Who is actually responsible for that cyber attack that hit your organization? Often it comes down to guess work. Few people have much faith in the accuracy of the attribution. So what to do? John Davis II, senior information scientist at the Rand Corporation and co-director for scalable computing and analysis, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with recommendations.
The wrong parasite in your gut can do more harm than you might realize — like cause metal retardation, blindness and death. One of the worst is called toxoplasma gondii and we now know how the parasite gets transmitted. Jitinder Dubey, a microbiologist at the Agriculture Research Service and a finalist in the 2017 Service to America Medals program, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his research on the topic.
Army medical personnel have begun intensive training with doctors from Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. The goal: To improve Army medical skills and boost readiness. It’s called the Strategic Medical Asset Readiness Training program, or SMART. Doctor Ihor Sawczuk, president of the center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the details.
The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee stayed quiet on federal pay in its 2018 bill. Without action from Congress, federal civilian employees would receive a 1.9 percent raise next fiscal year. The appropriations bill also includes significant spending cuts to key priorities at the General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management.
The House defense authorization bill brought up some important issues for those in the military and their loved ones. Find out what could affect you in the coming year.
Air Force brass say they want more planes and pilots. Congress proposed developing a new U.S. Space Corps. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said she’s interested in the idea because it would add complexity and cost. What exactly did the House propose and who’s behind it? Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the answer.
Friday is D-Day, as in Decimation Day, when federal agencies are supposed to unveil and reveal their downsizing plans, which will mean buyouts, early outs and layoffs for some.
Both Henry Kerner, the president’s pick to be the U.S. Special Counsel at the Office of Special Counsel, and Claire Grady, the nominee to be the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, say they both share similar workforce priorities.
Sean Osborne, vice president of product management for Acendre, offers four ways agencies can boost efficiencies, eliminate duplicative and non-essential functions and improve information-sharing.
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.
Some Republicans are joining about 100 House Democrats in voicing their opposition to the president’s proposed changes to federal retirement.
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.
The Veterans Affairs Department faces many challenges with its decision to abandon the Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) and adopt a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record. But with a high dollar amount and big stakes comes as even larger culture change, federal IT experts said.