Getting the message out. That’s the challenge most government websites face each day. Often, though, meeting that challenge is easier said than done. Rob Roberts is the director of digital strategies at the Department of Energy. He oversees the agency’s flagship website, Energy.gov. A veteran online journalist, Roberts is familiar with the challenges facing government websites.
The new Congressional Watchdog Caucus promises it will conduct government oversight, ensure federal programs are run properly and that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely. But wait! Isn’t that what the House and Senate Oversight Committees already do?
The National Zoo just opened a $56 million community center for elephants with hopes of expanding the herd. Director Dennis Kelly says it’s the type of place his profession dreams about. The design is LEED-Gold certified with environmentally friendly features.
Bruce Moyer counsel for government relations Federal Bar Association
Sequestration is threatening to throw the federal courts into turmoil. They say: justice delayed is justice denied. Now, furloughs and even layoffs of key players could delay proceedings. Under the worst-case scenario, it could leave the court system open to endless lawsuits from defendants on constitutional grounds.
Cameron Leuthy senior budget analyst Boomberg Government
The spending bill Congress passed last week is giving some agencies pause as they reconsider sequestration plans. The Pentagon has delayed furlough notices for two weeks. The Justice Department has canceled furloughs of federal corrections guards. We now dig into more details with Bloomberg Government’s Cameron Leuthy.
Prof. Michael Schmitt chairman, International Law Department U.S. Naval War College
A new handbook lays out the rules of cyber war. It takes the Geneva Conventions and other rules for battlefield behavior and applies them to cyberspace. A professor at the Naval War College, Michael Schmitt edited the manual. He says the Internet is not the Wild, Wild West. International law applies to cyber weapons, just like any others.
David Maurer director of homeland security and Justice Issues GAO
The Department of Homeland Security has spent all of its life on the high-risk list and it’s no different this year. What has changed is the name the Government Accountability Office has given to the risk — from “implementing and transforming DHS” to “strengthening DHS.”
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC 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.