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Contractor CGI recently won a contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The task is to build and application programming interface, or API, gateway. It'll be part of the agency's efforts to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in payouts for Medicare and Medicaid. With how it's expected to work, we turn to CGI's vice president for heal…
 
The Army famously left behind physical assets when the Biden administration ordered the sudden pullout from Afghanistan. But it also airlifted tons and tons of vehicles, weapons, ordnance and other gear. The Army also has complete the establishment of a worldwide chain of what it calls MDR-Ses, Modernization, displacement, and repair sites. For an …
 
A recent executive order from the Biden administration on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, it's put more wind in the sails of those who manage federal disability and 508 programs. The order calls on agencies to remove barriers people might face. And that includes federal employees with disabilities. Accessibility managers in governme…
 
The Army’s largest corps is thinking ahead to what its workforce will need in the years to come. With the Pentagon investing heavily in artificial intelligence, the thinking goes, soldiers need more than rifle training. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined the Federal Drive to explain.By Tom Temin
 
New Gold Mountain, SBS’ gold rush-era period drama, puts the Chinese-Australian experience front and centre. BW talks to series lead Yoson An, (Mulan, Creamerie) and director Corrie Chen about Chinese cowboys and finding dramatic gold in the history of 1850s Ballarat.Meanwhile, BL previews the new season of Succession, and finds the Roy family as d…
 
The National Reconnaissance Office just released a big contracting opportunity specifically geared toward commercial satellite services. It's an opening up, of sorts, for the normally secretive NRO. But it and other spy agencies are turning more often toward the private sector as commercial space services explode. For more on the NRO deal, Federal …
 
The Army has been talking for years about the need to modernize its IT networks. But in a forthcoming digital transformation strategy, officials are thinking bigger. Besides making technical upgrades, the multiyear strategy will try to reform the Army’s IT policies, upskill its workforce, and build new partnerships with industry and academia. Feder…
 
At the Association of the U.S. Army Conference just concluded, topics ranged from international strategy to the health and well being of individual soldiers and their families. One issue has been housing. Another is spouse employment. For an update, I caught up with the deputy commander of the Army's Installations Management Command, Major General …
 
A new law enacted last month requires the Office of Management and Budget, in cooperation with federal agencies, to post their annual budget justification documents online. And to maintain a downloadable data set. OMB and Treasury have a year to develop the standards and procedures. For how this might actually happen, we turn to a former federal ch…
 
Through its Public Health Center, the Army keeps tabs on all of the factors that can affect the health of its forces as a whole. Its Health Promotion and Wellness Directorate focuses on the condition of individual soldiers. And its been building out capacity to ensure that each occupant of a uniform is at his or her best. At the Association of the …
 
Today’s show is a preview of some of the works screening at Sydney Film Festival.....the first is about one of the most accomplished Australian film directors you’ve probably never heard of - John Farrow. He won an Oscar and worked with stars like Robert Mitchum and John Wayne and we meet two men who have finally brought his story to the big screen…
 
The Combined Federal Campaign celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The national capital region boosters hope they can build off last year's first all-virtual campaign and beat the $37 million local federal employees donated during the pandemic. Vince Micone is executive director for enterprise services at the Commerce Department and the co-ch…
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration wants to make it easier for people in the nuclear industry to understand the complexities of non-proliferation. It's brought all of the information together in an online portal called US Nuclear Nexus. For what's going on, Argonne National Laboratory principal systems engineer Allison Bennett Irion and N…
 
More than 18 months ago, the Defense Department embarked on what it called a new pathway for acquiring software, one its most crucial commodities. But too few of DoD's program managers are using agile methodologies and continuous delivery. For what auditors found and how DoD can get on track, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the director of c…
 
The needs of Army combatant commanders are constantly changing. Troop training needs evolve as the U.S. population — the Army's raw material — changes. Equipment and other support needs are also a moving target. It all comes home for the Army Forces Command (or FORSCOM). For an update on readiness, Federal Drive with Tom Temin caught up with FORSCO…
 
Globally and at home, artists are engaging with the reckoning happening around race and colonisation. But where do recent migrants and refugees to Australia fit into the dialogue? Artist James Nguyen is a multidisciplinary artist who enlists his family and friends into his work.Plus, Fenella Kernebone on the special Thing that compels her to tell s…
 
Globally and at home, artists are engaging with the reckoning happening around race and colonisation. But where do recent migrants and refugees to Australia fit into the dialogue? Artist James Nguyen is a multidisciplinary artist who enlists his family and friends into his work.Plus, Fenella Kernebone on the special Thing that compels her to tell s…
 
Between COVID-related mandates and burgeoning cybersecurity requirements and false claims threats, is it still worth the trouble for companies to try and obtain federal business? There's an irony here. If you are in fact secure and you've got the best mousetrap, a contract is more important than ever. Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked about all o…
 
It's hard to find anything missing in the massive report just delivered to Congress from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. AI, it turns out, lies at the center of the emerging great powers competition with China. Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked with Bob Work, a former deputy defense secretary and co-chair of the commi…
 
Tasmania's renowned contemporary dance company Tasdance is celebrating 40 years. The company's artistic director Adam Wheeler grew up in Launceston, but there was a time when he could not get off the island quick enough. So, what changed?Also, we visit the Queenstown shed hosting the new Tasdance work Collision at this year's The Unconformity and w…
 
Many new federal contractors came into the market as a result of the pandemic. And contract spending was on the rise anyhow. The latest analysis by the Project on Government Oversight shows that contractor misconduct is also occurring more frequently, with not enough oversight from buying agencies. For more, the Federal Drive turned to POGO's inves…
 
SBOM. It sounds like a play on a word you can't say. But it stands for Software Bill of Materials. The big executive order on cybersecurity from last May urged federal agencies to understand and use SBOMs as a part of their risk management efforts. Joining me to explain exactly what a software bill of materials is, and how you can use it, the chief…
 
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