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  • Joshua Batkin: Proposed rule would create disaster deductible

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants state and local governments to pony up more money before receiving FEMA assistance for recovery after disasters. A proposed rule would create a sort of disaster deductible. FEMA believes that would persuade state and local governments to take more action to reduce risk. Joshua Batkin, director of FEMA’s Office of External Affairs, spoke to Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the proposed rule.

  • David Hawkings: Is President’s budget request really DOA?

    The White House has released its budget request to Congress for the 2017 fiscal year. The usual cliche is, the budget is dead on arrival at Capitol Hill.

  • Tammy Flanagan: Elimination of benefits claiming strategies presents a challenge

    If you’re thinking of retiring or maybe retired a bit early, Social Security has a couple of curve balls for you. One of them concerns claiming your benefits. The elimination of claiming strategies that takes place this year is something you need to keep in mind. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some insight.

  • Nat Wolpert: NGA provides data to first responders

    For first responders to natural disasters, information is their most important commodity. Data about local infrastructure, sources of supply, roads and terrain. Sometimes that data can be hard to find, yet much of it exists. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency maps nearly every square foot of the globe. Senior Analyst Nat Wolpert tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how the NGA comes through with information when disaster occurs.

  • 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 Klement, 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.

  • Expert Connect

    The federal government has invested billions of dollars in developing and maintaining information technology and Capgemini estimates 75 percent of this spend is on operations and maintenance – just keeping the engines running. The user population is becoming increasingly tech-savvy, budgets are remaining flat or decreasing, and mission needs expanding. How can agencies meet their current demands and take advantage of innovations in technology?

  • White House raises cyber stakes with request for 35 percent increase in 2017

    President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $19 billion for federal cybersecurity efforts in fiscal 2017. The White House wants to use some of the money to create a $3.1 billion IT modernization fund and provide more education to federal employees as part of a new cyber national action plan.

  • OPM is hitting the road for new 2016 hiring campaign

    The Office of Personnel Management will officially launch the Hiring Excellence Campaign in January. The goal is to help agencies across the country realize and use the tools they already have to hire new, talented professionals.

  • NSA rolls out specifics of its reorganization

    Adm. Mike Rogers plans to create four new directorates to better integrate the agency’s two core missions, foreign signals intelligence and information assurance.

  • Federal Privacy Council part of ‘dramatic’ change in handling information

    Marc Groman, chief privacy officer for the Office of Management and Budget, revealed the progress made toward updating how the federal government handles privacy and civil liberties as President Barack Obama signs a new executive order.

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