While the FBI remains in the planning stages of its new headquarters construction project, the agency's new biometrics technology center has been working on projects to build on the breakthrough successes it's had with fingerprint technology.
Call it privatizing. Call it restructuring. Call it anything, but separating the nation's air traffic control program to a new and differently-funded entity would be neither simple nor risk-free. For details on the latest study of this issue, Gerald Dillingham, director of Civil Aviation Issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The FAA has been promising the next generation air traffic control system for a decade. A few cities have it, but the roll-out has been slow. Some frustrated members of Congress think privatizing the air traffic control operation would help speed things up by making the organization less restricted in procurement and in funding. A new bill would do just that. The airlines agree. Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for legislative and regulatory policy at Airlines for America joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In Friday's federal headlines, the Government Accountability Office found in 2014, DoD obligated $85 billion on its largest service categories, and only $41 billion on air, land, and sea vehicles.
I see the FBI-Apple dispute as a cyber version of the "ticking bomb" conundrum: What means are justified to get information from a terrorist when you know there is a bomb ticking somewhere about to kill innocent people?
Identity theft robs federal agencies in two ways. First, as many have found in recent years, the data they hold on citizens, and especially those who apply for benefits, is an attractive target for hackers looking to steal and resell identities. Second, agencies lose when they pay benefits to people who filed or applied using stolen or made-up identities.
When Congress voted to restrict appeal rights of Veterans Affairs Department managers, it never counted on what might happen. Namely, that the Merit Systems Protection Board would follow the law to the letter. That's why a series of reversals have hit VA's senior leadership when it tried to fire people for performance. Lynn Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Cabot, which specializes in employee grievance cases, says VA has become a battleground between MSPB and Congress. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more details.
When it comes to transparency initiatives, the Obama administration is still pretty opaque, according to a coalition of two dozen good-government groups.
One prominent attorney believes MSPB is signaling to Congress it doesn't like the curtailment of employee civil rights.
The Pentagon is revisiting the work roles of each member of its vast IT workforce and adding specific cybersecurity responsibilities to each position.
Contractors with expiring General Services Administration multiple award schedule contracts have a new goodie. A new clause gives an afterlife to that contract — a really long afterlife. That's just one of the tidbits you should know about from the weekly blog of Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more details.
Like the line in the famous Joni Mitchell song, Stan Soloway, former Pentagon procurement chief, has seen life from both sides now, or at least federal acquisition. Soloway recently stepped down after 15 years as CEO of the Professional Services Council, a trade group representing hundreds of defense contractors. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss why the Defense Department and everyone connected to it is wondering what happens next.
The Department of Defense is hosting its first-ever DoD Professionalism Summit to bring together the military's centers of excellence for a two-day conference to spur dialogue, share best practices and create a community of practice.
While you can make some comparisons, The F-35-as-Edsel is an imperfect analogy. And not a particularly useful one.