Host Bob Leins and co-host Bob Braunstein welcome Dr. Bill Brantley, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. Dr. Brantley also works in the Enterprise Training Division at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (opinions expressed today are his own and do not represent those of USPTO). June 19, 2017
Now we know what federal managers are asked to do in the latest executive order from the Trump administration. It’s not the first time they’ve been asked to look for waste and redundancy. Don Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, offers some perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Winning is one thing. Now President-elect Donald Trump must prove he can govern. That means working through and with dozens of federal agencies and millions of federal employees. Donald Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on that task at hand.
Cross-agency collaboration will be key to a successful transition for the next presidential administration. That’s one top-level finding from a series of workshops conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration. Don Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland and chairman of the NAPA collaboration panel joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the details.
Federal contracting and business experts say more communication as well as a retrained and rebuilt acquisition workforce is needed to ensure government is getting the best deal on purchases.
Despite calls that Carter’s Defense reforms aren’t exactly daring, experts said they are a move in the right direction.
The Internal Revenue Service has lost about 10 percent of its budget since 2010. The result of that — according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration — is that the IRS can’t collect as much tax money as it should be collecting. Don Kettl is a professor at University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that tax collectors have been unpopular for a long time.
As it does every two years at the start of a new Congress, the Government Accountability Office will release its “High Risk List” today. The list calls attention to agencies and programs GAO auditors believe are vulnerable to “fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.” Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland’s School for Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the guide, and what’s different from the 2013 version.
A hacker group called Lizard Squad finds a backdoor into federal computer networks. It’s leveraging university supercomputers that also have access to government data. Jonathan Katz is director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center at the University of Maryland. On In Depth with Francis Rose, be broke down the different ways hackers like Lizard Squad can penetrate your agency’s network.
Today is the opening day of the 114th Congress. It’s got a lot to consider, and a lot to accomplish. But what can federal employees expect from this new Washington? Especially with all the new faces joining the floor later this morning. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some analysis and predictions.
After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.
Everyone with a stake in the federal budget is looking toward Dec. 11. That’s when the continuing resolution runs out, and Congress will have to decide what to do next. Beyond that, federal agencies are looking at two long years of a Republican Congress and Democratic White House. Will it be the immoveable rock facing the irresistible force? Or can good things still happen? Don Kettl, professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and long-time watcher of all things federal, offered some insight on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has filled out its leadership under an unusual political deal. The Senate has confirmed the agency’s Enforcement Chief Norman Bay to chair the commission. But he will have to wait nine months. In the interim, Acting Chairman Cheryl LeFleur will continue to lead the agency. Bay will serve as a board member while learning the ropes. Don Kettl is a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual case.
Congress needs to pass twelve annual spending bills — which set agency funding levels — before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. The House passed five of those bills so far. The Senate hasn’t passed any. The appropriations process was supposed to be easier this year compared to last year. That’s because lawmakers have already agreed on a bipartisan budget deal that sets topline spending figures for the next two years. Philip Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. In an interview with Web Writer Jack Moore, he said agencies should still plan for a continuing resolution.
Big ideas in government don’t matter any more. Don Kettl, dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, told In Depth with Francis Rose your agency should use data to make policy changes from Congress and the White House easier.