The senior executive service faces an unprecedented time where criticism is rampant, the environment is fast-paced and the retirement bubble teeters on popping.
The Defense Department hopes the next administration will create more flexible training models for reservists in order to retain those in aviation and cyber realms.
Federal IT experts say it’s unclear what a Trump administration will focus on when it comes to technology policies and programs.
Experts in the federal community say President-elect Donald Trump’s business acumen will likely factor into the future of the federal workforce during the next administration. Trump will likely play closer attention to measures that would hold poor-performers accountable. Though they may not agree on all the issues, some federal unions say they hope they can find common ground on proposals that would advance federal hiring reforms.
DoD would focus on sustainment costs if is has a chance to release another version of Better Buying Power.
Health care IT experts and members of the communication sector say 5G, the next generation of wireless, can improve the medical field for patients and providers.
Hillary Clinton’s technology and innovation initiative pledges a more modern and open digital government. The policy plan also supports the creation of more STEM jobs and increased internet access.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) will offer an amendment to stop cuts to the Army and increase the defense budget when the NDAA goes to the floor next week.
One of the best investments a department or agency can make is a good, well-staffed inspector general office. But too often, political appointees get in the way of IG investigations. That’s according to a study coming out of the Brookings Institution. John Hudak, senior fellow in governance studies at Brookings and a co-author of the study along with senior research assistant Grace Wallach. They talked about their work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Rep. Mac Thornberry’s (R-Texas) next round of Defense reform focuses on open architectures, cutting duplicate oversight
Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said DoD must accept more risk in its funding of new technologies. Topics of interest include big data and energy production and storage.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, said he’s working on reforms to the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. The goal is to draft legislation by 2017, which he hopes a new president would sign into law.
A group of former and current federal executives advise against making the mobility provisions in the executive order to reform the Senior Executive Service too narrow.
Conference negotiators on the 2016 Defense Authorization Act will convene shortly as Congress comes back from its summer recess. The Defense Department is reviewing the results of base realignment and closure in Europe as it continues to make the case again for another round of BRAC stateside. Michael O’Hanlon, co-director and senior Fellow for Foreign Policy of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, wrote about BRAC in the National Interest magazine. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose he’s not sure prospects for a round of BRAC are much different now than they have been the past few years.
Congress returns after its August recess needing to complete 12 spending bills, deal with a looming fiscal deadline, and focus on cybersecurity and DoD issues.