Although cybersecurity has received much attention lately, cyber is not the only threat to infrastructure, commerce and public safety. The 9/11 attacks accelerated the development and refinement of federal responses to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats. They’re collectively known as CBRNE.
In a couple of months, managers across government will know how their agencies fared in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. In the meantime, the Partnership for Public Service had released some advice on getting ready for and making good use of the results. Mallory Barg Bulman, director of research and evaluation at the Partnership, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some advice to agencies.
The Homeland Security Department’s E-Verify program is supposed to keep illegal aliens from taking jobs in the United States. But the identification system still has many flaws and that fact alone has cost a half million legal workers their jobs. David Bier, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the major implications of the floundering system.
The Republic will continue to function if the MSPB lacks board members. But what about fairness and accountability?
The Senate is in a large debate over its health care insurance bill unveiled Friday, June 23. It’s an important debate, according to David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the upcoming week on the Hill and the likelihood the bill will pass as quickly as majority leader Mitch McConnell wants.
Since 2010, the Improper Payment Elimination Reporting Act has required inspectors general to tell whether their agencies are doing what they’re supposed to in order to reduce debt by error. But the Government Accountability Office has found a few flaws in the IG reports. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates once said that for too many Americans, military service is something for others to do — but a trend has been building ever since institution of the all-volunteer force. Enlistees come from a shrinking number of locations, and more and more come from families from which someone else has served. James Winnefeld, a Navy Admiral and former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss problems this may cause and some possible solutions.
The General Services Administration has a lot of vacancies in its acquisition pantheon. And there’s no administrator yet – or even an appointment. In a situation like this, contractors need a strategy. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give some tips.
Federal agencies trying to fend of the cybersecurity threat are about as not always effective, as breaches and losses are common. In fact, according to research by Thales E-Security and 451 Research, one third of agencies experienced a data breach just in the last year. Wayne Lewandowski, vice president of federal at Thales, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the numbers.
Industry and academia alike regularly come up with new applications for radio technology, and they often need an experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission. Now the FCC has launched a new and simplified way for filing applications for new experiments. Julie Knapp, chief engineer of the FCC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the process in detail.
The idea of an Amazon-like market is the latest iteration of a durable idea, namely getting the government to buy commercial items in a commercial way.
Imagine cheating taxpayers out of millions and millions of dollars, and at the same time, deliberately misdiagnosing hundreds of patients just for the purpose of stealing. Unfortunately such people are out there. But there’s one less now, thanks to the efforts of Bryan Drake. Drake is a special agent on the FBI Doctor Fata investigative team and a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his process.
The federal government may be a step behind industry when it comes to IT, but it’s always the same step. It stays in the race, never quite catching up.
Working in the federal government means leadership comes and goes at least every four years. Unlike the private sector, most federal employees have constitutional protection for their jobs. And what they do is ultimately governed by that document. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, joined Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about this.
Sometimes large and highly publicized procurements go so far off the rails the agency has no choice but to cancel them. That’s what happened when Homeland Security’s acquisition shop tried to make a multiple award deal for agile development. After two rounds of protests, the agency gave up. Joseph Petrillo, procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more on the perceived irregularities.