The import-export process has a lot less red tape thanks to the work of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee. Brenda Smith oversaw development of an online portal to streamline it all. A finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals, Smith talked about her work with Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Walter Shaub made a lot of noise when he quit as director of the Office of Government Ethics. This came after a loud and long-running feud with the Trump administration. For analysis, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight.
The National Institutes of Health is revving up a program and giving it a new name. The Precision Medicine Initiative is now called the All of Us Research Program. It seeks health data from at least 1 million Americans to be combined and made available to researchers. Chris Lunt, new chief technology officer for the program, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a former officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration admits to taking part in a robbery disguised as a standard search.
The Office of Naval Research is trying not to make bets on certain technologies and is instead betting on its people.
The Homeland Security Department is sharing information and best practices not only on cybersecurity, but on cybersecurity training for a quarter million employees. Hemant Baidwan, director of governance and executive management at DHS, led the team resulting in the DHS Information Security Training Working Group. He tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how it works.
For federal contractors, trying to get a bead on future federal procurement policy is like peering into fog. The House Armed Services Committee has flip-flopped on a couple of issues. The Defense Department seems to disagree with the White House. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Slew of bills helping the Veterans Affairs Department shows how much Congress can get done within a limited scope.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Citizens Against Government Waste releases its 2017 Pig Book, highlighting what they see as wasteful spending by Congress.
Restoring veterans’ trust and mending gaps between the department’s headquarters and its employees in the field are top priorities for Tom Bowman, the president’s nominee to be the deputy VA secretary.
Federal hiring managers have a tough time these days. The public hears nothing but news of budget cuts, buyouts and reductions in force. Yet agencies across the board do have real and funded openings. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, shares some advice on recruiting with credibility on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are saddled with real estate they can’t get rid of. Agencies are adept at adding, but slow to eliminate the obsolete.
The Trump administration got off to a slow start in nominating people to important jobs. Now President Donald Trump is picking up the pace of nominations, only to have the Senate take its sweet time to confirm them. The lingering policy vacancies leave career employees wondering and now the holes are starting to worry contractors. Sam Skolnik, Bloomberg BNA senior reporter, offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
NASA and EPA share concerns for balancing cybersecurity and use of IoT, but how they approach those concerns depends on agency mission — and budget.
The Defense Department’s Silicon Valley-based Defense Innovation Unit Experimental needs more money and DoD is coming to the rescue.