President Obama unveils his 2015 budget request today. For the first time in recent memory, Congress completed its topline version of an upcoming budget on time. Still, the process is far from fixed.
We explore this topic in our special series, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process. Dan Chenok is executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. He was a long-time staff member of the Office of Management and Budget. Chenok says the budget process can work well for long-term, predictable programs.
It’s time for Congress to start making tough budget, spending and tax choices. Otherwise, says David Walker, the nation’s structural debts will keep spinning out of control. Walker is former U.S. comptroller general. Now he’s chairman of the Government Transformation Initiative.
Can we guard our privacy in a big data world? President Barack Obama has told his advisers to review government and commercial practices on data collection. The White House and MIT held a conference yesterday in Cambridge. It looked at some of the ethical problems of data mining. The Hill’s Julian Hattem writes about technology.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 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.