After five months as the Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner, Tom Sharpe has a pretty good idea of how he’d like to transform FAS. The biggest change that Sharpe is advocating for is to make FAS the main source of contracting for everything from technology to automobiles to janitorial services. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with details and reaction to the Federal Acquisition Service’s plans.
The Defense Department is now working on a detailed contingency plan that takes the automatic budget cuts into account. This is several months after submitting a 2014 budget plan that assumed sequestration would be undone by Congress. Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu joins the Federal Drive with more details.
So you’re furloughed, and you think it’s just not right. If you want to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board, you’ll have to get in line. The agency that handles federal employees’ personnel claims says 2,100 furlough appeals have come in so far. Another 1,000 or so are in the pipeline. Susan Tsui Grundmann, the chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, tells the Federal Drive MSPB employees are working overtime to process the claims.
Normally when you think of saving animals, you think of veterinarians. But this guest shows that it’s more than that. Michelle Colby, a veterinarian and branch chief at the Homeland Security Department, is responsible for shepherding a new vaccine that protects animals from foot-and-mouth disease through licensure. For her work, Colby has been nominated for a Service to America Medal.
The Army Depot in Tobyhanna Pennsylvania is the frontlines of a battle over federal pay. White-collar employees paid under the general schedule get a cost-of-living bonus for living near New York City. But their blue-collar colleagues on the federal wage system do not. Their pay is based on the cost of living in Scranton, Penn. To shed light on the disparities, the Federal Drive turns to Rex Facer, a public finance and management professor at Brigham Young University as well as a a member of the Federal Salary Council.
Ed Zurndorfer Registered employee benefits consultant
A few bad actors in the loan industry target members of the military and their families. In the 2013 Defense Authorization Act, Congress ordered the Pentagon to find ways of protecting military families from predatory loan practices. Many of these loans come through so-called affinity marketing programs. Registered employee benefits consultant Ed Zurndorfer joins the Federal Drive with advice for identifying and avoiding bad loan deals.
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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.