• Tim McManus: More agencies adopting Pathways program

    New data from the Office of Personnel Management shows that 93 percent of the people hired through the Pathways program intend to stay in government, and the programs are responsible for 35,000 new hires since 2012. Tim McManus, the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the new report. He says they show agencies are beginning to use the Pathways programs as they were originally intended.

  • Alan Chvotkin: Industry concerned over new contracting rule

    Strategic sourcing is the government’s strategy for trying to buy commodities as a single entity. Industry, and especially small business and services contractors, have been wary of the initiative. Now the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council has issued a new rule for contracting officers and that’s also got industry concerned. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what’s going on.

  • FCC to shut down nearly a dozen field offices in 2017

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Federal Communications Commission says it will shutdown nearly a dozen of its regional office locations in January 2017.

  • From your friends at Metro: Wi-Fi?

    Of course people will like Metro Wi-Fi. Where we really want it is in the trains for the whole trip.

  • How agencies doubled the number of new cybersecurity hires this year

    The Office of Personnel Management has been busy this year helping agencies more quickly recruit, hire and develop cyber talent, an initiative outlined in the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Agencies like the FBI and Commerce Department say they are also beginning to change their mindsets when building teams of cyber experts.

  • How DISA shifted from exclusive cloud provider to facilitator

    For nearly 10 years, the Defense Information Systems Agency has been working to provide secure cloud computing to DoD agencies. DISA now helps agencies use commercial providers in a secure way.

  • DoD IG questions Army’s past performance evaluations

    The DoD inspector general looked at 56 Army contracts awarded by five Army contracting shops to see whether the Army was consistent in evaluating past performance.

  • David Hawkings: Congress returns to full plate of budget, sequestration talks

    As Labor Day approaches, children head back to school and Congress will return soon, too. Already, battles are shaping up over spending caps, sequestration and what to do now versus in a lame duck session. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a preview of a fall classic

  • JV Venable: Deeper look at the 5th generation F-35

    When trying to sell cars, Packard Motor used to say, ask the man who owns one. When it comes to the F-35 fifth generation fighter, the Air Force might want to say, ask the man or woman who flies one. That’s what the Heritage Foundation did in creating comprehensive assessment of the new platform. JV Venable, senior research fellow for defense policy at Heritage, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about his findings.

  • Dr. Jason Matheny: IARPA pursues intelligence superiority

    The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is looking for high-payoff research in a variety of data-related fields, all aimed at producing what IARPA calls overwhelming intelligence superiority. Dr. Jason Matheny, the IARPA director, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • DoD creates safe harbor for contractors who sell counterfeit electronic parts

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Defense Department issues a final rule which protects contractors who accidentally sell counterfeit parts from the costs incurred when the fraudulent materials are discovered.

  • If at first you don’t succeed, try insanity

    Perseverance may sometimes look crazy, but it depends on why you push.

  • Federal life insurance Open Season signals time to reevaluate health benefits

    Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is fast approaching, but starting Sept. 1, for the first time in 10 years federal employees can enroll or increase their life insurance without a health exam, through the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program.

  • Andrew Von Ah: Air Force cuts headquarters staff without enough data

    The Air Force has been busily trimming its headquarters staff, but the Government Accountability Office says it’s been doing so without enough information. Andrew Von Ah, GAO’s acting director for Defense Capabilities and Management, talked with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Tammy Flanagan: How much life insurance do you really need?

    A rare enrollment period will open next month for the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program. You’ll need to think about how much insurance you really need, and whether you want to keep it until retirement. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it all out.