If cloud computing is so great, how come federal agencies don't do more of it? The White House has been pushing cloud for nearly a decade. Turns out, CIOs still face a lot of challenges to cloud usage. The Professional Services Council, in a new report, spells them out together with some advice and examples of cloud success. Federal Drive with Tom Temin discussed all of this with the PSC's Executive Vice President Dave Wennergren.
The 2016 spending bill holds more presents than lumps of coal for federal employees. The omnibus appropriations bill is the first one in some time that didn’t require federal employees to hold their collective breaths for possible pay and benefits changes. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin me with details about why federal employees should be a little more optimistic for 2016 and beyond. Read Jason's related story.
In Wednesday's Federal Headlines, the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015 was blocked with scant explanation by Sen. Harry Reid after the bill's proponents spoke.
More money to spend on performance bonuses and an overhaul to the hiring and onboarding process are some of the changes coming to the Senior Executive Service next year. To help implement them, agencies have four major requirements from President Barack Obama in a new executive order. Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko fills in Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Federal IT, and now to improve it, is an industry all by itself. The latest authority to weigh in is the Professional Services Council. Together with the Technology Councils of North America and other groups, it's issued a detailed white paper covering six principles for better federal IT. Dave Wennergren is the PSC's executive vice president. Federal Drive anchor Tom Temin asked him about the findings, including the question of, why yet another run at IT advice.
The agency has been at the forefront of teleworking since it consolidated its headquarters in 2011 — moving to Fort Meade, Maryland. But a new director is in charge now and wants to shake things up in a way that DISA employees are pretty unnerved about. Federal News Radio reporter Scott Maucione got the scoop on the forthcoming changes to DISA's telework rules and he joined Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it. Read Scott's exclusive story.
Maj. Gen. Linda Urrutia-Varhall is the Air Force's assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. She's one of the most senior female officers in the U.S military and throughout her career, she's been the first woman in most of the jobs she held as she rose though the ranks of the Air Force. But Urrutia-Varhall said that particular distinction wasn't something she paid much attention to over the last 30 years. In a recent appearance on Federal News Radio’s Women of Washington, Urritia-Varhall talked about her career and why many women in the military opt-out of career paths that could lead to high-ranking jobs like the one she holds now.
Yesterday, the President signed an executive order designed to strengthen the Senior Executive Service by requiring agencies to rotate more of their SES-ers to different agencies or assignments, making sure they’re not paid less than their General Schedule subordinates and refining agencies processes for onboarding SES members. Jeri Buchholz is a strategic business development adviser for FMP Consulting and a former chief human capital officer at NASA. In a column she wrote for Federal News Radio, she argues the order is a good first start, but it might also be a distraction from the real problems in the Senior Executive Service. She talked to Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about wh
The latest iteration of NASA's Solutions for Enterprise Procurement is only about six months old, but officials are pleased with how things are going. So far, 147 companies have won spots on SEWP 5. That's 110 more than under SEWP 4. Joanne Woytek, SEWP program manager, spoke Monday with Federal News Radio's Jason Miller at the 34th annual Government Contracts Management Symposium hosted by the National Contract Management Association. Jason shared the latest with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In Tuesday's Federal Headlines, the first round of contracts are looking for vendors who can improve situational awareness and security measures for protecting the Internet of Things.
Suspension and debarment officials have been cracking down on government vendors that are out of compliance for what sometimes seem like minor missteps, and vendors are also apt to criticize what they see as a wave of regulations. Adelle Elia, a consultant and former Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at USIS, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jason Miller at the 34th Annual Government Contract Management Symposium about why compliance seems harder now than ever before. Miller shares that interview with Jared Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Virtually every organization on the planet suffers IT glitches in its human resources department from time to time. But when you’re managing pay and personnel functions for half a million people and those outages tend to last for several hours at a stretch, you’ve got a problem. DoD reporter Jared Serbu offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Acquisition University plays a vital part in training defense agencies to deliver warfighting capabilites to the government. Nearly 25 years after it opened its doors, DAU is still evolving to to give the acquisition workforce the tools it needs to do its job. James Woolsey, president of the Defense Acquisition University, spoke with Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller at NCMA's 34th Annual Government Contract Management Symposuim about the changes DAU has made, and what changes are coming for it in the future. Miller shared that interview with host Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin
Federal inspectors general are asking Congress to do away with what they say are legal barriers agencies are throwing up to keep information away from their in-house watchdogs. Information the inspectors general say they need to complete their investigations. Now they're fighting back with a legislative package. Michael Horowitz is chairman of the Council of Inspectors General and IG at the Justice Department, where the blockage started. In an interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Horowitz outlined the problem and the strategy for fixing it.