Each change of administration raises the most important question: What does it mean to me? For people living in the Washington, D.C. region, the economic influence of the federal government is waning. Steve Fuller, professor of public policy at George Mason University, has been tracking these trends. He shares his latest research on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A replacement for Air Force One made headlines recently. But the Air Force is dealing with multiple platforms that are aging and due for upgrades or replacement. Many of them belong to the Air Force. Maj. Gen. Mike Fortney, vice commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a survey of what needs modernizing.
Cybersecurity problems are metastizing. The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity came out with a report just days before the alleged Russian election hacking and the breach of 1 billion Yahoo accounts. became news. With what these and other cyber incidents present as a challenge, Dave Wennergren, vice president of operations and technology at the Professional Services Council, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Members of the National Academy of Public Administration share an important characteristic. Even if you retire from your job, you never really give up public service. That’s one reason NAPA fellows are always eager to help out agencies in trouble, or offer help during presidential transitions. For more than five years, CEO Dan G. Blair has guided NAPA’s affairs. He’ll be stepping down this month and joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a retrospective.
With a month to go before the presidential transition, cybersecurity incidents rear up to show what a serious issue it still is.
Last year, the federal government awarded nearly $440 billion in contracts, and nearly $90 billion of it went to small business. That’s according to figures compiled by American Express. Lourdes Martin-Rosa, American Express adviser on government contracting, shares the latest on small business procurement on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The end of the continuing resolution appears to keep moving further into the future. Eventually it’ll bump 2018 in the tuchus. Then what? Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, shares what some contractors might be thinking on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Onboarding, as the HR people call it, is as important for political appointees as it is for a new GS 12. Paul Lawrence, public sector vice president at Kaiser Associates, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with findings from a new study of political onboarding.
The procurement policy changes in the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 take up 230 pages and include more than 100 provisions. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell goes over the highlights on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
NASA is about to launch the next half dozen earth-observing satellites. Besides gathering data, they’ll demonstrate the next generation in satellite technology and new approaches to studying the planet. Aaron Ridley, professor of space science at the University of Michigan, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on these small but potent beauties.
The wait is over. We can now reveal this year’s best and worst places to work in the federal government. No sea change, but a few surprises. Mallory Barg Bulman, research director at the Partnership for Public Service, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the latest.
The nation’s all-volunteer military force is effective, but it’s expensive. Yet regardless of how much of the federal budget is devoted to defense, too many members of military families face hunger. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), sponsor of the Military Hunger Prevention Act, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how people can help.
The nation’s veteran population is gradually becoming more female. But it’s unclear whether the Veterans Health Administration is equipped to deal with the particular medical needs of female vets. It’s got the policies all right, but not always the facilities. Or the providers. That’s according to a new assessment by the Government Accountability Office. Randy Williamson, director of health care issues at GAO, has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The coordination and review process for intelligence analysis is aimed at getting everyone’s views considered before the work product is sent up the chain of command. But are political leaders getting carefully balanced insight or just blather? Derek Grossman, senior project associate at the Rand Corporation, offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.