In Friday’s Federal Headlines, this year’s Open Season is the busiest on record, according to the Office of Personnel Management. An OPM spokesman tells Federal News Radio the new self-plus-one option has generated enormous interest.
In Thursday’s Federal Headlines, a We the People petition started earlier this month, asking the White House to grant feds the additional holiday, got just over 7,000 signatures, falling far short of the 100,000 needed just for the White House to respond.
The Defense Department says it’s funded at the minimum level it needs to handle threats around the world. However, defense experts say DoD isn’t spending its money in the right way. DoD report Scott Maucione tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the department is spending more and getting less. Read Scott’s related story.
Back in March, the Navy said it would test a new IT acquisition process called the innovation cell. Its purpose: to evaluate, buy and insert new commercial technologies onto its networks within the space of one year. It appears to have worked. The Navy made its first awards under the Innovation Cell framework yesterday. Victor Gavin is the Navy’s program executive officer for enterprise information systems, and Dan DelGrosso is the PEO-EIS technical director. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin, they talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about the awards, and what the Navy has learned from the process so far. Gavin speaks first.
You might have heard. Congress is tied up in knots debating the Syrian refugee questions and other things like cybersecuritry. With a fast-approaching deadline for funding the government, Dec. 11, to be exact, the question is whether Congress will finish its budget work on time. Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked CQ Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings if other matters were crowding out the crucial budget.
Federal executives talk a lot about the importance of human capital. The workforce, that is. But not enough of them engage in meaningful workforce planning. That’s according to former Homeland Security HR-chief Jeff Neal, now with IFC International. Neal told Federal Drive with Tom Temin that’s changing.
The Defense Department has told Congress that DoD’s health IT systems are interoperable with those of Veterans Affairs. Meanwhile, DoD is working to make sure the commercial health record system it just agreed to buy can marry up with the integrated systems DoD and VA have been building for the past several years. Chris Miller, DoD’s program executive officer for health care management, talked about that challenge on Federal Drive with Tom Temin with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu as part of the latest edition of On DoD.
As possibly the biggest buyer of fuel in the world, the Defense Department can ill-afford to make mistakes in forecasting prices. If it guesses wrong, it could face billions in unforeseen costs. But the Government Accountability Office found mistakes can happen. And this one was a doozy. Johana Ayers, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management issues, fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on all the details.
In Wednesday’s Federal Headlines, auditors from Williams, Adley & Company found bureaus at State are not required to tell the CIO about system threats and that IT managers are allowed to add and remove devices from the department’s network also without notifying its tech chief.
The former heads of the Internal Revenue Service have written to Congress, telling them that after five straight years of budget cuts, enough is enough.
The Pentagon in 2016 aims to get a least step closer to a clean financial audit. Well, maybe a baby steb. But an expensive one DoD reporter Jared Serbu tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read Jared’s related story.
U.S. law enforcement agencies are on high alert now after recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. New security threats mean sharing information among those agencies is more important than ever. But brass at the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service said they’ve got some tough barriers to overcome first. Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nomination as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration is a sign you’ve made a difference to federal management and good governance. One recent inductee is Robert Taub, the acting chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission. After 30 years of experience in public service, he tells Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin what it means to be a NAPA fellow.
NIST last summer launched what it calls reference data challenge. It was seeking a new app that could provide access at least one of six NIST data sets in a move toward open data. The challenge just concluded. Heather Evans is a challenge manager at NIST. She talked with Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the those results and what the agency has planned.
The contracting world is competitive, to say the last. Contractors can be tempted to overlook certain bid specs to get ahead of the competition. But details like security clearances and other personnel qualifications are crucial. It’s a big mistake to think the government isn’t paying attention. Two companies recently learned that lesson the hard way. Larry Allen is the president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that some services contractors need to be reminded of key basics.
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.
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