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A look ahead for the Thrift Savings Plan - September 17, 2019

Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, discusses initial response to their new withdrawal options, and what’s next for the Thrift Savings Plan. Mika Cross, federal workplace expert at FlexJobs, discusses results from the latest OPM WellCheck assessment, and why building a good work-life balance makes for a better workforce. Carten Cordell, staff reporter at the Washington Business Journal, discusses the new contract to modernize Air Force...


Findings from Army IG report on housing - September 16, 2019

Jordan Gillis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Installations, Energy & Environment at the U.S. Army, discusses improvements being made to Army housing, and how they’re changing the way the Army views property management. Katharina McFarland, director at SAIC, discusses how Secretary Mark Esper’s “night court” can find cuts across the Department of Defense, and why it’s important to remember the roles of the fourth estate. Ron Marks, president of ZPN National Security and Cyber...


GSA & OMB announce GEAR Center challenge winners - September 15, 2019

Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, discusses awards recognizing innovative ideas in federal management, and new developments at OMB. Greg Allen, chief of strategy and communication at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, breaks down their goals and priorities for AI at the Pentagon, and how they strive to be a new “center of excellence.” Lt. Gen. Tom Spoehr (Ret.- USA), director of the Center for National Defense at The Heritage...


Looking ahead to the 2019 Department of Defense audit-September 12, 2019

Frederick Carr, associate deputy assistant secretary for Financial Operations at the Air Force, discusses what they have learned from last year’s Pentagon audit, and what they’re looking for in this year’s. Kaitlyn Johnson, associate director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS discusses standing up U.S. Space Command, and what must be done to make the new component fully operational. Government Matters takes an inside look at impacts the 2019 Civic Digital Fellows made at the...


Bringing back Base Realignment and Closure - September 10, 2019

Frederico Bartels, policy analyst for defense budgeting at The Heritage Foundation, makes the case for another round of base realignment, and how it can help long-term savings at DoD. Nick Sinai, venture partner at Insight Venture Partners, discusses the growing prevalence of AI at the White House, and how federal agencies will incorporate machine learning into their missions. Sammies 2019 finalist Kristen Finne, Senior Program Analyst and Manager at the HHS emPOWER Program, discusses...


New blockchain possibilities at the Department of Health and Human Services - September 9, 2019

Oki Mek, chief technology officer at the HHS Acquisition Division, and Todd Simpson, chief product officer at HHS, discuss the new Accelerate procurement portal, and how the agency plans to use blockchain in future tech projects. William Cahoe, 10x project coordinator at the General Services Administration, discusses the small-scale tech investments that his office is developing, and why private sector best practices could work in government. Tony Cole, chief technology officer at Attivo...


Priorities for the Defense Digital Service-September 8, 2019

Megan Furman, deputy director of the Defense Digital Service, discusses priorities at the organization, and how their programs are improving technology and cybersecurity at the Department of Defense. Karen Evans, Assistant Secretary for CESER at the Energy Department, discusses overhauling their cyber toolkit, and why they want to hear industry’s comments. Tim Gribben, commissioner of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, discusses the Treasury’s 10-year vision, and examining the use of data...


Improvements to Veterans Affairs crisis hotline-September 5, 2019

David Case, Deputy Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses progress made with fixing the Veterans Crisis Hotline, and how the department improved training and technology to support callers. Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, discusses the potential for a federal pay raise in 2020, and updates with the union’s executive order lawsuit. Danny Werfel, managing director at the Boston Consulting Group, details how to plan for multiple...


Artificial intelligence at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - September 4, 2019

Todd Myers, automation lead chief information officer at NGA, outlines the agency’s current goals for machine learning, and how it will help manage the large quantities of data that flow into their systems. William Tinston, program executive officer for Defense Healthcare Management Systems, discusses what they’ve learned in testing the MHS GENESIS system, and how the new record will benefit service members throughout their careers. Mike Stevens, former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy...


Implementing high-level commercial technology in the national security space- September 3, 2019

Stan Soloway, President and CEO of Celero Strategies, discusses the issues involved in bringing commercial tech to government, and why it’s not strictly a procurement problem. Allison Bawden, director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office, discusses the nuclear supply chain, and what Energy Department authorities play major roles in securing it. Lauren Williams, staff writer at FCW, and Joe Gould, staff reporter at Defense News discuss the...


The Defense Department's plan for reciprocity-September 1, 2019

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Reflecting on the 2018 Defense Department audit-August 28, 2019

In this two-part interview, Douglas Glenn, assistant deputy chief financial officer and Department of Defense, outlines takeaways from the DoD audit, and how last year’s data will improve this year’s findings. Roger Zakheim, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation & Institute, discusses the lead times involved in updating equipment at the Pentagon, and ways to speed up the process.


CISA's new strategic intent- August 27, 2019

Suzanne Spaulding, senior adviser for homeland security at the CSIS International Security Program, discusses CISA’s plans going forward, and how the agency become the nation’s ‘risk adviser.’ Seth Cropsey, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, and Jeff Eggers, senior fellow at New America, discuss what the new Navy chief’s appointment means for modernization and strategy at the sea service. David Berteau, president & CEO of the Professional Services Council outlines provisions in the...


What you need to know before leaving the government - August 26, 2019

Alan Balutis, senior director & distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems, and Pete Tseronis, founder & CEO of Dots and Bridges, discuss what federal employees should think about before leaving government. Frank Kendall, executive in residence at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, discusses the considerations that go into a program cancellation in the Pentagon, and the impact it has on the involved parties. Jeff Clayton and Leo Alvarez from Government Contractor Advisory Services at Baker Tilly...


VA OIG recommendations to VistA enhancements - August 25, 2019

Larry Reinkemeyer, Assistant Inspector General for Audits & Evaluations at the Veterans Affairs IG Office, discusses ways the department could improve the rollout of the VistA scheduling enhancements Elham Tabassi, acting chief of staff of the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST, details the organization’s plan for AI standards in federal government, and why collaboration is important. Sean Keaney, deputy assistant inspector general for Cyberspace Operations at DoD OIG, discusses...


Upcoming changes to the Thrift Savings Plan-August 22, 2019

Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, and Greg Klingler, director at GEBA Wealth Management, discuss what updates to the Thrift Savings Plan mean for federal employees, and how access and withdrawals will change. Dave Wennergren, CEO of ACT-IAC, discusses the Cloud Smart strategy, and why moving to the cloud is a key modernization goal. Kea Matory, director of Legislative Policy at NDIA discusses how conferencing of the Defense...


Investing in artificial intelligence within DoD - August 21, 2019

Bob Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, discusses AI developments at the Pentagon, and why a robust cloud is necessary for innovation in the area. Carol Gorman, assistant inspector general for cyberspace operations at DOD OIG, details why purchase card holders buying tech can introduce gaping security holes into Defense Department systems. Tim DiNapoli, director of Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, outlines why the Department of Defense needs to improve their HR...


The impact of artificial intelligence on government-August 20, 2019

Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, discusses combating bias in AI, and why providing proper data is imperative. Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, discusses takeaways from the FY20 budget for the Pentagon. Daniel Snyder, director of government contracts research at Bloomberg Government, outlines interesting details and surprises from Bloomberg's top contractor rankings.


Breaking down the FY 2020 defense budget- August 19, 2019

Travis Sharp, research fellow at Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, discusses what the FY20 Pentagon budget means for DoD goals, and how it slots into the National Defense Strategy. Kara Frederick, associate fellow at the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, discusses how lessons from counterterrorism operations can be utilized in the fight against online misinformation campaigns. A panel of Coding it Forward leaders and fellows speak about their experiences with the...


OMB will track spending on TBM tools- August 15, 2019

OMB will track spending on TBM tools Richard Spires, CEO of Learning Tree International, discusses how technology business management can help agencies, and OMB's plans for the strategy. Air Force uses a bug bounty to find 54 vulnerabilities Former CIA CISO Robert Bigman outlines how bug bounties are changing the vulnerability detection landscape in government. DoD to enforce new cybersecurity standards for defense contractors Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, discusses new...