NSA, State and nearly every other agency are developing “fixes” to protect unauthorized employees from taking data. Experts say employees need to understand why the rules are in place and how they benefit both the organization and worker. OMB says one way to improve the situation is by reducing the number of federal employees with security clearances-an initiative that already is underway.
The Navy has developed an unmanned helicopter that brings a new meaning to special delivery. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo System makes it easier for helicopters to fly in supplies to Marines in the field. It’s all coordinated through swipes and taps on a tablet. Max Snell, program manager for AACUS, joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to explain what makes the system unique.
Trust but verify. President Ronald Reagan used that phrase when discussing relations with the former Soviet Union. Now it’s taking on a new meaning in government. Agencies are developing insider threat programs and creating a new culture of “trust but verify.” As part of Federal News Radio’s special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees,executive editor Jason Miller explores what it takes to create an insider threat program that equally protects the government, its employees and contractors. Read Jason’s related article.
Millions of federal employees show up for work day after day. But are they all fully engaged? The evidence says no, and the problem is getting worse. People who run HR in agencies, the Chief Human Capital Officers, have a lot of the responsibility for helping ensure an engaged and enthusiastic workforce. Each year, Grant Thornton and the Partnership for Public Service survey federal CHCOs. John Palugta, vice president for policy at the partnership, joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to discuss the highlights of the survey.
Throughout our special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, we’ve used the word trust repeatedly. But what is trust exactly? Rather than turn to a dictionary, Tom and Emily spoke with Michael Gelles, a former chief psychologist at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and now a director at Deloitte. He explains his definition of trust on the Federal Drive.
Bob Tobias, director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation, sees trust as a symptom of whether employee engagement exists or not.
More than 5 million federal employees and contractors have security clearances. To keep track of them all, the government relies on periodic re-investigations and incident reports. But as the shootings at Fort Hood and the Navy Yard showed, the system doesn’t catch all the red flags. In our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Bill Henderson on the Federal Drive. He’s a former federal background-check investigator now president of Federal Clearance Assistance Services. He says the government is developing a better way to keep tabs on clearance holders.
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosted a panel discussion on the topic of trust in the workplace. They spoke to three federal employees at different stages of their careers.
As part of Federal News Radio’s special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees three federal employees at different stages in their careers — one a newer, younger employee, another who recently came from the private-sector, and the third a 40-year veteran — shared their views with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on how to restore in the federal workplace.
Contractors are at the center of two out three major breaches of government trust over the past few years — Aaron Alexis, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. And the Office of Management and Budget is looking at ways it can improve the federal background investigation process over the next few months. Mike Fischetti, executive director of the National Contract Management Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose s part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees He tells Francis how the relationship between contractors and government is changing.