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The Labor Department’s new initiative to modernize the technology that underlies the delivery of unemployment insurance. It's far from your typical IT project. Labor has more than 50 customers, each at varying stages of development and with varying types of technology. Michele Evermore is the deputy director for policy in the office of unemployment…
 
The Continuing Resolution under which the government has been operating since October 1 will expire this Friday. Returning from its Thanksgiving recess, dealing with the budget is a top priority for both chambers. Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked about all this with Bloomberg Government deputy news director Loren Duggan.…
 
Now that the 2020 decennial count is more or less in the rearview mirror, the Census Bureau has a new concern: The five-year American Community Survey will also be late, with the pandemic to blame, as well. Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked about all this with Census Project co-director Howard Fienberg, who said Congress needs to bolster the Cens…
 
The Biden administration's military strategy appears to support a reduction in forces while relying more on soft-power tools. That is the gist of the most recent (and detailed) analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. For highlights about what upcoming budget battles are all about, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with CSIS…
 
The Transportation Security Administration is proposing new cybersecurity regulations. They would apply to high-risk rail operators. It’s part of a broader push by Homeland Security to improve cybersecurity across the transportation sector. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday.By Tom Temin
 
It's one thing for a contracting officer to help a bidder in a tight contract competition to fix errors in its bid. It's another thing to disclose information from a competitor's offer. That's what happened in a State Department plan to recompete protective services. We got details from Smith Pachter McWhorter procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo.…
 
The Social Security Administration delegates to state agencies responsibility for making disability determinations. States in turn use medical experts, some staff, some contracted. Either way, the Government Accountability Office found Social Security needs to shore up its oversight of state medical experts. For more, we turned to the director of G…
 
Gentlemen, listen up. Prostate cancer is no fun. But it takes many forms. Some will get you fast. Others grow so slowly you'll die from something else. Now the Veterans Health Administration is teaming with the University of Maryland on a research project. It's goal is to establish new surveillance methods to track those with low-risk prostate canc…
 
U.S. Transportation Command’s first attempt to reform the military moving system got derailed by a successful bid protest. Now it’s reawarded the Global Household Goods Contract to one of the companies that lost the first time around. The initial award is worth an estimated $6.2 billion over the next three year, and could be worth up to $20 billion…
 
Federal sales boomed during the fiscal 21, with General Services Administration buying vehicles reporting sales records. That shouldn't be a surprise given record appropriations in response to the pandemic. My next guest says that despite the strength of the market, dark clouds hover over contractors. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Busin…
 
The Biden administration's management agenda, which it called a vision, laid out three basic principles. Boosting the federal workforce, improving citizen service, and using the bureaucracy to achieve the administration's agenda. New stuff or old wine in a new bottle? The Federal Drive got one view from the president and CEO of the National Academy…
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development is looking to expand the roster of organizations it partners with around the world. So it's launched a set of online resources to help new partners get together with experienced ones and with the agency. It's all housed at a new site called WorkWithUSAID.org. Joining the Federal Drive with details, USAI…
 
Ambassadors and diplomats aren’t the only ones who further the mission of the State Department. In most cases, the family members that join them overseas promote the department’s interests through volunteer work. This year’s winners of the Secretary of State’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad did just that, donating reusable hygiene kits t…
 
The deadline for federal employees to comply with the Biden administration's vaccine mandate has passed. And some of the numbers are in. The White House says 90% of federal employees have at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined the Federal Drive to tell us what we know so far about the vaccination cam…
 
Supply chain security issues have been dominating the news lately. That plus rising costs and longer delivery times. The Biden administration has taken some steps to help logistics companies. For an assessment, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with the Senior Vice President of Policy and Senior Counsel at the Information Technology Industry …
 
Agencies with big campuses often have parking that's either not enough, or people have long hikes from distant spaces. That's the case at the National Security Agency's big headquarters campus at Fort Meade, Maryland. For decades it's been a source of angst for employees. The Office of Inspector General took a look at the parking situation. IG Robe…
 
On Friday, the federal IT world got some long awaited news about the future of cloud computing in DoD. The department picked four companies for spots on its upcoming Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability contract, expected to be worth several billion dollars. But the names of the companies are about all we do know. After months of market research, the …
 
It’s been six months since President Joe Biden signed a sprawling executive order on cybersecurity. Agencies have received a fire hose of new guidance and standards. Now a top White House cyber official says it’s time to start executing on those plans. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday.…
 
A leading academic program concerned with federal acquisition has become something of an advisor to the government. To the Defense Department in particular. The Center for Government Contracting, part of George Mason University's business school, has won a contract. It will help the under secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering review the…
 
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of Homeland Security, has awarded a $1 million grant to a non-profit. CISA wants the CyberWarrior Foundation to create a training program to make more cybersecurity practitioners. It's called the Cybersecurity Workforce Development and Training Pilot for Underserved Communities. Here with d…
 
You can't overestimate how much people care about the weather. And although most people may not realize it, the National Weather Service is the original source of most weather forecasts. My next guest has spent more than 40 years as a federal weather practitioner, first at NASA and then at the National Weather Service, where he's been the director …
 
The Veterans Affairs Department is testing whether artificial intelligence can flag health problems from medical images, help veterans find services online, and enable clinicians to reach out to patients about their mental health. VA looks to take this to the next level under its new AI strategy. For details, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman spo…
 
The Biden administration has a new management agenda... or at least a what it calls a vision for one. The administration detailed three main priorities and several underlying strategies as part of the President's Management Agenda. Some are familiar. Others have a slightly different take on goals that have shown up in past PMAs. Federal News Networ…
 
Now that the Veterans Benefits Administration has started delivering disability payments to service members exposed to burn pits, everything is hunky dory, right? Not according to Bart Stichman, whose organization is helping represent veterans with those claims. He’s the executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program and joined …
 
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, known as the DFC, is only about two years old. It grew out of a Congressionally ordered merger of two older agencies. It mostly funds itself with fees and interest on the loans it provides overseas. Recently it got a new chief operating officer. Former Carlyle Group managing director and presi…
 
The Army’s been busy over the last few years solving technical capability gaps in the communications networks soldiers use on the battlefield. That whole modernization effort is still very much underway. The Army continues to field new gear incrementally. In October the Army unveiled a plan to tie the tactical network to the enterprise network, wit…
 
Tech companies are increasingly at the center of Washington’s bureaucracy. They’re looking to influence major federal developments ranging from the Technology Modernization Fund, to cyber and supply chain security. The Alliance of Digital Innovation is among the tech groups jockeying to have its voice heard. Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday …
 
The ransomware wave of cybersecurity attacks is bad enough. But what if hackers were able interrupt military airplanes or tanks? Such platforms present their own challenges for data gathering and protection. For how this might work, long-term cybersecurity executive, Ralph Kahn spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.…
 
Two key laws require federal agencies to make their decisions based on evidence and performance information. And according to the Government Accountability Office, they’re making progress. According to GAO’s latest survey of more than 4,000 federal managers, they’re using performance information more often than at any time since the office started …
 
The Defense Information Systems Agency has made it clear: It wants to begin retiring the venerable common access card for multifactor authentication. Christoper Barnhurst, executive deputy director for DISA, said the agency is actively experimenting with other forms of multifactor authentication, which will eventually tie into the DoD’s zero trust …
 
The Biden administration is working on a new executive order focused on improving customer experience. A draft shows the administration plans to link customer service to its ongoing work to improve equity in public-facing services. For a preview of what this executive order contains, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom…
 
From lack of a new budget to roiling vaccine mandates. The federal government, from contractors' point of view, has become, you might way, and even more difficult customer. And now, that cybersecurity maturity plan has them scratching their heads. The Federal Drive checked in with the president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, David Be…
 
The McCain Institute at Arizona State University develops educational programs aimed at securing democracy and protecting human rights. Now it's launched a program called the McCain Global Leaders Program. Because of what it calls a leadership void around the world. For how federal executives can participate, the Federal Drive turned to the institu…
 
The recent rise of ransomware attacks has shown that even small and medium sized organizations have to worry. For several years the Cyber Readiness Institute, a non profit led by some of the nation's industrial giants, has provided resource to help small business deal with the cyber threat. Now the CRI has a new managing director, someone well know…
 
Federal employees are less than a week away from their vaccine deadline. The largest federal employee union asked the White House for an extension. The American Federation of Government Employees says federal workers should have the same deadline as their contractor colleagues, which is January 12. And a federal district court declined to block the…
 
Air Force Materiel Command recently put out its updated telework policy. The document outlines how airmen and civilians can take advantage of new remote options. The command is also thinking about how moving to a more hybrid environment will impact its employees and the physical office space it inhabits. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talks …
 
President Biden signs an infrastructure bill today. Which, after a long and messy debate, the House passed last week. Now there's the matter of a few crucial requirements to keep the government itself going. The Federal Drive got the week's outlook from Bloomberg Government deputy news director Loren Duggan.…
 
For years he's been at the vanguard of examining emerging technology. And whether it can benefit the federal government and its operations. He's also delved deeply into the practical applications of data, analytics, and the efficient deployment of technology. Now, he's a new inductee into the National Academy of Public Administration. Doctor Tim Pe…
 
You've heard the old saying about airline food. Terrible and not enough. That's not good enough for NASA. Agency planners have been thinking hard about how you feed people on long missions, say a year to get to Mars. Joining the Federal Drive with the latest on a challenge competition to come up a new space cuisine, the project manager for NASA's C…
 
The Postal Service says it’s on the verge of overcoming its long-term financial problems. The agency plans to spend $8 billion next year on capital investments, including its next-generation fleet of delivery vehicles. Meanwhile postal officials say they're ready for the upcoming holiday season. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined the Federa…
 
Veterans make up about one-third of the federal workforce. One of them is a 24-year Army veteran, now Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. John Tien tells Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko about his own Army experiences, and about the department's initiatives for recruiting and retaining more former service members.…
 
Most artificial intelligence innovation is taking place in the consumer sector. Perhaps not enough in the defense industry. But some new research shows how extensively the largest defense contractors are investing in AI startups to supplement their internal AI spending. To dig deeper, Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked with a researcher at Georget…
 
Air traffic control towers have been central features of airports since the beginnings of aviation. Many of them have also become architectural landmarks. Now the FAA is seeking new designs for control towers that are both functional and distinctive. Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked about it with project engineer Zane Edwards and contract specia…
 
The Veterans Benefits Administration is about to start paying disability benefits for those exposed to fumes from burn pits in the Middle East as far back as the Gulf War. Payments will go to those with asthma, rhinitis or sinusitis. The new benefit comes after years of complaints and lobbying Congress. For what it means to VBA, the Federal Drive s…
 
Canines have assisted human warfighters in a variety of situations over the years. They even have an association of active duty military members and veterans who make sure the animals get proper treatment when they retire. Now the military working dogs are about to get a sculpture in their honor. The Federal Drive got the story from the president o…
 
The relationship between a military veteran and the Veterans Affairs Department literally can last a lifetime. It can also be fraught, with disputed decisions and long backlogs. After spending three years as undersecretary for veterans benefits during the Trump administration, Paul Lawrence has a few lessons learned. He joined the Federal Drive ear…
 
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