A group of former and current federal executives advise against making the mobility provisions in the executive order to reform the Senior Executive Service too narrow.
“They face concerns about their economic security and they face concerns about their isolation from the larger community, from family and friends, and everyday Americans,” Kathy Roth-Douquet, president and CEO of Blue Star Families, told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on this week’s In Focus. “By actively seeking to employ military spouses and train them in portable careers, we can help address that very difficult issue without impacting the federal government budget. And in terms of creating connections, Blue Star Families runs a number of programs to help connect Americans to the militaries in their community.
“The cellphone and Skyping has really, on the one hand, been great for families but it’s also caused tremendous stress because there’s no mystery,” Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour, told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on this week’s In Focus. “You can see your loved one; you can tell often that they’re really struggling on both sides of that line.”
“Too many military families continue to be burdened with the uncertainty over the future, their finances, and the effects of the future deployments will have on their lives,” Andrea Inserra, senior vice president of military health for Booz Allen Hamilton told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on In Focus. “Studies by Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense also show the feelings of disconnectedness. Around 90% of our military families still continue to feel that the communities that they live within don’t truly understand their lives.”
Derrick T. Dortch talks to Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton and former associate director of National Intelligence and the first Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Intelligence Community. October 16, 2015
Congress is up against several deadlines when it comes back from recess next week. It’s not just the Dec. 11 date, when the continuing resolution expires. The debt ceiling problem needs a solution by Nov. 5 and highway funding expires Oct. 29. One possible solution to the budget deadline is another CR that would last through the rest of fiscal 2016. Bob Hale, a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton and former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller, told In Depth with Francis Rose no CR is good for the department or the government.
GSA made an award to Booz Allen Hamilton under the OASIS multiple award contract on behalf of the Defense Department for a host of global threat mitigation services.
Sharon Burke, senior adviser at the New America Foundation, and Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow, Booz Allen Hamilton, count down the week’s top stories with Francis Rose.
DHS and GSA choose Booz Allen and HP Enterprise Services to provide tools and services under two task orders under the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program.
The General Services Administration’s Western Regions Conference scandal still leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some agencies. Spending on government conferences dropped $3 billion between 2013 and 2010. And the Office of Management and Budget told agencies to cut travel spending by 30 percent back in 2012. But federal employees gain some benefits from conferences that money can’t buy. Bob Hale is a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, former undersecretary of defense comptroller and former executive director of the American Society of Military Comptrollers. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why conferences are still valuable.