In today’s Federal Newscast, a federal court rules against an employee appealing his removal when he failed a drug test, after he says he accidentally ate a pot brownie.
While agency IT officials recognize the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act and OPEN Government Data Act present opportunities to get more value out of their data, they also see challenges in preparing the workforce to manage all that data.
The Veterans Affairs Department is creating an acquisition cadre to work on complex projects. Glenn Haggstrom, VA’s principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction, said the goal is to match experts with the needs across the department.
Peter Alterman, the senior advisor to the chief information officer at NIH, tells Federal News Radio his agency is ”working to understand how new technology options can be used to advance the scientific research agenda” at the agency.
The Department of Homeland Security gets more Freedom of Information Act requests than any other agency. It’s now assembling a new set of processes that will centralize requests by individuals who want to know what data the agency is storing about them.