Peggy Rayfield — Chief of Transition Operations, Air Force
The Air Force is trying to do more to help servicemembers find success after the military. Beginning in November, its optional three-day transition program will expand to five days and become required training for all airmen. It’s for good reason: nearly half of all recent vets say they were not prepared to move on to civilian life, according to a Prudential survey.
Marilee Fitzgerald — Director, Department of Defense Education Activity
Students at Defense Department schools will head back to the classroom over the next few weeks. They may notice some changes, like healthier lunches and newer computers. But the biggest change can’t be seen. Teachers have gotten more training in how to deal with the high student turnover rate, unique to the schools on military bases.
John Mancini — President, Association for Information and Image Management
The Obama administration is making a new run at electronic record-keeping. In a new directive, it asks agencies to start working towards a 20-20 goal of totally online records. It gives agencies until November 15 to name a senior official to oversee e-record keeping. By 2016, agencies should be managing e-mail electronically.
Owen Unangst — Director of Enterprise Mobility Services, Unisys
Federal agencies are still parsing out the new bring-your-own-device strategy. It was rolled out by the Office of Management and Budget last week. Under BYOD, the government lets employees use their personal smart phones, tablets or computers to do government work. The BYOD policy leaves a lot up to agency discretion. Unangst recently left the Agriculture Department after a 34-year federal career to join Unisys.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 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.