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Jon Desenberg, Policy Director, The Performance Institute

Once upon a time, you could measure government performance pretty easily. The main metric was, "Did we spend all of our budget on time?" No longer. Citizens, Congress and successive White House policies want government dollars to make a difference. John Desenberg is the policy director of the Performance Institute. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance.

Tags: Jon Desenberg , The Performance Institute , Tom Temin

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:38am EDT

Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

President Barack Obama has ushered in Public Service Recognition Week with a proclamation that recognizes federal employees have had a rough time lately. He cites "pay freezes, budget cuts, sequestration and a political climate that too often does not sufficiently value their work." The organizers of this week's events can't do much about the first three things. But they're tackling the issue of respect with a theme called "Government Works." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the week ahead.

Tags: Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Tom Temin , Public Service Recognition Week

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36am EDT

Ann Ebberts, CEO, Association of Government Accountants

The Association of Government Accountants has a new CEO. Ann Ebberts leads the association during a time of change, thanks partly to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA puts chief information officers on a rough par with chief financial officers when it comes to budget authority. The financial function itself is under a lot of pressure to help improve agency performance not just count beans. On a special Federal Drive live from the AGA Government Performance Summit, Ebberts joined Tom Temin to discuss her new role.

Tags: Ann Ebberts , Association of Government Accountants , Tom Temin , FITARA

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:40am EDT

Digital services shouldn't feel like thumbscrews

People don't want digital services per se so much as they want easy access to whatever services they seek, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , Digital services , Technology , management

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:04am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , House , Congress , In Depth

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT

Friday federal headlines - May 1, 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 White House has released draft guidance for how agencies should respond to the FITARA, a House panel moves forward a bill to change surveillance from the NSA and a watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:26am EDT

Vince Kane, Veterans Affairs Department

Veterans Affairs wants to help put an end to veteran homelessness. The department is repurposing its West Los Angeles campus to serve particularly vulnerable veterans, such as women or severely disabled vets, who are also homeless. The campus redesign will help VA implement the White House policy that no veteran should live on the streets. Vince Kane, the director of the VA's National Homeless Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the plan.

Tags: Vince Kane , Veterans Affairs , Tom Temin , National Homeless Center , Los Angeles

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:41am EDT

Tom Grzymski, Associate Commissioner, Telecommunications & Systems Operations, Social Security Administration

Social Security has been operating its new data center for about a year now. The badly needed facility was funded back in 2009 by the economic stimulus bill. It took several years to find a site and build the new data center. Perhaps the hardest part was migrating data and other assets to the new data center. After all, it's not as if Social Security can shut things down for a week or so. Overseeing this effort was associate commissioner Tom Grzymski. He and his team won a project management award at the recent GITEC conference. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review SSA's efforts.

Tags: Tom Grzymski , SSA , data center , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:17am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor,

The retirement tsunami has been the boogeyman of federal HR people for years. So far, though, the wave has never hit. What if that retirement tsunami never materializes? Managing Editor Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share the results from our retirement survey and some of your thoughts.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , retirement , The Reverse Retirement Wave , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/01/2015, 10:17am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget has released a much-anticipated draft policy to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance is designed to help agencies implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Tony Scott is the federal Chief Information Officer. In this exclusive interview, he tells executive editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.

Tags: Jason Miller , OMB , FITARA , Tony Scott , Acquisition , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/01/2015, 10:13am EDT
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