In October, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Lean In Circles, which are sanctioned by the Defense Department. The idea is to give some space for women to talk freely about their challenges in the workplace. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione sat in on a Lean In Circle at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency to see how they’re actually getting along. He shares the experience on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Agencies are meeting an administration goal to cut the number of federal employees and contractors who need security clearances for their jobs. But the intelligence community is still struggling to process security clearance investigations more quickly.
NSA Director of Information Assurance Curtis Dukes thinks identity theft was the reason for the OPM hacks. But regardless of their purpose, he says the breaches highlight a need for both industry and agencies to get up to speed to defend against smarter and more sophisticated enemies.
Commands and agencies throughout the Defense Department have identified the precise civilian jobs they intend to eliminate or restructure under a Pentagon initiative to cut back layers of administration.
The Defense Department’s “4th estate,” which includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Logistics Agency and other Defense agencies, signed a memorandum of understanding with GSA to commit to using OASIS for at least $500 million in professional services buys starting in January 2017.
Minorities made up 24.6 percent of the intelligence community workforce in fiscal 2015, a 1.4 percent increase since 2011, according to the latest workforce demographics report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Women represented 38.5 percent of the IC workforce. But compared with the rest of the federal workforce, the IC still has more progress to make.
A Bahrain owned company also saw a increases in government contracting, while GE and Verizon lost federal business.
Steve Blank teaches Hacking for Defense, a new course at Stanford University that links students with defense agencies to promote innovation in engineering.
The Navy is trying to “revolutionize” the meals it feeds its sailors, both ashore and while they’re underway. To do that, they turned to sailors themselves, and to academia, using the “design thinking process” to help shape the future of the Navy’s chow. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Lt. Cmdr. Keith Capper, director of the Navy Food Service, and Jennifer Person-Whippo, a dietician in the Navy Supply Systems Command, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu at the Sea Air Space expo at the Gaylord National Convention Center, in National Harbor, Maryland.
The Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center analyzes information to help give other federal, state and local officials a clearer picture of real and potential threats.
Greg Garcia, the chief information officer/G6 of the Army Corps of Engineers, said the Defense Department’s mandated transition to Windows 10 is a top of mind priority, but he is balancing that with cyber, cloud and other priorities.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has had some success with a new model of paying health care providers. Rather than paying them for how many services they render, it’s paying them according to health care outcomes and how well they coordinate among one another over individual patients. Dr. Paul Cordts, deputy director for health care operations at the Defense Health Agency, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how DHA could benefit from the same model.
Matthew Fay, a foreign and defense policy analyst at the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think tank. tells Pentagon Solutions how proposed reforms to the Defense acquisition process are missing the target.
Current and former intelligence community officials say they’re not getting the buy-in they need from their top leadership — or the guidance they need to use begin using social media — in their insider threat and security clearance programs.
Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and Dr. Caroline Mahoney of the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center discuss new technology on Pentagon Solutions.