Late last month, amid all the uncertainty over sequestration, the Pentagon went on a spending spree. It awarded billions of dollars to top-contractors to keep major projects going and even start some new ones.
Jim Treat chief of American Community Survey office U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau has been a technology innovator when it comes to surveying and counting the public for a century. Now the agency that pioneered the punch card is taking a Web-first approach to its signature American Community Survey.
Federal contracts and agencies have long been in a tug of war over insourcing and outsourcing. One agency, the Air Force, canceled a services contract because it decided to take the work in-house. Dellew Corporation sued. It didn’t win, but neither did the Air Force.
The Senate confirmed Michael Huerta as the new administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration in a unanimous vote on Tuesday. Unions and trade groups hailed the move. And it’s good that Huerta has garnered so much good will, because he’ll have a lot to do at FAA. The effort to modernize air traffic control has been a turbulent one. The push to get stakeholders on the same page and to get operators invested without instant gratification has also been challenging.
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.