Nearly three dozen free speech and civil liberties organizations penned an open letter to Customs and Border Protection this week, saying a new question on CBP’s visa waiver forms asking foreigners to supply their online identities would not only be intrusive, it would also be ineffective. Rita Cant, a free expression fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin she understands the government’s security concerns, but this proposal won’t solve them.
In Omaha, Nebraska, private donors are ready and waiting to donate up to $80 million to help build a new veterans clinic that would serve as a pilot for community-based public-private partnerships with the Veterans Affairs Department. Trouble is, that’s illegal. Under current law, VA can’t accept private donations for construction projects. Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) ,the co-sponsor of legislation that would change that, talks with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the partnership community leaders are envisioning in Omaha
In today's Top Federal Headlines, the Defense Department is asking Congress for money to set up a screening facility at the Pentagon Metro stop, but some lawmakers aren't convinced.
Diving in the Navy rarely involves clear, blue water, sunlight and admiring the skates. It's mostly in the dark, and in dangerous environments. To help divers see, do more work and work more safely, the Navy is developing special equipment placed inside a diver's helmet. Dennis Gallagher, program manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Panama City Division, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the new gear.
The Obama Administration has issued long-awaited final rules designed to keep companies who routinely violate labor laws from getting federal contracts. Vendors will have to report any violations of 14 different labor laws, and eventually state laws too, directly to the Labor Department. Eric Crusius, attorney at Miles & Stockbridge, joins Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the rules.
The Defense Department continues to be concerned about counterfeit parts making their way into weapons systems and virtually everything else it buys. The worries are that fake parts could cause mission critical systems to fail unexpectedly.
Beth Angerman, the executive director of the Unified Shared Services Management (USSM) Office, said the modernization and migration management (M3) framework, a new six-step playbook and a shared services catalog are putting the pieces in place to help agencies succeed in moving back-office systems to shared services.
New estimates from Government Accountability Office say the Defense Department has routinely dipped into its overseas contingency operations account to fund "enduring" requirements since 2009, but there's no way to tell which account ultimately funded any particular expense, making it very difficult for Congress to oversee DoD's operations and maintenance accounts. Andrew Von Ah, GAO's acting director for Defense Capabilities and Management, talked with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the O&M accounting problem.
Earlier this summer, a team of FBI and Health and Human Services investigators completed a long investigation that snared 301 people trying to bilk Medicare out of $900 million. Caryl Bryzmialkiewicz, the chief data officer and assistant inspector general at HHS, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how they used data to find the culprits.
In today's Top Federal Headlines, Maryland's two Senators write the Office of Personnel Management to express the concern they're hearing from federal employees about the dramatic premium increases for the program.
Immature technologies can sink an otherwise carefully planned program. That's why the Government Accountability Office is preparing a guide to help program and acquisition people evaluate the maturity of technology before they get stuck with it. Dr. Tim Persons, chief scientist at GAO, talked about the new guide on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Since 2014, when Veterans Affairs Department reform legislation became law, the VA has been expanding its network of outside health care providers. The Choice Program recently underwent a major review. Dr. Baligh Yehia, assistant deputy undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, talked about the changes and what's still ahead on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In today's Top Federal Headlines, the Government Accountability Office says Latvian Connections can't file any bid protests with them for one year for not fulfilling requirements.
As National Park Service director, Jonathan Jarvis is responsible for overseeing 400 NPS locations covering more than 80 million acres. Jarvis is using this year's 100th anniversary to not only promote the national parks but also to raise funds to keep them spiffy. Jarvis tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin about NPS' next generation connectivity.