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  • Carolyn Lerner: Slew of VA whistleblower cases raises OSC’s profile

    A slew of whistleblower complaints from the Veterans Affairs Department has made this anything but a normal year for the Office of Special Counsel. VA’s troubles have raised the profile of this small agency that protects federal employees from prohibited personnel practices. Its leader, Carolyn Lerner, gives Federal Drive with Tom Temin the highlights of the agency’s new annual report to Congress.

  • Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson: Improving Army through acquisition

    As the saying goes, nothing happens until somebody buys something. The Army spends tens of billions of dollars a year on everything from uniforms to combat vehicles. How it goes about acquisition, and moving all that material around the world, has a big impact on its effectiveness and readiness. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson is the military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.

  • Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow: Army recruitment a constant challenge

    Presidents, members of Congress, veterans and many others call it the finest fighting force in the world. But the Army doesn’t stay that way by accident. Recruiting is a constant challenge, particularly as society and culture change. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow is commander of the Army Recruiting Command. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.

  • Jay Healey: A peek inside DHS’ cyber portfolio

    The Department of Homeland Security will reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate, but the agency has a long list of cyber responsibilities and goals. Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas talked about the agency’s cyber portfolio at Columbia University in New York. Jay Healey, senior research scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, hosted the discussion. He’s also editor of the book “A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012″ and co-author of the “Cyber Security Policy Guidebook”. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to share what he heard at the discussion.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.): Feds’ benefits could be better under new bill

    Your federal retirement benefits would be safer if the Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015 becomes law. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is one of the sponsors along with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). Lankford is also chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. He explained to In Depth at Francis Rose what the bill will do.

  • Scott Maucione: DoD cyber forces enter the fray

    Some of the Defense Department’s cyber mission forces are now active in operations. The announcement comes as Congress is pushing DoD for a solid cyber policy on how the nation should respond to cyber attacks. Federal News Radio Reporter Scott Maucione has more on what this means for the future of cyber warfare.

  • Feds are overpaid — or not

    The Cato Institute has issued yet another report claiming federal employees are grossly overpaid. Their numbers claim feds make 78 percent more than private sector workers and 43 percent more than state and local workers. If true, those numbers would be alarming and cause for immediate steps to rein in federal pay and benefits. The numbers are generally accurate, but they are not true. How can that be?

  • DHS ID card rule could bar some visitors from federal buildings

    The Department of Homeland Security releases new enforcement guidelines for identification cards when entering federal buildings and military bases.

  • Ghosts of Columbus Day past

    Imagine if Washington-based politicians had run the first Christopher Columbus expedition. With the “New World” just over the horizon, a fast messenger ship arrives from Spain with startling news — the government has been shut down. The Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria are ordered to drop anchor. And do nothing.

  • GSA moves into Act 2 of IT consolidation effort

    David Shive, the GSA chief information officer, said encouraging more employees to take advantage of the virtual desktop interface (VDI) technology, and modernizing and rationalizing applications are the next steps to improve the agency’s technology environment.

  • Let’s add salary to sex, religion and politics

    The more you try to compare federal and private salaries and benefits, the more complicated the topic becomes.

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