If someone described you the way they describe federal technology systems, you'd punch them in the nose. We've read your comments on our website and Facebook. And, as Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin, you're sounding off about of all things information technology.
You can't measure the Treasury Department’s IT reform efforts only by the report card from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Yeah, Treasury got a “D” for their overall grade. But Treasury spent the better part of the last year preparing for the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Sonny Bhagowalia is Treasury’s chief information officer, he tells executive editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the agency has improved its IT management today and where it’s going.
In Monday's Federal Headlines, Frank Kendall, DoD's under secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the Pentagon exceeded NDAA requirements by integrating data from other systems.
If you're the belt and suspenders type, listen up. Thanks to the magic of Medicare, federal employees have the option of getting extra coverage after they retire. Federal benefits expert Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, explains to Federal Drive with Tom Temin some of the fine points of combining Medicare with your federal employee health benefits plan.
Think health IT and what comes to mind? Doctors pulling up your health record at a visit? You, downloading your medical information? Probably with the Blue Button — a federal invention? Nearly all hospitals and doctors’ offices use health technology in some fashion thanks largely to a big push from the federal government. Dr. Jon White is deputy national coordinator for health IT, the office charged with taking the initiative to the next level. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he spoke with Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp.
It's a big hairball, but it has a vital mission and thousands of dedicated employees. The Homeland Security Department and the greater homeland security enterprise are still works in progress. To gauge where it's all headed, the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council and Grant Thornton surveyed dozens of federal and industry executives. Phil Kangas, principal with Grant Thornton's Global Public Sector, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share the details.
In Friday's Federal Headlines, a new report says certain sector-specific agencies need to collaborate with sector partners on measuring the effectiveness of their cyber attack prevention methods.
For federal agencies, good customer service requires lots of attention to details, technology and process. Agencies also need an understanding of what citizens are seeking. That's according to Martha Dorris, the General Services Administration's former director of Strategic Programs. Dorris retired from the government a few weeks ago, after 34 years. An expert in customer service, she's still at it with a new consulting gig. She filled in Federal Drive with Tom Temin with all the details.
The Department of Homeland Security is implementing revving up efforts to secure civilian government networks. The announcement came as some Defense Department officials said the U.S. is entering a cyber Cold War. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The federal IT budget will to grow in both the civilian and Defense sectors over the next few years. That’s the conclusion from research with dozens of federal IT executives as part of the Professional Services Council’s annual Vision Federal Market Forecast. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Robert Haas, chairman of the PSC budget team, tells Executive Editor Jason Miller why agencies and industry are optimistic.
Vendors chide the government for keeping programs running that were coded in COBOL. But there's still life in the market of this much maligned language.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter rolled out the first tranche in a series of reforms to DoD’s personnel systems. He said the military needs to adapt to a competitive recruiting landscape. Otherwise it could have trouble attracting the level of talent it needs. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu shares more on what these changes will bring to DoD's Force of the Future on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Navy has to make some sink-or-swim decisions if it wants to remain intact. It must either maintain its fleet size and global presence and risk breaking the force or shrink to what it can afford. That's one finding of a comprehensive study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Former Navy Officer Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about how these decisions could affect the force.
In Thursday's Federal Headlines, the 2016 National Counter-Intelligence Strategy focuses on foreign intelligence entity threats and creating and using intelligence techniques against them.