Washington is about to get a new memorial to World War I. After a years-long effort, the World War I Centennial Commission chose designs by Chicago Architect Joe Weishaar and New York sculptor Sabin Howard. Weishaar joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the designs.
Everywhere you look, the government is crying out for modernization.
The massive cyber breach impacting more than 22 million current and former federal employees was discovered by the Office of Personnel Management, and not by a contractor.
It’s hard to forget the videos of oil spewing forth from the hole at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon accident took 87 days to cap off. But it will take thousands and thousands of days to totally clean up. The job of overseeing what might be a 15-year effort belongs to Christopher Doley, chief of habitat restoration at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He’s also a finalist for this year’s Service to America Medals. He spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the cleanup effort.
Federal managers often say they know how important innovation is, but they struggle to create an environment for innovation in government. Nishita Henry, a technology principal with Deloitte, tells Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about some fresh findings that map out forces driving innovation and governmental transformation.
Self service and longer hours for the call center are two goals of an ambitious project to update the way the Thrift Savings Plan interacts with federal employees. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a status report on Project ExPRESS.
Harriet Tubman died more than a century ago. Photographs of her are grainy and fuzzy. And she’s not the sort of person who wold have posed for an expensive oil painting. Yet somehow her likeness has to be translated for printing on the new $20. Creating that bill falls to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Bureau Director Leonard Olijar shares details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The government can’t legally write a requirement so influenced by a contractor that only that company can win. But program managers and contract officers do have their ways of getting the company they really want, even when soliciting bids. Incumbents have their tricks, too. Judy Bradt, CEO of Summit Insight, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how to identify whether an RFQ is wired or winnable.
The Defense Department has announced a major restructuring of headquarters staffs. DoD’s assistant deputy chief management officer David Tillotson said this will mean staff reductions.
The Pentagon is pushing Congress for a long list of changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including no more jury sentences. Civilian lawyers, through the American Bar Association, praise some of the changes, but express doubt some of the others. John Altenburg, former Army deputy Judge Advocate General and now with the law firm Greenberg Traurig, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has clarified his comparison of veterans wait times to lines at Disney World.
Content marketing can improve the quantity and quality of job applications in recruitment campaigns. Tim McManus, vice president for outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses content marketing and social media in recruitment by federal agencies on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Contractors looking for work related to homeland security might naturally concentrate on the Homeland Security Department. But they’d be overlooking half of their opportunities. that’s according to a new spending analysis by Bloomberg Government. Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the details.
Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas recently accused federal prosecutors of outright lying in a case challenging President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The judge ordered ethics training for the lawyers and told the attorney general to develop a plan for preventing unethical behavior. Attorney Steve Ryan, a partner at the law firm McDermott, Will and Emery, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer his analysis.
TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger yanked Kelly Hoggan from the job as assistant administrator for the Office of Security Operations. But Neffenger says he wants to use Hoggan’s talents somewhere else in the agency.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.
Tom also writes a weekly commentary for Federal News Radio. Read his latest columns.