Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- Value of Health IT
Shows & Panels
The Obama administration has set new cross-agency priority goals for managing government as part of its 2015 budget. Federal News Radio examines the eight areas identified by the White House: people and culture, customer delivery, strategic sourcing, smarter IT delivery, shared services, open data, lab-to-market, and benchmark and improve mission-support operations.
Trust is a critical factor in the relationship between federal managers and employees. Without it, whistleblowers are retaliated against; minor Hatch Act violations receive severe punishments; and unsuitable employees are given security clearances. In our special report, Federal News Radio explores what a lack of trust has created in government and what it will take to restore it.
The NSA leak scandal, the Navy Yard shooting and allegations of fraud against the federal government's largest provider of background investigations thrust the security clearance process into the spotlight recently. In our special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines why efforts to measure the quality of background investigations have stalled, the government's response to allegations of widespread fraud by the background-check firm, USIS, and why some experts think it's time for the Pentagon to retake control of security-clearance investigations.
The government spends $8 billion a year on financial management systems, which are run by more than 55,000 employees. The success rate of modernizing these systems is poor. There's a long list of failures ranging from EPA to Labor, to the SBA and VA. OMB is trying again to solve these problems by mandating agencies move to federal shared service providers over the next decade. Federal News Radio's special report explores the challenges faced by OMB, agency providers and agency customers in this latest attempt to move to federal financial management shared service providers.
Faster and improved disaster response can save lives. A streamlined buying process can save the government hundreds of thousands of dollars. Better technology can give the public access to important data in minutes instead of hours. Over the past two years, 61 talented and diverse individuals from the private sector teamed up with federal agencies to develop solutions like these to some of the nation's toughest challenges. Federal News Radio's special report takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
In the 16 years since the House, the Senate and the President have failed to agree on a set of bills to fund the government for an entire fiscal year, hope for an efficient process has withered. Since 1997, more than 90 different CRs have been passed in order to fund agencies. Federal News Radio's special report highlights best practices, real-life successes and research that could save time, money and sanity in federal budgeting, and give agencies and contractors the stability needed to help meet the missions of the government.
Two big forces are about to converge on the federal technology community. For the first time in 2014, agencies are expected to spend less on IT than the year before. For both government and industry that's a sea change, forcing everyone to think differently. Secondly, the government is about to reach a tipping point where the third generation of business computing will revolutionize how people work, who they work with, and how agencies buy and operate their IT infrastructure. Federal News Radio's special report, A New Era in Technology, delivers a field guide to program and acquisition managers about aligning spending, the IT infrastructure and the people skills needed to ensure success.
Federal News Radio conducts a series of surveys with federal CIOs, CAOs, CFOs, CHCOs and PIOs, to determine the priorities and challenges faced by the CXO community.
Each year, federal employees are given the opportunity to donate to approved charities through the Combined Federal Campaign. CFC is the world's largest annual workplace charity campaign, raising millions of dollars each year. Federal News Radio covers the 2013 campaign.
The Veterans Affairs Department is under pressure from Congress to improve its cybersecurity. A recent hearing found VA's networks have been breached several times by nation states. VA also has struggled to fix long-standing cyber vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio was first to report in June 2013 allegations that a former senior IT executive at the agency was bullied into signing deficient security certifications. All of this is leading lawmakers and others to ask, how safe is the data of more than 20 million veterans? We explore VA's cyber issues in our ongoing special report, VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat.
Sequestration's toll on industry is difficult to measure. Federal News Radio's special report, The Private Side of Sequestration, gauges the impact and ongoing effect of the Budget Control Act on the contractors that sell more than $500 billion worth of goods and services to agencies each year. We take an in-depth look at large, small and medium-sized companies, and investigate how government contracting is different today compared with previous fiscal years; which sectors are being hit the hardest; how business development is changing under sequestration; and how companies are planning for the future.
Botched predictions on federal retirement have breathed life into the idea of a so-called retirement tsunami. But it hasn't materialized, leaving the government to deal with a slow leak. Federal News Radio's special report, Retirement Conundrum, investigates what led to the faulty forecast, why OPM has trouble reducing the retirement claims backlog, and how agencies retain institutional knowledge as longtime employees walk out the door.
In Federal News Radio's on-air and online series, "Rise of the Money People: Financial management moves front and center as agencies make the final assault on wasted billions," we shine the light on chief financial officers and their soldiers in the financial wars, their strategies and tactics for waging the fight, the current and emerging weapons in their arsenal, and how their future battles will unfold.
During tough times, great leadership is key. In our special report, Top Leaders in Federal Service, Federal News Radio profiles five of the greatest leaders in government today to find out what their secrets are to success. We also reveal the results of our survey examining federal employees' morale.
Federal employees who came into government after Jan. 1, 1984 were part of a grand experiment. Could the government transition to a private-sector-like retirement system? The answer, 25 years after the creation of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), is a resounding yes. FERS, according to many experts, has lived up to the expectation of providing federal employees a three-piece retirement plan: a small defined pension, Social Security and a 401k-like investment opportunity in the Thrift Savings Plan. In our special report, we explore whether moving from the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) to FERS was a success and how FERS has evolved over the last quarter century.
The mobile revolution isn't new to many agencies. Laptops and BlackBerrys have been standard issue for many government executives for the last decade. What is different, however, is the widespread use of smartphones and tablet computers. Both agencies and citizens hold new and more immediate expectations, and the government must adapt to this technololgy. In our special report, Gov 3.0: It's Mobile, Federal News Radio explores how some agencies are meeting the demand internally and externally for mobile devices and apps. The challenge, like any new technology, is ensuring these devices actually help meet mission goals and don't become just another shiny toy.
Federal News Radio follows the races and election outcomes important to federal employees and government contractors.
Two events in 2006 changed the way federal agencies and contractors viewed and understood cybersecurity. In January, the Defense Department's Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations gave military services and DoD agencies six months to implement smart card readers for all computer systems and networks, and required employees to log onto those systems using their Common Access Cards. In May, an employee of the Veterans Affairs Department had a laptop stolen out of the trunk of his car containing the data on 26 million veterans.
The federal government has missed its 23 percent small business contracting goal for the past six years. Federal News Radio explores the dynamics that make small business contracting a challenge for agencies - specifically the Defense Department, the government's biggest spender. We explore what the Pentagon is doing to increase opportunities for small firms, highlight agency successes and examine why agencies are struggling to find contractors in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones).
The Obama administration's legacy over the past four years consists of major wins, missed opportunities and large scale busts. In this special report, Federal News Radio evaluates 23 initiatives behind which the administration flexed its performance and management muscle. In our special week-long multimedia series, we review how well the administration was able to go from concept to strategy to implementation to success in the areas of management, technology, workforce and acquisition.
The transition in Iraq from the Defense to the State Department was the largest civilian logistics operation since World War II. The State Department absorbed hundreds of functions traditionally undertaken by DoD, and a robust new role in contingency contracting. Federal News Radio's special report examines how key officials at DoD and State planned the transition and how they reformed contingency contracting management over the past decade.
The federal government takes more than $1 trillion per year to operate, with nearly half of its operating budget spent on the acquisition of goods and services. Congress, executive branch political leadership and career federal managers all agree — federal acquisition needs to be a lot more efficient and effective. Federal News Radio's week-long special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer, takes a look at acquisition from every perspective: agency, industry, workforce, oversight, and suspension and debarment.
The Government Accountability Office issues hundreds of reports each year detailing billions of dollars in cost-savings. Its role, which has evolved since it was first created as the General Accounting Office in 1921, is considered essential to the congressional oversight process. But last year, Congress cut the GAO's budget and officials announced it was on track to hit its lowest staffing levels since the 1930s. Employees and oversight advocates worry how reduced a reduced budget and staff will impact the agency's effectiveness.
On Monday, April 2, 2012, General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson stepped down from her post after firing Bob Peck, the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, and GSA adviser Stephen Leeds. The shakeup in the administration came on the heels of an inspector general report that detailed excessive spending by the agency at a conference in 2010. Read Federal News Radio's full coverage of the Shakeup at GSA.
From federal pay freezes to tightening budgets and a shrinking workforce, federal employees and managers have had to deal with their fair share of changes the last few years. But what kind of toll has it taken on the workforce? Managers and employees alike tell Federal News Radio their morale has been affected drastically - and not in a good way. We find out from feds just how bad the problem is; we speak with federal managers and leadership experts on what can be done to fix morale issues; and we hear straight from members of Congress what they expect from the federal workforce during these difficult times.
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy and the desire to make a difference in society, a generation of Americans has made the federal government their career. The post-World War II generation makes up about 25 percent of today's federal workforce — the focus of a new Federal News Radio series, Federal Voices. We will bring you the stories of long-time federal employees who began their careers when smoking in the office was common, where every desk had a typewriter and when no one was addicted to a Blackberry.
Federal News Radio looks back at the top stories of the year and predicts the big federal stories of 2012. Series includes top 10 Federal News Radio stories, top 10 Mike Causey columns, top 10 Federal Drive interviews and top 10 In Depth interviews.
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks forced the government to transform. The change has been both subtle and dramatic, encompassing everything from building security to computer security to how agencies hire and perform background checks. Federal News Radio evaluates the impact these changes have made on how the government meets its crucial mission and on the employees and contractors who are called upon daily to protect the homeland.
Thousands of feds have one thing in common - they perform work most people don't associate with the government. In our ongoing series, Cool Jobs in Government, Federal News Radio uncovers and highlights some of the most interesting and unorthodox ways feds spend their days.
The Service to America Medals (Sammies) awards program pays tribute to America's dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to our country. Federal News Radio interviews each of the finalists.
About 90 percent of federal employees live and work outside of Washington. We wondered what they would say if they could talk to headquarters. So, we asked them. In Federal News Radio's special report, Talk Back to Washington, we provide insight for the federal manager on the workforce outside the Beltway. We get perspectives of federal employees in different regions around the country and around the world. And, we find out about their working conditions, what they think of policy decisions made in Washington, and what they want Washington to know about the work they do day-in and day-out.
People in their 20s and 30s - often called Generation X'ers, Y'ers and Millenials - are sparking a cultural transformation in the federal workplace. The series explores the relationship between long-time and newer coworkers, and how the generations can help each other.
March 4, 1861 was a day of two inaugurations - Abraham Lincoln took office and the Government Printing Office opened for business. In our special report, 150 Years at GPO, Federal News Radio examines GPO's technological evolution over the years. We also take a multimedia tour inside GPO's plant operations where the agency prints the Congressional Record and Federal Register.
The Defense Department is spending more than $35 billion to move 123,000 employees and change the makeup of more than 8,000 bases across the country under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative. The impact on military personnel, their families, their communities and the agencies that work with DoD is just beginning to be understood. In our special week-long report, BRAC Impact: A Federal News Radio and WTOP In Depth Series, we will explore the effect moving hundreds of thousands of workers across DoD will have on the military and the contractors that support them.
Something is going on at the Small Business Administration. Federal News Radio has heard accusations of whistleblower retaliation, turkey-farming, hostile work environments, and widespread morale problems. The Office of Special Counsel investigated. Meanwhile, SBA says it is trying to root out waste, fraud, and abuse. What's the real story? Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller investigates.
For more than a decade, the threat of a retirement wave has loomed over the federal government. So what is the government doing to bring young people into the federal workforce? This series highlights some of the innovative ways that agencies are recruiting and retaining the next generation of federal employees.
It's been a year since President Barack Obama issued the executive order requiring agencies to reduce the amount of energy they use. Over the past 12 months, agencies have been putting the infrastructure in place to begin to tackle these goals. So, just how much of a difference are these mandates making? Is it lip service or real change? All this week, Federal News Radio analyzes the impact the programs and policies are having in making the government more green.
The proliferation of multiple award contracts across the government has reached a tipping point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is on a listening tour trying to figure out how to tame this unwieldy beast. The administration's efforts come as several agencies plan to recompete or issue new procurements for MACs in the coming year. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller explores all sides of this complex issue.
For decades, the government's HR systems have been one of the biggest scapegoats for agency performance problems. There have been scores of criticisms. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry now gets his turn to try to reform many long-standing federal HR challenges. In our series, HReinvented, Federal News Radio asks experts what would it take to build a better personnel system? We find where innovation already exists in government, and ask could these examples be a model for the rest of the agencies?
In April, it will have been two years since the General Services Administration has had a permanent leader. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller examines what effect the lack of permanent leadership is having on the agency - and other agencies in the federal government.
Federal News Radio takes a look at the top stories affecting the federal community in 2010 and how these issues will impact the government in 2011.
Federal News Radio is polishing its crystal ball to give you some of our predictions for the upcoming year. In no particular order, our news team has chosen the five issues that you'll want to watch in 2010. Also, read on to find out how you can participate in this series.
The decade is coming to an end ... and Federal News Radio is taking a look at the biggest stories that have impacted the federal government since 2000.
The Smart Grid will completely overhaul our current electricity infrastructure. Some say it could completely change the world while others worry about security and privacy. Federal News Radio's Amy Morris takes an in-depth look at the Smart Grid - what it is and how it's being developed - in her week-long series, Smart Grid, Smart Future?
Go to any conference and listen to different speakers, or hear what those in Congress say and invariably someone will perpetuate a stereotype of the federal government. The government wastes money. Federal employees don't work hard. Over time, these statements have developed their own lives. But are they really true? Federal News Radio analyzes five common observations about the government and lets you decide if the depictions are deserved.
Going green in the government isn't just a trend. It is a mandate. But lawmakers say they can't expect the rest of the nation to become environmentally friendly if they don't set the example. Federal News Radio takes a look at what Capitol Hill is doing to reduce its carbon footprint in our series, Beneath the Green Dome.
The series examines how the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate advances through funding and other cutting-edge technology to address some of the biggest problems in the public sector.