The Defense Information Systems Agency says it’s committed to making its acquisition processes more agile. But that might mean accepting more risk. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, the agency plans to spend a year focusing on accelerating the way it delivers IT capabilities.
The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review is turning to new technology to deal with a growing notario problem. Notarios are people who represent immigrants before the court system but either aren’t lawyers or aren’t qualified to appeal the immigrant’s case. Juan Osuna is the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about why the new eRegistry system will make it harder for notarios to commit fraud.
The Veterans Affairs Department has cut its backlog of disability claims by nearly one-fifth over the last five months. That’s the good news. The bad news: about 780,000 claims are pending. Leaders say they want “all hands on deck.” The department is partnering with the American Bar Association and the Legal Services Corporation to move cases along. Volunteer lawyers will help veterans gather the evidence needed to support their claims. James Silkenat is president of the American Bar Association.
Sheryl Shenberger Director National Declassification Center
The National Archives is racing to declassify millions of old federal records by the end of this year. The division in charge, the National Declassification Center, has slogged through 80 percent of its giant backlog. It plans to highlight some of its finds in an exhibit this fall. Center Director Sheryl Shenberger joined Tom and Emily to talk about the documents and the process.
Ashley Broadway Director of Family Affairs Military Partners
The Defense Department will offer health care benefits to same-sex spouses of military members starting Sept. 3. That decision follows a recent Supreme Court ruling striking down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. But the Pentagon has dropped plans to provide benefits to unmarried gay couples. So is the Pentagon forcing those couples to get married? Ashley Broadway, director of family affairs at Military Partners, shared her take on the new policy.
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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.