Federal Drive with Tom Temin

VA MISSION Act funding to take center stage in upcoming 2020 budget battles

Budget debates for 2019 just ended and congressional appropriators are on to 2020. Lawmakers looking at the Department of Veterans Affairs see an agency still reeling with change. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said the agency is in the middle of one of the greatest transformations in the department's history. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko provided the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:07:00 2/26/2019

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Trump administration's executive orders on federal employees and employment launched an epic struggle. Much of the president's May 2018 workforce orders have been locked up in legal battles for the past year. But the Office of Personnel Management sees a window of opportunity to implement portions of one of them. OPM is out with new regulations now. They're designed to streamline and shorten the firing and disciplinary process for federal employees. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break down the details.
00:08:55 9/17/2019
Just a year after awarding five contracts to support IT modernization, the Agriculture Department is moving on. USDA decided to bring all of its efforts in house and end its relationship with contractors and the General Services Administration under the Centers of Excellence initiative. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about why USDA believes it's ready to steer its IT modernization ship. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin now to discuss more details.
00:09:59 9/17/2019
As it enters its eighth decade, the General Services Administration is pushing ahead on a number of fronts to keep the agency and its services relevant to the rest of government it serves. The agency enables nearly every other to operate more easily by handling nuts-and-bolts activities like acquiring car fleets, buildings and information technology. As part of our series, GSA @ 70: Mission Evolved, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Alan Thomas, the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He outlined what he called the federal marketplace strategy, a series of policy, process and technology changes. He also discussed his federal marketplace strategy for modernizing FAS services, and the larger implications of the strategy.
00:17:11 9/17/2019
The Department of Veterans Affairs has long championed mobile access to its services. In fact, it has so many mobile apps, it's developed a new one to help veterans keep track of it all and ultimately improve their access to health care. VA's Director of Web and Mobile Solutions, Shawn Hardenbrook, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share the story of Launchpad.
00:09:48 9/17/2019
Congress seems to be working hard to avoid a lapse in appropriations when the fiscal year ends in a couple of weeks. But as last year's budget battles and the longest partial government shutdown ever have shown, anything can happen. For a review of what you can and cannot do during a lapse in appropriations, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the Government Accountability Office's Managing Associate General Counsel, Shirley Jones.
00:10:45 9/16/2019
The Army is set to release a brand new data strategy any day now. Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the service's chief information officer, said the goal is to make sure the Army's vast data holdings are visible, accessible, understandable, trusted, interoperable, secure. To get there, the Army says will need to set standards and enforce them "ruthlessly." Crawford sat down with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu to talk about the new strategy.
00:14:57 9/16/2019
The Department of Homeland Security has thrown down the gauntlet to the government's best cybersecurity minds. It launched the President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition, daring individuals and teams across government to compete in a three-part challenge taking place over the next three months. Rob Karas is the deputy director of vulnerability management at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS. He told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller about why the President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition is not just for federal cyber experts, but any government employee who thinks he or she has what it takes.
00:09:43 9/16/2019
You might have heard the widely reported fact that the federal government has not suffered a major cybersecurity breach in a couple of years. Trevor Logan argued, in reality, the government is as vulnerable as ever. In fact, he said agencies fail to meet even basic cybersecurity standards. He is cyber research associate at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:07:00 9/16/2019
It may sound macabre, but natural disasters can be excellent federal contracting opportunities. Simply put, the government needs many services and goods when areas are flooded or flattened. Federal contracting expert Larry Allen joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more insight on how to go about it.
00:08:45 9/16/2019
While the House talks continuing resolution, the Senate is making halting progress on a budget and appropriations for 2020. For what to expect this week, Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:22 9/15/2019

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