So you’ve got a Twitter handle. And you post messages, maybe some photos, on Facebook. Many agencies know how to get the word out on social media. But it’s not an one-way street. There are conversations to be had and data to collect. Justin Herman is social media program manager at the General Services Administration.
The numbers show immigration courts are climbing an uphill battle. The system has a backlog of 350,000 cases. The Executive Office for Immigration Review says roughly half of the 220 judges are eligible to retire. That’s on top of 32 current vacancies. Judge Dana Lee Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. She says stress and burnout come with the job.
Andy Monday Chief of Logistics in the Enabling Support Division U.S. Transportation Command
The Transportation Command is in the midst of an effort to change how it tracks shipments and identifies what’s in them. It’s switching to an international standard for its active radio frequency tags. TRANSCOM officials think it will save money and improve logistics. Andy Monday is chief of TRANSCOM’s Logistics Enabling Support Division.
Some people give blood, or money, to help disaster victims. Others get online. Digital volunteers are playing a bigger role in response and recovery efforts. That was clear in last year’s Typhoon in the Philippines. And it’s something that the U.S. Agency for International Development wants to see more of. Shadrock Roberts is principal geographic information systems analyst at USAID.
Agencies are spending tens of millions of dollars less on travel and conferences today after repeated scandals came to light in 2012. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers want to make sure agencies stay frugal, without missing important opportunities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller has more from a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.
Federal agencies are wrestling with the challenge of turning their vast storehouses of data into information that can drive decisions. One Defense Information Systems Agency official says he’s making progress. DISA is in the early stages of a cloud-based, big data analytics platform called Acropolis. The new tool is already absorbing data from systems across the department. Bill Keely is the deputy chief technology officer for mission assurance at DISA. He tells Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about Acropolis.
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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.