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When he's not tooling around the National Capital region on his motorcycle, Tom Temin interviews federal executives and government contractors who provide analysis and insight on the many critical issues facing the Executive branch. The Federal Drive is found at FederalNewsNetwork.com and 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. region.

Episode Date
Deloitte Government publishes list of potential IT disrupters
00:10:01
One thing about information technology is that there's always more of it coming. And it has the power to disrupt organizations. Deloitte Consulting is just out with its list of disrupters, and Scott Buchholz, Deloitte Government chief technology officer, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights.
Mar 18, 2019
Dems-led House means more contracting oversight on the way
00:08:40
Those who do business through the General Services Administration might find their government folks a little distracted as the oversight machine cranks up. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the increase in oversight activity promised by a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is coming to fruition. He also explained why more contractors ought to protest.
Mar 18, 2019
OMB’s Weichert: USPS employees see pay ‘rise faster’ than other feds
00:08:18
Members of Congress and Trump administration officials agree on at least one thing: The Postal Service is long overdue for reform. But that's about as far as the agreement goes. They disagree sharply on what steps they should take to put the agency on firmer financial footing. One thing that's off the table though is a proposal to privatize USPS. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest.
Mar 18, 2019
USDA could rev up biomass energy development
00:12:01
With all the news in recent years about fracking, discovery of new gas and oil supplies, solar — the idea of biomass energy — has ended up on the back burner. But a new framework just published by the Agriculture Department would rev up the development of biomass resources. David Babson, senior adviser to the Office of the Chief Scientist at USDA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Mar 18, 2019
As NBIB shrinks the security clearance backlog, other personnel vetting agencies feel the pressure
00:08:39
The National Background Investigations Bureau said it's made some serious progress on the backlog of pending security clearances. It's down to 542,000 now. But as NBIB finishes more cases faster, that puts pressure other organizations with the federal personnel vetting enterprise. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the progress and the status of the executive order that's supposed to move the security clearance program altogether.
Mar 15, 2019
Congressional Research Service delivers report on OTAs
00:08:59
Several federal agencies, including the Defense Department and the armed services, have rediscovered an old but potent way of getting rapid acquisitions done. It's called Other Transaction Authority, and now the Congressional Research Service has sent up a detailed report on OTA. Alex Rossino, senior principal research analyst at Deltek, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the implications.
Mar 15, 2019
DoD 2020 budget puts heavy emphasis on development of emerging technologies
00:07:50
After spending the last three years focusing on readiness, the Defense Department is adding some new items to its budget request. Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation would get its largest bump in years next year if Congress goes along. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 15, 2019
Gig economy could be costing billions in lost tax revenue
00:00
The Treasury Department might be losing out on billions in tax revenue legitimately owed by people who make their living in the fast growing gig economy. That's the main finding from a recent audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Assistant IG Matt Weir joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights.
Mar 15, 2019
Agencies launch competition to improve opioid detection in mail
00:07:16
The opioid addiction crisis keep spreading and the federal government keeps marshaling more resources to try and roll it back. The latest effort brings several agencies together to launch a challenge prize competition. Rosanna Robertson, program manager for the Opioid Detection Challenge at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Mar 14, 2019
FOIA request volume in FY 18 ‘well on-pace’ to break new records
00:10:28
The Office of Government Information Services, part of the National Archives and Records Administration, mediates between people seeking government records and the agencies that have them. But with a growing volume of new requests agency Freedom of Information Act professionals have trouble keeping up with demand. Alina Semo is the director of OGIS. As part of Sunshine Week, celebrating government transparency, she told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman how efforts to revitalize the FOIA workforce have gone. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 14, 2019
Special Counsel recounts a year of Hatch Act violations, no MSPB and more
00:17:21
It's an unfortunate fact of life. When you have a workforce of 2 million people, a few of them will commit harassment, retaliate against whistleblowers or drag their partisan politics to the office. Much of the work at correcting these problems falls to the Office of Special Counsel, which is led by Henry Kerner. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio with a review of the past year, from OSC's productivity to Hatch Act complaints and the effects of there being no Merit Systems Protection Board.
Mar 14, 2019
After shutdown wiped out reserves, Combined Federal Campaign preps for Christmas giving season
00:08:09
The Washington, D.C. metro area's Combined Federal Campaign came tantalizingly close to meeting its 2018 charity fundraising goal, but then came the longest government shutdown in history. And while some are thinking about Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day, the campaign's staff are already planning out the 2019 Christmas season pledge drive. Vince Micone is the chairman of the National Capital Area's CFC. He told Federal News Network's Jory Heckman what's in store for next year on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 13, 2019
Border patrol sees glimmers of progress but still can’t meet recruitment, staffing goals
00:07:39
Most civilian agencies would see big spending cuts under the president's 2020 budget request. The Department of Homeland Security, though, would get boosts in both funding and headcount if the White House gets its way next year. The White House included several million dollars for Customs and Border Protection to hire nearly 1,000 new people. But as House lawmakers heard recently, more money won't necessarily fix CBP's persistent recruitment and retention challenges. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had the story on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 13, 2019
EPA trying to divert food waste from landfills
00:10:16
For a country as big and complex as the United States, waste takes many forms. When one thinks of the Environmental Protection Agency, they probably think of waste from mines, factories, power plants and farms. But a lot of food goes to waste every day and some EPA staff are trying to make sure it goes to something other than landfills. Cheryl Coleman from EPA's Office of Emergency Management, and Delores Rodgers-Smith from the agency's Region 4 Resource Conservation and Restoration Division joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Mar 13, 2019
Gov't turns to new 'DUST' technology fro supply chain management
00:11:32
As the government warms to taking on the supply chain security risk it's looking for technologies to enable visibility into what's coming through those shipping doors. Now a technology called DUST, or Diamond Unclonable Security Tag, which is backed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is showing promise. Ophir Gaathon, CEO of Dust Identity, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for more.
Mar 13, 2019
Rate of female civil servants in exec. roles remains low
00:07:51
Since the days of Frances Perkins, women have been joining the ranks of presidential Cabinet secretaries. Now no one finds it remarkable. Yet when it comes to the number of women career civil servants making it into executive ranks that number remains oddly low. On why that might be the case and how to fix it, Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 13, 2019
2020 President's budget request expected to be picked apart by Congress
00:08:16
The great budget dance got underway Monday, with the release of the administration's budget proposal for 2020. It was sent over to Congress, like a frog heading for dissection. With more of what to expect, The Firewall Editor in Chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 12, 2019
Administration proposes $750B defense budget via huge increase in OCO spending
00:08:18
On Monday the Trump Administration offered a first glimpse of its Defense Department budget proposal for 2020. And while we don’t know DoD’s line-by-line spending priorities yet, the document is a recipe for steady growth in defense spending for the next 10 years – partly at the expense of domestic agencies. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu was on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what we know so far.
Mar 12, 2019
EEOC, Justice Dept. working together on workplace harassment in government
00:11:26
Harassment of all sorts can happen anywhere, including in the offices of state and local government. That's why since December the Justice Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have been working together under a memorandum of understanding. EEOC Commissioner Charlotte Burrows joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a progress report.
Mar 12, 2019
Familiar cuts to federal pay, retirement, health benefits included in Trump’s proposed 2020 budget
00:08:52
The president's 2020 budget request is out and it's a mixed bag of old and new proposals. On one hand, it includes a historic number of spending cuts mostly at civilian agencies. On the other hand, the White House has made the same familiar proposals to cut federal employee retirement and health benefits. Federal News Network's Executive Editor Jason Miller and Reporter Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break down the details of the president's new request.
Mar 12, 2019
Spending on the rise for backlogged immigration courts
00:09:22
The ongoing influx of migrants to the United States has created a gigantic backlog for immigration courts, where spending has been rising fast. Bloomberg Government analyst Michaela Ross joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an outline of the situation.
Mar 12, 2019
Disqualified practitioners gaining access to VHA patients
00:08:52
When it comes to medical practitioners, the Veterans Health Administration maintains a database of who's OK and who is disqualified. But too often, VHA officials aren't aware of adverse actions against practitioners, or don't follow policy when they do know. That means disqualified doctors have had continued contact with patients. Kathy Larin, director of the forensic audits and investigative service at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Mar 11, 2019
President's 2020 budget request promises responsible fiscal roadmap
00:08:07
President Donald Trump's budget proposal for 2020 came out Monday. This version is known as the skinny budget but it has a lot of fat to chew over. The administration promised what it calls a clear road map for a more fiscally responsible future, including adherence to budget caps that Congress enacted and can ignore at will. For more, veteran budget analyst David Berteau, CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 11, 2019
Resuming human spaceflight means health in space a priority
00:11:54
With the resumption of moon missions and plans to launch people to Mars, sustaining life and good health in space and for a long time is becoming a federal priority. Now a new interagency agreement between NASA and the Department of Health and Human Services will bring greater cooperation on research. Craig Kundrot, director of space life and physical sciences research at NASA, and Dr. Christopher Austin, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 11, 2019
The Air Force just handed out 242 contracts in two weeks and it might change everything
00:08:48
Last week the Air Force held its first ever Pitch Day. The idea was to hear from small companies and rapidly award them contracts, if they've got a great idea. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione headed to New York to see Pitch Day in action. He explained the significance of the day for the future of Air Force acquisition on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 11, 2019
Energy Dept.'s new clean energy institute focused on manufacturing, cybersecurity
00:10:53
The Energy Department is about to open what it calls a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute. It would be the sixth institute concerned with manufacturing, and have the charter for dealing with cybersecurity issues in efficient manufacturing. Karen Evans, assistant secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, and Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio.
Mar 08, 2019
Marines have 24/7 3D printing parts office at their fingertips
00:06:58
“If you can’t find it, we’ll make it" — that’s the motto of the Marine Corps' new 24/7 Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell. The office finds parts Marines need to repair weapons systems, and if they can’t find it they 3D print it. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked to Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell project officer Capt. Matthew Friedell about how 3D printing works and where the office comes in handy. Hear the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 08, 2019
Navy trying to harness marine life to detect man-made objects
00:07:49
If various fish, shrimp and microbial organisms can sense and respond to the presence of foreign objects they could potentially help the Navy's ability to know what man-made objects are underneath the surface. At least, that's the idea behind a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program called Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors, or PALS. It's been going for a year and Larry Tender, a chemist with the Naval Research Laboratory, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update.
Mar 08, 2019
Nearly 10,000 NTEU bargaining members opt into union's shutdown lawsuit
00:06:56
The National Treasury Employees Union is still moving ahead with two lawsuits related to the government shutdown. The threat of another one is over for now but the union said some big goals are driving NTEU to keep moving. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to talk about the status of those two lawsuits, and about the status of a slow-moving government reorganization that will also impact the federal workforce.
Mar 08, 2019
Trick to getting private sector workers into State Dept. may widen gender pay gap
00:10:10
A long running program at the State Department is designed to bring in people from high paying jobs in the private sector. One way to convince them to join public service is higher-than-usual starting salaries. But according to my next guest, that has the potential to widen what she believes is already a pay gap between men and women. Jenna Ben-Yehuda is a former State Department employee and founder of the Women's Foreign Policy Network. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Mar 08, 2019
Army Corps' fish-counting contract protested for awardee's experience
00:09:03
It was a call for a contractor to do something deceptively simple — so simple that anyone or any company could do it. Still, the agency asked for experience. It thought it had found the right company but the losing bidder protested. To discuss why the bidder lost, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 07, 2019
Army plans to follow Navy, Air Force in outsourcing much of its IT infrastructure
00:06:51
When it comes to enterprise network modernization, the Army has reached the same conclusion the Navy did almost two decades ago. It can’t move quickly enough if it continues to own and operate its own IT infrastructure. So, as Federal News Network's Jared Serbu reported, the Army plans to quickly move toward an enterprise-IT-as-a-service model. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 07, 2019
Employee group concerned about cuts to Park Service training
00:07:49
How often have you heard the complaint that the first thing cut when budgets aren't right is training? At the National Park Service, that seems to be the case, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The group called the agency's moves a stealth downgrade. PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Mar 07, 2019
GAO ticks DoD supply chain management, weather satellite data gaps off high-risk list
00:07:28
The Government Accountability Office’s high risk list sometimes seems like fly paper. Agencies and programs get stuck on it, and they never escape — but not always. As a matter of fact, GAO auditors just took two items off that list. The Defense Department’s supply chain management and the government’s handling of weather satellite data. It's progress but other programs on the high risk list continue to deteriorate. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 07, 2019
Federal electronic health records unable to reach full potential
00:09:45
A decade after the start of a federally-backed effort to establish electronic health records most medical establishments have them. But systems still don't communicate easily with one another. That means neither patients nor health care providers are realizing the full potential of EHRs. Now a major Washington, D.C. think tank has issued a long series of recommendations for fixing the lack of interoperability. Bipartisan Policy Center fellow Janet Marchibroda joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights.
Mar 06, 2019
Many reasons for AI but where does federal government stand?
00:10:52
From depletion of clerical ranks to the need to rev up customer service, federal agencies have a lot of incentives to bring on artificial intelligence. For a snapshot of where that effort stands at the moment, Claude Yusti, a partner in the Public Sector Watson Artificial Intelligence and Data Platform at IBM Global Business Services, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 06, 2019
Owning marijuana stocks may skunk your security clearance or chances of getting one
00:08:21
Even though marijuana is now legal in a handful of states, owning stocks in companies that grow or dispense pot may skunk your security clearance. The Defense Department is still hashing out some of the details on its policy. But critics call the current guidance half-baked. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to get into the weeds of the issue.
Mar 06, 2019
Springtime brings thoughts of vacation, retirement
00:09:03
With spring just around the corner, young folks' thoughts turn to flights of fancy. Everyone else wonders whether it's time to retire. If you're in the latter group, you've got to do some careful research before having a mimosa every morning. Federal retirement planning expert Tammy Flanagan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some of the important questions that need asking.
Mar 06, 2019
Trump nominates third candidate in 2 years to be OPM director
00:07:51
The Office of Personnel Management may finally get a new permanent director. President Donald Trump said he'll nominate Dale Cabaniss to lead the agency. She'd be the third candidate in two years to lead OPM. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what the nomination means, and give a status update on a federal workforce goal from the Trump administration.
Mar 06, 2019
Air Force looks to build ‘big idea pipeline’ to expand industrial base
00:08:53
Later this week, the Air Force will invite about 80 small vendors to an event in New York, where it hopes to achieve a bit of a breakthrough in the processes it uses to reach out to nontraditional would-be contractors. The service plans to award $40 million in contracts on the spot and pay for them on the same day. “Pitch day,” as the Air Force calls it, is just one thing officials say they’re doing to expand the service’s traditional supply base. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu wrote about it in this week’s edition of the DoD Reporter’s Notebook, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Mar 05, 2019
Arguing for the return of the Office of Technology Assessment
00:10:21
Remember the Office of Technology Assessment? If so, you've been around a while. The group, which provided insight to Congress on technology and its implications, was defunded in 1995. A recently recovered staff member of the House Judiciary Committee argued it's time to bring back the OTA. Sasha Moss is government affairs manager at the R Street Institute and Zach Graves is policy chief at the Lincoln Network. Both joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio.
Mar 05, 2019
Debt ceiling and border wall: gridlock as usual on Capitol Hill this week
00:08:32
The debt limit has hit, there's no agreement on spending caps and lawmakers are still futzing over the border wall. It's just another week on Capitol Hill, as Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan explained on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 05, 2019
FBI, DoD IG conducting preliminary investigation into JEDI, procurements
00:08:32
The Defense Department's $10 billion cloud contract known as JEDI is entering new ground. Federal News Network has confirmed that the DoD inspector general and the FBI have launched a preliminary investigation into the Joint Defense Enterprise Infrastructure or JEDI program. And into the Washington Headquarters Services role in this and other acquisitions. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller broke the news of the preliminary investigation. Jason joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Mar 05, 2019
Operations director gives glimpse inside NSA's cyber threat responses
00:21:53
At the National Security Agency, no cybersecurity incident goes unaddressed. Much of the responsibility for in-bound threats falls to the Operations Directorate. Operations Director Jon Darby, a veteran NSA sleuth, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what goes on in his section and how it shares information. He also gave a brief look at life inside the agency and described the architecture of threat information sharing.
Mar 05, 2019
Armed services medical personnel totals, readiness levels inconsistent
00:09:26
The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act required the armed services to report to Congress the required numbers and readiness levels of medical and dental personnel. That hasn't happened and there's disagreement by Pentagon overseers with estimates developed by the armed services. It's sort of a mess but Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to help sort it out.
Mar 04, 2019
Federal tech vendors ought to pound the pavement
00:08:46
Those who sell technology to the government may already know this but now's the time to get out of the office and wear down a little gumshoe. Their focus should be on assisted acquisitions, client engagement and innovative acquisition methods. That's according to Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners, who joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Mar 04, 2019
Momentum builds for Congress restoring Office of Technology Assessment
00:07:58
The Government Accountability Office identifies a hundred dollars worth of fraud, waste and abuse for every dollar invested in its budget. That’s the agency’s pitch to Congress — to expand its budget by nearly 10 percent next fiscal year. This comes amid a push by lawmakers to bring back another watchdog office, the Office of Technology Assessment. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Mar 04, 2019
ODNI, OPM planning series of sweeping updates to personnel vetting system
00:08:54
A few key officials within the Trump administration have agreed to a broad framework and a series of sweeping changes they want to make to the suitability, credentialing and security clearance process. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Office of Personnel Management said these are the first big changes to a system that's been stuck in the past for decades. They said the goal is to move trusted federal employees and contractors in their jobs more quickly and give them the flexibility to move more easily in and out of government. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Mar 04, 2019
Appropriators push back against plan to reallocate MILCON funds to border
00:07:23
The Trump administration’s plan to redirect military construction money toward a border wall is getting bipartisan pushback among House appropriators. Even a key Republican is warning the Defense Department that it could lose some of the funding flexibility it’s had in past years if the White House goes through with the plan. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 01, 2019
How come men do all the inventing?
00:09:58
Measured by the number of patents granted to them, women inventors have a long way to go to catch up with men. But their numbers are on the rise, according to new statistics from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. USPTO's acting Deputy Chief Economist Amanda Myers joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some of the trends.
Mar 01, 2019
Shutdown didn't melt NASA's Operation IceBridge project
00:07:59
The government shutdown delayed by four weeks a NASA annual effort to measure arctic ice. But all is not lost for the campaign known as Operation IceBridge. With the news and some background on this project, Linette Boisvert, NASA's deputy project scientist for Operation IceBridge, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Mar 01, 2019
Silicon Valley's reasons for not working with DoD more monetary than moral
00:09:38
If you think the archetypal Silicon Valley millennial nerd company has antipathy for the US military and national security think again. The reason these companies don't do military work might be something more prosaic, and easy to fix. That's according to Rachel Olney, the founder and CEO of Geosite, and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss more.
Mar 01, 2019
With no quick fix in sight, MSPB careening toward ‘unprecedented’ scenario this week
00:08:06
The Merit Systems Protection Board has achieved a first Friday, March 1: It no longer has any members. That means it can’t rule on petitions for review, issue employee stays or publish studies on the civil service. The term for the last remaining member Mark Robbins ended yesterday. There’s bipartisan concern in the House Oversight and Reform Committee about the impacts. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko had the story on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Mar 01, 2019
DoD needs to use a scalpel if it cuts medical force, medical corps educator says
00:08:11
Defense Department bosses are considering cutting 17,000 medical professionals from their ranks. The president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Richard Thomas, whose school solely trains military medical professionals said the draw down has precedent. But he said DoD needs to be careful how it trims. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Thomas about the potential draw down and other military medical issues on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 28, 2019
Outgoing Commerce CIO recalls his years in federal gov't
00:09:21
One of the most senior chief information officers in the government is retiring. Commerce Department CIO Rod Turk departed Thursday. He's a 26-year Navy veteran and had stints at the Justice Department, the Transportation Security Administration in its early days, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Turk joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to recall precisely when he took on his latest job.
Feb 28, 2019
Trump nominates former DC procurement official to lead OFPP
00:09:14
Procurement policy is rarely at the top of an incoming administration's priorities. But now the Trump administration has nominated a former D.C. procurement official to direct the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Michael Wooten is now working at the Education Department as deputy assistant secretary for community colleges. For what Wooten might want to do if confirmed, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to former OFPP Deputy and Acting Administrator Robert Burton, now an attorney and partner with Crowell & Moring LLP.
Feb 28, 2019
Despite sluggish rollout, DoD vows to expand new hiring system for cyber personnel
00:06:53
It’s been more than three years since Congress gave the Defense Department new authorities to set up a separate, streamlined personnel system for its cyber workforce, and lawmakers are frustrated at how little has happened since then. But Pentagon officials acknowledged it’s time to pick up the pace, and said they’re developing a plan to do so. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 27, 2019
FDA's Sentinel system captures data from medical device issues
00:08:55
Food and Drug Administration officials plan to build on a system called Sentinel. It's a way of gathering data points from multiple sources to understand where problems with medical devices or medicines could affect safety. Dr. Robert Ball, deputy director of the FDA's Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more about the system and what the agency plans to do.
Feb 27, 2019
Important not to forget shutdown's stinging side effects
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This year's government shutdown is like a tattoo that's been removed. Lots of regret and stinging remains, and the effects never really disappear completely. To discuss why we need to keep these effects in mind, Margot Conrad, director of federal workforce programs at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 27, 2019
Smithsonian reopening revamped paleontology exhibit after 5 years
00:11:48
It's been closed for five years but now the Smithsonian is putting the final touches on the reopening of its paleontology exhibit. The fossils and layout are totally re-imagined from the original 1911 version. The exhibit reopens to the public June 8 but for a preview, Federal News Network's Eric White and Tom Temin visited project manager Siobhan Starrs. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and see photos from the exhibit at www.federalnewsnetwork.com.
Feb 27, 2019
VA MISSION Act funding to take center stage in upcoming 2020 budget battles
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Budget debates for 2019 just ended and congressional appropriators are on to 2020. Lawmakers looking at the Department of Veterans Affairs see an agency still reeling with change. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said the agency is in the middle of one of the greatest transformations in the department’s history. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko provided the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 27, 2019
Cyber gushes from 2019 spending bill, if you know where to drill
00:09:11
When you dive into the fiscal 2019 budget sometimes you need a miner’s hat, and sometimes you just need a big old drilling donkey. You just need to know where to drill. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller got covered in black crude while drilling for federal cybersecurity dollars. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share what he found.
Feb 26, 2019
Military offers inspections, promises better service in reaction to substandard housing
00:08:28
The armed services are beginning to respond to reports of rats, mold and lead paint in privatized on-base housing. After a noisy congressional hearing two weeks ago, they've come up with plans to help families sickened by conditions in their homes. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his latest DoD Personnel Notebook.
Feb 26, 2019
NIST has new guidance for protecting interdomain traffic
00:11:08
You might not wake up thinking about routing control plane anomalies, prefix hijacking and route leaks. But your agency network administrators do, or they should. In the ever-changing cybersecurity world, these bugaboos have led to denial of service attacks and poor network performance. Now the computer security people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have new draft guidance on dealing with them. Doug Montgomery, manager of internet and scalable systems research at NIST, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Feb 26, 2019
What stricter US regulation of the internet might look like
00:08:13
Companies and government agencies regularly lose control of customer or citizen data because of cyber attacks or, simply, mistakes. But to affect the most millions of people — that takes internet companies like Facebook. Yet according to the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. really doesn't have comprehensive internet privacy laws. Alicia Cackley, director of financial markets and community investment issues at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for how such legislation might look.
Feb 26, 2019
With POTUS, VP away House expected to fight emergency declaration
00:08:15
With both the president and vice president out of the country for part of the week, Congress is fully re-engaged. Its first order of business, at least in the House, is a resolution against the president's emergency declaration to proceed with the border wall. For a view of the what's ahead, The Firewall's Editor in Chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 26, 2019
After wildly successful Mars Rover Opportunity's end, what's next?
00:09:16
After 15 years, NASA famously announced the end of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity mission earlier this month. The robotic probe was only supposed to last 90 days but ended up clocking 5,000. To discuss what happens next, project manager John Callas joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 25, 2019
DHS not enforcing standards for detention center contractors
00:07:29
Immigration and Customs Enforcement relies on a network of contractors to operate its busy detention facilities. They're supposed to follow detailed standards but the Department of Homeland Security inspector general found that ICE officials don't use the contracting power they have to enforce the standards. Acting IG John Kelly joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Feb 25, 2019
DoD sees need to change how it pays contractors
00:09:52
A low level debate is rumbling within the Defense Department and with its contractors having to do with progress and performance based payments. Services contractors see the need for some change but urge the department to go carefully. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why it matters.
Feb 25, 2019
White House hints at Federal Data Strategy, OPEN Govt Data Act, in open-government strategy
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The Trump administration released first — and the government's fourth — National Action Plan for Open Government, more than a year after the original deadline from the international Open Government Partnership. As a member, the U.S. has put out a new transparency road map every other year since 2011. Alex Howard is a former Sunlight Foundation deputy director and now a writer for the website E Pluribus Unum. He told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman what’s included and what’s missing from the administration's action plan. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 25, 2019
DoD survey shows mounting domestic challenges for military families
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High spouse unemployment, tough family conditions like run down housing and high stress for the service member him- or herself. Those are just some of what military families say they encounter. Now there are numbers to underscore how challenging military life can be, thanks to a survey just completed by the Defense Department itself. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 22, 2019
Post shutdown, planning ahead for September's budget uncertainty
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The government can't shut down again until September but that may not be reassuring. For many federal employees, the mother of all shutdowns produced a permanent sense of uncertainty. Yet leaders and line employees alike can do certain things to stay confident through uncertainty. Federal management professor Bob Tobias from American University joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his list.
Feb 22, 2019
Smithsonian curator recognized for paleontology achievements
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Skeletons and fossils in museum cases look like interesting artifacts to most of us. But to Anna "Kay" Behrensmeyer they tell deep stories of long-ago life. She is the curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the recent recipient of a major award from the National Academies of Science. She spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the third and final installment in this week's series.
Feb 22, 2019
Why NSF wants to start a conversation about reskilling in the federal workforce
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The National Science Foundation is reviewing submissions now from the Career Compass Challenge. The agency collected ideas for potential tech solutions that could help agencies re-imagine and re-skill federal positions and employees for future work. It's a government challenge in the sense that NSF will award prize money to the most promising submissions. But it's designed to be more of a conversation starter than anything else. Dorothy Aronson is chief information officer and Robyn Rees is a senior IT adviser at the foundation joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. They tell Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko about the goals of the challenge.
Feb 22, 2019
Federal planetary scientist awarded for work on magnetospheres
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You can learn a lot from studying the structure and dynamics of planetary magnetospheres, or at least some of us can. Michelle Thomsen, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, is a long-time federal and recently won a major award from the National Academies of Science. She was one of three winners interviewed this week on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and she called from her station at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
Feb 21, 2019
IRS catches up with advisory council, following ‘stalled’ agenda under shutdown
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Nearly a month into the tax filing season the IRS is still digging out from the backlog of work created by the 35-day partial government shutdown. Just last week agency leadership spoke with members of the IRS Advisory Council, a volunteer group of tax professionals, to get their input on tax administration issues. That session made up for a cancelled January meeting. Kathy Hettick of Hettick Accounting & Tax is a co-chair of the Council. She told Federal News Network's Jory Heckman how the council has adjusted to a delayed start to the new year. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 21, 2019
Persistent protests pay off for by CMS IT services contract finalists
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A company trying to get an IT services contract with the Department of Health and Human Services decided to go the protest route. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Tenn.) might have said, the company lost the first time, but, nevertheless it persisted. That persistence paid off, as Washington procurement attorney Joe Petrillo explained on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 21, 2019
Too early for ‘tsunami,’ but could 2018 retirements signal the start of something else?
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It might not be enough to call it a tsunami but 2018 saw a spike in federal retirements for the first time in five years. Nearly 12,000 more federal employees filed for retirement in 2018 than they did the previous year. The last time retirements reached a comparable peak was back in 2013, a tumultuous year for the federal workforce. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss retirement numbers, and a few other workforce stories that she's been covering this past week.
Feb 21, 2019
How feds can restore financial normalcy post shutdown
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The aftermath of the historic partial government shutdown lingers for many federal employees. They're still trying to get back to some sort of financial normal. Maybe even develop new habits that would help them weather the next interruption in pay. Tammy Flanagan, veteran financial planner and retirement expert, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide some advice.
Feb 20, 2019
New government contracting center aims to fill independent research, education void
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George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia officially launched the Center for Government Contracting to focus on policy, business and regulatory issues that impact the federal procurement process. Federal News Network's Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the details.
Feb 20, 2019
Public research a path for women in STEM: part 1
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Climate, atmospheric composition, photosynthesis, crop yields — it's all interrelated. Luckily people like Lisa Ainsworth study these things and produce usable research. This week Federal Drive with Tom Temin is talking with three female federal scientists who have received recognition from the National Academies of Science. Ainsworth is a research molecular biologist at the Agricultural Research Service.
Feb 20, 2019
Report to Congress details how IRS challenges affect taxpayers
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Life is never easy for the IRS but the past few months have been particularly challenging. The agency experienced budget ups and downs, a long government shutdown and is dealing with a complex new tax code. How has this affected its customers the nation's taxpayers? For highlights of her latest report to Congress, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, whose office was also furloughed for five weeks.
Feb 20, 2019
Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force
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President Donald Trump signed a policy directive that the White House said will lay the groundwork for the standup of a sixth military service. Assuming Congress goes along, the Space Force will be a separate service within the department of the Air Force. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu had details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 20, 2019
3 new options for veterans to appeal benefits decisions
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The new appeals modernization program from the Department of Veterans Affairs starts today. And VA wants veterans, members of Congress and all of government to know this isn't your typical agency implementation project gone wrong. VA said it's ready and it had new staff, new technology and a year of practice under its belt before Tuesday's official launch date. Cheryl Mason, chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals, told Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko about the three options veterans have to pursue their appeals and how long they can expect to wait for a decision.
Feb 19, 2019
GSA launches enhanced debriefing pilot, but why not make it permanent?
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The perception that bid protests are mucking up the federal procurement process is one of those urban myths that will not die, like that Paul McCartney actually died in a car crash in 1966 or the Air Force has UFOs tucked away. Despite the fact that these “theories” are continually disproven, the myths just will not go away. In his weekly feature the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller tells why a new initiative from the General Services Administration could go a long way to once and for all dispel the myth that bid protests are making federal procurement slow and complex. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Feb 19, 2019
Navy plans 3 OTAs to modernize its networks, move
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The Navy is picking the vendors who will operate its networks over the next several years under the next iteration of the multi-billion dollar Next Generation Enterprise Network contract. But beyond the traditional contracting process, the service is also planning to use other transaction authorities to chart the future of its networks and inject more innovation. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu wrote about those upcoming OTAs and the impact they might have in this week’s edition of the DoD Reporter's Notebook. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 19, 2019
When should the public know everything?
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The 2017 collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a commercial container ship near the coast of Japan continues to bedevil the Navy. The Navy's public but abbreviated summary of its investigation left many questions unanswered. Now, using the classified version of events obtained by Navy Times, ProPublica recently published a comprehensive account of the event, which killed seven sailors. It's an interactive article detailing the scene, and for the highlights, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with senior reporter T. Christian Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 19, 2019
With shutdown averted, what's next for Congress after recess?
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Believe it or not, the 116th Congress does have other things to do besides border wall funding and shutdown prevention. Now they are about to get to it. Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a rundown of the next week, when lawmakers return from recess.
Feb 19, 2019
Contractors confused by DoD's new cloud strategy
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Earlier this month the Defense Department under Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy put out an 18-page cloud strategy. It seemed to be little more than reaffirming what the department is already doing in the cloud. Contractors are puzzled and for one take, Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 18, 2019
Merger of DoD, VA health systems getting more consideration
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Quick — think of the most far-fetched idea you can for health care. How about a merger of the health systems operated by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs? Don't knock it, especially since the idea has reached what officials are calling the strategy development phase. For what's going on, Bloomberg Government analysts Rob Levinson and Megan Howard joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 18, 2019
National Weather Service's forecasters get new career management system
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People who care about the weather and listen to it on the radio — which is most people — rarely stop and think about the federal weather forecasters who originate most of the information the rest of the industry uses. Now those forecasters work for the National Weather Service and have a whole new system for managing their own careers — no more Ph.D.s classified as interns. Kevin Cooley, director of the office of planning and programming for service delivery at the National Weather Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Feb 18, 2019
Trump faces royal flush of opposition from defense committee leaders to using military construction funds for wall
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As expected, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build more border wall than for which Congress appropriated. His plan is to use funds that most likely come from the Defense Department, and top lawmakers on the defense committees from both sides of the aisle aren’t thrilled about that option. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest.
Feb 18, 2019
Trump signs 2019 spending bill, federal pay raise into law
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Last week the president ended the suspense and signed a spending package into law that officially avoided another government shutdown and finally secures 2019 funding for all of government. For feds, the bill also means they'll get a 1.9 percent pay raise for the rest of this year. But there are all kinds of details packed into the new spending deal. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some of the facts that matter most to feds.
Feb 18, 2019
Another shutdown? FAA unions warn employees would leave or retire
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With Congress and President Donald Trump once again working until the 11th hour to avert a partial government shutdown, labor groups representing Federal Aviation Administration employees have warned House lawmakers another shutdown now or next year would further harm the agency’s ability to recruit and retain highly skilled staff. The 35-day partial shutdown also delayed the rollout of new air traffic control safety equipment. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Feb 15, 2019
Congress establishes new committee to modernize itself
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One of the first votes taken by the 116th Congress established the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. It's goal is to come up with ideas for modernizing the legislative branch itself. Though it doesn't hold any legislative authority, the committee will hold public hearings to discuss ways to update the way Congress conducts day-to-day business. To find out more, Federal News Network's Jason Miller spoke with the chair of the committee, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 15, 2019
Low staffing hinders Army's prospects to reach 2022 readiness goals
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It's one thing to have an army — it's something else to have an army that's fully ready to roll should the national need arise. The service is working to reach higher readiness goals by 2022 but the Government Accountability Office found that it's having difficulty on a number of fronts, including the ability to properly staff up. GAO's Director of defense capabilities and management issues, John Pendleton, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights.
Feb 15, 2019
New cyber augmentation division at Nat'l Defense Industrial Association
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Cyber augmentation has emerged as a term encompassing a range of digital activities. In the military domain, it's sparked a new division at the National Defense Industrial Association. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dave Senty and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Elder joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to say what it's all about. They are the vice chair and chair, respectively, of the cyber-augmented operations division.
Feb 15, 2019
Why public service is not a regular job
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You trudge to work every day, you log on and open Outlook and you get paid every two weeks. So is federal work just another job? Hardly, says Jeff Neal, former Department of Homeland Security chief human capital officer and human resources issues blogger. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Feb 15, 2019
DoD rips wrapping paper off of new Joint AI Center
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You can find two overarching themes in the Defense Department’s desire to use artificial intelligence: Agility and speed. The Pentagon wants agility and speed for warfighters as much as they do for back-office functions. Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller told why DoD believes its new AI strategy and center will deliver on those themes on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 14, 2019
TSA's new cybersecurity road map includes IT and transport safety
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The new cybersecurity road map from the Transportation Security Administration points both inward to the agency's own IT systems and outward to security of various modes of transportation. Norma Krayem, senior policy adviser at Holland & Knight, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with an assessment.
Feb 14, 2019
AFGE, agencies prepare for shutdown, even with possible funding deal
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Members of Congress say they've reached a tentative deal to avoid another partial government shutdown at the end of the week. But there's a lot we still don't know, and agencies and federal employee unions are preparing for the worst anyway. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the federal workforce is preparing, and what we know about that tentative funding deal.
Feb 13, 2019
How cybersecurity actually improved during the government shutdown
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With government in turmoil thanks to a lapse in appropriations, one might think cybersecurity would be among the first things to break. It turns out that wasn't the case. In fact, in some respects cybersecurity improved. With details on the findings of a company who measured cyber metrics during the shutdown, Alex Heid, chief research and development officer at SecurityScorecard, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 13, 2019
Shutdown stories still coming to surface as another looms Friday
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House and Senate appropriators appear to have come up with a 2019 funding solution that both sides can at least stomach. But the 35-day shutdown continues to teach through the stories it produced. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a few doozies — er, lessons learned from the debacle.
Feb 13, 2019
The 2019 outlook for federal agencies' IT
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Agencies have a never-ending thirst for information technology that will help them achieve something or other. Laura Criste, federal market analyst at Bloomberg Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for what the mix will look like for the rest of 2019.
Feb 13, 2019
Trump signs executive order fostering artificial intelligence R&D in government
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday, expanding his administration’s efforts to foster research and development around artificial intelligence in government. This comes after the president set up an AI task force last spring. Darrell West, the Brookings Institution’s vice president and director of governance studies, and Cameron Chehreh, Dell EMC Federal’s chief technology officer, spoke with Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman. They said how they think the EO expands on the scope of the original task force. Hear the discussion on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 13, 2019
Army cutting out inadequate government-owned housing from bases by 2026
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The Army is reviewing the safety of its military housing after a series of incidents last year. The Air Force found it needs to do a better job of retaining the people who fix and maintain aircraft. All that and more can be found in Federal News Network's Scott Maucione’s DoD Personnel Notebook this week. Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Feb 12, 2019
GAO creates team to help Congress better assess agencies' science and tech
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Facebook is not the only thing unclear to members of Congress dealing with a growing level of science and technology in the work of agencies they oversee. To better serve those who rely on its assessments, the Government Accountability Office has established a Science, Technology, Assessment and Analytics Team. It has a long list of duties. GAO Chief Scientist and Managing Director, Timothy Persons, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Feb 12, 2019
How Park Service will cover maintenance, and more from Congress this week
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Even without the up-and-down appropriations negotiations it would be a busy week on Capitol Hill. House Democrats in particular are looking to several matters including how the National Park Service is paying for maintenance, and what the Department of Health and Human Services pays for drugs. Firewall Editor in Chief David Hawkings shared more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 12, 2019
How to (not) welcome employees back to work
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When the month-long government shutdown ended, affected agencies showed a wide range of styles in welcoming back their employees. The agency with the most information was NASA. Its Chief Human Capital Officer Bob Gibbs discussed more about its return-to-work strategy and personnel treatment in general on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 12, 2019
Two studies debunk ‘urban myths’ about GSA Advantage
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A couple of myths about federal procurement can afford to be debunked. First, that GSA Advantage is a more expensive source for commercial products, such as pens and paper, than anywhere else. Second, that agencies should have access to commercial platforms including Amazon, because they make buying easier. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about why both of these myths are untrue. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Feb 12, 2019
Challenges mounting for Energy Dept.'s nuclear waste clean-ups
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The deeper the Energy Department gets into cleaning up Cold War-era nuclear waste dumps, the more difficult and expensive the task seems to grow. The Government Accountability Office notes the estimate went up by $100 billion just this year. David Trimble, director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for recommendations for DOE to keep moving.
Feb 11, 2019
Defense Department releases proposed acquisition rule on LPTA
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The Defense Department has at long last released a proposed acquisition rule dealing with what for contractors is the dreaded lowest-price, technically acceptable. Does it satisfy professional services contractors who felt especially beset by DoD buyers' reliance on LPTA? Professional Services Council CEO David Berteau joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his take.
Feb 11, 2019
IG: Postal Service employee records disclosed in the name of FOIA
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Weak controls at the U.S. Postal Service allowed confidential employee records to fly out the door on Freedom of Information Act requests. That's according to the USPS Office of Inspector General, which first took notice because one of the former employees became a member of Congress. Lisa Nieman from the IG Office of Audit had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 11, 2019
In military services, new push from the top toward open systems architectures
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The military is making a new push for modular open systems and it’s coming from the very top. The secretaries of all three military services have signed a joint memo telling their acquisition officials to align their programs around a common set of standards for information sharing. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 11, 2019
Open-data law walks fine line keeping info 'as open as possible'
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A recently enacted open-government law, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, will have agencies walking a fine between open data and privacy. But statistical agencies such as the Census Bureau are used to dealing with this balancing act. Former Census Director Robert Groves is a member of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, whose work helped lay the groundwork for the bill. He told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman how data can be both open and secure on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 11, 2019
Bureau of the Fiscal Service moving toward open data 'lake'
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Amid a push to make government data more accessible, the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service is moving away from so-called structured data silos in favor of an open data lake approach. Tony Peralta, the agency’s data architect, told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman how the Bureau hopes this will yield more value out of its data. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 08, 2019
Congress could do better with its own whistleblower protections
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Congress often seems reluctant to apply to itself the norms and standards it expects of federal agencies, particularly when it comes to personnel matters. Rebecca Jones, policy counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, argued it's time for Congress to provide better whistleblower protections to its own staff. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Feb 08, 2019
Industry, gov't groups publish cyber guide to protecting patients' information
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A coalition of industry and government health care groups recently published a four-volume guide to cybersecurity practices aimed at protecting patient information. The guide was mandated by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Julie Chua, risk management branch chief at the Department of Health and Human Services, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. She shared how the guide got created and what's in it.
Feb 08, 2019
Leaving Syria now would cost US intelligence source
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Should US troops really depart Syria, as the White House has been planning? The United States would lose more than the ability to shoot back at whomever we're fighting there. Also gone would be a valuable source of intelligence — ditto for an exit from Afghanistan. That's according to Jason Campbell, a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Feb 08, 2019
Senators still seeking answers on joint DoD, VA leadership structure to manage EHR overhaul
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One question in particular is nagging at the members of Congress who are watching the Department of Veterans Affairs and its gigantic electronic health record replacement program. When push comes to shove who’s in charge? Is VA steering the ship, or is it the Pentagon? After all, the Defense Department is working on the same system with the same vendor. And what happens when the two can’t agree? VA says it’s closer to an answer, but as Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko reported "close" isn’t good enough. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 08, 2019
Bureau of Fiscal Service shifting from silos to open data 'lake'
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Amid a push to make government data more accessible, the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Service is moving away from so-called structured data silos in favor of an open data lake approach. Tony Peralta, the agency’s data architect, told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman how the Bureau hopes this will yield more value out of its data. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 07, 2019
How a 'small' business can grow during a contract
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One of the enduring questions of the ages, or at least in government contracting, is what counts as a small business and what happens when it grows bigger during the course of a contract? The answer depends in part on the discretion of the contracting officer. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo & Powell, discussed a recent case in point on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 07, 2019
Air Force adds Innovation Office to its Texas installation
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To make things easier for its airmen and ground employees, the Air Force has created a new Innovation Office at its installation and Mission Support Center in Texas. The office stood up in November and Marc Vandaveer is the center's chief innovation officer. He joined Federal News Network's Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the new office's focus.
Feb 06, 2019
Don’t exempt DoD from the Clinger-Cohen Act, modernize federal IT management instead
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The Clinger-Cohen Act has been the seminal federal IT management law for more than two decades. The 1996 law ushered in the modern era of technology oversight and management, but a panel of acquisition experts raises the idea of exempting the Defense Department from the it. In a new story, Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller explores this idea and delves into whether the entire suite of IT management laws, policies and regulations need a major overhaul. Jason joins me now.
Feb 06, 2019
Is the federal workforce stretched too thin to handle the next major disaster?
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Federal spending today is up five times from what it was back in 1960. But the number of people that are supposed to manage and oversee that money has stayed about the same over the past 50 years. Now the Senior Executives Association has painted a grim picture: Today’s federal workforce is too stressed, overworked and ill-prepared to handle the next major emergency. Greg Treverton, one of the report’s authors, is a former chairman of the National Intelligence Council who now teaches at the University of Southern California. He spoke with Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, about how the role of the average federal employee has evolved over the past 50 years.
Feb 06, 2019
Some ways to modernize Congress' own IT resources
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Congress has been deeply involved with federal information technology in recent years. It passed several landmark bills for greater data transparency, more efficient management of IT resources and offering the public digital services. Yet the Congress itself is stuck in a technological time warp. For some ideas on how to move the institution along, Zach Graves, head of policy at the Lincoln Network, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 06, 2019
Army Futures Command's new approach to weapons development may be harmful
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On time and on budget — that's really never been the case for new military weapons systems. It's not that they don't try. Now auditors say a new approach by the Army Futures Command could make things worse. Jon Ludwigson, acting director for contracting and national security acquisition issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Feb 05, 2019
DoD’s Joint Regional Security Stacks still aren’t effective, chief tester says
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One of the signature efforts the Defense Department has been using to consolidate and secure its networks over the past several years is in serious trouble. That’s according to a new report by the Pentagon’s independent testing office. The Office of the Director of Operational Test and Operation said DoD’s Joint Regional Security stacks are neither operationally effective nor suitable. If that diagnosis sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the second year in a row DOT&E has rendered that verdict. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu wrote about it in this week’s edition of the DoD reporter’s notebook, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Feb 05, 2019
GSA releases new IT modernization RFI in post-shutdown procurement deluge
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The acquisition floodgates opened as soon as the partial government shutdown ended last week. Just on FedBizOpps.gov alone, agencies — both those that were shutdown and those that weren't — released seven or eight times more requests for proposals, requests for information and awards last week as they did during the same week in 2017 and 2018. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about the deluge of procurement actions, including a handful of ones that many in the federal IT community are watching. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Feb 05, 2019
Special agent on MS-13 activity led multi-agency arrest of 30
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MS-13, the notorious gang, seems to operate with impunity in South America and in the United States — but not quite. Michael Santini, which for the purpose of safety not his real name, is a special special agent for Department of Homeland Security Investigations. He was working in San Francisco and led a multi-agency effort resulting in the arrest of more than 30 members of MS-13. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share his experience.
Feb 05, 2019
State of the Union likely to show divide, budget deadline looms
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Tuesday evening's State of the Union address will likely highlight the differences between the Trump administration and various factions in Congress. This is as members work under a self-imposed deadline of Friday to come up with a budget deal. Bloomberg Editorial Director Loren Duggan had the latest assessment on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 05, 2019
DoD contractors can expect new NIST cybersecurity standards
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The Defense Department is making cybersecurity a top priority. That means contractors need to comply with some new standards. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Covington and Burling partner Susan Cassidy about what company’s can expect when complying with NIST cybersecurity standards required in DoD contracts. Hear her answer on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 04, 2019
Hits keep coming for Navy in 'Fat Leonard' contract scandal
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Five years after it broke open, the Navy's "Fat Leonard" contracting scandal is still producing indictments and prison sentences. The rolling investigation has snared no less than 60 admirals. For some perspective, Bruno Wengrowski joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. He is a retired professor of contract management at Defense Acquisition University and the author of the book "Fat Leonard, Navy Spies and Contract Crimes."
Feb 04, 2019
NSA hasn't filled all critical cybersecurity positions, IG says
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Secretive as it is, the National Security Agency is like most agencies. It awards contracts, it spends money, it has whistleblowers and it has management problems. The NSA's Office of Inspector General recently released the unclassified version of its semi-annual report seen only by the congressional intelligence committees. It covers the six month period ending last September. To get a sense of it, Inspector General Robert Storch spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin. He discussed the NSA's failure to fill several critical opening in its cybersecurity staff.
Feb 04, 2019
VA.gov relaunch a catalyst for DevOps, enterprise cloud migration
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Department of Veterans Affairs officials said they've placed two big bets on technology modernization over the past couple years. Now they say those bets are starting to pay dividends. One is VA's approach to digital services and DevOps best practices. The other comes from VA's approach to the cloud. As Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko reported, VA's success on both fronts all started with one big project in particular. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 04, 2019
Asking border patrol agents could help policy talks go smoother
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If you want to know the best way to secure the border, why not ask the people who do the securing day-to-day? More active involvement by regular federal employees might help make the policy and funding negotiations informed and productive, according to Tom Kochan. A management professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Feb 01, 2019
Democrats scold DoD over incomplete climate change report
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House Armed Services Committee Democrats are scolding the Defense Department for doing what they call a shoddy job on a recent study. DoD was supposed to deliver a report that outlined the military installations most vulnerable to climate change and how to mitigate the risks. What Congress got was a report stating most operationally critical bases will be susceptible to recurrent flooding and drought in the next 20 years. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), chairman of the Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, recently sent a letter to DoD asking for the rest of the report. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with Langevin about the report and what he thinks is missing.
Feb 01, 2019
Did furloughed feds get ‘free vacation?’ Depends on their savings
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Two weeks out from the threat of another partial government shutdown, impacted federal employees are still trying to recover from the 35-day lapse they just endured. On Thursday Federal Drive with Tom Temin talked with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko about excepted employees who worked without pay. On Friday, her colleague Jory Heckman had highlights from a survey of furloughed federal employees.
Feb 01, 2019
Role of special prosecutor not new for presidents
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Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has been almost like a silent partner throughout the Trump administration. For President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, it was Kenneth Starr, but special prosecutors actually date back to the 19th century. For their legal basis and how the process works, University of Arizona professor Andrew Coan, author of a new book, Prosecuting the President, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. How do special prosecutors hold the president accountable and protect the rule of law?
Feb 01, 2019
Shutdown put unique pressures on federal prison workers
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How would you like to put your life on the line every time you go on the job, walking among a concentration of some of the most dangerous people? That's daily life for guards at the Bureau of Prisons. Before the reopening of the government Federal Drive with Tim Temin spoke with Heidi Burakiewicz, partner at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, who represents many Bureau of Prison employees. Although the shutdown is over, she shared some of the unique ways in which the shutdown affected them. Burakiewicz also spoke about the status of the class action lawsuits from the 2013 and 2019 shutdowns.Meanwhile, the conditions in the prisons are worsening.
Feb 01, 2019
Excepted employees say shutdown did irreparable damage to morale
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Morale among federal employees who were forced to work during the government shutdown has tanked. Federal News Network surveyed nearly 1,000 furloughed and excepted federal employees about their experiences during the shutdown. Nearly 90 percent of excepted employees working without pay say morale is worse at their agencies after the shutdown, much worse. Many described their fear that their colleagues would decide to quit or retire early. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the survey results.
Jan 31, 2019
Kaine introduces End Shutdowns Act as Congress pursues funding solution
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Cold as it may be in Washington, inside the Capitol the atmosphere is heated. Members are hard at work to get past the three-week continuing resolution now approaching its second week. For one view from inside and the prospects for success, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about a bill he introduced Wednesday regarding federal shutdowns.
Jan 31, 2019
Pentagon planning new steps to shore up smaller suppliers’ cybersecurity
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The Defense Department constantly looks for ways to improve its cybersecurity. DoD cyber people have long known that vulnerabilities in its contractors’ IT systems add up to a serious Achilles heel. But they said they're taking a fresh look at how contractual relationships deal with cybersecurity, and how DoD might be able to help its vendors up their game. As Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reported, there’s a particular focus on small suppliers.
Jan 31, 2019
A 10-step checklist for anyone returning to work after shutdown
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As more formerly furloughed feds filter back to work, no doubt they're finding all sorts of piled up tasks both pressing and trivial. To help with the backlog, the Partnership for Public Service has put together a 10-step plan and a special re-open checklist. Margot Conrad, the Partnership's director of federal workforce programs, had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 30, 2019
DHS issues first emergency cyber directive due to what didn’t happen in 2009
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The Department of Homeland Security issued its first ever emergency directive on something fundamental to the integrity of the internet domain name security. It came from the newly re-named Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency. But it stemmed from agency inattention to a ten year old memo. Federal News Network's Jason Miller had the details from this week's edition of the Reporter's Notebook, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 30, 2019
NGA turns to artificial intelligence for growing satellite images
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is looking at the next generation of artificial intelligence tools to help get a handle on an exponentially growing volume of satellite imagery. Susan Kalweit, the director of the analysis directorate at NGA, said there’s never been a better time to be an intelligence analyst. She joined Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman with more on the agency’s workforce of the future. Hear the conversation on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 30, 2019
Unaffected by shutdown, NNSA pushing ahead with hiring drive
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The shutdown may or may not have soured people on the idea of federal service. But one agency is pushing ahead with a hiring fair today, pursuant to the need for a long list of professionals doing vital work. Frank Lowery, associate administrator for management at the National Nuclear Security Administration, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 30, 2019
8 possible parent agencies could house Federal Protective Service
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They don't put infants through metal detectors any more, but the Federal Protective Service has ongoing troubles with something more basic. Namely, where in the world does it belong? FPS, formerly housed in the General Services Administration, has been part of the Department of Homeland Security for 15 years. Yet, like an orphan in search of a forever home it doesn't seem to quite fit anywhere. For the latest, Lori Rectanus, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 29, 2019
Back pay is first priority for beleaguered Coast Guard
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As Coast Guard members finally collect their back pay from the five-week shutdown the question is, how are they doing financially and emotionally? Few people are as close to the joys and sorrows of uniformed military service members than the chief petty officers. Former master chief petty officer Charles Bowen has some ideas, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 29, 2019
Defense-contract-heavy SAIC says it has $100 million in unpaid bills due to shutdown
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The Great Partial Shutdown of 2018-2019 may be over for now, but feds and contractors are still roiling. Even companies that were mostly insulated from the shutdown felt the reverberations. SAIC, a company that works mostly in defense contracts, provides a case in point. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Jan 29, 2019
Still no signs of agreement beyond 3-week shutdown relief
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Congress bought themselves a little time but nobody seems to have changed their minds over the cause of the impasse that led to the partial government shutdown. So now what? For some possibilities, Firewall Editor-In-Chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 29, 2019
When federal employees can expect to get paid, post government shutdown
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Government shutdowns typically start and end with confusion. This most recent 35-day shutdown doubled down on that. Federal employees want to know when they're getting paid and what's happening with their annual leave. In the meantime, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is thinking about whether it can change its own procedures to better help participants handle the financial hardships that come with a long-running government shutdown. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 29, 2019
Mitre, UVA offering feds systems engineering masters program
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If the government hopes to modernize its information technology, it will need good systems engineers. Now the Mitre Corporation is teaming up with the University of Virginia to offer federal employees an accelerated path to a masters degree in systems engineering. John Kreger, vice president for public sector programs at Mitre, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 28, 2019
OMB declares end to 35-day government shutdown, instructs agencies to reopen
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The longest government shutdown in US history is over. The Office of Management and Budget made it official late Friday night. Notice came after President Donald Trump signed a three-week continuing resolution into law, giving lawmakers and the White House three weeks to negotiate a border security deal. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about federal employees as they go back to work and when some can expect to get paid.
Jan 28, 2019
Shutdowns continually hit national parks first
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The first government shutdown pictures to make the airwaves depicted national park trash cans overflowing. In every shutdown, it seems like the national parks are the first to feel the effects. For more on what's happening, John Gardner, senior director of budget and appropriations at the National Parks Conservation Association, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 28, 2019
What can agencies really accomplish in 3 weeks post-shutdown?
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Contractors, like federal employees, are glad to see the government reopen but are suspicious of the fact that it's only a three-week continuing resolution. It's like the return of the electricity when the storm is still raging — how long have you really got? With how to make soup while the stove works, David Berteau, CEO of the Professional Services Council. joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 28, 2019
Amid government shutdown, commission wants to make public service popular again
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The Commission on Military National and Public Service says young Americans today are interested in service. But many just don't know how. And for some there are too many barriers to serve. The current government shutdown is one of those big, immovable barriers. But the commission says even during a government shutdown like this one it's optimistic it can expand access to public, national and military service, improve opportunities to serve and encourage participation in service. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 25, 2019
Furloughed workers pose cybersecurity risks
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People in financial trouble can be cybersecurity risks. Take those 800,000 federal employees on furlough or working without pay. They pose all sorts of risks some unwitting, some deliberate. Aubrey Turner, director of identity and access management at Optiv Security, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the risks.
Jan 25, 2019
Michael Lewis' new book examines bureaucracy under Trump
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Not many commercially successful authors write about details of the federal bureaucracy. They don't sell very well in bookstores and airports. But best-selling author Michael Lewis has done just that. His book "Fifth Risk" looks at vital federal missions few realize even exist and how they've fared under the Trump administration. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 25, 2019
New law designed to change how gov't handles small biz programs
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Lost in all of the hubbub over the partial government shutdown is a law that promises big changes for how the government administers its small business programs. It's called the Small Business Runway Extension Act. The president signed it earlier this month. Steven Ramaley helped write the law and he is a government contracts lawyer at Miles and Stockbridge. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 25, 2019
Senator hopes new bill will better protect electric grid from attacks
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Nearly everyone agrees the nation's electrical grid is at danger from cyber attacks. So far Congress hasn't done much about it. Last year the Senate passed a protection bill but nothing happened in the House. Now it's round two, and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) has co-sponsored a new bill he hopes will have better prospects. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 25, 2019
Evidence-based policy bill passage sets stage for upcoming federal data strategy
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The group that helped shepherd a newly passed data transparency law sees a bright future for federal transparency. Members of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking said the law, known as the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, will make good on some overdue ideas. Katharine Abraham, a former chairwoman of the commission and now with the Bipartisan Policy Center's Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, told Federal News Network's Jory Heckman what the law will mean for agencies. Hear their conversation on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 24, 2019
GAO is open but shutdown still likely to delay bid protests
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Bid protests, contract protests — they're the part of federal procurement everyone loves to hate. But like many governmental functions, they serve a useful purpose. With many agencies and departments caught in the partial federal shutdown, one might wonder whether the protest process has been affected. For some answers, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 24, 2019
Navy may restructure its IT org chart for second time in a year
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The military services are rethinking the role of the chief information officer. The Air Force and the Navy are both in the midst of either studying or implementing changes to how they handle IT governance. In some ways they’re similar to one another, and in some ways they’re different. But in both cases they diverge from the model the military services have used for much of the past 25 years. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu and Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the changes and what they mean.
Jan 24, 2019
USDA says SNAP can last til February, law professor says longer
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The Agriculture Department said the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, can last until the end of February if Congress fails to agree on a way to end the government shutdown. David Super, professor at Georgetown University Law Center, said the food stamp program can actually run much longer because of the way it's funded. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Jan 24, 2019
National commission's new report ponders why Americans pursue public service
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For about a year the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service has been studying what inspires Americans around the country join the military and civil services. On Wednesday, the commission issued its report, along with recommendations to the president and Congress for creating a greater "ethos" of public service. Commission Chairman Joe Heck joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it. He is an emergency physician, a reserve Army brigadier general, a deputy staff surgeon in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former member of Congress.
Jan 23, 2019
Navy needs to follow these steps to make pay for performance work
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The Navy has launched the test of a new pay for performance system. Other parts of the government have tried pay for performance before and they've had mixed results. This is happening as the Supreme Court tells the Defense Department it can bar transgender people from the military. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione shared all of that and more from his DoD personnel notebook on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 23, 2019
Shutdown costs mounting with contractors' lost revenue
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About the only thing good from continuing partial government shutdown might be less traffic, but the costs keep mounting. One fallout is losses in revenue to federal contractors, especially in the Washington, D.C. region. To find out just how much loss that is, Bloomberg Government analyst Paul Murphy joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 23, 2019
Tired of shutdowns? One solution may be automatic CRs
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Nearly everyone concerned with good government is thinking like the fictional TV anchor Howard Beale. He urged his audience to stick their head out the window and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." American University public administration professor Bob Tobias is mad as hell, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for one idea for ending the shutdowns once and for all.
Jan 23, 2019
Waiting for additional leave guidance, new shutdown furlough notices go out
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The government shutdown is in its 33rd day. That means agencies are facing some unprecedented situations and challenges. They're sending out second rounds of shutdown furlough notices to their employees, which has never happened before. And civilian federal employees are expected to miss their second paycheck at the end of the week. Coast Guard retirees could also face a new first. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to survey the scene.
Jan 23, 2019
Cyber is least of worries for many federal CIOs under partial shutdown
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The federal cybersecurity sky is not falling because of the partial government shutdown. Despite what you may have heard over the last few weeks, claiming that federal cybersecurity is at risk or that website certificates are expiring, the fact is federal systems and data are at no more risk than usual. In his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about why agency chief information officers are confident about their cybersecurity efforts but worried about other things. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for more.
Jan 22, 2019
New consortium wants to build defense partnerships to take advantage of recent acquisition changes
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Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) hosted the inaugural meeting of his Maryland Defense and Aerospace Consortium earlier last week. The group aims to connect small and large defense companies to educational institutions and the Pentagon. The consortium will tackle everything from innovation to workforce shortages. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Brown for Federal Drive with Tom Temin, to see how the first meeting went.
Jan 22, 2019
Air Force may need to branch out for contractor innovation
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If you're looking for health food, there's no sense wasting time at a greasy burger counter. And if you're the Air Force looking for innovation to ensure you can win the next war, your traditional aerospace contractor might not be the place either. Lt. Col. Dan Schoeni is chief of international law at 12th Air Force at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more.
Jan 22, 2019
Congress eschews recess amid shutdown negotiation struggles
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Congress was supposed to be on recess this week but that's not happening as the government shutdown passes the one month mark. Hard positions by leadership and President Donald Trump might mask more willingness to compromise down the ranks. For a look at the week ahead, Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 22, 2019
Readiness is nearly restored, top military officials say
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After years of claiming the military was in a readiness crisis, top military officials now say US forces are back on track. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran said their services are nearly where they need to be to compete with near-peer competitors like China and Russia. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin me to talk about what’s changed.
Jan 22, 2019
VA partners with GE to improve 3D technologies
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3D technologies have been a subject of interest for the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical system for a long time. First came the transition from 2D to advanced 3D modeling on computer screens. Next, VA started to move those models into the physical world, with 3D printed models that clinicians can hold in their hands. But the systems it’s been using aren’t purpose-built for the medical field, and a new partnership with GE aims to change that. Under the agreement, GE is providing 3D printing workstations designed for health care, and VA is offering its expertise to help improve the system. Beth Ripley is a Seattle-based radiologist who chairs the Veterans Health Administration’s 3D Printing Committee. She talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about the promise VA sees in 3D technologies on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 22, 2019
Financial woes, cabin fever sets in for furloughed workers
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The longest government shutdown in history is of course affecting agency operations, but what about the mindsets of their employees? Financial burdens and cabin fever may start taking their toll on some of them, as many remained furloughed or working without pay. With more on that, Federal News Network's Eric White joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 21, 2019
For first time in long time, DoD must start committing funds earlier
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Defense Department agencies risk having uncommitted or unspent funds yanked back unless they act soon. That's an opportunity for contractors, according to Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 21, 2019
Furloughed with nowhere to go, feds give 'gig economy' a shot
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With a spike in the number of furloughed feds seeking unemployment benefits this month some employees have tried to make some bread by joining the so-called gig economy. Gigs can be as basic as driving a cab to as high-end as editing scientific papers. But the lawyers say watch out. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 21, 2019
In some ways, new WH cyber strategy a 'continuation' from past administrations
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The White House released a new national cybersecurity strategy last fall. Is it working? Two cyber experts think they have the answer. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Jason Healey, senior research scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, and Neil Jenkins, chief analytic officer at the Cyber Threat Alliance, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 21, 2019
What the DATA Act doesn't require federal agencies to do
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The DATA Act implementation is a work in progress for federal agencies. They've got until 2022 to make spending data automatically available to anyone who wants to see it. The act's biggest promise, though, might be in what it lets agency finance people not have to do. With a progress report and some of the challenges ahead, Dave Mader, former White House controller and now chief strategy officer at Deloitte, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 21, 2019
Army lieutenant, writer says to pump brakes on artificial intelligence in military
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You've heard before that artificial intelligence will transform the military. Autonomous drone swarms will keep uniforms out of harm's way, China has a military AI program, and we need one too. But Army 1st Lt. Michael Ferguson says not so fast. He has combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a former Army Ranger instructor and writes regularly about national security. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Jan 18, 2019
DC commercial real estate feeling effects of shutdown
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The D.C. area has been feeling the pinch of the partial government shutdown. Fewer federal employees are around to buy stuff or even ride the Metro. But what about the government's other bills, like, say, rent? Lucy Kitchin, senior vice president of government investor services at real estate management firm JLL, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the impact of the shutdown on commercial real estate.
Jan 18, 2019
Navy will use new legal authorities to speed up top acquisition priorities
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It’s been three years since Congress voted to give the Defense Department new, streamlined acquisition authorities. But the Navy said it’s starting to take advantage of them in a big way. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reported, many of its top-priority weapons systems are moving into a new, accelerated process. Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 18, 2019
Shutdown and a taste of Armageddon
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Congress seems inclined to ensure furloughed and working-without-pay federal employees get their back pay once the shutdown ends. That's always been the case but it's not enough, at least not in the opinion of Jeff Neal, a former federal chief human capital officer. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Jan 18, 2019
Trump signs bill ensuring federal employees get paid after government shutdown
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President Donald Trump made it official that federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown will get paid eventually. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act guarantees back pay for federal employees but not federal contractors. Cafeteria workers, janitors, security guards and others are feeling the pain. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 18, 2019
Can RPA shift lower-grade federal employees to higher-value work?
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Automation won’t put federal employees out of a job anytime soon, even those on furlough. But researchers at the General Services Administration said the spread of robotic process automation, now known as RPA, will change the future of government hiring. They say this branch of automation might make it easier to recruit the next generation of talent. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 17, 2019
Shutdown slows momentum of Trump administration's deregulation efforts
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The border wall-induced standoff among Republicans and Democrats in Congress and President Donald Trump has put the breaks on one of the administration's signature initiatives — namely deregulation, or reregulation. It's an effort that involves both the White House and many that remain without appropriations. For details, Bridget Dooling, former staff member of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, now a research professor at The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 17, 2019
Watchdog disapproves of Trump's idea to make Afghanistan reconstruction reports secret
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For going on 20 years, Congress and the public have read with a mixture of horror and fascination the reports coming out of the inspectors general, first for Iraq and then for Afghanistan reconstruction. They've detailed hundred of billions of dollars in spending and misspending. Now President Donald Trump has proposed making the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reports secret. He called it insane that they're routinely released publicly, but the idea isn't going down too well with at least one long time good-government group. Mandy Smithberger, director of the center for defense information at the Project on Government Oversight, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for her reaction.
Jan 17, 2019
Data analytics, focus on cities are key to Army’s aim to grow its force
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In 2018, amid a growing economy and a demand to grow the force, the Army missed its recruiting goal for the first time in more than a decade. Officials say they’re now regrouping to make sure it doesn’t happen again. As Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reports, the plan involves a change in geographic focus and a new reliance on data analytics.
Jan 16, 2019
Fed facts: A 'quiz' on the federal workforce
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The federal workforce and its partial plight have dominated the news since Christmas. But how much do you know about that workforce? Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a sort of radio quiz on fed facts.
Jan 16, 2019
Congress expected to play bigger role in federal IT in 2019
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Even with all the focus and concern over the partial government shutdown, we can't lose sight on the potential and real impact technology will continue to have on agencies in 2019. From the Office of Management and Budget's continued push to move agencies to the cloud as part of the IT modernization focus to the never-ending battle to secure federal networks and data, 2019 is shaping up to be another year of change for federal IT. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller asked six federal IT experts for their take on what to expect in 2019. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Jan 15, 2019
Congress faces raising debt ceiling before next potential shutdown
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Congress remains at an impasse over much of the federal budget. In a few weeks it will have to agree whether to raise the debt ceiling threatening the next showdown. Yet at least in the House the new Congress has shown some bipartisanship in the way it governs itself. That might bode well for the future. The Firewall editor in chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 15, 2019
GSA, White House need improvement at securing federal facilities
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Securing federal facilities seems to be a never-ending challenge. What used to be a guard at a desk has morphed almost into an industry called physical access control systems. The General Services Administration approves the technologies and the vendors and the White House sets the parameters. They both need to do more work. Lori Rectanus, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 15, 2019
Navy starts small with pay for performance pilot
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The Navy is testing a pay-for-performance plan officials hope will keep some of its talented surface warfare officers in the service. If the pilot goes well, the Navy will expand the program. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Rear Adm. John Nowell, Naval Director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy, about the pilot and how it will work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 15, 2019
Navy starts small with pay for performance pilot
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The Navy is testing a pay-for-performance plan officials hope will keep some of its talented surface warfare officers in the service. If the pilot goes well, the Navy will expand the program. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Rear Adm. John Nowell, Naval Director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy, about the pilot and how it will work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 15, 2019
Section 809 panel's final report prescribes 'revolutionary' changes to DoD buying
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A congressionally-chartered panel of defense acquisition experts Tuesday delivered the third of three promised sets of recommendations for modernizing how the Defense Department buys. Some things DoD can do on its own authority. Others will require Congress to act. For a summary of the final report and what comes next, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with David Drabkin, the chairman, and Charlie Williams, a member of the Section 809 Panel, about the recommendations.
Jan 15, 2019
Air traffic controllers, TSA try to keep airports moving without pay
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The long partial government shutdown has had little effect on the flying public. The Transportation Security Administration has received a lot of attention, especially as reports come of large numbers of officers calling in sick. But what about those in the air transport chain the public doesn't see? The air traffic controllers of the Federal Aviation Administration have also been on the job, and also working without pay. Executive Vice President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association Trish Gilbert joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it.
Jan 14, 2019
Can IRS pay tax refunds during shutdown? It depends who you ask
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The IRS plans to begin this year’s tax filing season on time, as if to say, what shutdown? That means it'll start sending out tax refund checks on Jan. 28. But Democratic lawmakers and agency employees have raised concerns about the logistics of getting everything done on time. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jan 14, 2019
How do contractors continue operating through prolonged shutdown?
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Few contractors ever dreamed the partial government shutdown would start to approach a full month. So the question becomes how do you keep operating through such a long lapse in revenue? And should the end come into view, how do you gear up? David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some insight.
Jan 14, 2019
Kaine: Dems want border security 'done right', 2020 budget plans beginning
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Having reached historic length the great partial shutdown of 2019 has no end in sight. Still, a Democratic senator was able to get a promise from President Donald Trump to sign a bill guaranteeing federal employees would get paid once appropriations are restored. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to discuss what's next.
Jan 14, 2019
When did government start shutting down and how to prevent it
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Shutdowns may seem like a fact of life, but that wasn't always the case, and according to the Government Accountability Office, it doesn't have to be. Before 1980, government shutdowns didn't exist. A GAO report from March 1981 explains the decision that created them, the fallout from that decision, and a number of measures Congress could take to ensure they never happen again. Federal News Network's David Thornton has been digging into this and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 14, 2019
Changes coming to harmonize subcontracting rules between defense, civilians
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Subcontracting has always come with complicated rules for allowable costs and reporting for small business compliance. Now some changes are arriving aimed at harmonizing the rules across defense and civilian agencies. Washington procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo had the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 11, 2019
Federal employees rally, demand end to shutdown holding pay ‘hostage’
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We’re approaching day 21 now of the partial government shutdown. Most federal employees are missing previously scheduled paychecks today. But they’ve been telling their own shutdown stories all week. Federal News Network’s Amelia Brust and Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to tell us about some of those stories.
Jan 11, 2019
Former federal exec., now contractor recounts past funding lapses
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If you've moved from a federal executive position to the contractor side, chances are you've lived through two long lapses in funding. One such person is Jonathan Alboum, chief technology officer for the public sector at U.S. Veritas Technologies. He had high level technology and acquisition jobs at the Agriculture Department. He's also vice chair of the Industry Advisory Council's executive committee, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Friday.
Jan 11, 2019
In 2019, state of federal IT still has ways to go
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Following a couple of dizzy years of policy and legislation, just what is the state of federal information technology going into calendar 2019? According to one new in-depth look, it's better but not great. Agile development, cloud computing and just basic impact of IT still have a long way to go. Dave McClure, principal director — Federal CIO Advisory Services at Accenture Federal Services, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 11, 2019
Top House Armed Services Republican: Using defense funds for border wall would hurt troops
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With the government still shut down, and politicians in seemingly intractable stalemate, President Donald Trump is looking for other ways to fund a border wall. One of those ways might be to tap military funds. But some prominent lawmakers including some Republicans are not happy about that idea. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 11, 2019
Air Force expands futuristic training to maintainers
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The Air Force is implementing a handful of new plans to train pilots faster, get maintainers in hangers quicker, and bring more recruits into the force. Brig. Gen. Jim Sears, the director of plans, programs and requirements for the Air Education and Training Command, oversees all those initiatives. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Sears on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how 2018 shaped up and what’s to come.
Jan 10, 2019
DC area hardest hit by shutdown, could affect people's credit ratings
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Washington, D.C. is the area hardest hit by the partial government shutdown. Maryland is the third hardest hit and Virginia is sixth. That's according to an index developed by credit rating company WalletHub. Their analyst Jill Gonzalez joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what's in the index and what it shows.
Jan 10, 2019
Feds’ GoFundMe campaigns open a ‘minefield’ of ethical questions during shutdown
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A growing number of federal employees or people advertising themselves as feds impacted by the government shutdown are setting up pages on GoFundMe to solicit donations. With no guarantee they'll get their next paycheck later this week many say they need dough to help pay bills medical expenses and child care. But if you try this tactic, choose your words carefully. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on whether these donation campaigns are ethics violations in the making.
Jan 10, 2019
Number of postponed federal events rise as partial shutdown is prolonged
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The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate postponed its annual cybersecurity showcase just a few days before the event was supposed to happen. The Association of Government Accountants pushed its federal financial systems event back by three weeks, and may have to push it back again into February. These are just two examples of the spreading effect the partial government shutdown has on the federal community. Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about this phenomenon.
Jan 10, 2019
Removing troops from Syria would force end to contracts
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It sounds easy, if controversial: Remove US troops from Syria. The reality would be a little messier. As the Defense Department proceeds with the withdrawal, it's forcing the sudden end of contracts that have been supporting operations there. Bloomberg Senior Defense Analyst Rob Levinson joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 10, 2019
SES and lower-paid feds alike hit by partial shutdown
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As the federal partial shutdown drags on, much of the attention is on union employees and lower-paid people. They tend to be hardest hit financially. But it's not easy for federal senior executives, either. For some perspective, Bill Valdez, a retired member of the Senior Executive Service and president of the Senior Executives Association, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 10, 2019
Lawmakers trying to stay on top of IoT advances
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Congress usually finds itself playing catch up with industry when new technology is introduced and becomes popular. With more and more companies and agencies using internet of things devices, some members want to make sure they don't fall a step behind the IoT revolution. One of them is Vermont Rep. Peter Welch (D). He spoke with Federal News Network's Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the work he and colleagues are doing to try and ensure a safe expansion of IoT devices.
Jan 09, 2019
Shut down and nowhere to go: Federal employees frustrated with furlough ‘limbo’
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With a partial government shutdown now in its third week nearly 400,000 furloughed federal employees might be unsure of what to do with themselves during their vacant days. But many are finding ways to stay busy. American University recently open its doors to help them brush up on some professional skills. Federal News Nework’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Shut down and nowhere to go: Federal employees frustrated with furlough ‘limbo’
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With a partial government shutdown now in its third week nearly 400,000 furloughed federal employees might be unsure of what to do with themselves during their vacant days. But many are finding ways to stay busy. American University recently open its doors to help them brush up on some professional skills. Federal News Nework’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Shut down and nowhere to go: Federal employees frustrated with furlough ‘limbo’
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With a partial government shutdown now in its third week nearly 400,000 furloughed federal employees might be unsure of what to do with themselves during their vacant days. But many are finding ways to stay busy. American University recently open its doors to help them brush up on some professional skills. Federal News Nework’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
VA medical police lack planning, oversight says IG
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has its own federal police force to ensure safety at its medical facilities. But it doesn't do a great job at planning and oversight of its police force. Nor does the agency have a clear idea for whether police should investigate alleged misconduct by VA managers. For more on this and other recent findings, VA Inspector General Michael Missal joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Watchdog group: Lasting effects of a prolonged government shutdown
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Federal government lapses in funding have become a regular occurrence. But only rarely have they lasted more than a weekend. When they do, the effects can be powerful. Sean Moulton, program manager at the Project on Government Oversight, gave his perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 09, 2019
Bureau of Fiscal Service improving security, user experience of its citizen services
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It’s been more than three years since the then White House cyber czar Michael Daniel said he wanted to kill the password... kill it dead. But most citizen and business facing sites continue to rely on username and passwords to validate the user’s identity. This is why the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Service is taking on user authentication, which many consider one of the most challenging technology projects the federal government has faced over the last 20 years. Marshall Henry, a program manager in the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation in the Bureau of Fiscal Service, told Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin all about the bureau’s effort to stamp out the password.
Jan 08, 2019
House Democrats try to re-open government as Congress resumes full work week
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The 116th Congress returned to its first full week of work with the partial government shutdown now in its 18th day. House Democrats are trying many tactics to get the closed agencies re-opened. For a full rundown, Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 08, 2019
OOC now Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, has new policies
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It didn't get a lot of coverage in the pre-Christmas frenzy of the partial government partial shutdown, but President Donald Trump signed a new law aimed at enhancing workplace protections for congressional staff members. The Office of Compliance — the rough Capitol Hill equivalent to the Merit Systems Protection Board — has turned into the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, and has some of the responsibility for carrying out new policies and procedures. OCWR Executive Director Susan Tsui Grundmann pointed out that most cases are about discrimination, with some distinction between them and #MeToo-eque harrassment cases. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Jan 08, 2019
Private industry feeling impact of partial government shutdown
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If you've had one of those careers that switches from government to industry, or vice versa, you've probably lived through more than one lapse in funding. A case in point: Richard Spires, the former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security and now the CEO of Learning Tree International. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with what it looks like in that that unique federal market.
Jan 08, 2019
Why political appointees are getting a pay raise and most career feds, for now, aren’t
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President Donald Trump said he would consider asking his cabinet members to reject a pay raise that political appointees were supposed to get in early January. But he might not even have to ask. The Office of Personnel Management now is encouraging agencies to hold off on processing those raises. Let's face it, the optics aren't good considering 800,000 federal employees are going with zero pay during the government shutdown. The entire situation is yet another consequence of government’s collective failure to pass appropriations bills or provide stop-gap funding for agencies ahead of time. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest.
Jan 08, 2019
EPA employees join furloughed ranks, face mounting financial challenges
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The Environmental Protection Agency closed most of its operations on New Year's Day, sending most of its staff home for the duration of the partial government shutdown. The agency had exempted nearly all of its workforce for the first week of the shutdown. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman spoke with some newly furloughed EPA employees. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for more details.
Jan 07, 2019
Former NIFA director unsure about USDA proposal to move it
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Agriculture Sonny Perdue has famously proposed moving the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of Washington. He said more than 100 entities from around the nation have expressed interest in hosting it. A former NIFA director isn't so sure it's a good idea. Sonny Ramaswamy, president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why not.
Jan 07, 2019
Shutdown starts bringing significant losses for federal contractors
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For some federal contractors, the prolonged shutdown has turned them from doubt and uncertainty to real losses. For an update on the shutdown, now in its third week, Barbara Kinosky, managing partner at Centre Law and Consulting, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 07, 2019
What furloughed feds close to and actively retiring should know
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Some 345,000 federal employees are on furlough at the moment. That's more than Facebook, Google and General Motors combined. Among those stuck at home are people who were about to retire or had already filed their retirement papers. What happens to them? Federal retirement expert Tammy Flanagan had some answers on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 07, 2019
Coast Guard bolstering waterways security with new strategy
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Some $4.5 trillion dollars worth of economic activity take place every year on the seas. Ninety percent of US imports and exports move by ship. Now the Coast Guard has developed a plan to bolster security of the waterways. Back in October, it unveiled a new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook to lay it out. For details, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with Coast Guard Vice Adm. Daniel Abel, deputy commandant for operations, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 04, 2019
Consultant describes what it's like for contractors during shutdown
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Contractors join federal employees and their families as the so-called collateral damage in the latest political game of chicken. Typical of affected companies is a consultancy known as OnPoint, a subsidiary of Sapient. OnPoint President Tim Smith joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what the company is experiencing in the partial government shutdown.
Jan 04, 2019
EPA increases internet of things data collection, has advice for others
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Internet of things data collection has been steadily rising at the Environmental Protection Agency. Both the reporting entities at the state level and the agency itself are taking in more measurements of the environment using devices that sense and then send in what they sniff. Lee Kelly, division director with the EPA Office of Information Security and Privacy, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update and some advice for other IoT users.
Jan 04, 2019
DoD IG continues to climb in employee satisfaction ratings
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The Defense Department Inspector General's Office saw a more than 25 percent increase in employee satisfaction since 2015.
Jan 03, 2019
FAR (almost) in line with SBA on prime contracting
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Back in 2014 the law changed for how much prime contractors can subcontract under small business set-asides. But because the federal acquisition regulation council never got around to updating the FAR, its rules have differed from those of the Small Business Administration. Finally that situation is rectified, almost. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got details from Washington procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell.
Jan 03, 2019
House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government
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House Democrats took on a new leadership role Thursday. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her first task will be a vote on two separate bills that would reopen most agencies for the rest of fiscal 2019 and put an end to a partial government shutdown that's closing in on two weeks long. One bill would also give federal employees some more good news. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 03, 2019
MSPB's only member still has to work through partial shutdown
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Amid the partial government shutdown, one group sometimes gets overlooked. Political appointees must stay on the job, often when they're the only ones at work. A case in point is Mark Robbins, vice chair and the only member of the Merit Systems Protection Board. In fact he was there for the 2013 shutdown. He spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the shutdown.
Jan 03, 2019
Why federal IT hit a crescendo in 2018
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The federal technology hit a crescendo in 2018. And there are plenty of signals that say the management, buying and use of technology is only going to get better. In many ways, the last 12 months laid the foundation for major progress in 2019 and beyond. As part of our ongoing look ahead to 2019, Federal News Network’s Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with his take on the year that was and why there is plenty to celebrate when it comes to federal IT in 2018.
Jan 03, 2019
Fight on: Lawyer files suit on behalf of feds required to work during shutdown
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Federal employees may not like being furloughed or forced to work without pay. But they have a chance to get even thanks to a new class action lawsuit charging the government with violating fair labor laws. Attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, partner at Kalijarvi, Chuze, Newman and Fitch, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jan 02, 2019
Researchers try to predict when soldiers risk overheating in gear
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Work out too much in the heat and body core temperatures can rise to dangerous levels. Add heavy Army uniforms and equipment, and heat can turn deadly. Now the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine has developed a way to more accurately predict when a soldier is in danger of overheating.Laurie Blanchard, biomedical engineer, and Adam Potter, research physiologist at the Institute, spoke about the issue on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 02, 2019
SBA looks to give women-owned businesses better shot at federal contracting market
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The Small Business Administration and its private-sector partners are looking to give women-owned small businesses a better shot at entering the federal contracting market through their ChallengeHER program. The agency, partnered with the group Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express, gives female small business owners a crash-course in government procurement. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 02, 2019
Shutdown costing contractors millions, questions on pay swirling
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The partial government shutdown is costing federal civilian contractors millions of dollars per day. Are they paying their employees? Are they planning to pay them back when government funding is resolved? Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council., joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for some answers.
Jan 02, 2019
Comparing rise of mid-grade military wages to civilian middle class
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The late Sen. John McCain once lamented the fact that the average mid-grade military service member earned so little he or she could quality for food stamps. But that was nearly a generation ago. Now the same people make up a big exception to the stagnation in middle class wages. For what's going on, Navy Cmdr. Brendan Stickles, at the moment a federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 01, 2019
EPA, Smithsonian preparing more closures, as partial shutdown extends into January
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The partial government shutdown is over a week old now and there's no immediate end in sight. More agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Smithsonian are closing down now as the shutdown enters the new year. And there's more bad news for federal employees and their paychecks in 2019 whenever the shutdown ends. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jan 01, 2019
GSA working to consolidate MAS's, establish electronic marketplace
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That chomping you hear is the sound of the General Services Administration working on two projects it's taken on. One is the consolidation of its multiple award schedule contracts. The other is establishment of a governmentwide electronic buying marketplace. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an industry take.
Jan 01, 2019
No easy way out of shutdown stalemate
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Congress and the Trump administration all looked green and wrinkled just before Christmas, just like the Grinch. The question now is, can they pull anything of value out of all the piles of coal they gave 800,000 federal employees for Christmas? Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an assessment.
Jan 01, 2019
Teleworking losing steam despite frequency of government shutdowns
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Federal employees stuck at home during the great shutdown of 2018 brought to mind the idea of teleworking. Not that people can work if they're furloughed during a shutdown. But the teleworking movement has lost steam in the last few years. That might be a mistake, said Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jan 01, 2019
Best Places to Work: What the Partnership’s new rankings tell us
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Every year the Best Places to Work rankings for federal agencies produce apparently perennial winners and losers. Besides lists that are fun to talk about, what effects do the rankings really have? For some answers, Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. That's one of the agencies which could stand some improvement in the Best Places to Work rankings.
Dec 21, 2018
Medicare racks up more than $7B annually for lab tests
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Medicare's yearly tab for lab tests amounts to real money — more than $7 billion. But it doesn't get the best deals, and changes to the program could make it worse. For more, James Cosgrove, director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 21, 2018
Navy education system overhaul creates new research hubs on coasts
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The Navy just delivered a new plan for maritime superiority, or at least a new curriculum. That document basically overhauls the Navy’s educational system to make it more collaborative with industry. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to explain what to expect from the Navy’s schools in the future.
Dec 21, 2018
Senate clears Feb. 8 continuing resolution, sends to the House
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The Senate quickly passed a short-term continuing resolution Wednesday night that would keep the government open through Feb. 8. The CR now goes to the House. It's a good first step for the agencies that would have dealt with a partial government shutdown at the end of the week. But the news isn't good for federal employees hoping for a pay raise by Jan. 1. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what's next.
Dec 20, 2018
GAO finds FEMA could use contractors better after 2017 hurricane season
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With 2017's large amount of hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency found itself relying heavily on advance contracts to get much needed goods and services to areas affected. However, a recent review by the Government Accountability Office found FEMA could be getting even better use of these contracts. Marie Mak, director of Contracting and National Security Acquisitions Issues at GAO, told Federal News Network's Eric White how FEMA can utilize them more. Hear the conversation on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Dec 20, 2018