This week’s telework report from the Office of Personnel Management found that one-third of federal employees are eligible for telework. Most agencies now have a dedicated telework manager and are unrolling their plans. But do they have the technology to support these plans? And who’s going to pay for it?
Dave Romano — program manager, Army Corps of Engineers
You might think a transportation law is about transportation, but the new law signed recently by President Obama is so much more that that. In fact, some people are calling it “the Asian Carp” law. It requires the Army Corps of Engineers to step up efforts in the Great Lakes to control the invasive species. Dave Romano is a Corps program manager.
Steve Redburn — former senior executive, Office of Management and Budget
Washington wonks are a little peeved with the stalemates on Capitol Hill. Two D.C. academic groups — the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration — are trying to get the politicians’ attention with a new initiative. They’ve asked political-science experts to write “memos to leaders” detailing exactly what they should do to solve critical issues.
Dr. Paul Ceruzzi — chairman, space history division, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Nowadays we take it for granted that everything from soccer games to royal weddings are beamed in real time around the world in high definition TV. But when the Telstar satellite started up 50 years ago this week, people were astounded. For the federal government, Telstar the program was just as groundbreaking as Telstar the technical achievement.