As agencies with crucial missions stumble out of mistakes, don't forget to celebrate the small victories.
Washington officials are like moths drawn to the flame of Silicon Valley. They see it as a source of talent, ideas and technology. And it is. But it's not the only place they find those things. Virginia venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin a more careful approach to acquisition can tease out the best from industry no matter what the location.
In Tuesday's Federal Headlines, the Justice's inspector general said finding and hiring the right cyber experts is one of the department's biggest challenges.
Anticipating what procedures and medicines work and don't work before illness or injury treatment starts can save lives. It can also reduce pain and suffering and lower the cost of health care. Sriram Vishwanath is a professor at the University of Texas, Austin in the Cockrell School of Engineering and co-founder and CEO of Accordion Health. He tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson on Federal Drive with Tom Temin how health care providers are beginning to understand all of the benefits predictive analytics can bring.
Beth Cobert is about to go before the Senate for the first time since becoming the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management. President Barack Obama has tapped her to become the permanent OPM chief. That means a Senate nomination hearing. Cobert took over the agency following hacks on OPM databases that left 22 million people vulnerable and the hasty departure of her predecessor, Katherine Archuleta. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the cybersecurity breach is the first of many things Cobert will be asked about.
The Pentagon has spent more than half a century refining the ways it buys from small business. In recent years, the Defense Department has met its statutory goal of awarding 23 percent of its contracting dollars to small and disadvantaged concerns. But that emphasis has come at a cost and not necessarily in dollars. Bill Lucyshyn is former Research Director at DARPA and now director at the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on a just-completed study of the Pentagon and small business.
The Defense Department is asking contractors to invest more of their revenues on research and development. Right now the industry average hovers at around 4 percent. Now DoD officials are calling on industry to shift its focus towards R & D and make it a higher priority. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin more. Read Scott's related story.
Don't casually plunge into shared services. Treat it like a major project and make your approach as carefully as you would a major acquisition, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.
The Office of Management and Budget must feel like Hercules fighting the nine-headed dragon. Cut off one head, and two grow in its place. That's how it's been with the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office say the number of federal data centers has actually been growing throughout the six-year initiative. Now it stands at more than 11,000, up from from 9,000 at the end of 2014. Tony Scott is the federal chief information officer at OMB. He tells Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller, in an exclusive interview, about OMB’s latest data center plans.
Military medicine has undergone a quiet revolution in the past 20 years. Survival rates from battle wounds have reached historic highs. Badly injured soldiers have the potential to return to productive civilian life. Retired Vice Adm. Michael Cowan is the 34th Surgeon General of the Navy, and executive director of a federal medical society known as AMSUS. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the holistic approach to military medicine that's made these advances possible.
The Pentagon didn’t get everything it wanted out of the two-year spending deal the White House and lawmakers reached a couple weeks back. But for now, Defense budget officials are pretty pleased that they at least know what they’ll be allowed to spend for the next two years. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more.
In Monday's Federal Headlines, federal employees say closing the federal government on Nov. 27 would help improve morale. The petition needs 100,000 signatures by Dec. 6 for the White House to consider it.
The Office of Management and Budget must feel like Hercules fighting the nine-headed hydra. Cut off one head, and two grow in its place. That's how it's been with the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office said the number of federal data centers has actually been growing throughout the six-year initiative. Now it stands at more than 11,000, up from from 9,00 at the end of 2014. Tony Scott, federal chief information officer at OMB, told Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller, in an exclusive interview about OMB’s latest data center plans. He shares that interview with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nomination as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration is a sign you've made a difference to federal management and good governance. One recent inductee is Anita Blair, the chief human capital officer at the Treasury Department. She describes NAPA for Federal Drive with Tom Temin and why she's glad to be among its fellows.