Earlier this week, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner notified the president and Congress that the Department of Transportation had not acted promptly or sufficiently to complaints made by FAA whistleblowers.
The Veterans Affairs Department will award a $5 billion IT hardware contract in the next two months. GSA will release a request for information for cybersecurity tools in the coming days. Both are examples of a healthy and busy fourth quarter for acquisition.
The Federal Aviation Administration is slated to lose $1 billion from its budget if Congress does not act to prevent sequestration, according to a study released by the Aerospace Industries Association. But the cuts would ripple throughout the nation’s economy. About 100,000 jobs throughout the economy would be lost.
Greg Winfree, the assistant secretary for research and technology at the Transportation Department, said government-funded research into vehicle-to-vehicle infrastructure communication technologies could help reduce the 32,000 roadway fatalities that happen annually. April 24, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration will not meet its deadline for safely integrating all drones in the U.S. An inspector general report finds that the FAA has failed to establish a regulatory framework for training and certification of drone pilots. Cal Scovel is the inspector general for the Transportation Department, and Matt Hampton is the assistant inspector general for aviation. Scovel explained the Congressional mandate that FAA has to meet when he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.
The spotlight is on the gederal government’s Inspector General community. Coverage in the news media isn’t common for IGs in government, nor is a chance to learn more about how they do their jobs. Brian Miller is former IG at the General Services Administration and Calvin Scovel is the Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Cal described the overall mission and work done by his office on In Depth with Francis Rose.
The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it’s necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.
A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department needs to close a gap in interagency communications to reduce the risk of foreign observation of its testing facilities.
With the challenges that chief information officers face today, it is worth asking whether becoming a CIO is worth the work and jeopardy it seems to entail, says former FAA IT leader Bob Woods in a new commentary.
Agencies are slowly realizing the benefits of cloud computing don’t rest in real dollar savings. Agencies like the Transportation Department should expect the move to cloud services to provide mission-focused value instead. Maria Roat, DOT’s chief technology officer, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how agencies are changing their expectations of cloud computing.