In Defense terms, operating military bands doesn’t take a major outlay of money or personnel. But they can be a visible sign of both military pride and waste.
GAO’s Greg Wilshusen joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss a recent GAO progress report on how OPM is working through its cybersecurity challenges
In today’s Federal Newscast, a new Government Accountability Office report attempted to see if the 136 military bands are completing their objectives.
In today’s Federal Newscast, after firing the director of the Veterans Affairs Department’s D.C. Medical Center, the agency is forced to reinstate him while the case is being reviewed.
The Defense Department invests billions of dollars every year in innovative technology, but the way it manages investments often runs counter to innovation.
According to the Government Accountability Office, the savings strategies the Defense Department has briefed to Congress aren’t detailed enough to come up with a meaningful evaluation.
GSA’s Dan Mathews pledged during his Aug. 3 swearing in ceremony to meet federal real estate needs with taxpayers’ best interests in mind.
The $1.6 billion project was cancelled in mid-July, but officials say they are committed to coming up with a plan for FBI’s headquarters by the end of 2017.
FEMA has a limited view into the allegations of misconduct that come from the agency’s employees, because it lacks both the case management system and the written disciplinary policies to address misconduct from its cohort of temporary workers.
Besides searching people bodily, the Transportation Security Administration watches travelers in airports, looking for suspicious behaviors. But TSA has little evidence the behaviors mean anything at all, according to the Government Accountability Office. Jenny Grover, director of homeland security and justice issues at the GAO, provides the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Logistics Agency says it has addressed several of the weaknesses that allowed undercover GAO investigators to obtain “controlled” military equipment by posing as a fake federal law enforcement agency. But some members of Congress say the steps aren’t enough, and want the program suspended.
Former Census Bureau Director John Thompson says he still believes the 2020 count will be more efficient and cost effective than previous ones, but he urged Congress to fully fund the agency’s request in 2019.
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.
AT&T and FirstNet say they are working to secure traffic on the first responder network, and are building a fleet of cell tower trucks ready for deployment.
Chris Lu, former deputy secretary for Labor, says the department also had its search for new headquarters canceled. And Dan Tangherlini, former General Services Administration administrator, said a discussion about federal capital investments needs to be had.