The massive data breach impacting more than 22 million current and former federal employees leaves many with more questions than answers. A recent Congressional Research Service report highlighted several of those unknowns that continue to plague this evolving situation. Dan Blair is president of the National Academy of Public Administration and a former deputy director at OPM. He joined Jason Miller on the Federal Drive to try to answer some of those concerns.
The National Academy of Public Administration concludes that time-and-attendance fraud is neither widespread nor unique to teleworkers at the Patent and Trademark Office.
Federal managers have to keep lots of plates spinning. They're asked to maintain and improve ongoing programs and Congress is constantly adding new ones. The occasional high-profile failures, such as the launch of Healthcare.gov, show how tough the job can be. But the National Academy of Public Administration has some new ideas for improving that. Dan Chenok is the executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government and one of the report's authors. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.
Hackers attempted to steal federal employees\' personal information nine times within the past year. The Office of Personnel Management said it found out about the most recent cyber attack back in April. OPM is starting to tell employees if they\'ve been affected and what they can do to protect their information. Dan Blair, president of the National Academy of Public Administration and former deputy director at OPM, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why hackers are after more than just your identity.
National Academy of Public Administration President and CEO Dan Blair, NAPA Director of Project Development Joe Mitchell, and NAPA Fellow David Chu will discuss academy\'s current projects and initiatives. June 5, 2015
A growing trend among federal employees is a sense they can't escape their work. The National Academy of Public Administration says changes in mobile technology mean employees feel they have to be available at all hours of the day. The NAPA study finds that can have both a positive and negative impact on the overall culture of an agency. Ann-Marie Bryant is CEO of Beacon Associates. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down a variety of human capital challenges facing federal agencies.
More than 90 percent of federal managers say better technology helps them be more productive for their agency. But that doesn't mean their lives are any easier. New research from the National Academy of Public Administration and ICF International shows about 30 percent agency managers have to bring their work home with them now. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, a NAPA fellow, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained some of the 13 findings and 14 recommendations from the research.
New chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz, is reorganizing his subcommittees. He is expanding the number of subcommittees from five to six. Dan Blair is president of the National Academy of Public Administration. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why new congressional oversight leaders could stir up some big changes.
Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at OMB, said the administration has to help agencies get the skills and capabilities to move to a digital world more quickly and improve the quality. She said an updated Digital Services Playbook is coming in the next month. The IRS is one of the few agencies to grasp how digital services can improve its mission.
Federal leaders are getting more excited about moving their agencies toward a more digital existence. But new research by the National Academy of Public of Administration and ICF International finds the majority of federal respondents need help to make lasting change to their agency's services. And that help is coming from the Office of Management and Budget. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how OMB will further how agencies move to the digital world.
Agency management is mostly gung-ho about bringing new digital technology into the workplace, but hurdles such as a sluggish acquisition process and a workforce lacking tech-related skills keep the federal government from innovating, according to a new study.
The 2015 budget came with more than money for federal agencies. You got some homework, too. Namely 15 Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goals important to the White House. They cover everything from cybersecurity to climate change. Brenna Isman is a project director at the National Academy of Public Administration. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some of the CAP goals agencies will be working toward over the next year or so.
The Treasury Department isn't quite getting ready for the Christmas buying season, but it is preparing for the shared services buying season. Treasury will release a catalog of shared services early in 2015.
The administration is establishing cost and quality benchmarks for administrative operations, such as human resources, finance, acquisition, and IT. After initial doubts, agencies see benefits from understanding how much they are paying for specific functions and how much others are paying for comparable jobs.