Federal Drive

  • Chris Taylor: Where does the F-35 program go from here?

    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.

  • Matt Hummer: What’s in the 2017 federal spending scorecard

    It may look complicated to outsiders, but federal spending patterns aren’t that much different from other industries. Who are the big customers, what are they buying and who are they buying it from? Analyst Matt Hummer joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to highlight the latest version of Govini’s comprehensive federal market scorecard.

  • Paul Messina: Race to develop the first exascale computer

    The more super-computing capacity the world has, the more it seems to need. Now the Energy Department has awarded contracts to six companies as a push to develop the first exascale computer, a machine capable of performing a quintilian calculations per second. Program director Paul Messina joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the ins and outs of the project.

  • DoD seeks input on streamlining DFARS

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is targeting procurement rules in response to President Trump’s executive order to evaluate existing regulations and recommend their repeal, replacement or modification.

  • No health care reform can stop a determined fraudster

    Ethical people don’t need a code of ethics, while crooks and cheaters don’t care whether you have one.

  • Intelligence pro offers ideas for reducing insider threat

    Defense information pro Paul DeMennato offers advice about protecting informational systems against insider threats. He said it’s more than keeping up to date on patches and monitoring files for human anomalies, it’s about getting your staff to buy in to a culture of protecting against insider attacks.

  • Plain writing still a challenge for most government websites

    The results of the 2017 Visible Thread Clarity Index show most government websites scored below average on readable content. This is not good news for government agencies that depend on their websites to pass along important information to the general public.

  • Ira Entis: How federal agencies can take advantage of new products and services

    Industry never seems to stop coming out with new ways information technology can help improve commerce and customer service. Now some new research has uncovered ways federal agencies can more readily take advantage of these new products and services. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more, Ira Entis, director of strategic solutions and emerging technologies at Accenture Consulting.

  • Senators hope to help Veterans Affairs fill thousands of open positions

    In today’s Federal Newscast, two Senators introduce legislation to the Veterans Affairs Department address its 45,000 vacancies.

  • Larry Allen: Trump administration brings reorg to GSA

    It was almost exactly one year ago that the Obama administration decided the General Services Administration needed a dedicated organization for fostering innovative technologies in government, and moved to stand up the Technology Transformation Service. The new administration has other ideas, saying that in order to streamline GSA, the TTS needs to get folded back within the larger Federal Acquisition Service. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the latest reorganization.

  • Fergal McGovern: How are agencies upholding Plain Language Act?

    The Plain Language Act, enacted back in 2010, requires federal agencies to use understandable English. Nearly all agencies have established policies for using plain language. But what they actually put out can leave normal people, even lawyers, scratching their heads. Lots of passive voice, lots of long sentences. A company called VisibleThread has technology that can analyze text for clarity and consistency. It has published a clarity index of federal agencies, based on analysis of their websites. CEO Fergal McGovern joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights.

  • Trump proposal to merge anti-discrimination agencies falling flat

    Employers and labor are opposing President Trump’s plan to combine the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

  • Congress inches to modern tech

    One way Congress might improve is if it upgraded the way in which it communicates to the public. Congressional agencies like the Government Accountability Office and the Government Publishing Office have made tangible modernizing strides in recent years.

  • Wayne Belk: Dealing with cybersecurity vulnerabilities posed by insiders

    It was presidentially ordered after the Edward Snowden affair. It’s chaired by the director of national intelligence and the attorney general. But the National Insider Threat Task Force has information, training programs and policy guidance useful to all agencies dealing with cybersecurity vulnerabilities posed by insiders. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin discussed the task force and its work with co-director Wayne Belk.

  • Cristina Chaplain: Management challenges for the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems

    Evening news broadcasts showed it even before their nightly cavalcade of tornados. An interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base whacked a target missile in the exo-atmosphere. The test occurred on the same day the Government Accountability Office released a study showing management challenges for the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems, operated by the Missile Defense Agency. Including a number of tests the agency was not able to conduct. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more, Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO.