Federal Drive

  • Your New Boss

    The election is now days away. How will agencies be affected by the change in administration? Jim Williams, Acting Administrator at the General Services Administration, joins us. Click to hear the interview.

  • Before It’s Too Late

    People suffering from rare diseases and certain forms of cancer are getting some help from the Social Security Administration. The agency’s new Compassionate Allowances initiative will expedite processing of their disability claims. SSA Commissioner Michael…

  • Fading Hopes

    The future of U.S. troops in Iraq may be in the balance. U.S. and Iraqi officials are still trying to figure out what to do. The Bush administration is now reviewing proposed changes to the…

  • Friday Morning Federal Newsstand

    Jane points out it’s a Trifecta Day! It’s Friday. It’s Halloween. It’s Payday! Trick or treat. D.C.-area CFC extends fundraising through Jan. 31 (FederalTimes) GAO contractor indicted in laptop theft scheme State Warns Passport Applicants…

  • C-level Careers?

    Should CXOs be political appointees or career officials? Career coach and Fed Access host Derrick T. Dortch, joins us to talk about the costs and benefits of both options. Click to hear the interview.

  • Making NOAA Shipshape

    Imagine riding a ship into the raging sea with rolling 15-foot waves crashing onto the deck. That’s exactly what researchers at one agency do. But those ships are aging. So the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

  • What’s in Store for Your Wallet, Continued

    Both major presidential candidates have talked about changing the federal pay system. Tuesday, we spoke with John Palguta at the Partnership for Public Service. Today, we get a different perspective from Darryl Perkinson, national president…

  • Sheepish?

    Who’s responsible if you get sick after taking a government mandated anthrax vaccine? It probably won’t be the people who make or distribute it. The government just gave them immunity. Bill Bransford, Partner in the…

  • Thursday Morning Federal Newsstand

    U.S. Economy Probably Shrank in Third Quarter by Most Since 2001 Recession (Bloomberg) Sources: Gov’t prepares loan modification plan Pentagon: Union employees will not transfer to NSPS (FederalTimes) FDA clears adviser on conflict allegation GAO…

  • Other Than That…

    Alaska Senator Ted Stevens remains committed to his re-election campaign despite being convicted in a federal corruption trial for lying about receiving gifts. Jodi Schneider, senior editor at Congressional Quarterly, joins us to talk about…

  • Wednesday Morning Federal Newsstand

    OPM helps Treasury with hiring flexibilities (GovExec) In Bleak Times, the I.R.S. Looks Good (NYTimes) Change Expands Eligibility for Intelligence Hires (WashingtonPost) Wounded troops’ pay overhauled (Stars&Stripes) Campaign advisers say CIO job should be a…

  • What’s in Store for Your Wallet?

    How will the next president deal with federal pay and benefit issues? John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joins us to talk about what the candidates are recommending. Click…

  • Failure to Protect?

    The House Committee on Science and Technology says management problems at the Centers for Disease Control are partly to blame for some risks faced by victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Congressman Brad Miller of…

  • Crossing Card Vulnerabilities

    The government’s high-tech border cards can be copied and remotely disabled with off-the-shelf equipment, researchers say. Ari Juels is Chief Scientist and Director at RSA Laboratories, the security division of EMC Corporation. And he joins…