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  • Scott Maucione: DoD’s good budget gets a $2B curve ball

    Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord said the department is getting about 96 percent of what it wants for fiscal 2017. He said 96 percent is a good day. But the administration tossed DOD a $2 billion curve ball. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Greg Godbout & Robin Thottungal: Data can help federal decision-making

    Data has become the life blood of decision-making at many federal agencies. Greg Godbout is one of the leaders in federal data adoption. Now the chief data officer at the Environmental Protection Agency, he’s helping decision-making at both the federal and state levels. Federal Drive with Tom Temin interviewed Godbout and the agency’s chief data scientist, Robin Thottungal, for an update on data initiatives. Godbout explained how data innovation can keep federal executives from making bad decisions on what they don’t really know.

  • Ron Walters: Financial manager now oversees VA’s memorial, cemetery activities

    Ron Walters, interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, VA

    He’s spent decades in federal service, on both the financial management and program sides. Now Ron Walters of the Veterans Affairs Department has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. The Acting Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs now is overseeing the department’s memorial and cemetery activities. He fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on the latest.

  • David Hawkings: Congress returns, budget can wait a bit

    They arrived in town yesterday, but today members of Congress get down to real work. But what’s real all depends. If you care about establishment of a federal budget for fiscal 2016, you may have to wait a few days. David Hawkings, senior editor at CQ Roll Call, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin about another issue that’s first in line on the agenda.

  • Nicole Ogrysko: Army uses data to reassess suicide-prevention tactics

    The Army is evaluating five years of data to study suicide. The data is both affirming and in some cases disproving what the Army knows about its suicide-prone soldiers. Randy Lane is the division chief of the analytics assessment and systems division at the Army Resilience Directorate. Wendy Lasko is the program manager of the Army Suicide Prevention Program, and Kenneth Cox is the scientific liasion for the Army STARRS program. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin, they tell Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko about the data points they collected. The first voice you hear is Lane’s.

  • Jared Serbu: Rapid response for future cyber breaches

    The Office of Management and Budget is telling federal agencies and the General Services Administration to draw up plans that would let them hire private sector help to respond to a cyber intrusion as quickly as possible. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin, OMB says it’s clear that no civilian agency has the resources to clean up after a major cyber intrusion on its own.

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