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The Tech Fugitives, Kyle Scarmardo and Mark Tierney, leverage their 55+ years of technology experience, vast humor and whit to simplify tech news into funny and informative bits to help you stay up to speed! We cover relevant topics and provide insight into how it can affect Enterprise IT and more. We also enjoy impersonating tech moguls such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezzos, and of course our favorite critic The Spirit of Steve Jobs! We simplify the most complex content into simple entertaining ne ...
 
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When the government spent billions on health measures in response to the pandemic, officials worried whether enough would flow to the poor and vulnerable. Such people live in both urban and rural areas. My next quest coordinated the work to get millions of vaccines and other medications to community health centers. She's the director of the Office …
 
By any measure software vendor Solar Winds was a high flyer, with many federal customers for its IT managements software. Now the company says it's nearly recovered from the 2020 Sunburst hack that sent federal agencies fleeing...and became part of the cybersecurity vernacular. The Federal Drive got more from Solar Winds chief information security …
 
The governmental response to the COVID pandemic pulled in many agencies at the federal, state and local levels. But how well did they work together? The intergovernmental response is the topic of the latest study, sought by Congress, from a working group of the National Academy of Public Administration. Its main finding: there's work to do. The Fed…
 
The Army is modernizing almost everything. The effort extends from rifles used by individual soldiers to the Army's information systems and software development. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione got an update from the Army's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Young Bang.…
 
When the White House added up results from the latest federal employee pulse survey, the General Services Administration saw some positive feedback from its crew. GSA Deputy Administrator Katy Kale tells Federal News Network's Drew Friedman, she's particularly satisfied with the sheer the number of responses GSA got. First she comments on what it's…
 
Just like innumerable other government agencies, the Air Force runs on paper-based forms that have to be filled out manually, and each one takes time. But "how much" was a difficult question to answer, until the Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Wing saw a chance to do things differently. The wing has been experimenting with AI to take some of th…
 
The Biden administration wants to speed up federal permits and environmental reviews for projects under the $1 trillion infrastructure law. The White House permitting action plan includes a Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council. For how the council hope to expedite things, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman spoke with the executive direc…
 
One thing government contracting shops are sticklers for is receiving bids by the stated deadline. Two days or two seconds late, and would-be contractors are out of luck. That's true even if the government's own IT systems screw up or cause the lateness. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked about the latest test case with Smith Pachter McWhorter…
 
Federal oversight bodies often look for waste, fraud and abuse. But another trio of witches also bedevils the government: Fragmentation, overlap and duplication (FOD). The Government Accountability Office's latest report shows agencies have been able to hack away at FOD, but new instances keep popping up. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin got the la…
 
Artificial intelligence software isn't like other software, especially when it comes to acquiring and licensing it. The data requirements to ensure lack of bias in AI, and transparency in how it works are not part of standard license agreements. This is all the subject of a study by the School of Business at George Mason University. Study author an…
 
The Senate could vote tomorrow on a 40 billion dollar military aid package for Ukraine. It's already passed the House. Whatever happens, it will require contracts and contractors. Joining the Federal Drive with a look inside, the executive vice president for policy at the Professional Services Council, Stephanie Kostro.…
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started releasing a series of data sheets for the public. They show the delineations of wetland, a crucial piece of information in land and resource management. Joining the Federal Drive with details about the program, research soil scientist Jacob Berkowitz.By Tom Temin
 
One arm of the government's intellectual property protection machinery has a new position and a new person to fill it. The U.S. Copyright Office, a Congressional branch agency, has appointed its first chief economist. Joining the Federal Drive to explain the connection between copyrights and economics is that economist himself, Dr. Brent Lutes.…
 
The White House has three. NSA and US Cyber Command have both a general and one. CISA has one. We're talking about agencies with presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed positions focused on cybersecurity. The Energy Department, on the other hand, decided it didn't need a presidentially appointed or Senate confirmed leader in its Office of Cybers…
 
Like in the game of monopoly, Defense Department money comes in many colors. Unlike the board game, each color in DoD has a specific, non-interchangeable purpose. When it comes to buying software, that presents a problem, which the Air Force is hoping to fix in next year's budget. That an more in this week's DOD reporters notebook with Federal News…
 
From infant formula to the devastating war in Ukraine, nothing is to big or small for Congressional attention this week. You can throw veterans and Veterans Affairs into the mix. We get the outlook from Bloomberg Government deputy news director Loren Duggan.By Tom Temin
 
Congress has okayed billions of dollars in security assistance for Ukraine. But one group thinks the U.S. Defense industry is well-positioned to provide not just weapons – but humanitarian aid too. The needs on the ground range from search and rescue equipment to medical supplies and satellite phones. A collection of Arizona-based industry groups i…
 
Mama never said it would be easy. Veterans Affairs officials knew they were taking on a long and expensive project when, back in 2017, they decided to replace Vista, the electronic health records and management system. The new EHR has proven to be a heavy lift, especially when it comes to a realistic and enforceable schedule. We get the latest repo…
 
Starting today, 1,400 employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are returning to the office. Well, at least one day a week. But with union negotiations still incomplete, the American Federation of Government Employees is taking issue with EEOC’s announcement.By Tom Temin
 
For anyone in Washington wanting to understand something in the Defense Department budget, Todd Harrison has been a go-to analyst. Now, after seven years at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he's leaving to join a defense company. The Federal Drive spoke with him about the move.By Tom Temin
 
During the COVID pandemic, staffing the nation’s healthcare facilities has been a challenge pretty much across the board. But the military’s hospitals and clinics faced special circumstances. Military clinicians whose day jobs were at military treatment facilities could be pulled away for other COVID-19 missions with little or no notice. The Defens…
 
Few benefits for federal employment match the quality and reliability of the Thrift Savings Plan. Make those contributions over a career and you'll have a heck of a nest egg. Now the people behind the TSP, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, have a new strategic plan for now through 2026. Joining the Federal Drive with highlights, the b…
 
Navy brass know their shipyards are in rough shape. They plan to spend $21 billion on renovations over the next two decades. But the shipyard improvement program is off to a rocky start. The backlog of needed improvements is growing, not shrinking. Costs are escalating, and in at least one case, facility conditions are getting worse. Federal News N…
 
The IRS singled out its paper workload as one of its biggest setbacks this filing season. In response, the National Taxpayer Advocate recently issued a directive for the IRS to use scanning technology. Options include having tax preparers to use 2D barcode, and optical character recognition. For an update, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman spoke …
 
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