Federal contractors can be forgiven if they’re a little unsure of what to do over the next year. Between President Trump’s tweets about major defense contractors and uncertainty over future General Services Administration policy, conditions are bit dicey at the moment. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, Alma Cole, former director of the Homeland Security Department’s Cyber Operations Center returns to the agency as Customs and Borders Protection’s new Chief Information Security Officer
Through asset forfeiture and other means, the Justice Department generates billions of dollars to assist state law enforcement agencies on the war against drugs. Kelly McFadden, director of the financial statement and audit office for the Justice inspector general, explained on Federal Drive with Tom Temin how that money is accounted for.
The armed services’ financial accounting does not have the best reputation when it comes to the accuracy required for clean opinions from auditors. Because of this, they remain on the high-risk list maintained by the Government Accountability Office. Asif Khan, director of financial management and assurance issues at GAO, explained more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, two democratic congressman publish a resource guide to show federal employees how to safely speak out against potential or real wrongdoings.
Many federal employees will discover in this year’s tax season that even if they received a pay raise, they will not keep all of it. Tammy Flanagan, a federal benefits expert from the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the effects of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) on tax refunds.
The executive order on regulations roll-back issued by the Trump administration promotes fewer regulations and less growth in the cost of regulations to industry. That puts regulatory agencies on what’s known as a regulatory budget. William Beach, vice president for policy research at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center explained the issue in more detail on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Army is required to provide Intel and weather information to soldiers in the field. The military branch opted to solicit for a development contract instead of diving into commercial software to complete the task. What happened next might be surprising, and Joe Petrillo, a procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide some context.
The GAO High-Risk List indicates management weaknesses, but refrains from ascribing evil motives or impugning people’s integrity.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, after a one week deployment, Defense Department leaders say they are receiving positive feedback on its new electronic health record system.
The hiring freeze gives federal agencies room to be more strategic about their workforce and hiring practices. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss maintaining and building relationships with colleges and universities for future hiring purposes.
The Transportation Department isn’t as under the microscope as other federal agencies, but new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will still have a significant agenda. Katie Thomson, a partner at Morrison Foerster and former general counsel to DoT and its biggest component, the FAA joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review it.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Government Accountability office adds three new areas to its high risk list and removes one.
Created in 1942 to help with efforts against Japan during WWII, the Navy Construction Batallion, or Seabees, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2017. Navy Capt. Cheryl Hansen, commanding officer of the Seabees in Gulfport, Miss., joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss its history and give a look ahead.
FBI Chief Information Officer Gordon Bitko said there’s nothing wrong with technology-driven innovations that help employees perform their missions. The problem is the lack of coordination from on high.