• Pentagon clarifies what information contractors need to protect

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Defense Department makes clarifications about it’s new rule concerning cyber incident reporting and safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information.

  • Risk, a condition of life and work

    You can find a whole chapter on risk management in a genuinely readable new book.

  • Joe Petrillo: Congress inaction on task order protests leaves questions unanswered

    Congress gives and it also takes away. On Sept. 30, it let expire a protest avenue for task orders larger than $10 million. Before then, contractors could have taken these protests to the GAO, like regular contract awards. So what happens next? For some insight, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Joseph Petrillo, procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell.

  • Paul Brubaker: Getting government to embrace driverless cars

    Self-driving cars might be the way of the future. But the way the Transportation Department is regulating autonomous traffic means it could it could be a long way off. One proponent of driverless cars is Paul Brubaker, president and CEO of the Alliance for Transportation Innovation. He finds lots wrong with current policy and joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • Lack of time for training is major setback for Army readiness

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the head of U.S. Army Forces Command lays out the obstacles that are hindering Army troops from their full capabilities.

  • Army’s budget needs to fit its mission requirements

    For the better part of 15 years, the Army has canceled and otherwise dis-invested in new technologies and capabilities. That means its soldiers work with old equipment and capabilities increasingly matched by potential adversaries.

  • Gen. Cartwright: Latest Stuxnet casualty

    These episodes occur regularly, but it’s always hard to watch.

  • Katrina Timlin: Making government a competitive employer for cyber talent

    If it wasn’t for clunky federal hiring practices and slow security clearances, the government would be a highly competitive employer for cybersecurity-skilled people. That’s a major finding from a survey done by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Katrina Timlin, an associate fellow at CSIS joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the findings.

  • Mallory Barg Bulman: Boosting the management in OMB

    It comes up about this time every four years – questions over whether the Office of Mangement and Budget is organized in the best way to help the government deliver. You hear periodic calls for going back to having a budget bureau, or boosting the ‘M’ in OMB. For some ideas of what the next president can do, Mallory Barg Bulman, research director at the Partnership for Public Service joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Rep. Hank Johnson: Protecting integrity of elections

    The security of America’s elections is under heavy scrutiny this year. Fear of foreign hackers and insider threats have caused some people to think more should be done to secure the election system. One of those is Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). He recently spoke with Federal News Radio’s Eric White to discuss two pieces of legislation he’s sponsored to enhance protections.

  • Judge to IRS: Finish conservative groups’ applications

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, a federal judge gives the tax agency a deadline for finishing up conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.

  • Adm. John Richardson: Improving the health of the Navy’s civilian workforce

    The Chief of Naval Operations is in charge of manning, training and equipping the Navy – and Adm. John Richardson, the current CNO, says that means civilians too. In a bit of an unusual step for a military service chief, he’s issued his own framework for improving the health of the civilian workforce. The new document calls for each of the Navy’s commands to develop a strategy to make sure their civilian workforce is as healthy and well-developed as the military side – from hiring and training to performance management and professional development. Adm. Richardson spoke with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu by phone to talk a bit about the new framework, and what comes next.

  • Mark Langley: House bill seeks to improve program management

    Good program management has always been central to a well-functioning government. Add up the millions of projects and you’ve got thousands of programs. Now good program management might become law, if a bill now in the House makes it through. Joining the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the implications of the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act, Mark Langley, CEO of the Project Management Institute.

  • David Hawkings: SEC chair draws senator’s ire

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says she doesn’t take the position lightly, but she thinks it’s time for President Barack Obama to effectively fire the chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Warren’s chief complaint is that SEC chair Mary Jo White has failed to pursue new rules that would require corporations to disclose certain political donations. David Hawkings, the senior editor at Roll Call, he joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • Dr. Reggie Brothers: Facilitating industry collaboration with government

    The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate just published the first of six integrated product team reports. It’s a look at major research areas that the S&T directorate says could benefit all parts of the department. Dr. Reggie Brothers is the undersecretary for science and technology at DHS. He tells Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko how the department is trying to make it easier for industry to work with government.