Melanie Ann Pustay

  • It may be time for the government to hire cyber folks without formal degrees

    In today’s Federal Newscast, given the acute and ongoing shortage of cybersecurity talent, government officials are starting to think about hiring on skill, rather than specific degree.

  • FOIA request volume in FY 18 ‘well on-pace’ to break new records

    The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy believes fiscal 2018 will mark yet another record year for the volume of new Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the public.

  • Troops stand to get 3.1 percent increase in Trump budget proposal

    The Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal for government spending gives a big boost to the Pentagon and other security-related agencies, while calling for a cut of more than $2.7 trillion in federal civilian spending over the next ten years.

  • Top FOIA officials pursue automation tools amid unprecedented surge in records requests

    Faced with an unprecedented volume of Freedom of Information Act requests, top agency FOIA officials say automation could help ease the burden of their strained workforces.

  • Despite hiring freeze, agencies made progress in FOIA backlog in FY 17

    Despite receiving an unprecedented volume of Freedom of Information Act requests last year, agencies processed more requests than they received, and made a dent in the overall FOIA backlog.

  • Trump’s pick to take over CIA faces powerful skeptic in the Senate

    In today’s Federal Newscast, Senator John McCain said Gina Haspell will have to explain her involvement in the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program before he’ll vote for her confirmation.

  • During Sunshine Week, senators cite issues with FOIA request backlog

    Several federal agencies are struggling to keep up with a growing number of freedom of information requests, especially as fewer documents and officials’ schedules are taken offline.

  • As FOIA requests mount, Congress doubts agencies’ progress

    ”We can’t just put a smiley face on everything and say it’s good,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who led two days of hearings on agencies’ attempts to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests. He vowed to push reform legislation through Congress.

  • Federal Drive Show Blog – May 7, 2013

    On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • Federal Drive Interviews — Dec. 17, 2012

    Attorney Lynne Bernabei examines a recent ruling that allows feds to file some MSPB appeals in district courts. GAO’s Michele Mackin describes why more than 40 contracts worth more than $20 million each were awarded without meeting new guidelines. Former White House official Dan Chenok discusses the highs and lows of the E-Government Act. Melanie Ann Pustay of the Justice Department talks about how agencies report their Freedom of Information Act request fulfillment.