In today's Federal Newscast, the Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of starting to rebuild its science advisory boards.
Decline in congressional support agency staff over time leaves legislators with less capacity to make informed decisions.
Since 1951, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services — the armed services, that is — has forwarded its annual research findings to the Defense Secretary. This year the committee has sent up fourteen recommendations.
The General Services Administration has a lot of vacancies in its acquisition pantheon. And there's no administrator yet - or even an appointment. In a situation like this, contractors need a strategy. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give some tips.
Federal agencies trying to fend of the cybersecurity threat are about as not always effective, as breaches and losses are common. In fact, according to research by Thales E-Security and 451 Research, one third of agencies experienced a data breach just in the last year. Wayne Lewandowski, vice president of federal at Thales, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the numbers.
Industry and academia alike regularly come up with new applications for radio technology, and they often need an experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission. Now the FCC has launched a new and simplified way for filing applications for new experiments. Julie Knapp, chief engineer of the FCC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the process in detail.
In today's Federal Newscast, two members of the House introduce legislation to apply limits to using lowest-price technically acceptable to civilian agencies.
The idea of an Amazon-like market is the latest iteration of a durable idea, namely getting the government to buy commercial items in a commercial way.
Imagine cheating taxpayers out of millions and millions of dollars, and at the same time, deliberately misdiagnosing hundreds of patients just for the purpose of stealing. Unfortunately such people are out there. But there's one less now, thanks to the efforts of Bryan Drake. Drake is a special agent on the FBI Doctor Fata investigative team and a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his process.
The federal government may be a step behind industry when it comes to IT, but it's always the same step. It stays in the race, never quite catching up.
Working in the federal government means leadership comes and goes at least every four years. Unlike the private sector, most federal employees have constitutional protection for their jobs. And what they do is ultimately governed by that document. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, joined Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about this.
Sometimes large and highly publicized procurements go so far off the rails the agency has no choice but to cancel them. That's what happened when Homeland Security's acquisition shop tried to make a multiple award deal for agile development. After two rounds of protests, the agency gave up. Joseph Petrillo, procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more on the perceived irregularities.
Even if your people don't handle classified information, you can learn a lot from the National Insider Threat Task Force.
Bureau of Land Management may be stepping up its technology game with improvements to its system for tracking oil and gas reserves on public and Indian lands.