The Trump administration has ordered up a reorganization that’s got both opportunities and dangers. Dave Wennergren, chief operating officer of the Professional Services Council and former federal executive, discusses some of the options on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The numbers that the Census Bureau comes up with do more than tally up the population, they also affect where billions in federal dollars go each year. Phil Sparks, co-director of The Census Project, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the bureau may be underfunded.
Nobody seems to be paying attention to the bigger picture of where federal finances are headed.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducted a controlled study that shows video surveillance systems still need a lot of work. NIST computer scientist Patrick Grother shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Army Reserve has taken on a much more important strategic role in the last couple of decades. Now about 200,000 strong, it’s about to celebrate another birthday. Participating in those celebrations will be Army Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller. He’s also the Army’s non-commissioned officer of the year and he joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Navy launching a task force to improve its chops in ocean science. Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, the Navy’s chief oceanographer and commander of the Naval Meteorological and Oceanography Command, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Civilian agencies have been struggling with the same challenges in developing strategies for insider threats for years now. They say those challenges are unique to them not to the Defense Department and intelligence community that have the insider threat mindset built into their culture. But the IC and DoD say not so. Federal News Radio Reporter Nicole Ogrysko tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the two agencies have struggled with the same issues.
Cloud migration trending up for federal agencies
Now that the Office of Management and Budget has put flesh on the bones of the Trump administration’s plans for government reform, the obvious question comes up. Can in fact the government run efficiently with fewer people? Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Management Program at American University, asks Federal Drive with Tom Temin, if that’s true, where’s the evidence?
Governance, risk and compliance. Sounds like the dry stuff of corporate and agency process. But in fact it’s a crucial set of activities that lead to better financial management and program accountability. Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Dan Zitting, chief product officer for ACL and a former auditor with Ernst and Young, about the trends in public sector GRC.
President Trump issued an executive order for federal agencies to review their policies and procedures for buying American. He suspect loopholes in buy-American laws are too often used when the government buys. Agencies are to forward their legal and procedural reviews to Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross, who will in turn deliver a draft set of recommendations by the end of the year.
OGE has a longstanding policy about the “gift” of free attendance, which often comes with a nice breakfast or lunch and tchotchkes off vendor tables.
If the government workforce shrinks, as President Donald Trump says he thinks it should, then agencies need to make sure the people they do have are top notch. Tim McManus, chief operating officer of the Partnership for Public Service, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how agencies can improve their recruiting game.
President Donald Trump is on a mission to rebuild the U.S. military. But naturally some ask if that’s where the U.S. really needs to spend its money? There may be threats abroad, but there are plenty at home too. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione talks with Catherine Lutz, international studies and anthropology professor at Brown University, about the impacts of the increasing military spending on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
To meet the cybersecurity challenge, agency IT executives are pushing ahead with programs to update and modernize their underlying systems. They’re also working to automate many of the cybersecurity processes to network staff can concentrate on the threats. Todd Simpson, the chief information officer of the Food and Drug Administration, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.