The Supreme Court ruling doesn’t necessarily invalidate all the actions and decisions made by Beth Cobert and other leaders to whom this applies. It does, however, open them up to challenges.
Veterans groups want a 10 percent overall budget increase for VA, more staffing and updated facilities to meet today’s healthcare needs.
According to the Government Accountability Office, Defense Department’s planning to improve asset management don’t include adequate performance measures. That’s one reason DoD supply chain management is still on GAO’s High Risk List. Zina Merritt is director of Defense capability and management issues at GAO, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin about DoD’s ongoing asset visibility problems.
A new report urges the Trump Administration to do all it can to get federal agencies focused on customer service to make government operations more efficient and lower costs. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report put out by the Partnership and Accenture.
The Veterans Affairs Department, Congress and Government Accountability Office all agree: an outdated and inflexible hiring process and serious shortcomings with the department’s human resources functions are prohibiting the agency from quickly filling at least 45,000 open health care positions.
A new bill that would limit how much time doctors, nurses and other employees at the Veterans Affairs Department could spend on union business has support now from VA itself. The department said having its employees spend 100 percent of their hours on official time is “necessary, reasonable and in the public’s best interest.”
The strength and durability of the budget depends not only on the agency, but also on regulations such as the federal hiring freeze. David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how federal executives can deal with the potential crossover.
Thousands of rules come out each year from regulatory agencies that place a large burden on the economy. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), chairman of the subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss why regulatory reform is needed.
Although the Veterans Affairs Department handed over a dozen large construction projects to the Army Corps of Engineers, VA is still responsible for certain management functions, like knowing when a project will be finished and for how much. David Wise, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares some insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Veterans Choice Act provides VA with the opportunity to redefine what its role will be in 10 years.
For the Veterans Affairs Department, low morale and difficulty attracting talent are two of the challenges keeping it on the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, offers her take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Now we know what federal managers are asked to do in the latest executive order from the Trump administration. It’s not the first time they’ve been asked to look for waste and redundancy. Don Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, offers some perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
What happens when a government contractor employee calls out to the government suspected wrongdoing by his or her company? That’s the topic of an ongoing pilot program launched in 2013. Marie Mak, director of acquisition and sourcing management at the Government Accountability Office, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how that program is working out.
Federal Freedom of Information Act offices saw a record number of information requests in fiscal 2016, an accomplishment that highlights the need to be able to efficiently and effectively serve stakeholder and citizens.
Gail Wilensky, a former federal health official and senior fellow at Project Hope, has been part of the oversight of reforms at the Veterans Affairs Department. She joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update on reform.