Federal scientists feel there's too much political influence at their agencies. That's according to a survey of 7,000 scientists at four federal agencies recently conducted by the Center for Science and Democracy. Paul Souza is the assistant director for science applications at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an agency perspective on these survey results.
Federal technology managers are going to Silicon Valley to look for experts who can help agencies catch up in the digital realm. Anyone who's looked at a federal website recently knows the need is there. But government work is no easy sell. Joe Castle recently found that out. He's putting together the new digital-services team at the General Services Administration. He tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp he needs to hire just seven people.
In Tuesday's Federal Headlines, federal spending on the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice declined from 2014 to 2015. Overall spending increased, however, by nearly $184 billion.
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program has dragged on for nearly a decade, with bidders spending millions and millions just for run-off prototypes. No wonder there's a protest.
NASA has announced a new opportunity for start-up technology companies to get a head start. Daniel Lockney is the technology transfer program executive at NASA headquarters. He tells Federal News Radio's Eric White how the agency hopes to give start-ups a boost.
Agencies are no longer allowed to buy computers from any contract they want. The Office of Management and Budget is mandating agencies use one of three contracts going forward for most laptop and desktop purchases. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on OMB’s new policy.
The annual Doughboy Award recognizes infantrymen for their outstanding contributions to the U.S. Army infantry. It's also the highest honor bestowed by the Chief of Infantry. Ret. Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger is an aircraft design liaison at Bell Helicopter, and one of three winners of this year's award. He told Federal Drive host Tom Temin more about what winning the Doughboy means.
In Monday's Federal Headlines, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General has concluded an investigation into an unnamed DOJ attorney who missed work for five months while still collecting a paycheck.
The Army works continuously to improve on a basic piece of gear, namely the helmet on top of a soldier's head.
A bipartisan piece of legislation introduced earlier this year aims to ease the transition between presidential administrations. The Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015 would ensure that a senior-level, White House-led interagency transition council is in place at least six months before Election Day. The bill originated in the Senate. Now it has gained some serious traction in the House. Danny Werfel is the director of the Boston Consulting Group. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on what's in this bill and how agencies can start preparing for a presidential transition even without it.
The Army's acquisition chief says program testing takes too long and needs to be streamlined. She says that industry's help may be the best way to solve the problem. Federal News Radio reporter Scott Maucione has more.
Email may be vital to the modern working world, but it's also a major target for hackers. Now, as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is aiming to help better secure it. NIST recently published a draft guidance on better email security, which is now available for comment. Curt Barker is a guest researcher at NIST, specializing in cybersecurity. Federal Drive host Tom Temin asks him if it's fair to say phishing attacks are the main way hackers get into corporate and federal networks.
The Navy and Marine Corps are still in the early planning stages for an overhaul of their Next Generation Enterprise Network contract. But both services say they hope to use the recompetition of NGEN to give industry a bigger hand in the IT services they provide to sailors and Marines. More now from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu.
In Friday's Federal Headlines, the Defense Department is building a cyber database of its workers who were affected by the Office of Personnel Management hack; a Navy civil engineer has been sentenced to 11 years for attempted espionage.