Von Ah: Air Force cuts headquarters staff without enough data

    The Air Force has been busily trimming its headquarters staff, but the Government Accountability Office says it’s been doing so without enough information. . Andrew Von Ah, GAO’s acting director for Defense Capabilities and Management, talked with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temi

  • Tammy Flanagan: How much life insurance do you really need?

    A rare enrollment period will open next month for the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program. You’ll need to think about how much insurance you really need, and whether you want to keep it until retirement. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it all out.

  • Mike Meador: Low-power supercomputers on the horizon

    A grantmaking program to solve a grand supercomputing challenge is underway from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Several disciplines are coming together to eventually create low power, brain-like supercomputers that can enable advances in many fields, such as aircraft design, autonomy and climate modeling. Jared Serbu discussed the program with Mike Meador director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, in the National Science and Technology Council, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Kimya Lee: FEVS team digs deeper into employee surveys

    Kimya Lee, the Office of Personnel Mangement’s senior adviser on research and evaluation, and the rest of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey team are finalists for a Service to America medal in the Management Excellence category for all the work they’ve done over the years. Lee tells Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, they’re still working to go deeper into federal agencies.

  • Rita Cant: Change in CBP visa waiver form too invasive

    Nearly three dozen free speech and civil liberties organizations penned an open letter to Customs and Border Protection this week, saying a new question on CBP’s visa waiver forms asking foreigners to supply their online identities would not only be intrusive, it would also be ineffective. Rita Cant, a free expression fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin she understands the government’s security concerns, but this proposal won’t solve them.

  • Rep. Brad Ashford: What’s wrong with a community helping VA?

    In Omaha, Nebraska, private donors are ready and waiting to donate up to $80 million to help build a new veterans clinic that would serve as a pilot for community-based public-private partnerships with the Veterans Affairs Department. Trouble is, that’s illegal. Under current law, VA can’t accept private donations for construction projects. Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) ,the co-sponsor of legislation that would change that, talks with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the partnership community leaders are envisioning in Omaha

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