Federal scientists feel there's too much political influence at their agencies. That's according to a survey of 7,000 scientists at four federal agencies recently conducted by the Center for Science and Democracy. The center asked about the effectiveness of the agencies and whether or not the scientists felt political influence was damaging the integrity of their work. Dr. Gretchen Goldman is the lead analyst at the Center for Science and Democracy and the author of this report. She joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Homeland Security is expanding its Unity of Effort initiative to research and development programs. Faced with diminishing budgets and ever-growing threats, the Science and Technology Directorate at DHS is taking a new approach to how it prioritizes R&D funds. Dr. Reggie Brothers is the undersecretary for Science and Technology at DHS. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how he's ensuring a more holistic look at R&D programs through integrated product teams, or IPTs.
Good soldiers are basic to a strong Army, and education is crucial to making good soldiers. That's why the Army spends so much time and money on education. Now the Army is embarking on an expansion of its schooling capabilities. Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dan Dailey at the AUSA conference. He asked him if that's what attracts people to the Army in the first place.
In Wednesday's Federal Headlines, FLEOA announces its support for two congressmen's plan for taking sensitive security clearance data out of the hands of OPM and NASA will spend as much as $1.4 billion dollars to keep astronauts healthy, well-fed and supplied over the next five years.
In one corner of the Army, the story of a drive to improve the kill power of a proven platform.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is reviewing proposals to find the fastest and most accurate way to catch cyber attackers before they strike.
Federal Drive with Tom Temin broadcast live from the 2015 Association of the United States Army conference and exposition, interviewing Army officials about the challenges the service is facing.
As the saying goes, nothing happens until somebody buys something. The Army spends tens of billions of dollars a year on everything from uniforms to combat vehicles. How it goes about acquisition, and moving all that material around the world, has a big impact on its effectiveness and readiness. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson is the military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.
As the Army becomes more flexible and agile, commanders are considering mobility. That is, the vehicles necessary to take small, lethal units from one place to another, often under harsh, dangerous conditions. Brig. Gen. David Bassett is the program executive for the Army’s Ground Combat Systems. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.
Presidents, members of Congress, veterans and many others call it the finest fighting force in the world. But the Army doesn’t stay that way by accident. Recruiting is a constant challenge, particularly as society and culture change. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow is commander of the Army Recruiting Command. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.
A slew of whistleblower complaints from the Veterans Affairs Department has made this anything but a normal year for the Office of Special Counsel. VA's troubles have raised the profile of this small agency that protects federal employees from prohibited personnel practices. Its leader, Carolyn Lerner, gives Federal Drive with Tom Temin the highlights of the agency's new annual report to Congress.
In Tuesday's Federal Headlines, career troops will be able to opt-in for half of their promised pension benefit in a one-time lump payment, Healthcare.gov has put new security and privacy tools in place, and a new program allows start-up businesses to license NASA patents for free.
In recent years, the Army Reserve has provided important sustainment to the long ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and many other Army missions. Now the Reserve is focused on what’s ahead. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander of the Army Reserve, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin, which broadcast live from the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.
The more you try to compare federal and private salaries and benefits, the more complicated the topic becomes.