The Commerce Department’s leadership chart looks like Swiss cheese. Leaders have left some of its biggest agencies. There’s no chief financial officer either and Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank is leaving too. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) chairs the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee, which oversees Commerce’s budget. After a recent hearing on the department’s budget and possible furloughs, Wolf sent Blank a letter urging her to prompt the White House to nominate candidates. At the bottom, Wolf wrote in capital letters: “This is important.”
Jennifer Martinez cybersecurity reporter The Hill newspaper
The House plans to vote today on a bill to help companies defend against cyber attacks. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act or CISPA would encourage them to share cyber-threat data with the federal government and each other. It’s bipartisan and has support from major tech industry players. But President Barack Obama yesterday threatened to veto it.
Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard commander Fort Bliss, Texas.
It’s all systems go on the largest renewable energy project in the Defense Department’s history. The Army Corps of Engineers has given the go-ahead to build a solar farm at Fort Bliss, Texas. When it’s completed in two years, the 20-megawatt farm will power all of the division headquarters and then some.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers yesterday the Pentagon is way behind when it comes to developing an electronic health records system that works with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ system. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbureports, Hagel has ordered the defense department to rethink its approach.
It’s been more than two years since Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Plain Language Writing Act. It may be easier these days to understand federal documents. Agencies are doing a better job of writing in a way that the rest of us can understand. But could they do better? Robert Agnello, deputy chief in the Web and creative services division of the Defense Department’s TRICARE Management Activity, shares some tips with Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller.
Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin attended the CGP’s 2013 Spring Conference, interviewing multiple government acquisition professionals in attendance. Listen to their interviews here.
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.