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Rep. Mica: Privatize FAA to bring it into 21st Century

The Federal Aviation Administration's antiquated radar system prevents the agency from keeping pace with new technology, but Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) thinks he has a solution that would also massively overhaul the agency.

Tags: FAA , privatization , Technology , Federal Drive , management , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 11:01am EDT
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Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.)

A Republican congressman yesterday introduced draft legislation to take the air traffic control system private. It would split the FAA in half, privatize the operational part and hand it over to the employees. The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), former chairman of the House Transportation Committee. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Mica admits this isn't his first attempt to change things.

Tags: FAA , Congress , House , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
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Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Tags: Freeze the Footprint , real property , real estate , real property disposal , OMB , GSA , David Mader , Congress , House , Kenyattah Robinson , Jones Lang LaSalle , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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Despite Obama directive, agencies maintain ad-hoc approach to unclassified information

Congressional report points to misuse of TSA's "sensitive security information" designation for unclassified agency data.

Tags: Congress , information security , Controlled unclassified information , TSA , Annmarie Lontz , Darrell Issa , Patrice McDermott , John Fitzpatrick , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:00pm EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - February 18, 2014

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , John Ford , Bernie Becker , Sam Davis

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 09:17am EST

Federal Drive Show Blog - February 14, 2014

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , JR Reagan , Gene Dodaro , Jim Galler , Jared Serbu , Jason Miller , Julia Ziegler

Friday - 02/14/2014, 10:32am EST

Reduced conference spending could save government $500M each year

Increased oversight and tighter controls have led to a nearly 90 percent drop in conference spending since 2010 at four agencies. The reductions could amount to $500 million in annual savings across the government.

Tags: Oversight , conference spending , government waste , GSA , IRS , VA , DoD , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 10:47am EST

Mica says agencies 'thwarting' proposed FTC relocation

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Oversight's Subcommittee on Government Operations, said the Federal Trade Commission and the General Services Administration are "thwarting" his proposal to force the FTC to relocate out of its historic headquarters building and into leased space in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Tags: Congress , House , GSA , federal buildings , Chris Wisner , David Robbins , FTC , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 05:10pm EST

OMB says PortfolioStat's impact measured by billions of dollars in savings

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel is testifying this morning before the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the progress of several IT reform initiatives. He says agencies are on track to close or consolidate more than 850 data centers in 2013.

Tags: Technology , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , GSA , Dave McClure , GAO , Dave Powner , Data center consolidation , PortfolioStat , IT consolidation , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 10:47am EDT

NIST to set standards for biometric recognition technology

In an effort to incorporate iris, facial and fingerprint recognition technologies across the government, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee pressed the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set a date for the release of national biometric recognition standards.

Tags: Technology , Congress , Oversight and Reform Committee , Charles Romine , NIST , John Allen , FAA , Brenda Sprague , State Department , Melissa Dawkins

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:10am EDT
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