Federal Drive

  • Here to Help

    What will 2009 bring as the government tries to help the economy? Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, recently gave a presentation about the housing market’s outlook. He’s with us…

  • A Thought Experiment

    It’s been over two years since the Office of the Director of National Intelligence began what some have called a “risky” experiment: placing a career academic rather than an intelligence officer in charge of improving…

  • Will That Change?

    With the new Presidential Administration getting ready to take over, some federal employees are wondering about how the new President will deal with the issue of whistleblower protections. Scott Oswald is an attorney who deals…

  • Monday Morning Federal Newsstand

    Washington, DC, Area Special Pay and Leave Procedures for Holidays on January 19 and 20, 2009 (OPM memo) Inauguration Day Crowd Estimate Reduced by Half (WashingtonPost) Federal government lays off 1,500 in D.C. (WashingtonBusinessJournal) OMB:…

  • Supporting the Supporters

    ‘Tis the season . . . to nominate! It’s Nomination Season for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) 2009 Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department…

  • A Taste of Things to Come

    The Alliant Small Business contracts have been awarded but what about that larger Alliant contract that’s been delayed until next year? Mary Powers King is Director of GWAC and IT Schedules Programs at the General…

  • IRA or Roth

    A lot of people are wondering this holiday season if the economy is ever going to get better and about what they should do with their investments as they think about the future. If you…

  • Building New Walls?

    Some fear that China is growing increasingly isolationist, and worry that the country’s relationship with the incoming Obama Administration might be strained. James Woolsey is a former director of the CIA and current Venture Partner…

  • Friday Morning Federal Newsstand

    Group balks at Obama proposal to thin federal management ranks (GovExec) Retired Admiral Picked as Spy Chief, Officials Say (WashingtonPost) Lubchenco Will Helm National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (WashingtonPost) Amid tensions, Obama offers NASA spot…

  • Oversight Overview

    When it comes to investigating waste, fraud and abuse, what approach will the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Edolphus Towns, take? The 26-year House veteran joins us know to tell…

  • Patient-controlled Health Records

    Troops and their families could soon be using Google and Microsoft to manage their health records. Testing is underway now on a Pentagon program that could mean the death of pen and paper in military…

  • Federal Surplus: Free Stuff!

    When federal agencies no longer have need for computers, desks and other property, they have three options: trash it, recycle it or give it away. It’s that third choice that we’re going to talk about.…

  • More Than Just a ‘Leg Up’

    How can the federal government help people with disabilities who want to work in the federal government? The Office of Personnel Management and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently co-hosted a panel to answer these…

  • Round ‘Em Up

    Congress passed that $700 billion dollar rescue with a provision in the bill that would penalize firms or banks that gave out massive executive compensation packages, or “golden parachutes”. At the last minute, however, the…