Agency Oversight

  • DorobekInsider: The ACT/IAC 30/20 year celebration

    The American Council on Technology and the Industry Advisory Council celebrated 30- and 20-years, respectively, tonight. Held at the atrium of the Ronald Regan building, some 500 people gathered to celebrate the concept that started…

  • Best federal agencies to work for

    The long awaited Best Places to Work list is out. The Partnership for Public Service compiled the rankings from the Office of Personnel Management’s personnel survey. The list evaluates how well employees are satisfied with…

  • DorobekInsider: What govt person made Fast Company’s 100 most creative in biz list? Anyone?

    So who in government would make a list of the 100 most creative people in business? Fast Company magazine has compiled their list — And yes, a government person did make the list… there at…

  • Secy Chu testifies about FY2010 budge request

    The latest agency head to go to Capitol Hill to talk about the budget for FY2010 is Energy Secretary Steven Chu. He went before the Senate Appropriations Energy Subcommittee today to answer questions about shifts…

  • Md Secy of Transportation heads to Obama Admin.

    By Amy Morris Executive Editor FederalNewsRadio Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation John Porcari is leaving that position to join the Obama Administration. Pocari is President Obama’s choice for Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation. He…

  • NCPA on paying for health reform

    The Senate Finance Committee is considering ways to pay for health reform. Yesterday, senators released a list of tax hikes such as cutting back on flexible spending accounts or taxing alcoholic beverages. We are joined…

  • DorobekInsider: Baker is now officially the new VA CIO

    The Department of Veterans Affairs officially has a new chief information officer. Roger Baker, formerly the Commerce Department CIO, was confirmed by the Senate Monday. Baker’s formal title is Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology.…

  • Keeping FEMA in the DHS family

    With a response that took less than a minute, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano seemingly put to rest a debate that has been lingering in Washington for years. She told House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie…

  • Census nominee vows to eliminate politics from 2010 count

    The President’s nominee to become Census Bureau Director has made some noteworthy promises, and he’s not even confirmed yet. Amid concerns about politicization of the 2010 census, Dr. Robert Groves says if he’s pressured to…

  • Healing the unseen wounds.

    When a National Guardsman returns from a deployment. its sometimes easy to deal with physical wounds. But what about traumatic brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder? To combat that, the Army has come up with FID-RAH…or the post-deployment health reassessment, for soldiers coming home. Its designed to catch combat-related health problems before they get home, and get the help they need. I’m Max Cacas.

  • Just call her ‘Captain Fitness’.

    Air Force Captain Charlotta Blalock says she gets some strange looks from people when she’s on a plane, and will drop to the deck and start doing push ups at 14,000 feet. Blalock, who is aide de camp to General Roger Brady, head of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, is now a competitive bodybuilder, after deciding four years ago to step it up when it came to her fitness. She scores ”excellent” in the Air Force fitness test. I’m Max Cacas.

  • Reviewing NSPS –

    The Pentagon is teaming with the Office of Personnel Management for a review of the National Security Personnel System. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn and OPM’s new director, John Berry, will ask the Defense Review Board to set up a task force to look at NSPS. DoD has held off on converting military organizations to the new pay system pending the review. NSPS currently covers more than 200 thousand Pentagon staffers. I’m Max Cacas.

  • DorobekInsider Signal column: Defining transparency

    As some of you may know, I write a column for AFCEA’s Signal magazine. It appears on the back page of the magazine each month. After coming from Federal Computer Week, which put out 40…

  • Census nominee: blunt response to mixing politics and the count

    President Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau responded in the bluntest terms possible to questions regarding the politicization of the 2010 census. Senate leaders expect to vote on the nomination before adjourning for the Memorial Day recess.