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VA should be smaller, more specialized to treat veterans, Md. congressman says

In the days leading up to Memorial Day, a Maryland congressman says a smaller, more specialized Department of Veterans Affairs would better serve American service members.

Tags: John Delaney , Federal Drive , 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 , Federal Drive , 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 , Federal Drive , Workforce , MSPB

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

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)

Customer service at the Veterans Affairs Department has been a mixed bag lately. After the long weekend and the barbeque paraphernalia are cleaned up, area vets will have a chance to sit down with a caseworker and sort their affairs. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) will have those caseworkers on hand for a Constituent Services Workshop in Germantown. Vets can get help with all sorts of things. Rep. Delaney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more workshop details.

Tags: John Delaney , Congress , House , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive

Friday - 05/22/2015, 08:53am EDT

John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The VA wastes at least $5 billion a year by skirting federal law and paying excessive prices for goods and services. That's according to Jan Frye, VA's deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics. He recently told a congressional hearing that illegal purchase-card abuse seems to be the biggest problem. Members of the Veterans Affairs committee echo the notion that VA employees are acting illegally. What if that's you they're making those allegations about? Federal employment attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some advice.

Tags: John Mahoney , Veterans Affairs , Jan Frye , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:22am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Homeland Security is about to launch a new approach to make cybersecurity information sharing easier. In the next couple of months, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT) will begin using two new technical specifications called STICKS and TAXI. Both will help DHS automate how cyber information is shared between federal agencies and business. Brad Nix is the deputy director of U.S. CERT. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how DHS is putting these two standards to work to improve cybersecurity information sharing.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , DHS , STIX , TAXII , cybersecurity

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:25am EDT

Dr. Rahul Rajkumar, Deputy Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Health and Human Services reports saving hundreds of millions of dollars. It's been piloting a new payment model for health care providers, which was established by the Affordable Care Act. The model changes the incentives for providers who take a new approach to patient care and improving outcomes. Rahul Rajkumar is the deputy director of the Center for Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the model works.

Tags: Rahul Rajkumar , CMS , Federal Drive , HHS , Affordable Care Act

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:21am EDT

Thomas Stanton, President, AFERM

Risk management is what you do when there's not enough people and money to take care of all the issues that could derail your program. In other words, it's something everyone needs to do. Easy to say, but for many federal managers, a lot harder to do. IBM's Thomas Stanton, president of the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some insight on how to boost your risk management skills.

Tags: Thomas Stanton , AFERM , Risk management , IBM , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 03:38am EDT

Fed bashing: How bad is it?

Federal Drive host Tom Temin joins Mike Causey to discuss fed bashing and federal job security, and Federal Times senior writer Andy Medici will tell us Congress has in store for feds after the Memorial Day break.
May 20, 2015

Tags: pay and benefits , fed bashing , Federal Drive , job security , Federal Times , Andy Medici , Congress , mike causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 07:22pm EDT

From bomb-detecting elephants to catfish inspections, new waste books slam agency spending

Agencies are wasting more than $1 billion on duplicative and unnecessary programs, according to two new reports from members of Congress.

Tags: Tom Coburn , John McCain , the federal drive , Steve Russell , wasteful spending , Waste Watch

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 03:44pm EDT
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