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What feds should know about the 114th Congress

Tuesday marks the first day of the 114th Congress, which mostly serves as a day of ceremony for freshman members. But once the fanfare is over, experts on the Hill say Republicans and Democrats will get right back to settling some old scores left over from 2014.

Tags: Congress , Don Kettl , Erik Wasson , Jason Chaffetz , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Jory Heckman , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , budget

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 12:17pm EST

Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

The calendar new year is just under way, but the year-end rush for fiscal 2015 is still eight months away. This year's fiscal-year-end rush may be a little different than other years though. Dr. Nick Nayak is former Chief Procurement Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said you might see a blast to start the year off, then another rush in the fall.

Tags: Nick Nayak , acquisition , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:15pm EST

5,500 women apply to join border patrol

Customs and Border Protection received more than 5,000 applications from women to join the border patrol. The hiring surge is part of a CBP effort to bring more women into all levels of the agency, CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: CBP , Border Patrol , Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act , Gil Kerlikowske , Federal Drive , hiring , Michael OConnell , workforce

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 10:15am EST
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Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has been steadily increasing its number of agents. But recently the agency commissioned a recruitment drive aimed at boosting the ranks of female agents. Only about 5 percent of CBP's 21,000 agents are women. But with more and more women trying to cross the Mexican border, CBP officials think having more women agents could help. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the agency's push to hire more female agents, starting with the results of its recruitment drive.

Tags: Customs and Border Protection , Gil Kerlikowske , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , hiring , diversity hiring , female agents , workforce ,

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:24am EST
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Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The amount of money the Homeland Security Department spends on administratively uncontrollable overtime is on the rise. The Government Accountability Office says it's up about 30 percent since 2008. But the overtime management system DHS uses is having a hard time keeping up. Dave Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the system.

Tags: Dave Maurer , administratively uncontrollable overtime , GAO , Francis Rose , In Depth

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:28pm EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama's wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.

Tags: Don Kettl , University of Maryland , Cuba , embargo , finance , trade , travel , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , State Deptartment

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:04am EST
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DHS Secretary Johnson: Fundamental change needed at the Secret Service

The Homeland Security Department released the executive summary of suggestions of an expert panel for how to reform the Secret Service. Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Secret Service is in need of some change. He also offers an update on his Unity of Effort initiative.

Tags: management , Jeh Johnson , cybersecurity , Secret Service , unity of effort , Congress , Jason Chaffetz , Elijah Cummings , Professional Services Council , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:07am EST
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Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.

Tags: Secret Service , leadership , management , oversight

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 05:50pm EST

VA bringing latest cyber tools to bear to improve network defenses

Steph Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said the agency is the first to implement advanced cyber capabilities from DHS known as Einstein 3A, and is expanding its continuous monitoring capabilities.

Tags: Steph Warren , Ask the CIO , technology , Veterans Affairs , cybersecurity , Einstein 3A , CenturyLink , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:55pm EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , Research and development , workforce , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST
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