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Government overlooks diamonds in its own back yard

Commentary: Before turning to Silicon Valley for all the answers, government agencies should look to local talent in the D.C. area, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , commentary , Silicon Valley , Technology , industry

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27am EDT

New guidance streamlines agency handling of unclassified information

The Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration has published a new guide to help agencies manage and label unclassified information.

Tags: John Fitzpatrick , NARA , Records management , FOIA , Controlled unclassified information , CUI , Michael OConnell , management

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 05:03pm EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - May 26, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Senate has voted to make it easier for veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq that the United States supports its fight against Islamic State militants and a labor union wants the government to follow the lead of Los Angeles and raise minimum wage.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 07:35am EDT

John Fitzpatrick, Director, Information Security Oversight Office, National Archives and Records Administration

It'll soon be easier for agencies to manage the dissemination of controlled unclassified information (CUI). That's thanks to a new guide published by the National Archives and Records Administration's Information Security Office. John Fitzpatrick is the office's director. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what's in the guide.

Tags: John Fitzpatrick , NARA , Tom Temin , CUI

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:46am EDT

Andrea Ippolito & Melissa Oliver, Veterans Affairs Department

Imagine losing the ability to use everyday objects like your phone or even tie your shoes. It's an unfortunate reality for far too many veterans and civilians. VA's new Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies aims to help alleviate that. VA has invited designers and engineers to help find creative ways to solve these challenges. Andrea Ippolito is a presidential innovation fellow in VA's Office of Innovation; Melissa Oliver is an occupational therapist and assistive technology program coordinator. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Creation Series.

Tags: Andrea Ippolito , Melissa Oliver , Veteran Affairs , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:53am EDT

Carol Cha, Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The government spends about $1.2 billion a year on mobile devices and services. But the Government Accountability Office found many agencies aren't keeping good track of those devices, or the money it spends on them. Carol Cha is the director of IT acquisition management issues at GAO. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Tags: Carol Cha , GAO , mobile , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:05am EDT

Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Bloomberg Government has compiled a list of the top 200 federal contractors of the last fiscal year and found some surprising trends. First off, it learned the government spent 3.1% less on contracts in fiscal 2014 than in 2013, when it had to deal with sequestration. Duncan Amos is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Federal Industry Leaders Study.

Tags: Duncan Amos , Bloomberg Government , Tom Temin , Contracting , Emily Kopp , Federal Industry Leaders Study

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:08am EDT

Democrat: Shrink VA health system for veterans' sake

Maryland Congressman John Delaney says the Veterans Affairs Department should focus on veterans' unique health needs and leave routine medical care to others.

Tags: John Delaney , Tom Temin , Memorial Day , Veterans Affairs

Friday - 05/22/2015, 12:08pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Having failed its cybersecurity audit for the sixteenth year in a row, Veterans Affairs is taking several steps to address long-standing cyber deficiencies to quicken the path toward a better grade under the Federal Information Security Management Act. Steph Warren is the VA's Chief Information Officer; Dan Galick is the associate deputy assistant secretary for security operations. They tell executive editor Jason Miller why they're optimistic after a long-string of poor audits.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Veterans Affairs , Cybersecurity , FISMA

Friday - 05/22/2015, 09:15am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Website Managing Editor, Federal News Radio

Being a federal employee has its benefits, especially if you find yourself accused of wrongdoing. Several columns about that topic have appeared lately on federal news radio dot com, including a couple penned by Tom Temin. They've produced quite a bit of reaction. Julia Ziegler is the Managing Editor of She joined the Federal Drive to discuss what the latest traffic is saying.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin , workforce , MSPB

Friday - 05/22/2015, 09:13am EDT
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