Two million hacked credentials is the latest example of information exfiltration from networks their owners thought were secure. Those organizations were not amateurs, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and others. The threat landscape is changing and your agency’s response must change to keep yourself off that list of compromised organizations. Charles Croom is vice president of Cybersecurity Solutions at Lockheed Martin, former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and my guest for Industry Chatter today.
Tom Temin Co-host, Federal Drive Federal News Radio
A rewrite of acquisition policy is supposed to streamline the acquisition process. That rewrite was one of Ashton Carter’s last acts as Deputy Secretary of Defense this week. The new rule stresses accountability throughout all levels of the command chain, and introduces new key decision points. Rob Burton is a federal procurement attorney at Venable LLP.
Tim McManus Vice President Partnership for Public Service
Thousands of your colleagues could leave your agency today. They’re eligible to retire. They just haven’t done it yet. Pay freezes and the shutdown are hitting your agency’s chance to bring in new employees not just keep the ones you have.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is making headway in the backlog of disability claims. The agency’s claims transformation initiative is designed to improve the speed and accuracy of its disability claims process and VA figures show the changes have helped reduce the claims backlog. But outside audits say VA is still struggling to get its most complex cases handled correctly.
Federal employee unions are turning up the heat on congressional negotiators to eliminate cuts to your retirement contributions as part of the compromise. Once again, the American Federation of Government Employees and National Treasury Employees Union are saying enough is enough with the attempts to find savings on the backs of federal employees. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller provides the details on the unions’ concerns and the potential impact on your retirement benefits.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC 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.