Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown: – Jeff Koch, associate partner at IBM and former portfolio manager in the E-Gov office at the Office of Management and Budget – Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio
The Thrift Savings Plan’s Roth option rolls out Monday. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has been preparing for the new program for two years now, but despite the big push today many federal employees will actually have to wait to enroll in the new program. One of the largest federal payroll processors needs more time to upgrade its systems in preparation for the Roth option.
The State Department has been without a Senate-confirmed inspector general for 1,576 days. Three other agencies – the departments of Interior and Labor and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – have been without a political audit leader for more than 1,000 days.
The solution to many of the problems with federal procurement comes down to communication between industry and government. So it’s to that end the Office of Federal Procurement Policy is taking a second turn at dispelling some of the most commonly held myths.
The Navy released its long-awaited request for proposals Wednesday for vendors to manage and modernize one of the largest computer networks in the world-second only to the Internet itself. The Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract, which the Navy values at up to $4.5 billion over five years, is intended to be the next evolution of the existing Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).
The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday expanding protections for federal whistleblowers. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which was authored and introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on the federal workforce, updates a 1989 law protecting government whistleblowers.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a firm rebuke Thursday after the House Armed Services Committee approved a defense authorization bill that revitalized several programs worth hundreds of millions of dollars that the Pentagon wants to cancel. Panetta warned lawmakers that tinkering with DoD’s budget plan is a recipe for stalemate with the Senate and will have negative consequences for national security. <