It’s been nearly four months since Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced plans to restructure his department. Change has come quietly. Last week, President Barack Obama named two academics to help Moniz lead the department. Ben Geman writes the E2 blog for The Hill Newspaper.
Allison Hickey Undersecretary for Benefits Veterans Affairs
Shortly before Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department said it had slashed its backlog of disability claims by a third since March. Now, 93 percent of claims older than a year have been resolved. It’s finally some good news for a part of the department that has been repeatedly battered on Capitol Hill. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the Veterans Affairs Department.
Joe Klimavicz Chief Information Officer National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The government has an $80 billion annual tab for information technology. Much of it goes to operations and maintenance. Two administrations over more than a dozen years have pushed agencies to reduce those costs so there’s more money for new things. One strategy: using shared services. In our special report, A New Era in Technology, we get an update on the status of shared services from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chief Information Officer Joe Klimavicz. He also heads up the CIO Council’s shared services task force.
Today we’re kicking off a special series, A New Era in Technology. In preparation, Federal News Radio surveyed nearly 900 federal employees and contractors to find out what they really think of the IT they use each day. Web Editor Shefali Kapadia talked to Tom and Emily about the survey.
Vendors say there’s a new trend in federal technology shopping, and it’s sacrificing long-term benefits for short-term savings. They say agencies are increasingly using the concept of lowest-price, technically acceptable to buy complex products and services. As part of our special report, A New Era in Technology, Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller explores why agencies are moving to LPTA and how it’s changing the way they buy technology and services.
The Pentagon has fewer dollars to invest in technology, but it’s trying to make the best of a bad situation. As part of our special report this week, A New Era in Technology, Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports on how the Defense Department is trying to innovate around the idea of controlling cost in new military systems.
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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.