Six months in and the Trump administration — 12.5 percent through its term — still has many appointed positions unfilled. Mallory Barg Bulman is vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a scorecard to date and explained why this is critically important.
As part of next year’s Defense authorization bill, the House has voted to make one of the biggest organizational changes to the U.S. military in decades: removing space missions from the Air Force and giving them to a brand new military service: the U.S. Space Corps. The idea’s fate is uncertain. It’s strongly opposed by the Trump administration, and it’s not received a warm reception in the Senate.
It’s the most expensive military program ever – and the most durable. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has survived administration after administration. But because of uncertainty over how many the military will buy each year, it’s hard to predict the total cost. For analysis, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Chris Taylor, the CEO of the market research firm Govini.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Justice Department says three postal workers conspired to use USPS equipment to distribute large amounts of pot to the D.C. area.
Forces are building for fundamental reform. But the White House needs to lead more.
As its time grows shorter, Congress’ agenda seems to grow longer. Yet members appear ready to head off to their August recess soon, and the long-term absence of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) because of his cancer diagnosis changes the calculus. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Veterans Affairs Department managed to double its rate of processing claims for Gulf War Illness, completing more than 11,000 of them in a year. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story. Some denial letters were poorly written and claims staff often lacked training. Melissa Emrey-Arras, director of education, workforce and income security issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Post traumatic stress syndrome presents a continuous challenge to military doctors. No single treatment works for everyone or in every circumstance. Now the Army has launched a study to test a novel way of treating PTSD with an injection to the neck. Dr. Ron Hoover, senior scientist and PTSD research portfolio manager for the Army, provides details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Internal Revenue Service is trying out a pilot program to let taxpayers meet with IRS representatives through virtual conferences.
In a sense, it also take a village to take down a major Medicare fraud ring — 400 defendants, including 57 doctors, 162 nurses and 36 pharmacists.
All those wonderful apps that rely on global positioning don’t just happen. They depend on a fleet of satellites. That fleet is old, with lots of satellites on the verge of winking out. Kevin Brancato, director of government contracts at Bloomberg Government, updates Federal Drive with Tom Temin about on the status of fleet renewal.
Homomorphic Encryption Computing Techniques with Overhead Reduction (HECTOR) is important, and it’s something the intelligence community is seeking for very good reasons. Dr. Mark Heiligman, program manager for HECTOR at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, explains why it’s so important on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is set to introduce legislation this week, which would reshuffle the Homeland Security Department to create an agency focused on cybersecurity.
Sonny Bhagowalia, the Treasury Department’s chief information officer, has moved to the Bureau of Fiscal Service to work on cyber and IT projects. But some say he may be the first of many career CIOs who will be moved out of their positions in the coming months or year.
Former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub stepped down, questioning the way he handled his feud over conflict of interest issues with President Donald Trump. But others call him the conscience of the government for doing what’s right in fighting to maintain the public trust.