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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

By publicizing stories from IRS workers in the field, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is trying to change the minds of many in Congress and reverse the five-year trend of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how NTEU is making its case in the heart of tax filing season.

Tags: Jason Miller , IRS , NTEU , budget , Federal Drive , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 05:43am EDT

Ann Amrhein, Deputy Associate Commissioner, SSA

A group of Social Security Administration employees developed a Web application that lets analysts sift through terabytes of data. They can use a nearly infinite number of search criteria. That's enabled the agency to detect and prevent a lot of fraud and abuse. The application has gotten some attention. It was one of 30 finalists for ACT-IAC's 2015 "Igniting Innovation" awards. Ann Amrhein, the deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumerations and Administrative Systems, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the award-winning program.

Tags: Federal Drive , Ann Amrhein , technology , ACT-IAC , Igniting Innovation awards , SSA

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:49am EDT

Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

Tags: Shawn McCarthy , IDC Government , Federal Drive , FITARA , budget , CFO , CIO

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT

Doug Criscitello, Executive Director, Center for Finance & Policy, MIT

The federal budget development process for 2016 is looking a lot like the last decade's worth of budget work: Messy and potentially demanding on federal managers. Doug Criscitello was the chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now he's executive director of MIT's Center for Finance and Policy. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with advice on coping with the process.

Tags: Doug Criscitello , MIT , budget , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:46am EDT

David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

Tags: GAO , CIO , IT management , David Powner , Federal Drive

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT

Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

It will be several more years, at least, until first responders can access a nation-wide broadband network being built exclusively for them. It's called the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. Even with a $7 billion budget, the project has encountered a number of obstacles. Alan Tilles is the chairman of telecommunications at the law firm Shulman Rogers. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on FirstNet's struggles.

Tags: Alan Tilles , FirstNet , Shulman Rogers , broadband , Federal Drive , Commerce Department

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:54am EDT

Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

Tags: Robert Hite , Air Force Historical Research Agency , history , military , Federal Drive , Doolittle

Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees across the government have been watching the IRS and the challenges it has with its workforce. Commissioner John Koskinen said this year will be the last year for a hiring freeze, as the agency has to replenish a staff that's aging in place with thousands eligible to retire. This sounds like good news for IRS employees. But is it? Federal News Radio's Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share with some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , IRS , John Koskinen , hiring

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:43am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal agencies have adopted mobile computing with the same fervor as the private sector. Yet securing smartphones and tablets is still a challenge for most agencies. Federal security experts are still trying to find the right balance between mobile access and security of data and applications. The Defense Department may have the answer for many of these challenges. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on how DoD and others are taking on the quest for mobility and security.

Tags: Jason Miller , Cloud computing , mobile , cybersecurity , Federal Drive

Friday - 04/03/2015, 05:33am EDT

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

The Small Business Administration is reopening the comment period for a rule proposed late last year. The SBA is trying to bring small business contracting rules in line with what was mandated by the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. But critics say the SBA's approach is unfair to small businesses. Many of them would qualify as large businesses, while several large businesses could qualify as small. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and a long-time procurement attorney. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Federal Drive , SBA , Defense Authorization Act

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:27am EDT
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