Sequestration has put the Defense Department into some disarray. It’s seeking the maximum authority for reprogramming funds. It’s trying to decide whether to furlough civilian employees, and if so for how long. And an unwelcome uptick in the tempo of the Afghanistan war may cause an $8 billion budget gap. Jacques Gansler is a former Pentagon procurement chief, and now a professor of public policy and private enterprise at the University of Maryland. He discusses what DoD’s options might be.
Dave Lewan vice president of sales for the public sector, west region ForeSee
Feds aren’t the only ones glued to their mobile devices. The American Customer Satisfaction Index, out today, finds more and more of the public is accessing agency websites from smart phones. Dave Lewan, ForeSee’s vice president of sales for the public sector – west region, says agencies can do a better job of reaching their consumers and each agency should devise its own strategy.
The kinetic work is finished in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Now comes the long, and in some ways equally difficult part: Ensuring justice is done. As details of the Justice Department’s strategy emerge, we wondered what the machinery is like inside to determine the legal approach. For some answers, we turn to Steve Ryan, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at McDermott, Will & Emory.
The government is searching for a place to put 65,000 tons of nuclear waste. A few years ago, it abandoned a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain, Nev. Now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Energy Department are exploring more options. One possibility is the creation of a temporary storage facility until a permanent solution is built. The two agencies held a joint meeting yesterday. Bloomberg Government reporter Brian Wingfield was there.
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.