With 30 years of experience as a federal employee, Thomas Williams considers the government a great place to work. He even encouraged his youngest daughter to follow in the footsteps of her father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His leadership skills have earned him the honor of being names one of Federal News Radio’s Top Leaders in Federal Service.
The government will save money on mass transit for federal employees thanks to this year’s SAVE award winner. Frederick Winter’s idea to switch eligible feds from a regular transit fare to a reduced senior fare will lower the cost of those employees’ travel by 50 percent.
Agencies are installing white, reflective roofs, solar panels and plant-filled green roofs to cut down on energy costs and save taxpayers money. This is all in response to President Barack Obama’s executive order requiring agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.
The agencies are making $30 million available for companies to investigate the possibilities for creating military biofuels. The projects could help achieve the President’s energy goals, military energy security and rural economic improvement.
While government IT resources are shrinking, a dire need for improvements with customer interaction will be key to agencies survival.
Gene Zapfel, group vice president at Unisys, discusses the declining federal contracting dollars. Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, and John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, talk about stepping down from their respective jobs. Jim Shelton of the Education Department explains why the Office of Management and Budget gives his department high marks.
Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says the government is paying for private employees’ retirements has been a legitimate business expense for years under cost-accounting standards.
Frank Rusco, the director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at GAO, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss a recent GAO report.
Energy sells helium-3 faster than NNSA can collect it. What this means, and why it’s a problem, is explained for us by GAO’s Dr. Timothy Persons.
Contractors may cost more than you think. The Energy Department is finding that out the hard way. Mark Gaffigan is the Managing Director for Natural Resources and Environment Issues at GAO.