Agency leaders are reviewing tens of thousands of comments from their employees and the public on ways to make government more effective and efficient. In speaking with their workforces about their ideas, most leaders say the focus has generally been on how the agency can better deliver the mission and services to the public, not on forthcoming personnel cuts.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) blasted a recent opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which urges executive branches to respond only to inquires from congressional committee chairman. Some Cabinet-level secretaries have said they would not abide by the OLC policy.
After facing death threats and decades of institutional corruption, Jon Smibert has worked steadily on behalf of the Justice Department to help revise the laws and judicial practices of the former communist Albania. Smibert, a finalist in the 2017 Service to America Medals program in the national security and international affairs category, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his work.
The Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Counterterrorism Center are two federal components balancing opportunities and limitations on big data.
The National FOIA Portal will offer a one-stop-shop for people requesting information from any of the federal agencies, and will also serve as a guide for pointing requesters toward information that is already public — thus eliminating extra work for FOIA offices.
Agencies were scored for how easy it is to find and use email records, established email policies, and employee training. Agencies were also scored on whether there is a low, medium or high risk of not managing email effectively.
The Supreme Court ruling doesn’t necessarily invalidate all the actions and decisions made by Beth Cobert and other leaders to whom this applies. It does, however, open them up to challenges.
Federal Freedom of Information Act offices saw a record number of information requests in fiscal 2016, an accomplishment that highlights the need to be able to efficiently and effectively serve stakeholder and citizens.
The Trump administration’s plan to reduce non-defense discretionary spending by 10 percent means civilian agencies will need to look at programs and personnel, not just for this year, but for the long-term. Some fiscal observers says it’s time to consider budget process reform.
One of the missions for the U.S. Marshals Service is called the Interdiction for the Protection of Children. The program deals with human trafficking and child sex offenders. Dr. Michael Bourke, chief psychologist of the U.S. Marshals spoke about the program with Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Several revisions to the Freedom of Information Act were passed in June 2016 that may have been shadowed by the election season. Melanie Pustay, director of the information policy office at the Justice Department, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin what those changes mean for FOIA officers and anyone working with federal records.
Through asset forfeiture and other means, the Justice Department generates billions of dollars to assist state law enforcement agencies on the war against drugs. Kelly McFadden, director of the financial statement and audit office for the Justice inspector general, explained on Federal Drive with Tom Temin how that money is accounted for.
Battling on both the judicial and immigration fronts, the Trump administration over the past week faced a legal setback to its action on immigration from seven countries. The issue was before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, likely en route to the Supreme Court.
Joe Klimavicz, Justice Department chief information officer, is moving DoJ to a Microsoft 365 cloud-based solution to ensure its various components can communicate effectively.
Members of the inspectors general community say they are worried about the federal hiring freeze and what it could mean for OIGs efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse.