Congress gives itself only three more days to reach a budget deal to fund your agency through fiscal 2014. Some of the ideas already on the table could have a lasting impact on the overall federal workforce.
Colleen Kelley President National Treasury Employees Union
Leaders from the House and Senate have a deal on the National Defense Authorization Act. The act would fund national defense at about $632 billion. Gordon Adams, a former OMB defense budget official and now at American University and the Stimson Center, says the numbers in the NDAA and the potential budget deal Congress is working on aren’t anywhere close to being in sync.
Jessica Klement Legislative Director National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Your agency has a new deadline for opening access to its enterprise data inventory to the public. The residual impacts of the shutdown are causing some of the delays and, so far, progress is a mixed bag of results for the White House’s open government initiative.
Roger Waldron President Coalition for Government Procurement
The General Services Administration wants to revamp its strategic sourcing plan for your agency’s office supplies. A draft solicitation for Office Supplies Three is already out, but some contactors are raising eyebrows about its impact on long-term federal acquisition strategies. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement.
A compromise is in hand on the National Defense Authorization Act. Staffers are still working to turn that compromise into actual legislative language, but it’s already clear that the deal will reject several of the Defense Department’s more controversial suggestions for saving money.
The Intelligence Community is making access to its community sharing platform, called Intelink U, easier and more secure for partners in the Federal government. Non-intelligence community or non-Defense Department agencies can use their smart identity cards under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 to log onto the network. Mike Kennedy is the executive for assured interoperability for the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment. He tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how Intelink-U’s acceptance of HSPD-12 cards marks another step toward creating a secure information sharing environment.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 8-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.