When sequestration led agencies to furlough employee two years ago, not everyone took it lying down. The National Federation of Federal Employees launched two lawsuits. It accused the Defense Department of violating the law. The employees’ salaries were not paid from the main pot of funds that had been cut by the law. There’s now an ending to this story. Here to tell it is Debra D’Agostino, an employment attorney at the Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service, in this week’s Legal Loop.
Congress has graded agencies on how well they’ve implemented a year-old law to streamline their management of information technology. No one ran home smiling to mom. On average, agencies earned a ‘D’ on their Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act report cards. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details.
The White House ordered a 30-day cyber sprint this summer in response to data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management. They had proven just how vulnerable federal networks are to attacks. Now the White House has a new plan, and that sprint has become a marathon. Ned Miller is chief technology strategist for the Intel Security Group’s Public Sector Division. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on this new stage.
If you think about the most recent wave of innovation in this country, it’s pretty easy to come up with a list of tech companies: Facebook, Google… but try to name a recent innovation in fields like education, energy, and manufacturing. If you can’t, you’re not alone. Stephen Ezell is vice president for global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He said the United States has a problem with innovation in so-called “legacy” sectors.
Customs and Border Protection would be another loser in the legislation before the House. Customs user fees would go to unrelated transportation projects instead.
The Office of Personnel Management’s Veronica Villalobos says the 2 percent growth in Hispanic federal employees is a sign of slow and steady progress.
Establishing insider threat programs was a key Defense recommendation after the 2013 Navy Yard shootings. Some companies that do business with the government are far ahead and waiting for agencies to catch up. DoD officials now consider aerospace giant Lockheed Martin’s program as a model.
VA wants to focus on the specialized care related to veterans’ service that other facilities cannot do. But it may stop providing services commonly found elsewhere.
Senior Executive Service members say it has gotten harder to fill SES spots and similar positions over the past two years, according to a survey by the Senior Executives Association.
Retirement savings, REAL IDs and an Oval Office rejection claimed recent headlines at Federal News Radio. Here’s a look at some of the stories that caught the eye of our readers.
The 9-year struggle to fill federal jobs in North Dakota’s oil-boom towns offers a stark example to the rest of the government of just how hard it can be to keep federal workers when private employers beckon.
Data problems continue to haunt the Obama administration’s efforts to tame the government’s property portfolio. But they are not the same problems of yesteryear.
Members of AFGE Local 17 detail allegations that union members have levied against their supervisors in a report to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald.
The Office of Personnel Management has rolled out “frameworks” for more consistent leadership training across the government. The guidance suggests timelines for teaching both substance and soft skills to managers.