Monday’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard is a scenario that has left many feds asking themselves, what would I do in a situation like that? What are the tools and protocols for federal managers who find themselves caught in an emergency situation? Charlie Allen is former undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Homeland Security Department and a principal at the Chertoff Group.
Incidents like yesterday’s shootings at the Navy Yard raise questions about the physical security of federal buildings. The Government Accountability Office has a long history of studies showing weaknesses in this key safety measure. What might we learn from yesterday? Caroline Hamilton is the founder of Risk & Security. She’s done extensive analysis on risk management with federal agencies. She talks about what went right and wrong at Naval Sea Systems Command.
Social Security is the latest example: $1.7 billion in improper disability payments to people with jobs. Waste fraud and abuse takes many forms. Sometimes its improper use of government credit cards. Explaining some best practices to ending credit card fraud is Ray Kalustyan, senior vice president for government services at FISERV.
Two Congressmen want the Pentagon to reconsider proposed cuts to personnel at HQ. The chairman and the ranking member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee recently wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. In the letter, they ask him to exhaust all other options for savings before considering a reduction in workforce. Carlo Munoz, staff writer for The Hill Newspaper, talks about the implications of this letter.
John Palguta Vice President for Policy Partnership for Public Service
Pay freezes, furloughs, and sequestration have affected the happiness of federal employees. But how effective are the agencies where they work? The Partnership for Public Service conducted a survey of agencies that are considered the best places to work in the last 10 years. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, and he tells about the six agencies that improved the most.
It might be tempting to cut or delay a big contract to save money under sequestration. But is it legal? A recent Government Accountability Office decision might answer that question. Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo takes a look at the case of the IRS and Vinculum Solutions.
The postal service has once again offered some employees and early buyout. Take a cash payment, say $25,000 dollars, and then retire early. Buyouts can be tempting. But certified employee benefits consultant Ed Zurndorfer gives federal employees who might be tempted into accepting an early buyout something to think about.
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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.