Federal Drive

  • NASA contest promotes the future of science

    Students from across the country worked to develop a project that markets careers at NASA to teens. NASA’s Alotta Taylor, responsible for the space operations education program, tells us about the winning effort.

  • How to mandate procurement transparency

    An electronic contracting system that will reduce paper shuffling and allow the public to see details about what the government buys may be on the way. We get details from Roger Waldron, a former GSA exec.

  • Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – May 19th

    Hiring reform overhaul gets a hearing; Senate emergency spending package takes shape; Caffeine improves shift work performance; Federal credit card used to buy iPods, gadgets

  • Facebook fixing forgery bug

    Cybersecurity bill leans on buying power, cyber warrior ranks swell

  • The Hunt: Terrorism types

    The suspect in a botched car bombing in Times Square appeared in court Tuesday on terrorism and weapons charges for the first time since his arrest two weeks ago and was quickly led away in handcuffs after being held without bail. National Security Correspondent JJ Green tells us what we’re learning from the incident

  • The paperback scoop on landing a federal job

    The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Government Jobs offers advice and insider tips for job and internship seekers to navigate the often intimidating government application process. John Palguta, from the Partnership for Public Service, has details.

  • DoD to host a performance symposium open to all

    500 performance improvement leaders from across the Department of Defense, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Agencies and activities, and federal government agencies get ready to gather and compare notes, and you’re invited! We get details from J. D. Sicilia, the director of the Defense Department’s Lean Six Sigma Program Office.

  • Multiyear contract is a big boon to Boeing

    The Navy strikes a deal to lump together all the fighter jets it plans to purchase over the next several years into a single large buy, in a victory for aerospace giant Boeing. Dr. Jacques Gansler, former undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, explains.

  • GAO: helium program future up in the air

    The federal government has been extensively involved in the production, storage, and use of helium since the early part of the 20th Century. GAO’s Anu Mittal has details on where that program is headed.

  • Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – May 18th

    IRS could tap TSP accounts of tax-delinquent feds, FEHBP fees could foot bill for same sex benefits, Mikulski wants FBI to relocate to Maryland, Former NIH director nominated to run Cancer Institute

  • Crime Friendly ISP Offline

    P2P networks a treasure trove of leaked health care data, study finds; DHS contracts immixGroup to support C3

  • Opportunities grow for cyber contractors

    A cutting-edge forum addresses public-private partnerships, R&D innovations, and contracting opportunities to protect our country’s cyber infrastructure. CyberSecurity Seminars CEO Tom Billington has details.

  • Google and SBA offer big tips for small business

    The ”Tools for Online Success” site features tutorials, video testimonials, and tips from savvy small business people who have leveraged the web to become more efficient, more cost-effective, and more successful. Joe Zepecki, deputy assistant administrator for communications at the SBA explains.

  • SAMMIE Finalist reassured while averting disaster

    His conviction that the Treasury’s debt office was on the verge of disaster much like 2005 when the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ill-equipped to handle Hurricane Katrina led him to push for a complete overhaul of the risk management tools used to issue the national debt. Meet Karthik Ramanathan: SAMMIE finalist.