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.
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After more than a decade of growth, the General Services Administration realized its professional services schedule needed some serious pruning. GSA completed the first step in that process on Oct. 1 by merging eight professional services multiple award contracts into one. In his weekly feature Inside the Reporter’s Notebook executive editor Jason Miller writes about the changes to the $10 billion-a-year schedule.
In today's news, the VA's customer experience office is getting some much needed and welcome help, some cyber forces commissioned by the Defense Department's cyber strategy are participating in operations, and a bill to let agencies hire new employees more easily took a key step in the House on Friday.
The Homeland Security Department says it's moving forward with its plans to reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate. But the House recently passed a new bill that requires congressional review and approval before DHS reorganizes any of its component agencies. Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko has more.
The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards honor many of the individuals and businesses among the region's government contractors. The awards, sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council, celebrate high achievers. Between now and Nov. 5, Federal News Radio is interviewing the finalists for this year's awards. John Vollmer is executive vice president and chief operating officer for the federal group at AECOM, and a finalist for this year's Contractor of the Year award in the greater than $300 million in sales category. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his nomination.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to build an early warning system for cyber attacks. Previous IARPA research showed publicly available data sources can be used to accurately predict events like disease outbreaks and political crises. Now with its Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment, or CAUSE, program, the agency wants to apply that model to detecting cyber attacks. Dr. Jason Matheny, the director of IARPA, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on CAUSE.
When Veteran Affairs Department employees think about how they will improve customer service, they need to consider the backstage, the front stage and being on stage. That’s the theater analogy Tom Allin, VA’s chief veterans experience officer, uses in a new framework introduced to the agency earlier this month. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details about how this framework will help VA turn the corner in how it helps veterans.