This week, the Senate confirmed a new deputy secretary of Defense, four more prospective DoD officials underwent their confirmation hearings, and the White House settled on candidates for two more Pentagon political appointees. But 30 of the department’s political jobs still have no nominees.
The new commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service endorses a controversial House proposal that would enlist online commercial marketplaces like Amazon to let the government buy commercial goods.
The top two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are floating a proposal that would finally allow another round of military base closures several years from now. Here’s how it would work.
Steve Battista, group lead at MITRE, joins host John Gilroy on this week’s Federal Tech Talk to discuss cybersecurity and a new set of services that allows for the sharing of information on cyber threats. July 18, 2017
In today’s Federal Newscast, Susan Shinkman, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Enforcement, says she will be retiring by the end of the summer.
The Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives is the service’s central hub for managing the financing and planning for “utility scale” renewable and alternative energy projects. Michael McGhee, OEI’s executive director, talks with Jared Serbu about some of the major projects in the pipeline, and the Army’s desire to use the power they generate to make its bases energy-independent.
The Army believes the future of ground combat will be markedly more austere than what troops became used to in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is rethinking its logistics enterprise for combat formations that will need to be more self-sufficient.
The Defense Department has started testing one potential technology to replace the Common Access Card. This one purports to identify users by the ways in which they manipulate their mouse and type on their keyboards.
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act cuts funding for several software programs the panel sees as underperforming, and implements what congressional officials say are corrective measures to DoD’s IT buying habits.
House and Senate committees are looking to permanently fix a program for military widows by hiking prescription fees for TRICARE beneficiaries.
Jason Workmaster, counsel at Covington and Burling LLP, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the implementation of the Transactional Data Reporting rule. July 4, 2017
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 Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to carve out the Air Force’s current space missions and turn them over to a new U.S. Space Corps. But several members objected, saying the full committee has never even held a hearing on the issue.
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.
Insider Threat programs across all agencies must develop alongside technology, the GAO reports. However, the Department of Defense is making significant progress.