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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
Case against federal contractor for flimsy cybersecurity advances in court
00:12:14
A recent court case showed the consequences of using a contractor who had less than optimal cybersecurity, but who represented themselves to the government as being up to snuff. Every Defense contractor ought to know about this one, and attorney Robert Metzger, a partner at Rogers Joseph O'Donnell and co-author of the Mitre Deliver Uncompromised Report, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for the details.
Jun 20, 2019
ERS union demands hold on USDA relocation until agency bargains with employees
00:08:23
Leadership at the Agriculture Department has spoken, and Kansas City is the choice to move employees at the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Employees are getting their reassignment letters. USDA wants the workforce to start moving as early as next month. But employees at ERS' new union have demanded to bargain over USDA's decision. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break down the department's decision to relocate to Kansas City.
Jun 20, 2019
Pentagon cracks down on price gouging, but only by one company
00:09:16
The Pentagon has fired its first salvo in a crackdown on what it’s officials have called price gouging in the military spare parts market. In a highly unusual move, top procurement officials are targeting one particular company: TransDigm. They’re telling Defense Department contracting officers to demand extra pricing documentation whenever they deal with that company or its subsidiaries. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu has been following the TransDigm story for the last several months, and he’s here to talk about the latest.
Jun 20, 2019
What's next for AFGE after Social Security case ruled largely in agency's favor?
00:08:07
Members of the American Federation of Government Employees are steaming at a decision by the Federal Service Impasses Panel. It mostly ruled against them in a landmark negotiation with the Social Security Administration. Federal unions are generally crabby about HR initiatives from the Trump administration. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for some possible ways ahead.
Jun 20, 2019
An independent board is helping the government unload excess real estate
00:08:52
The federal government has more real estate than it knows what to do with, but getting rid of excess property hasn't been easy. Now new help has arrived. It takes the form of a tiny new independent agency, the Public Buildings Reform Board. The board held its first meeting to discuss ways to save billions over the next few years. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman attended that meeting. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the latest updates.
Jun 19, 2019
GAO says DoD is unprepared to defend military bases from wildfires and rising sea levels
00:08:50
Wildfires and rising sea levels create a risk for military bases. Now the Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department’s installations lack the resilience to combat and recover from extreme events. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Diana Maurer, Director of GAO’s Defense Capabilities and Management, about what Defense officials need to do.
Jun 19, 2019
Groups publish advice for D.C. leadership to keep feds outside of the region engaged
00:08:24
People in Washington often consider D.C. the capital of the universe. In some ways it might be, but for the federal government, most of the employees live and work throughout the country. That brings up the question of how leadership in Washington can make sure far flung employees stay engaged. The Boston Consulting Group and the Partnership for Public Service have published some advice on that. Partnership's director for Federal Workforce Programs, Margot Conrad, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details.
Jun 19, 2019
Office of Congressional Workplace Rights to develops alternative process for dispute resolution
00:09:09
The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights was tasked by Congress to develop a modernized process for alternative dispute resolution. It has done so, within the 180-day deadline. Susan Tsui Grundmann, executive director of the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how it works and how they developed it.
Jun 19, 2019
SSA judges ask new commissioner to suspend negotiations with their union
00:09:07
The administrative law judges at the Social Security Administration have asked the brand new commissioner, Andrew Saul, to suspend negotiations with their union on a new collective bargaining agreement. At issue is who reports to whom. The president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, Melissa McIntosh, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it all out.
Jun 19, 2019
How NBIB slashed the security clearance backlog by 300,000 in nearly a year
00:22:43
About a year ago the security clearance backlog reached its record-high of 725,000. Now the inventory looks much different. The Office of Personnel Management and the National Background Investigations Bureau have tried a wide variety of methods of bring down the backlog, and they're working. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko interviewed NBIB Director Charlie Phalen about why embracing new technology and re-imagining the process altogether is leading toward success. Hear the two-part interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 18, 2019
Longtime CBO staffer explains how federal budgets work
00:10:39
Millions gab about government budgets but not many people know how they work in detail. Theresa Gullo, Congressional Budget Office assistant director for budget analysis joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion. She's a long-time staff member of the CBO and now has a national award from the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis.
Jun 18, 2019
No sign of WH-Congress consensus as 2020 fiscal year comes into view
00:08:04
Two weeks before the start of the government's final fiscal quarter, factions in Congress and the White House appear nowhere near any agreement. So does another shutdown loom as a possibility? For a near-term look, The Fulcrum editor in chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 18, 2019
NOAA upgrading its weather forecasting model 'engine' after 40 years
00:09:24
The advent of supercomputers of every increasing power and algorithms constantly being tweaked has all made the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration better and better at weather forecasting. But now NOAA has done something it hasn't done in 40 years: Upgrade the model's dynamical core. The director of the environmental modeling center at NOAA, Brian Gross, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more on what that means.
Jun 18, 2019
Why DoD’s decision to make cybersecurity an ‘allowable cost’ matters
00:08:08
The Defense Department is willing to pay vendors to be more cyber secure. It's no longer just asking and pleading with its supply chain to protect their systems and data — the Pentagon is putting up hard cash. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about why DoD feels the time has come to make cybersecurity an allowable cost on certain types of contracts. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for more.
Jun 18, 2019
2020 NDAA to focus more on status of past reforms
00:08:02
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act is still in committee draft but expected out Monday. Both the House and Senate are focusing less on fresh reforms than on making sure the Defense Department acts on reforms passed in previous years. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for more.
Jun 17, 2019
DoD’s Joint Regional Security Stacks plagued by training shortfalls
00:09:41
The Pentagon has long said that one of its biggest cybersecurity challenges is fragmentation of its networks. They’re spread out across dozens of organizations, and protected by thousands of individual firewalls. DoD’s Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) are supposed to help fix that problem. But the department’s inspector general said JRSS is still plagued by training shortfalls and unclear requirements. Carol Gorman, assistant inspector general for the OIG’s cyberspace operations directorate, talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about what the office found in a recent audit of JRSS. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 17, 2019
Group responsible for expediting billions in federal building sales meets Monday
00:10:04
A specially appointed committee known as the Public Buildings Reform Board has the task of expediting the sale of billions of dollars worth of federal buildings. It has its first meeting Monday. To explain how it's charted and how it works, board member and former federal procurement policy chief Angela Styles joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 17, 2019
What's the Hatch Act and why is Special Counsel concerned Conway violated it?
00:08:51
The Office of Special Counsel surprised the federal community with last week's recommendation that White House aide Kellyanne Conway get canned. OSC found her to be a serial breaker of the Hatch Act, a venerable law that prohibits politics on the job, whether by appointees or career employees. Attorney Joanna Friedman, a partner at the Federal Practice Group, offered a short refresher on the Hatch Act for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 17, 2019
DoD could analyze social media posts for clues to political change
00:09:39
Popular movements can have a way of causing political change. And that can require the attention of American diplomats and the military. One way the Defense Department is trying to gain a better understanding of social trends around the world is to analyze social media postings — 350 billion of them. To share how this might work, Camber Warren, associate professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 14, 2019
Former EPA chief warns trust in agency’s science advisory board ‘at risk’
00:06:44
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed a new direction for how the agency interacts with its Science Advisory Board, experts from industry and academia. Former EPA leadership said they're skeptical of the plan. They told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the board and agency's political leadership have been at odds under the Trump administration. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Jun 14, 2019
New program office to manage DoD, VA health records, but details are scarce
00:07:22
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs said they’ve finally settled on a joint management structure to make sure the electronic health record systems they’re buying are interoperable. But some members of Congress said it’s too little too late. As Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reported, they’ve advanced legislation designed to force more cooperation between the two departments. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 14, 2019
Nuclear policy remains a boys' club, study says
00:10:13
A small but crucial corner of military and national security policy remains mostly male. Women who work in nuclear policy often face a so-called gender tax that renders them less than fully accepted participants. That's according to a study just completed by New America. Study co-author Elena Souris joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share more of what researchers found.
Jun 14, 2019
VA medical center director a finalist for 2019 Sammies
00:10:48
When things go wrong at the Department of Veterans Affairs, they go really wrong. That was the case at the Tomah, Wisconsin, medical center. Terrible morale among the staff and over prescribing opioids for the veterans were just two of the problems. At least it presented a great opportunity for improvement, which is what happened when Victoria Brahm became the center's director. She's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why.
Jun 14, 2019
After 2017 hurricane season, GAO skeptical FEMA can handle similar events
00:08:43
Two weeks into this year's hurricane season and FEMA has said it's ready for whatever is coming. The agency evaluated its own readiness and workforce capabilities after the historic 2017 hurricane season and said it's making plans to be better prepared for the future. But the Government Accountability Office said it would silly to assume that 2017 was one time event. And it's especially concerned FEMA doesn't have the right skills and staff to handle future disasters. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko has more details.
Jun 13, 2019
Anticipating future uses, Microsoft launches AI Business School for government
00:11:56
A lot of vendors see a future in artificial intelligence technology, and a lot of federal agency managers have the sense AI could help their programs. Now Microsoft has launched a special government version of what it calls its AI Business School. Mitra Azizirad, corporate vice president for Microsoft AI, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Jun 13, 2019
Contractors protests awards from Army Corps for southern border fencing
00:09:01
The southern border wall might be controversial but that hasn't stopped contractors from fighting over the business and launching protests. The Department of Homeland Security's interagency agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers Procurement for border fence construction led to two design-build contracts. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell gave more insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 13, 2019
Agencies upgrade their systems for network access, promising stronger cybersecurity
00:09:56
Agencies across the government are working to upgrade their systems for identifying and granting access to people using their networks and computing resources. It's known as identity, credential and access management, or ICAM. Doing it right is crucial to having good cybersecurity. The Industry Advisory Council - American Council for Technology (ACT-IAC) has teamed up with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to advance ICAM best practices. ACT-IAC project lede Charles "Chuck" Santangelo joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share what they've done so far.
Jun 12, 2019
Army thinks using smaller, non-traditional businesses can help with competition
00:20:26
The Army is trying to reinvent itself as it prepares for an expected new era of great power competition. That includes working with small and non-traditional businesses to help it sharpen its lethal edge. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with Army Secretary Mark Esper about how the Army is changing. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 12, 2019
Facial recognition's surveillance capabilities should concern feds, watchdog says
00:09:14
Facial recognition algorithms have become so good that the technology has found its way into a large number of applications, including surveillance. The Project on Government Oversight has been following the privacy issues associated with facial recognition. POGO's Senior Counsel Jake Laperruque joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss with what the organization thinks ought to concern federal officials.
Jun 12, 2019
GAO says Manufacturing USA lacks metrics for domestic production goals
00:08:32
Agencies behind the long-running Manufacturing USA network seek to spur a resurgence in American manufacturing prowess and advanced technologies. But auditors at the Government Accountability Office found the program doesn't really have measurable goals or timelines. John Neumann, GAO's managing director for science, technology assessment and analytics, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details and recommendations.
Jun 12, 2019
Postal regulator urges ‘greater mission clarity’ for USPS in upcoming business plan
00:08:50
The U.S. Postal Service recently gave Congress a grim forecast of its finances. Without a bill to restructure their business model, Postal executives expect to run out of cash by 2024. A White House task force laid out its recommendations late last year but members of the House and Senate have yet to act on them. Now auditors have urged Congress to better define what the Postal Service is in the business of actually doing. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jun 12, 2019
Appropriations action is coming in the next few days
00:09:48
For the next couple of days on the Hill, we're going to see appropriations action, on the floor, off the floor, and some we won't be able to see because it will be happening in back rooms. Congress is in the midst of negotiating next year's budgets. Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan spoke with Federal News Network's Eric White about what we can expect.
Jun 11, 2019
Contractor past performance data is becoming both more, less valuable
00:08:40
In his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller looked into why there is this paradox of contractor past performance data. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jun 11, 2019
It’s been a big year so far for the government’s push toward better data governance
00:08:50
It’s been a significant year already for the rise of federal chief data officers and the government’s push toward better data governance. In January, the president signed the Open Government Data Act, which requires federal agencies to appoint CDOs. And last week, the Trump Administration released the federal data strategy, giving agencies dozens of goals to improve the accessibility, value and security. Robert Shea is a former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, now a principal at Grant Thornton. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what the latest moves mean for data in government, and for CDOs.
Jun 11, 2019
Stage set for fiery debate over Space Force
00:06:08
The House is out with its version of the 2020 defense authorization bill and there is one big surprise. Space force isn’t addressed. The committee is going to hash out its opinion on the new military service later this week. The bill also authorizes funds for the Defense Department under the president’s request. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details.
Jun 11, 2019
Busy Q4 predicted for federal contracting landscape, expert says time to prep
00:08:42
Before contractors can get to that final stretch of the fiscal fourth quarter, they've got to do some important prep in what remains of this, the third quarter. Larry Allen of Federal Business Partners joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some advice. For starters, he said not to expect many more meet-and-greets the rest of this year.
Jun 10, 2019
DoD's use of other transaction agreements increasing each year
00:09:34
Everyone knows the number of contracts the Defense Department is awarding using other transaction agreements, or OTAs, is growing. And Congress is watching while contractors are wary. So just how big is it? Jim Mitre, senior vice president for strategy and analysis at Govini, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share results of detailed research.
Jun 10, 2019
USDA relocation proposal faces more congressional backlash
00:07:59
More and more congressional Democrats are taking notice of the Agriculture Department's plans to move two of its bureaus out of the national capital region. And they're making their opposition known. The House Appropriations Committee explicitly included language in a 2020 funding bill designed to stop the relocation. And a group of Senate ranking members are worried the agency's employees are already fleeing for the doors. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss where the relocation could be headed.
Jun 10, 2019
DoD tech officials caution culture challenges lie ahead before rolling out more emerging tech tools
00:07:36
The Defense Department spends more than any other department on developing artificial intelligence. During the past year it stood up its highly visible Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. But officials working behind the scenes at the Defense Department say most of their day-to-day work focuses on the unglamorous work of getting their people and their business processes ready for emerging tech tools. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details.
Jun 07, 2019
DoD's IG says regional security stacks still hampered by inadequate requirements planning and insufficient training
00:08:31
For the second time in six months, the Defense Department's overseers are raising red flags about one of the department’s biggest cybersecurity projects. The Pentagon’s inspector general says the Joint Regional Security Stacks aren’t meeting their expected objectives more than five years after the program first got off the ground. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the latest findings, and DoD’s response to them.
Jun 07, 2019
NASA engineer finds way to produce a miracle metal in large quantities
00:08:51
New software comes out every minute. But how often does a new metal spring into action? NASA Glenn Research Center materials research engineer Othmane Benafan found a way to produce a miracle metal in quantities large enough to build an airplane shape-shifting wings. For this potentially revolutionary work, he's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Jun 07, 2019
Proposed rule would give administrators power to impose penalties on Tricare fraudsters
00:09:04
Tricare, the Defense Department's primary health care delivery system, faces the same attempts at fraud and abuse as Medicare. Now a proposed rule would give Tricare administrators the power to impose civil penalties on fraudsters. There's even a name for the proposed new program, Military Health Care Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program. Joining me with what they're planning: Deputy general counsel of the Defense Health Agency Bryan Wheeler, and the associate general counsel, Michael Zleit joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more about what is in the works.
Jun 07, 2019
For HHS, blockchain means faster ID management and safer mangoes
00:09:12
As agencies race to roll out emerging technology, blockchain has faded a bit compared to artificial intelligence and robotic process automation. But the distributed ledger technology has become a hit at the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency already uses blockchain in its acquisition shop to buy bulk items more cheaply. But the Food and Drug Administration now sees it as a tool for supply chain management. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Jun 06, 2019
Higgins Boat is a D-Day symbol, reminder of US technological history
00:07:51
It's surprisingly small. An ungainly, almost primitive-looking boat is also a piece of American historical technology, and it was crucial to landing troops on the coast of Normandy on that fateful D-Day 75 years ago today. For the background and why it's perched on the lawn in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with press secretary Paul Fucito.
Jun 06, 2019
What can happen when federal contractors sue agencies
00:08:55
The government might have the right to suspend or even debar contractors for three years, but contractors can and do sue when it happens. One recent case showed the dangers in suing the government and why contractors need to pay attention to the concept known as responsibility. Dismas Locaria, a partner of Venable, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to share some expert insight into this case.
Jun 06, 2019
Where have all the classifiers gone?
00:08:30
The General Schedule of job classifications is in its eighth decade. And the jobs of today in the federal government scarcely resemble those of the 1950s. With the disappearance of the typist, so too has gone the job of the classifier. Former Homeland Security chief human capital officer Jeff Neal joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for commentary on this issue.
Jun 06, 2019
2019 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey out now
00:08:09
Few surveys have the response rate and statistical ruggedness of the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Few agencies can hide from the results. Now the annual survey, known as FEVS, has been put in the field for 2019. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why it's important and why, if you get one, you should fill it out.
Jun 05, 2019
OMB’s new strategy gives agencies operational, tactical guide to increasing the value of federal data
00:10:24
The Office of Management and Budget released the long-awaited federal data strategy Tuesday. It gives agencies 40 goals to improve the accessibility, value and security of what many call the 21st Century’s new oil. The strategy isn't all new. It builds on initiatives, policies, executive orders and laws that have underpinned federal data for the last 20 years. Suzette Kent, the federal chief information officer, explained in an exclusive interview to Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller the short and long term goals of the strategy. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 05, 2019
Reinstated DC director of VA medical center argued firing was politically driven
00:08:34
When the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general released a report detailing bad conditions at the Washington, D.C., medical center, the center director, Brian Hawkins, was fired. Long story short he'll be reinstated with back pay, two years later. Issac Arnsdorf, a reporter for the nonprofit ProPublica, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about how this came to pass.
Jun 05, 2019
SBA's Match Pilot Competition aims to create employee training programs
00:08:42
The Small Business Administration is trying the competition approach to create programs that will train workers for the jobs needed by employers. It's called the Match Pilot Competition. SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how it works.
Jun 05, 2019
Technology, job security grab focus in 2020 NDAA recommendations
00:10:31
The House Armed Services subcommittees released their recommendations for the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The suggestions put a big emphasis on technology and give 18,000 service members working in the medical field hope that they will keep their jobs. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Jun 05, 2019
Federal agencies spending $560B annually on multiple-award contracts, and counting
00:08:44
Multiple award contracts have been around for decades. Successful ones can be like annuities for award-holders and the cash generators for the agencies who operate them. And they've been growing in terms of dollars. For just how much, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Bloomberg Government senior data analyst Paul Murphy. TAG:
Jun 04, 2019
House appropriators propose 3.1% federal pay raise in 2020 draft spending bill
00:08:48
House appropriators are proposing a 3.1% pay raise for civilian employees in 2020. That's quite a departure from the president's proposed pay freeze for federal employees next year. The raise is just one of several provisions that are part of a new draft bill from the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko and Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about tidbits they found.
Jun 04, 2019
Secret Service making progress to correct training failures after WH intruder
00:08:50
A 2014 incident in which a crazed person jumped over the fence and ran deep into the White House exposed what a review panel later termed catastrophic failures in training at the Secret Service. Since then, the Secret Service has made considerable progress towards meeting the panel's 18 recommendations. Nathan Anderson, the acting director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the results of its own review.
Jun 04, 2019
Will impeachment talks distract Congress from more routine issues this summer?
00:09:36
The summer season for Congress is getting underway this week. Maybe the biggest question for the House is whether it will get so entangled in its impeachment debate that routine — if important — legislative matters won't get done. Fulcrum Editor-in-Chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the early June outlook.
Jun 04, 2019
Artificial Intelligence on the way whether agencies are ready or not
00:08:09
Artificial intelligence is like the seeker in hide-and-seek. It's coming, ready or not. Agencies have a lot to balance when it comes to AI. Now they've got some guidance based on research by the Professional Services Council.The Council's executive Vice President Alan Chvotkin joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights.
Jun 03, 2019
HUD Secretary Carson talks innovations in federal housing structures
00:09:33
Those who were down on the mall in Washington this weekend might've seen an extensive exhibit of innovations in housing. It's part of a program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to showcase the need for more and more varied types of housing, as well as to show some of the new developments in housing structures. Monday was Federal Day at the Innovative Housing Showcase, and for more details, HUD Secretary Ben Carson joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 03, 2019
Secret Service improves in workplace metrics after years of low morale
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After years of low employee engagement the Secret Service this year finally saw morale and retention improvement. Everyone's heard the stories — the hours are long and agents are expected to be ready at a moment's notice. And the 2016 presidential campaign kept Secret Service agents so busy that the agency blew past the statutory limit on overtime pay. But in 2018 the Secret Service improved 11 points on the Best Places to Work rankings. Susan Yarwood is the Secret Service's chief human capital officer. She told Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko the path to improving employee engagement at the agency was a long, long process. Hear about it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 03, 2019
What’s in the ‘black box’ of AI? NIST invites industry to brainstorm standards
00:08:38
As agencies grapple with what artificial intelligence can do for them, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for public feedback on ways to make AI more trustworthy. An executive order from President Donald Trump gave NIST the job of coming up with technical standards for AI tools. The agency recently held a public workshop at its headquarters to better understand both the challenges and the opportunities of AI. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Jun 03, 2019
Army thinks maximizing facility space could help attract vendors
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The Army has a lot of unused facility space. At the same time, the service believes the only thing holding a lot of potential vendors back from bidding on its contracts is a lack of floor space to do the work. So, as Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reported, the Army is looking at new ways to put those facilities to good use. Hear those ways on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 31, 2019
Dunford says the need for military readiness isn’t over
00:08:04
The Defense Department got most of the money it wanted the past three years after telling Congress it needed funds to rebuild readiness. Now DoD is asking for its biggest budget yet. And what about readiness? Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give an update.
May 31, 2019
Executive order on supply chain gives some industry players pause
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Supply chain security has been a concern of Congress and successive administrations. Now a Trump White House executive order on communications supply chain security, which seemed aimed at a controversial Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, is causing some in industry to say, "Let's stop and think about this." Jason Oxman, the president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with reactions from his member companies.
May 31, 2019
FEMA publishes guide to supply chain resilience during disasters
00:11:03
For many years, the watchword from the Department of Homeland Security was resilience, when it comes to places where disaster could occur. The idea is, if you can't prevent it can you recover quickly? Hurricane Katrina reinforced the importance of supply chain resilience dealing with potential disruptions to the delivery of basics like food and water. Now FEMA has published a guide to supply chain resilience. Gene Shearer, logistics and supply chain adviser for FEMA, and Nick Peak of the National Preparedness Directorate, shared highlights on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 31, 2019
Sammies finalist revolutionizing airports with facial recognition technology
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If you've been surprised by how smoothly airport processing can be for international travel, you might want to thank this individual. His long time work in the practical, real world application of facial recognition is in some ways revolutionizing the airport experience. John Wagner is deputy executive assistant commissioner for field operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more explanation.
May 31, 2019
AFGE charges DoD with unfair labor practices in upcoming network consolidation
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The Defense Department’s biggest labor union has lodged a formal complaint against the Pentagon, accusing DoD officials of unfair labor practices. The issue is an upcoming plan to consolidate many of DoD’s IT networks. As part of the transition, more than 1,000 employees who work for a dozen Defense agencies are set to become employees of the Defense Information Systems Agency. But the American Federation of Government Employees said its members haven’t been consulted about the changes. Victor Matos is the president of AFGE Local 2846, and represents employees at the Defense Contract Management Agency. He talked with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about what employees have been told so far, on which can be heard on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 30, 2019
Federal appeals court upholds company's protest of CMS award
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National Government Services Inc. was unhappy with a decision made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The company protested, and protested, and protested again until it got the answer it wanted. Here with lessons learned from this long-running case, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 30, 2019
New data tracker helps the public follow federal spending
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As agencies have more data than they know what to do with, a new tool from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service should help the public keep tabs on government spending. The online tracker, called Your Guide to America’s Finances, collects data on commonly-asked questions about federal revenue and spending. Daniel Cain is the bureau’s deputy assistant commissioner for Data Transparency. Justin Marsico is the product manager of Research and Analytics for Data Transparency. They spoke with Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 30, 2019
Caregivers expansion under VA MISSION Act delayed due to familiar culprit
00:08:03
A new deadline at the Department of Veterans Affairs is right around the corner. VA will start next week to implement new criteria for veterans to access community health care. The new access standards are just one piece of the VA MISSION Act. VA said it's ready to meet the June 6 deadline. But other parts of the MISSION Act are falling behind. As Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, a familiar culprit is behind VA's delays.
May 29, 2019
Need for OTA's return to Congress more evident, observers say
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The founding fathers could never have imagined the technologies that drive today's United States. Many current members of Congress still don't get it. But a lot is happening and happening fast on that front. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio, Zach Graves, policy chief at the Lincoln Network and Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress, had the latest details.
May 29, 2019
Nuclear stockpile safety agency updates its mission and operations
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The National Nuclear Security Administration, which is responsible for safety and maintenance of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, recently refreshed its view of itself, it's mission and how it operates. NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin for what's new in the agency's strategy and why.
May 29, 2019
The Navy is constraining access to tuition assistance
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The Navy is out of money for new tuition assistance. Coffers won't fill up again until October, so the service is halting new requests for tuition assistance and putting new rules on the benefit next year. To unpack this situation, Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Jim Johnson, the voluntary education service chief for the chief of Naval Personnel. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 29, 2019
Army seeks feedback from vendors on ‘installations of the future’
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The Army is looking at emerging technology to transform the way it operates its bases despite nearly a flat budget to do so. The service recently held an industry day to get feedback from contractors on ways to use things like artificial intelligence, to help maintain facilities and equipment and avoid costly break-downs. But a more connected military base also raises the stakes on cybersecurity challenges. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 28, 2019
Congress faces 2020 budget negotiations upon return
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It's dark on Capitol Hill this week. Members are in their home districts, but a lot of progress gives them plenty to chew on next week when it comes to the continuity of government going into fiscal 2020. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got an update from Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan.
May 28, 2019
Congress faces 2020 budget negotiations upon return
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It's dark on Capitol Hill this week. Members are in their home districts, but a lot of progress gives them plenty to chew on next week when it comes to the continuity of government going into fiscal 2020. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got an update from Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan.
May 28, 2019
GAO examines why agencies keep awarding tax-delinquent companies
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Federal agencies aren't supposed to award contracts to companies who are delinquent in paying their taxes, but they do. As it does from time to time the Government Accountability Office looked into the extent of this contracting. Rebecca Shea, director of GAO's forensic audits and investigation service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the findings.
May 28, 2019
OMB’s new identity management policy brings CDM more to the forefront
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The Office of Management and Budget released some final policy earlier this month, updating many of the requirements for identity and access management. The continuous diagnostics and mitigation, or CDM program, figured heavily. Through CDM, agencies will shift their defenses from the firewall to the end points or the edges of their networks. Kevin Cox is the CDM program manager at the Department of Homeland Security. He told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller more about how new policy and CDM tie together on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 28, 2019
Should federal contractors change their market expectations going forward?
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Contractors might have to make permanent adjustments to their business models and their expectations about the federal market. That's according to longtime consultant Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He's wondering if, after the upcoming summer buying season, frosty shutdowns will follow like Christmas. Hear his outlook on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 27, 2019
Agencies repeatedly run into boundaries of existing human capital systems
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It's no secret. A lot of agencies are running up against the walls of their existing civil service and human capital systems. Take the Transportation Security Administration. There's almost universal agreement TSA security officers should get paid more. But there's disagreement about whether the decades old general schedule will address those issues, or something else. Meantime, the Commission on Military, National and Public Service recently heard from other agencies and stakeholders who say they have similar challenges. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
May 24, 2019
Custom earplugs making a big difference for military service hearing loss
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Hearing loss is the most common disability from military service. Treating it costs billions of dollars a year. The Office of Naval Research has tried to prevent this epidemic, especially for sailors and Marines on board aircraft carriers. Kurt Yankaskas, program officer for the ONR's Noise Induced Hearing Loss Research Program, designed custom earplugs. They've made a big difference. Yankaskas is a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. He spoke with Federal News Network's Amelia Brust.
May 24, 2019
House passes nine bills proposed by the Veterans Affairs Committee
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Earlier this week, the House passed nine bills offered up by the Veterans Affairs Committee. They cover a variety of matters from suicide prevention to education. Committee chairman Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to preview what's next for the committee.
May 24, 2019
Space Force gets OKed by Senate NDAA
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The Senate Armed Services Committee is out with the 2020 Defense Authorization bill and it holds a host of reforms and new goodies for the Defense Department. The bill covers everything from the space force to the privatized on-base housing crisis. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione and Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive for a peek into what the bill holds.
May 24, 2019
Fewer law enforcement bills make it to POTUS' desk this National Police Week
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Last week was National Police Week. Over the last several years, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ Association has gotten accustomed to seeing many of its legislative priorities sent to the president’s desk during the week-long appreciation. That wasn't exactly the case this year. Only one bill cleared either chamber of Congress: A fairly simple reauthorization of a grant program for bulletproof vests. Don Mihalek is the executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about what’s left on the legislative agenda on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 23, 2019
Pentagon issues another OTA 'prototype' to overhaul security clearance IT
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The Defense Department has taken another major step toward finally replacing the IT systems that support security clearances across the government. The Pentagon has just awarded $75 million to Perspecta to build a big portion of the National Background Investigation System. That’s the same large firm that won $50 million for another piece of NBIS last year. And once again, DoD is using an other transaction agreement, not a traditional contract. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the latest award.
May 23, 2019
Space National Guard may be right around the corner
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You’ve heard of the Space Force, that new defense agency that's still taking shape. But you probably haven't heard about a Space National Guard. That might be the next logical step if Congress approves the new military service. It's just one item on a full agenda for the armed services committee. With a preview into what the Senate Armed Services Committee has in store for its defense authorization bill, Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 23, 2019
Federal hiring is a problem everyone acknowledges but never seems to change
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Like cybersecurity, federal hiring is a problem everyone likes to admire. Yet it fundamentally never seems to change. The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service has been holding a series of public airings of the hiring issue. The Partnership for Public Service has joined the call to action and has a series of recommendations on hiring. Partnership's director for federal workforce programs Margot Conrad joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights.
May 22, 2019
GAO says agencies could save billions by reducing repetitive programs
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If an agency has an idea to launch a new program, chances are good it already exists elsewhere in government. The Government Accountability Office says agencies could save billions of dollars by reducing the number of overlapping and duplicative programs in government. They've been beating the drum for years. Now Congress has some legislative fixes in the works. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Temin with updates.
May 22, 2019
Military Invention Day gives DoD agencies a chance to show off innovations
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The National Museum of American History just held its third annual Military Invention Day. The event gave Defense Department agencies a chance to show off the innovations they're working on and bring a little military futurism to the civilian world. Arthur Daemmrich, director of the Lemolson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and Miranda Summers-Lowe, curator of armed forces history at the National Museum of American History spoke with Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione about the event.
May 22, 2019
Trump administration defends plan to merge OPM with GSA
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The Trump administration was on the defense yesterday as it tried to convince members of the House Oversight and Reform Government Operations Subcommittee of its plans to merge the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration. The administration says Congress has little choice but to merge OPM with GSA because of OPM's current financial situation. But the plan faces some tough critics. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the latest developments.
May 22, 2019
House Oversight chairman describes concerns with proposed OPM-GSA merger
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The architects of the Trump administration's proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management will face some tough questions from lawmakers today. The administration last week sent its proposal to merge OPM and the General Services Administration to Capitol Hill. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Government Operations Subcommittee. He told Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko he still has a lot of questions about the administration's proposed OPM-GSA merger. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 21, 2019
Study suggests speech patterns can reveal PTSD
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Can speech patterns detect the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder in the speaker? That's the theory behind a study recently presented at an international conference. One of the study's directors was Dr. Charles Marmar, chairman of the Psychiatry Department of New York University. Earlier he discussed his breakthrough research on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, starting with his federal background.
May 21, 2019
Uncertainty on budget front before Memorial Day recess
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Congress has a busy week in its final days before the Memorial Day recess. Members will be discussing the 2020 budget and a big infrastructure spending bill with the White House. Last year's shutdown seems to loom in their minds. Federal Drive with Tom Temin heard more from David Hawkings, editor-in-chief of The Fulcrum, formerly the Firewall.
May 21, 2019
Why OMB is ushering us into the second golden age of acquisition reform
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Federal acquisition experts say the frustration over the time it takes the government to buy something and the impact of new technology are starting to align. The Trump administration, Congress and industry are set to make the first significant changes to federal procurement since the 1990s. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Eeditor Jason Miller writes about why you might be witnessing a sort of new golden age of acquisition reform. Jason joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest details.
May 21, 2019
2020 Defense budget lower than Trump administration wanted
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The House appropriations committee has arrived at its version of the 2020 Defense budget. It's lower than the administration wanted. But it does plus up a few things on the acquisition side. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got an early contractor reaction from David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council.
May 20, 2019
GAO issues guidance for Hill staffers dealing with whistleblowers
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Whistleblowers often get little satisfaction in taking their concerns to first line managers. Sometimes they become the butt of retaliation. They often take their concerns to members of Congress where the first reception line is staff members. Now the Government Accountability Office has issued a set of best practices for Hill staff. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with the GAO's director of strategic issues, Michelle Sager, about the practices.
May 20, 2019
VA takes employee satisfaction into its own hands
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Federal employees across government will start to see the 2019 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey in their inboxes in the coming weeks. But the Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a different approach to measure its own employee engagement. It chose last year to combine questions from its own all-employee survey and questions from the FEVS to create a single engagement questionnaire. Employees' satisfaction with the organization went up nearly six points last year. Dee Ramsel is the executive director for VA's National Center for Organization Development. She spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko about why the VA chose to administer its own survey and much more.
May 20, 2019
Banking agency's "Money Smart" podcast answers consumers' financial questions
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Podcasting appeals to a growing number of businesses and federal agencies. The FDIC has jumped in big. Its Money Smart Podcast Network has episodes to help consumers with a range of financial questions. It even put out a new podcast looking back at the 2008 financial crisis. Federal News Network's Eric White spoke to Luke Reynolds, chief of Outreach and Program Development at FDIC's Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection, and Diane Ellis, the director of Insurance and Research. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 17, 2019
DHS makes list of risk management priorities for cybersecurity, infrastructure
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Having spent years developing policy and practices for protection of critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security has a newer charge. It's developed a long list of critical functions. Robert Kolasky, director of the National Risk Management Center, part of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what they are and how to deal with them.
May 17, 2019
NOAA scientist, Sammie nominee revolutionized weather prediction
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Not many people can claim to have revolutionized the art and science of weather prediction. Venkatachalam Ramaswamy came up with a plan adopted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to substantially upgrade its operational prediction model. Ramaswamy is director of NOAA's geophysical fluid dynamics laboratory, as well as a a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his work.
May 17, 2019
Pentagon struggling to balance excess profits against speed in its acquisition system
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The Defense Department said it’s implementing a series of steps to detect price gouging by its suppliers. The moves come in response to an investigation that found one of DoD’s largest spare parts contractors routinely overcharged the military — sometimes by quadruple-digit margins. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 17, 2019
Can contractors make changes to bids after a procurement deadline?
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It's axiomatic. Once a procurement bid deadline has passed, hopeful vendors cannot submit any more information or alter their bids. Or is it? A recent protest case before the Government Accountability Office shows that in some circumstances, contractors can get changes before source selection eyes. D.C. procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
May 16, 2019
House Dems propose 2020 Defense spending bill lower than the White House wanted
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The House Appropriations Committee released its defense spending bill for 2020. Its not what the White House wanted. The Democratically-controlled panel engineered a significantly lower number than the Trump administration is calling for. Thus the bill sets the stage for a sequestration showdown in October. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the details.
May 16, 2019
OFPP outlines 10 acquisition innovations agencies can use today
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Innovation is one of the terms that gets thrown around a lot in federal procurement circles. But exactly when is an agency or organization actually innovative? What stops agencies from trying something new or different when it comes to buying goods or services? The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is trying to answer those questions and debunk some myths about acquisition innovation in the fourth version of its mythbusters series. Leslie Field, the OFPP deputy administrator, and Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. They told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller how the new memo is an effort to break down the barriers to innovation that have built up over the past 20 years.
May 16, 2019
SNAP running tests to expand online grocery buying option nationwide
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For the first time, some participants in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, are able to buy their groceries online. That's a leap forward for a program which only a few years ago was still issuing coupons. The Agriculture Department is running a two year test of online buying with the hope of expanding nationwide. For more, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with the Associate Administrator for SNAP at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service Jessica Shahin.
May 16, 2019
16% of cyber breaches in 2018 targeted public sector
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Government agencies were not spared their share of cybersecurity-induced data breaches last year. The latest comprehensive report from Verizon shows that 16% of breaches hit the public sector. Tim Erlin, vice president of strategy at Tripwire, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some of the most important takeaways.
May 15, 2019
New bill would add VBA agency to focus on home loans, vocational help
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When veterans transition out of the military and seek their benefits, they hit up the Veterans Benefits Administration. Critics say VBA's efforts spent processing disability compensation and pension claims has resulted in under-attention to benefits like home loans and vocational rehab. A new bill in the House would add a new agency at VBA to deal with those benefits. Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with one of the bill's sponsors, Ohio Republican Brad Wenstrup. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 15, 2019
OMB finishing agency guidance for implementing Evidence-Based Policymaking Act
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It’s one thing to launch programs but how much better would it be if agencies could prove their programs work? President Donald Trump signed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act into law earlier this year. It requires agencies to appoint chief data officers and use their data to better understand program effectiveness. Now the Office of Management and Budget is finishing its guidance to agencies for the law. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 15, 2019
Trump administration names OPM finances as reason for reorg
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The Trump administration this week is making the case for the reorganization of the Office of Personnel Management. As Federal News Network has reported, the upcoming transfer of the security clearance business from the National Background Investigations Bureau to the Defense Department pulls the revenue rug from under OPM. Acting Director Margaret Weichert made the case for the rest of OPM's reorganization yesterday to a group of reporters. She said merging what's left of OPM with the General Services Administration would generate savings up to $37 million a year. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to wade through the details.
May 15, 2019
Budget debates in Congress heating up, no consensus in sight
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The budget debates now heating up in Congress are like a relationship. It's complicated, you might say. None of it indicates broad consensus or offers hope of a resolution any time soon. But they are talking. Bloomberg Government's Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the latest updates.
May 14, 2019
DoD’s JEDI saga takes another turn with more specific allegations
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Chapter 99 in a long running drama. Oracle fired another salvo at the Defense Department’s $10 billion dollar cloud procurement initiative. The software giant alleges in a new court filing that the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative, or JEDI, cloud program is fraught with lies, ethics violations and misconduct. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller wrote about this latest dramatic turn in the ever growing saga that is JEDI. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
May 14, 2019
GAO offering new strategies to help federal hiring managers
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As technology, demographics and attitudes towards work evolve, federal hiring managers know they'll need to adapt in order to maintain a stream of fresh talent. To help, the Government Accountability Office offers a new set of talent management strategies. Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues at GAO about the strategies.
May 14, 2019
Marine Corps to convert big chunk of workforce to Cyber Excepted Service
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It’s been nearly four years since Congress gave DoD the go-ahead to set up a separate pay and personnel system for its cyber workforce. Now there are finally some signs that the Cyber Excepted Service, as it’s called, is about to take off. The Marine Corps plans to convert a big chunk of its workforce to the new system next month. The Navy has similar plans. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the latest developments.
May 14, 2019
Copyright Office has a new strategic plan for protecting intellectual property
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When it comes to protecting intellectual property, most people think of the Patent and Trademark Office first. But there's a third leg to the IP stool, namely the Copyright Office. It's part of the Library of Congress and it has a new strategic plan. Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights.
May 13, 2019
How does DHS move to fill and sustain their current senior position vacancies?
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Homeland Security is a big department founded on a big idea. How to better secure the country in a new age ushered in on 9/11. At the moment though, DHS's most senior positions, those normally occupied by political appointees and some senior career people, are vacant. Bob Tobias, a longtime observer of federal administration and a professor at the Key Executive Leadership program of American University, says several possible answers do exist. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
May 13, 2019
Meet Vaughn Noga, the EPA's new chief information officer
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The EPA has a new chief information officer, an important post in a highly data-intensive agency. Vaughn Noga stopped by Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update on technology initiatives. He discussed cloud, build or buy software decisions, and digitizing the workforce.
May 13, 2019
NBIB prepping people, contracts and IT ahead of security clearance transfer to DoD
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The National Background Investigations Bureau is juggling two seemingly difficult tasks. It’s working with the Defense Department to transfer the security clearance portfolio from OPM. And it’s still making progress on the investigative backlog. Federal News Network’s Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more details on both of these projects.
May 13, 2019
Some lawmakers blame IRS staff cuts for the so-called tax gap, others suggest different ways to collect revenue
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The tax filing season has come and gone, as they also do every year the IRS and its overseers say there's a big difference between what taxpayers owe, and what the IRS actually collects. Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee point to IRS staffing cuts as one reason for the so-called tax gap. But Republican lawmakers suggest other ways to collect more revenue. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details.
May 13, 2019
EOs designed to limit collective bargaining under challenge but may have already had intended effect
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It's been nearly a year since the President signed three executive orders designed to limit collective bargaining. A federal district court overturned much of those EOs. And the Trump administration is appealing that decision. But whatever happens in court, the executive orders may have already had their intended effect. The American Federation of Government Employees says it'll fight new bargaining proposals from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss these and other developments.
May 10, 2019
NIST budget decrease draws concerns over federal R&D
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At a recent hearing, the director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) was explaining a budget that's hundreds of millions of dollars less than its peak a few years ago. The proposal didn't sit well with Illinois Democrat Bill Foster, the new co-chair along with Republican Jim Baird of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his concerns for federal R&D.
May 10, 2019
Sammies finalist honored for outstanding work in carrying out agency missions
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It hasn't been the easiest year for federal employees, caught up as many of the were in political crossfire and a historically long government shutdown. But that didn't deter them from carrying out their agencies' missions. And now the best of the best, finalists in the Service to America Medals, have been announced by the Partnership for Public Service. Partnership president and CEO Max Stier joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the highlights of this year's program.
May 10, 2019
SBA hackathon gives developers opportunity to leverage data, build tools to speed up disaster recovery
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In the aftermath of natural disasters, small businesses can get overwhelmed trying to get back up and running. But as part of Small Business Week the Small Business Administration partnered with Visa for its second annual hackathon. It gives developers an opportunity to leverage government data, and build tools to speed up disaster recovery. SBA Chief Information Officer Maria Roat served as a judge for the hackathon. She gave Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman results of this year’s hackathon.
May 10, 2019
Agency projects looking to overhaul IT architecture or services forced to work with less funding
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The Technology Modernization Fund has greenlit a handful of agency projects looking to overhaul their IT architecture or services. But the money’s a little tighter this year. Congress approved 25 million dollars for the fund in fiscal 2019, down from $100 million from the year before. But the General Services Administration says the fund can still build modernization momentum elsewhere in government. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman has more.
May 09, 2019
DoD program offers children of service members a place to communicate
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Children of service members face a host of unique life challenges, like stress and worry of having a parent deployed. For support, the Defense Department created the Military Kids Connect program, which includes a website to give them a platform for communicating with other youngsters in military families. The website was just updated with new content and features. For more, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with the psychologist for the Connected Health branch at the Defense Health Agency Doctor Kelly Blasko.
May 09, 2019
DoD proposal would establish new Senate-confirmed IT officials for Army, Navy, Air Force
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All three military services are backing a new legislative proposal that would elevate information technology management in their organizational charts. The measure would give the Army, Navy and Air Force the authority to appoint new, Senate-confirmed officials to handle IT issues. As Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reported, the biggest backer is the Department of the Navy.
May 09, 2019
New DoD agency would give commercial vendors bigger share of military space activity
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Commercial vendors would have a much bigger share of military space activity under plans of the newly formed Space Development Agency. For more about this new DOD agency, director Fred Kennedy joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 09, 2019
Questions are being raised about how the FAA oversees the aviation industry
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The travails of Boeing Company and its grounded airliner have raised questions about exactly how the Federal Aviation Administration oversees the aviation industry and certifies the planes that carry millions of people a day. It's also prompted lots of misinformation. Aviation attorney Mark Dombroff of LeClair-Ryan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on how the process looks from the industry standpoint.
May 09, 2019
Army to make physical fitness test more realistic, individualized
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The Army is changing its approach to its classic physical fitness test. Trainers have made the test more realistic and more individualized. Right now, the test is being tried out by the National Guard. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Brigadier General Richard Johnson, leader of the Army National Guard Training Directorate, and National Guard Chief Master Sergeant John Sampa.
May 08, 2019
MARAD's mission is to support military readiness, economic development
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The Maritime Administration, known as MARAD, doesn't always get the most publicity. But it has a variety of missions in support of economic development, training of merchant marines, and military readiness. MARAD director Admiral Mark Buzby spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about his hopes for a new ship next year and more at the 2019 Sea-Air-Space conference.
May 08, 2019
Nominee for OPM director faces questions about agency's proposed reorganization
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The Senate is considering a third nominee in a little more than two years to lead the Office of Personnel Management. The nomination hearing for Dale Cabaniss comes as the agency she may lead faces some real uncertainty. The Trump administration wants to reorganize OPM functions and move them to the General Services Administration or Defense Department. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko has the story.
May 08, 2019
The government is doing an absolutely miserable job when it comes to hiring young people
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The government is still struggling to hire and retain young workers. A recent analysis by the Government Accountability Office shows that while the federal workforce is getting more diverse, it's still getting older. In an interview with Federal News Network's Eric White, former Homeland Security chief human capital officer Jeff Neal had a lot to say about that.
May 08, 2019
Army changes enlistment promotion system to be based more on merit than seniority
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The Army recently made one of the biggest changes to its enlistment promotion program in decades. The system is based more on merit than seniority, and Army brass hope it will boost retention and efficiency. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Sergeant Major Mark Clark of the Directorate for Military Personnel Management about what the changes mean on Federal Drive with Temin.
May 07, 2019
Blockchain is moving into numerous applications at all levels of government
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Although spending on blockchain technology is relatively small, blockchain is moving into numerous applications at all levels of government. The secure ledger technology, if nothing else, will help the government count and control its physical assets. Shawn McCarthy, research director of IDC Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the latest.
May 07, 2019
Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz hopeful for the branch's future
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Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz shares with his colleagues at the other military services the need to push for both modernization and readiness. Admiral Schultz joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin from the Sea-Air Space conference to discuss a range of issues, including a piece of good news, the contract to build a new icebreaker.
May 07, 2019
Congress, White House turn their attention yet again to infrastructure
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Rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. It's a topic that comes up from time to time. Now congressional leaders are talking again, along with the White House, about what you might call an ambitious plan that would dwarf the 2009 stimulus plan. Has this new gambit got a chance? For an update on this and other legislative matters, The Firewall editor in chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 07, 2019
Navy asking for increases in budget for artificial intelligence, unmanned systems
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In its 2020 budget request, the Navy has asked for solid increases for new technologies including artificial intelligence and unmanned systems. Officials also have large ship-building plans while they plan for the eventual construction of a whole new class of submarine. It's all a big balancing act. From this week's Sea-Air-Space conference, chief of naval operations, Admiral John Richardson, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
May 07, 2019
Oracle asks lawmakers for stronger oversight of DoD’s JEDI Program
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Oracle wrote about 1,000 pages in its bid for the Defense Department’s $10 billion dollar cloud program known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative or JEDI.The company says DoD eliminated it without getting much past the first eight pages, which detailed Oracle’s qualifications under the first evaluation gate. In his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller has exclusive details of why Oracle wants more congressional oversight of the JEDI program. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
May 07, 2019
Congress shortens timeline for DoD to pay small contractors
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As part of this year’s Defense Authorization Bill, Congress told the Defense Department to speed up its payments to small contractors. The new deadline is 15 days. And a piece of newly-introduced legislation would make that timeline the rule across the rest of the government, down from the current 30-day benchmark. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what the accelerated payments would mean for contractors.
May 06, 2019
New cyber workforce EO sets up rotational assignment program across government
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A new executive order officially sets up a program that's long been discussed around the federal community but has never become a reality. Until now. The EO creates a cybersecurity workforce rotational assignment program that allows cyber experts from other agencies to detail to the Department of Homeland Security and vice versa. And the Defense Department has signed a new agreement to use a reskilling program from the Office of Personnel Management. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss some of these developments and what they mean for the federal workforce.
May 06, 2019
New task force aims to help companies of all sizes comply with cybersecurity standards for defense contractors
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It's always easier for the big players in an industry to implement new regulations than it is for smaller ones, having more manpower and money. So when the Pentagon announced new cybersecurity standards for defense contractors to implement in order to do business with the government, smaller companies were left worrying if they'd be able to comply. To help with that, the Defense Industrial Base Sector Coordinating Council, or the DIB SCC, is creating the Supply Chain Cybersecurity Industry Task Force. It will be made up of small, medium, and large companies to help all of them shore up the defense supply chain. To give Federal Drive with Tom Temin more details about it, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with Mike Gordon, Chief Information Security Officer for Lockheed Martin and Chair of the DIB SCC, as well as Steve Shirley, the Executive Director of the National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and Vice chairman of the DIB SCC.
May 06, 2019
Two dozen indicted so far in biggest ever crackdown on Medicare fraud
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Federal law enforcement agencies are wrapping up their investigation into what they say is one of the biggest crackdowns on Medicare fraud in history. So far, two dozen people have been indicted for their roles in a scheme that billed Medicare for 1.7 billion dollars in unnecessary medical devices. Authorities say the criminal enterprise involved more than 100 durable medical equipment companies, plus doctors and telemedicine firms. Justin Bidwell, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, explained to Federal Drive with Tom Temin how the scheme worked.
May 06, 2019
VA showing great strides in effort to rebuild the trust of veterans
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Trust is at the center of every program and project across the Veterans Affairs Department. The goal is to rebuild the trust of veterans, particularly in how the agency delivers healthcare. VA’s most recent data shows great strides, but it’s the institutionalizing of those efforts that will produce long-term change. Lee Becker, chief of staff at VA’s Veterans Experience Office, told Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller about how the department expects to exceed its long-term goals on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 06, 2019
Better customer service is improving agencies' missions
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Just like signing up for an appointment at the Apple store, the IRS has gotten recognition for its work scheduling visits to its Taxpayer Assistance Centers for in-person tax help. Donny Vester, a supervisory management analyst at the IRS, has won a Service to the Citizen Award for his team’s work reducing wait times at these centers. He, and another award winner, USDA Chief Information Officer Gary Washington, told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman how better customer experience has improved their agencies’ missions.
May 03, 2019
GAO sides with company that says Army provided no reason for cancelling contract bid
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When an agency’s contract award gets challenged by a bid protest, one way to deal with the problem is to simply cancel the award and give it to the protestor instead. That’s what happened in an Army case last year, and unsurprisingly, the company that had initially won the contract filed a second protest of its own, saying the Army hadn’t documented its reasons for the decision. The Government Accountability Office agreed, and now what had been a relatively small technical services procurement is back where it started almost two years ago. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about how GAO applied its legal standards for corrective actions in this case.
May 03, 2019
GSA taking the bite out of buying commercial products
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By the end of 2019, the General Services Administration plans to begin testing the first online marketplace to see if the government can buy commercial items more easily.GSA laid out its plans yesterday to implement the congressionally-mandated e-marketplace initiative. Federal News Network’s executive editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what you should expect over the next five years.
May 03, 2019
PEER issues challenge to legality of NPS deputy director of operations appointment
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There is a large number of Senate-confirmed positions throughout government that are currently filled by acting officials, especially in the Interior Department. But at least one of those acting appointments may be flat-out illegal. That’s the allegation raised by a new complaint by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. PEER says David Vela can’t legally serve as the National Park Service’s acting deputy director for operations, because he was appointed by another deputy director, not the NPS director, since that position is vacant. PEER is asking the interior IG to render its own opinion on the legality of the appointment. Peter Jenkins is senior counsel at PEER, he explained the complaint on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 03, 2019
U.S. Cyber Challenge is gearing up the next wave of cyber professionals
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The U.S. Cyber Challenge has just finished up its latest qualifying event for aspiring cyber professionals hoping to make their way into careers both inside and outside the federal government. High performers will attend one of several “cyber camps” this summer, and possibly parlay the skills they demonstrate into a job in one of the highest-demand fields in the federal workforce. Glenn Hernandez is the new executive director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge. He took over the leadership of the public-private partnership earlier this year after its founding director, Karen Evans, returned to government. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give a preview of the upcoming camps and the organization’s mission going forward.
May 03, 2019
Congress says it’s still in the dark over Interior reorganization
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Congress came up empty handed this week when it asked the Interior Department for a series of detailed documents and plans about its upcoming agency reorganization. Interior is already realigning its existing functions to set up 12 unified regions that will handle decision-making on a local level. The House Natural Resources Committee has been asking for Interior's plans for months. But members still don't have the plan. That's after Congress already appropriated 17 million dollars for the reorg in 2019. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko has the story.
May 02, 2019
Congress still lacking on initiative to close excess military bases
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It’s time for Congress to start working on the 2020 defense authorization bill, but one annual topic seems to be lying dormant this year. Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, is a way for Congress to close excess military bases. The initiative has had trouble getting off the ground since the last round in 2005, despite previous calls from the Defense Department to cut bases. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, about the potential for BRAC in the coming year.
May 02, 2019
DoD seeks industry guidance on 5G technology
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The Pentagon is looking for ideas from industry about how it might exploit the latest advances in commercial 5G technology for military communications. Through an other transaction agreement, DoD wants vendors to submit technical concepts to help the military rapidly innovate with 5G technologies. The department kicked the initiative off with an industry day in Arlington, Virginia this week. Rob Levinson is an analyst with Bloomberg Government, he broke down the DoD’s new 5G push on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 02, 2019
VA is leading the charge on advanced research into auditory dysfunction
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Hearing problems, particularly tinnitus, are the most common service-connected disability the Department of Veterans Affairs compensates veterans for. So perhaps it’s no surprise that some of the country’s most advanced research into auditory dysfunction is funded and performed by VA itself. The epicenter of that work is the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Patrick Feeney is the director of the center, and he’s just won the 2019 Jerger Career Award from the American Academy of Audiology for a career’s worth of research in the field. Dr. Feeney joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide some more insight on hearing loss in the veterans population, and some of the key research advances over the course of his career.
May 02, 2019
Defunct Office of Technology Assessment may be making a comeback if funding is approved
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Congress killed off the Office of Technology Assessment in the mid-90s but several lawmakers have taken the first step toward bringing it back. The House Appropriations Committee, in a draft of one of its spending bills, looks to give OTA a 6 million dollar budget for fiscal 2020. Daniel Schuman is the policy director of Demand Progress and a former attorney at the Congressional Research Service. He told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman what OTA could use those funds for if approved.
May 01, 2019
Lack of spare parts keeping military services’ fleet of F-35 aircraft grounded
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The military services’ fleets of operational F-35 aircraft are continuing to grow, and pilots say the fifth-generation fighter is a game changer. But it’s spending a lot more time on the ground than commanders would like. According to the Government Accountability Office, only 27% of the operational aircraft are completely ready to perform all their missions. The problem, by and large, is a lack of spare parts. Diana Maurer, director of defense capabilities and management at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the root causes of the shortage of parts, which are managed as a global pool for three U.S. services and about a dozen foreign partners.
May 01, 2019
NIST, FEMP collaborate on massive new solar energy array
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently staged a ribbon cutting of a 13-acre solar array on its Gaithersburg, Maryland main campus. The array is a collaboration between NIST and the Federal Energy Management Program of the Energy Department. Just before the ribbon cutting, NIST director Dr. Walter Copan and FEMP director Dr. Rob Ivester spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the program.
May 01, 2019
Pentagon Lab Day shows off brain stimulators and more
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The Defense Department Lab Day gives the military research labs an opportunity to show off the exciting new technologies they are developing. This year the event comes as the Pentagon continues to prepare for near-peer competition with nations like China and Russia. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione was on the ground at the Pentagon checking out some of the exhibits at this year’s Lab Day. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
May 01, 2019
USPS will run out of cash by 2024 without congressional reform
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The House Oversight and Reform Committee is trying again to advance some sort of bipartisan postal reform this year. Key members on the committee have been trying for years to change the U.S. Postal Service's business model and reverse its financial situation. The Postal Service says it'll run out of cash by 2024 without legislative changes. As Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko reported, achieving consensus on that legislation will be tough.
May 01, 2019
Labor Department launches program to speed up process of penalizing contractors
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It doesn't happen often, but the government has the right to suspend or debar contractors from federal business in the case of non-performance or illegal conduct. But sometimes the process takes months. The Labor Department has launched a program to see if it can speed things up. To talk about how, deputy secretary Patrick Pizzella joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 30, 2019
Lawmakers turn their attention to the 2020 budget after recess
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As lawmakers return to Washington from their latest recess, their attention is starting to turn toward the 2020 budget. The House plans to get to work on three big appropriations bills this week, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises they’ll clear her chamber with bipartisan support. But none of the spending figures they come up with will mean much until Congress and the White House reach an agreement on what to do about the budget caps set to go back into effect next year. Loren Duggan, deputy news director at Bloomberg Government, talked about what to expect from this early stage of the appropriations process on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 30, 2019
OMB is attempting again to move agencies toward shared services. Will it work this time?
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The Trump administration is putting its stamp on the long challenged effort for agencies to move to back office shared services. A new memo from the Office of Management and Budget outlines a modernized approach that attempts to build off of successes of the past, recognize well-known potholes that have stymied initiatives over the last 20 years, and maybe most importantly, place the control of the change in the hands of all agencies. Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss this latest attempt to make shared services a success in the government.
Apr 30, 2019
A new way for federal employees to make up lost time
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In today's Federal Newscast, Federal employees may soon have some new flexibilities to make up time taken off for religious purposes.
Apr 29, 2019
Busy summer ahead for contractors as congress returns with tensions running high
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Congress returns today, a reminder that the second half of the fiscal year is in full swing and prospects for next year only half baked. That's just one of the factors shaping up to make a busy season for contractors. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to preview the summer ahead.
Apr 29, 2019
DoD doesn’t want to end up like Theranos, so it’s being cautious about ‘fail fast’
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The Defense Department is saying not so fast on the “Fail Fast” motto. The Pentagon held its annual Lab Day last week. While there were plenty of innovative technologies on display, Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and technology, said it’s important the military doesn’t forget it’s scientific roots. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
Apr 29, 2019
NNSA site for thermonuclear weapon maintenance growing rapidly
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The nation's arsenal of thermonuclear weapons requires a lot of maintenance, including production of replacement parts. Making parts is the job of the National Nuclear Security Administration. Production moved into a brand new facility in 2012, and already the agency has outgrown that Kansas City site. Allison Bawden, director of the Government Accountability Office's Natural Resources and Environment team, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to go over how the agency is coping.
Apr 29, 2019
On heels of proposed USDA relocation, Perdue announces plans to realign employee workspaces
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The Agriculture Department wants to rearrange the desks and chairs for its employees at the office. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is launching a new initiative designed to consolidate its owned and leased space in the national capital region. He also wants to physically realign and reorganize employee workspaces so common agencies and teams work more closely together. It's called the One Neighborhood. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details
Apr 29, 2019
USDA census provides insight on the state of agriculture in the country
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On your average American farm, you won't see mother stepping through the henhouse gathering eggs into her outstretched apron. For a real picture of U.S. agriculture, you'd have to check out the United States Department of Agriculture's five-year Census of Agriculture. The data for 2017 is now out. To explain what gathering it entails, the chief of USDA's Census Planning Branch, Donald Buysse, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 29, 2019
Career civil servants are critical for sustained productivity as the Trump administration shakes up leadership
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When the top political ranks of an agency go missing, it's up to career staff to keep the focus, the morale and the work from slipping. That's the case now for Homeland Security, where the Trump administration has cleaned house. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, explained the importance of career civil servants at a time like this on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 26, 2019
NASA and academic researchers are working to engineer airplane wings out of ultralight materials
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Airplane wings aren't easy to design. They've got to be tough, flexible, and perform well. And of course the lighter the better. That's a lot of variables. Now NASA and a group of academic researchers is learning to use what they call a programmable material system to engineer these structures out of ultralight materials. It has promise for both government and industry. NASA Ames research computer scientist Nick Cramer joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break it all down.
Apr 26, 2019
Organizations team up to produce survival guide for government whistleblowers
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Few federal management challenges are as vexing as how to deal with whistleblowers. For whistleblowers, things can be even tougher. They face retaliation and job loss. To mark the 30th anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO, has teamed with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Government Accountability Project to produce a new survival guide for whistleblowers. POGO executive director Danielle Brian joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details.
Apr 26, 2019
Army hopes blended retirement will making saving easier for soldiers
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The Army is using the new blended retirement system to make it easier for soldiers to save for their futures. That system has its trade offs compared to the previous retirement plan. The brass worry it could lead to difficulties retaining mid-career officers. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Beth Asch, senior economist at the RAND Corporation, about some new findings. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 25, 2019
DHS leadership shakeup further delays progress on long-standing management issues
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The Department of Homeland Security's contractors and fellow federal agencies have expressed concerns with the recent departures of agency leadership. At least a dozen top positions at the department are either vacant or being manned by acting officials. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more on how the DHS shakeup impacts agency management issues.
Apr 25, 2019
How to give Public Service Recognition Week a boost
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Even though the annual cherry blossom trees are just plain green shrubs, the excitement isn't over in Washington, D.C. That's because Public Service Recognition week is rolling in. With the importance of PSRW and what you can do to give it a boost, Margo Conrad, director of federal workforce programs at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 25, 2019
IC wants better way to capture data from large video networks
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Video cameras are everywhere. Now the Intelligence Community seeks better ways to use the data they produce. It looks to the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to find companies that can help collect data from large camera networks. For what this project is all about, program manager Lars Ericson joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 25, 2019
DHS leadership changes publicly unsettling but workforce impact is limited
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Employees at the Department of Homeland Security say the recent string of leadership changes at their agency is unsettling. At least 12 top positions at DHS are open or led by acting officials. But DHS employees say all of those changes doesn't have much impact on their day to day work. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what employees are saying, and what opportunities they see for career executives to step up and communicate.
Apr 24, 2019
Evidence-based decision-making behind several 2020 budget requests
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Agency appointees have defended their fiscal 2020 budget requests, cuts and all, on Capitol Hill over the past few weeks. But having data behind which programs work — and which don't — can make those cut decisions go a little more smoothly. Several agencies have adopted this approach as part of the Trump administration's focus on evidence-based decision-making. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 24, 2019
Federal workplace mediators joining forces to reduce backlog of complaints
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Workplace disputes within federal agencies can often take a long time to resolve, years even. To help reduce the backlog, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have agreed to work together to bring federal employees the option of alternative dispute resolution. Javier Ramirez, director of agency initiatives at the FMCS, and Reuben Daniels, acting chief operating officer at the EEOC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for how the agreement will operate.
Apr 24, 2019
HHS supporting Donate Life Month to raise awareness on organ transplants
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The Department of Health and Human Services is supporting National Donate Life Month through the Health Resources and Services Administration. You'll probably see messages from HRSA's public outreach campaign. For more on the federal role in organ and tissue donation, Frank Holloman, acting director for HRSA's Division of Transplation joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 24, 2019
DOJ takes on challenge of IT and cybersecurity talent management
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The Justice Department has a suite of missions, starting when it investigates a person, then indicting, trying, incarcerating, and finally paroling them. Justice has a sprawling information technology infrastructure to support it all. Melinda Rogers, Justice's deputy chief information officer. In part one, Rogers discusses her approach to the crucial challenge of IT and cybersecurity talent management.
Apr 23, 2019
New high risk list issued as US-Afghan relations remain strained
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Widespread insecurity and corruption, weak police, slow economic growth. Those aren't the ingredients for a strong nation. But that's what characterizes Afghanistan, with which the United States has a complicated and hard-to-extract relationship. John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights from a new high risk list. 
Apr 23, 2019
Should the 2020 census form include a question about respondents citizenship?
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Congress might be on recess for another week but its top concerns roll on like Easter eggs on the White House lawn. For example, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether the 2020 census form should include a question about respondents citizenship status, something the Trump administration favors. David Hawkings, editor in chief of The Firewall, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with analysis.
Apr 23, 2019
VA sees growing 3D printing network as ‘new frontier’ for agency’s medical research
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3D printing is part of the next frontier for the Veterans Affairs Department. It started back in 2017 with a 3D printed model of a veteran's heart valve at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System. Now, VA's 3D printing network has grown to 20 labs at medical centers across the country. Beth Ripley is a radiologist at Puget Sound and chairs the Veterans Health Administration's 3D Printing Advisory Committee. She's also a senior fellow at VHA's Innovation Ecosystem. Ripley talked with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko about 3D printing at the VA.
Apr 23, 2019
Air Force changes its approach to science and technology
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The Air Force is changing the way it approaches science and technology. It's all in its science and technology strategy published last this week. It takes the Air Force into 2030, technology wise. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what’s in the document and what the Air Force hopes for its future.
Apr 22, 2019
Census Bureau is working on methodology for maintaining anonymity
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As the Census Bureau bores in on the 2020 decennial count, it's under pressure to assure both the security and the anonymity of data it'll collect from hundreds of millions of people. Keeping individual data private is a never-ending cat-and-mouse game. Now Census is working on a revised methodology for maintaining anonymity. John Abowd, associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist of the U.S. Census Bureau, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Apr 22, 2019
Change in small business subcontracting law causing headaches for contractors
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A simple change in the law regarding small business subcontracting has bloomed into a six-year saga, a festival of stop and start rule-making. The government can't seem to get out of its own way and contractors are scratching their heads. Alan Chvotkin, the Professional Services Council's executive vice president and counsel, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it all out.
Apr 22, 2019
GAO finds agencies are having trouble meeting Data Center Optimization Initiative goals
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Nobody disagrees with the objective of the Data Center Optimization Initiative. What's wrong with lowering costs and increasing efficiency? But some agencies have had trouble meeting the specific goals. That's what the Government Accountability Office found when it reviewed the progress of 24 departments and agencies. GAO director of information technology acquisition issues Carol Harris joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights of progress and where agencies have fallen short.
Apr 22, 2019
Breaking down final proposed DoD additions to federal acquisition regulations
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The people responsible for the Defense supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulations, known as the DFARS, just issued a number of final and proposed rules. Together they add up to something a lot of people need to watch. Jeffery Chiow, an attorney with Rogers, Joseph O'Donnell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights.
Apr 19, 2019
NAPA study outlines next steps for agencies' AI
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The Trump administration has tasked agencies with making artificial intelligence a top research and development priority. But it also sees AI tools as important to the future of the federal workforce. The National Academy for Public Administration, in a new study, has outlined some of next steps agencies will need to take to embrace AI tools. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 19, 2019
Spring brings federal retirements thoughts, and stress
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When the sap rises and the cherry blossoms peak and fade, some folks thoughts turn to retirement. Yet if you want real stress in your life, just go ahead and prepare to retire. It isn't easy but federal retirement expert Tammy Flanagan knows some of the ways to bring back a little certainty. Hear her advice on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 19, 2019
Top lawmaker proposes taking activities away from climate vulnerable bases like Camp Lejeune
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After a year of rough weather that damaged military bases all over the country, some lawmakers are starting to reconsider funding for those installations. California Democrat John Garamendi chairs the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee. He said Congress needs to rethink bases in the line of hurricanes or flooding. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Garamendi on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 19, 2019
DoD's LPTA bid evaluation criteria continues to cause issues for some contractors
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Contractors have been working for years to have the Defense Department cut back on its use of lowest-price, technically acceptable bid evaluation criteria. So-called LPTA has been the subject of clauses in the last three Defense authorization bills. But the government has yet to draft the rule to comply with the 2019 law. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Apr 18, 2019
Navy to unplug decades-old personnel IT systems, clear way for app-based self service
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The Navy said it’s just about ready to pull the plug on the collection of aging IT systems that handle manpower and personnel matters. Some of them are five decades old, and a modern commercial system is about to take their place. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reported the transition is also opening the door to an app-based personnel system. He had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 18, 2019
State Department personnel chief sees opportunities, challenges with less experienced workforce
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At the State Department nearly half the Senior Executive Service employees and nearly 1 in 4 of its GS-15 employees are eligible to retire right now. State has doubled down on recruitment for and retention of the next generation of diplomats. Carol Perez, director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources at the Department, said more than 50% of the agency's Foreign Service and Civil Service have less than 10 years of experience with the agency. She shared her priorities with Federal News Network's Jory Heckman on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 18, 2019
VBA struggles to implement provisions of the GI Bill
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The Veterans Benefits Administration has had a tough time implementing provisions of the Forever GI Bill. Some of these problems have been well documented. The bill in part provides housing stipends for veterans who go on to continue their educations. The issue prompted the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General to summarize the problems and how the Veterans Benefits Administration is actually on the mend in a new type of product called an issue statement. Michael Missal, VA inspector general, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Apr 18, 2019
Dispute between some veterans and VA over health care continues
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In the health care dispute between some veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA has acknowledged providing incorrect information. It promises to correct the misconception that VA never has to pay for health care provided by non-VA facilities if the veteran in question has his or her own insurance. But will that change the course of a class action lawsuit? Bart Stichman, executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share his side of the story.
Apr 17, 2019
How can the federal budgeting process be improved?
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Budgets have always been about values. That's true for both companies and governments. But the federal budgeting process has, in the view of Philip Wallach, senior fellow for governance at the R Street Institute, devolved into little more than loyalty signaling to each party's so-called base. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the process could be improved.
Apr 17, 2019
Lawyers want to help young people understand the justice system through outreach program
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The National Community Outreach Project sounds slightly generic. But for lawyers in the federal government or who argue federal cases, it's a big deal. The Federal Bar Association wants to bring an understanding of the justice system to middle and high schoolers. Sheri Mecklenburg, the chair of the association's outreach committee and assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago joined Federal Drive wit Tom Temin with details.
Apr 17, 2019
NIH’s employee engagement tool and strategy gets validation from the top
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Evaluating and improving employee engagement gets easier with a tool from a small team of senior leaders at the National Institutes of Health. And the team is determined to share that tool and their vision across government.
Apr 17, 2019
State Department personnel chief sees opportunities, challenges with less experienced workforce
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At the State Department nearly half the Senior Executive Service employees and nearly 1 in 4 of its GS-15 employees are eligible to retire right now. State has doubled down on recruitment for and retention of the next generation of diplomats. Carol Perez, director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources at the Department, said more than 50% of the agency's Foreign Service and Civil Service have less than 10 years of experience with the agency. She shared her priorities with Federal News Network's Jory Heckman on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 17, 2019
DoD CIO, DISA develop cloud options for 4th estate apps
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As part of the Defense Department’s consolidation of the organizations known as the Fourth Estate, the Defense Information System Agency and the DoD chief information officer’s office conducted a survey of sorts. They looked at all the existing applications to decide what stays, what goes and where the surviving apps need to be hosted. John Hale is the chief of cloud services at the Defense Information Systems Agency. He told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller about what they found in the application rationalization analysis on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 16, 2019
Langevin says let’s get on with the JEDI contract
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The House Armed Services Committee plans to mark up its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in mid-June. One of the big players in that process is Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Chairman Jim Langevin (D-R.I.). Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with with Langevin about his plans for the bill, cyber issues and more. Hear the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 16, 2019
More than the Mueller Report awaits Congress after recess
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Just as Attorney General William Barr gets ready to release the Mueller Report, Congress is heading out for a two-week recess. Besides panting over the report, there's plenty of other pending business, as Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan described on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 16, 2019
NSA inspector general breaks down agency's fee contracts
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The National Security Agency has been making regular use of award fee contracts, where contractors get paid periodically based on performance. The NSA inspector general looked at 54 such contracts and found some issues. Agency Inspector General Robert Storch joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the specifics.
Apr 16, 2019
Congress should act on OPM, but maybe not for the reason you think
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The Office of Personnel Management, so much in the microscope the last couple of years, would be largely dismantled by the Trump administration. Jeff Neal argues OPM should indeed be dealt with but by Congress and not for necessarily the obvious reasons. Neal, a senior vice president at ICF and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain his reasoning.
Apr 15, 2019
GSA updates cybersecurity deal for agencies in Schedule 70
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The General Services Administration has updated a cybersecurity services offering available to agencies using its IT Schedule 70 program. The highly adaptable cybersecurity services, or HACS, deal exists as what GSA calls a special item number, or SIN. For what's new and what it will do for cybersecurity, the director of the IT security subcategory, in the Office of IT Category Management Larry Hale joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 15, 2019
No change in prices as DoD prepares for security clearance transfer
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Details about the Pentagon's plans take on the governmentwide security clearance portfolio have been slowly trickling out over the past year. The 2020 budget request sheds a little more light on DoD's plans but it might pose more questions than answers. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what else we do know.
Apr 15, 2019
Proposed $300M cut to NIST would hit manufacturing, research and facilities
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It's a relatively small agency, but the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the Commerce Department, crystallizes the budget disagreements now blooming in Congress. The Trump administration's proposed $300 million cut to NIST's budget for 2020 has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans. NIST director Walter Copan said last week, he's taken a low-key approach but told a House subcommittee his staff works on initiatives and research central to US global competitiveness. Federal News Network's Amelia Brust watched the NIST budget hearing and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Apr 15, 2019
5 moments that stood out from this week’s budget hearings
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This week marks the midpoint of the federal fiscal year and Congress is in the midst of dissecting department budgets for 2020. Now that the president's request is out, last week saw officials from the Interior Department, the Coast Guard, NASA and the Energy Department push their plans, with more to come this week. For a quick recap, Federal News Network's Amelia Brust joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 12, 2019
An ethics road map for agencies deploying AI
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Artificial intelligence as a technology appears to be reaching critical mass, with analysts predicting double-digit growth rates over the next several years. The question for government is whether they can deploy AI in an ethical manner. Researchers at IDC have put together an AI ethics road map for public sector entities. IDC Government Insights Research Director Adelaide O'Brien joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights.
Apr 12, 2019
Bureau of the Fiscal Service wants to issue fewer paper checks
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As digital payments become the norm the Bureau of the Fiscal Service is looking to issue millions fewer paper checks. That’s one part of the bureau’s recent progress statement, which serves as a road map for meeting some of its goals under the President’s Management Agenda. John Hill is the bureau’s assistant commissioner at the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation. He told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman how this road map will modernize the bureau. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 12, 2019
Data Coalition's new CEO talks legislation to open up federal data
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Nearly every federal program relies on data. Sound decision making is supposed to take evidence based on data into account. For years the Data Coalition has worked for legislation promoting open federal data and supported agencies in their data management. Now the coalition has a new CEO in Nick Hart. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Apr 12, 2019
Deloitte's Wennergren to lead ACT-IAC
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The American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council, better known as ACT-IAC, has grown over the years into the largest and most influential government industry partnership in the IT field. And it's soon going to get someone new in charge. Dave Wennergren of Deloitte had a long and distinguished career in the Pentagon and later in the IT consulting industry. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Apr 12, 2019
IRS asks Congress for $3B to overhaul legacy IT systems
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The IRS has been working around its legacy IT systems for years and across multiple administrations — decades, in fact. But Commissioner Chuck Rettig, in back-to-back appearances on the Hill this week, said the agency will seek nearly $3 billion to overhaul its legacy IT systems as well as modernize the programming language on which they run. That's part of the agency's six-year modernization business plan. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 12, 2019
Tech accelerator will manage prototyping by nontraditional defense companies
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The Navy’s Surface Warfare Center recently selected the National Security Technology Accelerator to manage prototyping efforts with nontraditional defense companies. It’s the third effort between the group and the military. Companies managed by the accelerator frequently enter into other transaction authorities, which skirt the traditional federal acquisition regulations. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with founder and CEO of the National Security Technology Accelerator Tim Greef about OTAs, small business and more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 12, 2019
DoD’s JEDI cloud effort clears internal review hurdle, but path forward remains rocky
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The Defense Department’s massive and controversial cloud program known as JEDI is taking a big step forward. DoD has concluded its initial investigation about whether the development of the solicitation was prejudiced by a potential conflict of interest. Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to catch us up on some of the latest cloud activity across DoD.
Apr 11, 2019
Federal agencies with legacy systems should still secure them from attacks
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The technology modernization drive has been operating in the federal government for years. Yet agencies continue to relay heavily on so-called legacy systems that may been originally programmed decades ago. Securing these systems against contemporary cyber threats presents a challenge. Eric Stuhl, director of enterprise networking and security at Force 3, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some ways to get around that challenge.
Apr 11, 2019
How accessible is IGs' work to the public?
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Federal inspectors general investigate nearly everything that goes on in an agency. They issue countless bulletins and reports. But how accessible to the public is their work? Sean Moulton, senior policy analyst at the Project On Government Oversight, said this is an area for improvement, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Apr 11, 2019
Some lawmakers, vets groups urge delay of new community care rollout
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has less than two months now to stand up a new consolidated community care program under the MISSION Act by June 6. At least some lawmakers and veterans service organizations say VA isn't ready. And they're urging the department to delay the rollout of the new program. But VA so far has expressed nothing but confidence. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 11, 2019
DoD asking for more funds to repair bases damaged in major storms
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The armed services are asking Congress for extra money next year to repair bases damaged by extreme weather. For instance, Tyndall and Offutt Air Force Bases need billions of dollars for restoration. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke to Tom Conger, director of the Center for Climate and Security, about the military and potential climate change. Conger is a former Defense Department principal deputy comptroller and you can hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 10, 2019
DoD releases list of military bases most vulnerable to extreme weather
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Which US military installation might be the next to be heavily damaged by flood? After a year of damage from extreme weather, the Defense Department has released a long awaited report on military bases most threatened by severe weather. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione covered this and other DoD matters on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 10, 2019
Fed assistance charity in need of funds following shutdown
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The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund serves hundreds or sometimes thousands of feds in need each year. 2018 saw much demand because of the extended partial government shutdown. Now you can help replenish the coffers FEEA needs to do its work. Joyce Warner, FEEA's executive director, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for an update.
Apr 10, 2019
GAO's chief accountant says US on 'unsustainable financial path'
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If you like large numbers, you'll love the consolidated financial statement of the United States. It's compiled each year by the Government Accountability Office and it's about much more than raw figures for revenues and expenses. Robert Dacey, chief accountant at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights of 2018.
Apr 10, 2019
IRS commissioner looks for hiring authority to onboard IT talent in weeks, not months
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Less than a week from this year's tax filing season deadline the IRS is bracing for a surge of requests from taxpayers to extend the deadline. Agency employees faced an increased workload this year, implementing changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and digging out from the impact of a 35-day partial government shutdown. IRS employees voiced their concerns to two senators and IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman heard it all and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break it down.
Apr 10, 2019
Partnership for Public Service launches program for finding federal cyber staff
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Federal managers regularly lament the difficulty of finding the cybersecurity talent they need. It's a nationwide problem. Some estimates put the number of cyber job openings at a more than 300,000. Now the Partnership for Public Service is launching a program to help match up recent cyber grads with organizations that need them. Margot Conrad, the partnership's director of federal workforce programs, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
Apr 10, 2019
Army investing in IT for recruiters after failure to meet 2018 goals
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After falling short of its 2018 recruiting goal, the Army launched a top-to-bottom review of the procedures it uses to attract new soldiers. The diagnosis is major technology and process shortcomings. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reported, the Army said it’s determined to fix those problems and meet its goals in 2019. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 09, 2019
Congressional budget hearings always about more than just money
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For a lot of of agency political officials, budget hearings will be as much about policy and oversight as about money. For more insight, Federal Drive with Tom Temin welcomed Firewall Editor in Chief David Hawkings.
Apr 09, 2019
Despite DHS top leadership vacancies, GAO sees progress in agency's risk areas
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At the moment, the Department of Homeland Security has so many top management openings it looks like Swiss cheese. Presuming that's a temporary condition, it's safe to say the department is making steady progress on how it manages itself. It's still on the Government Accountability Office's high risk list, but maybe not for much longer. Chris Currie, GAO's Director of Homeland Security and Justice issues, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share what he found.
Apr 09, 2019
Is the CIA’s new cloud procurement a signal to DoD to update JEDI?
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The CIA created quite a stir in the federal IT community as word spread over the last week that it’s ready to upgrade its commercial cloud offering called C2S. As the industry day documents circulated across contractors and the media, the question we have to ask is whether the CIA is trying to give the Defense Department some top cover for its controversial and protest entangled Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) cloud procurement? In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller explored the message the CIA may be sending to DoD. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Apr 09, 2019
Civilian agencies spending less than 2019 appropriations, unlike DoD
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Evidence is mounting that civilian agencies are spending less than what they received in appropriations for fiscal 2019. Not so for the Defense Department, which appears to be spending what it has the authority to spend. This dichotomy concerns contractors, as Professional Services Council CEO David Berteau explained on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 08, 2019
FAA project monitors drone traffic as aircraft grows more common
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Imagine a world in which millions of commercial drones zoom around the skies doing everything from delivering packages to inspecting infrastructure. To some extent it's already happening. And it's why the Federal Aviation Administration is hard at work on a project known as Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management, or UTM. Jay Merkle, executive director of the FAA's office of UAS Integration, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a progress report.
Apr 08, 2019
Group connects veterans via text, video and voice to end suicides
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The Department of Veterans Affairs said it’s formed a new partnership with the Objective Zero Foundation as part of its campaign to end veteran suicide. Objective Zero is a nonprofit that focuses on using technology to connect vets who are in crisis with other veterans through voice, video and text chats. Betsy Mercado is the group’s co-founder and executive director. She talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about the new partnership. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 08, 2019
Mid-career women in Coast Guard are leaving due to poor leadership, sexual assault
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The Coast Guard enjoys the highest retention rate of the military services. But one area has been slipping: Mid-career women. About 12 percent more women serving between 10-20 years in the service were leaving than men with similar tenure. The Coast Guard wanted to know why. It commissioned the RAND Corporation to look into the issue. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with study authors Kirsten Keller, a RAND senior behavioral scientist, and Kimberly Curry Hall, a policy researcher. Hear their findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 08, 2019
Naval Research Lab looks to boost employee retention through AI
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In the months following President Donald Trump’s executive order which putting a priority on artificial intelligence in government, agencies are taking steps to ensure the federal workforce sees AI as an asset, not a threat. For example, the Naval Research Laboratory is looking at using AI tools to detect and correct for workplace challenges before employees walk out the door. The Government Accountability Office is look at ways to improve the data collection that powers these AI tools. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Apr 08, 2019
Court of appeals revives debate over Trump’s workforce executive orders
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Three executive orders President Donald Trump signed almost a year ago are back in court. The EOs set limits on official time and collective bargaining and set goals for disciplining federal employees. A federal district court invalidated much of the orders this past summer. But the Trump administration is appealing. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko heard the oral arguments and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to recap.
Apr 05, 2019
DLA Troop Support director named Manager of the Year
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Her coworkers praise her dedication and the quality of her work on the job. They also admire her community contributions off the job. Now Diana Stewart has been named Manager of the Year by the Federal Managers Association. She's acting director of the command support office at the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, and she spoke with Federal News Network's Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 05, 2019
DoD plans to cut 18,000 uniformed health positions, but no clear plan to replace them
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The Defense Department’s 2020 budget request makes clear that it expects to have a lot fewer uniformed medical personnel providing care in its hospitals and clinics in the coming years. Officials said they want to re-prioritize their military manpower toward war fighting. But as Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu reports, it’s far from clear who will replace them. Hear more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 05, 2019
HHS inspector general has 888 recommendations for CDC
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When it took a comprehensive look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general came up with 888 recommendations. And guess what? CDC resolved nearly all of them. But that's not the end of the story. Assistant Regional Inspector General Greg Tambke joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Apr 05, 2019
What happens when a contract awardee succumbs to illness?
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Agencies don't like when bidders on services contracts go with people whom they switch out when or after the contract is awarded. Is it a crummy practice or a material modification? And what if the person in question becomes unavailable because of illness? That's what happened in one case, and procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell had more to say about it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 05, 2019
Group thinks office charged with protecting US foreign assets could do more with greater funds
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When the Office of Foreign Assets Control gets public attention, it’s usually around the small Treasury agency’s work on sanctions involving Iran, North Korea, and Russia. But OFAC is also highly-effective at imposing sanctions on individual warlords and other criminals in places like East Africa, preventing human rights abuses and protecting hundreds of millions of dollars in US foreign aid. That’s according to Joshua White, a former chief for Human Rights and Corruption at OFAC who is now the director for Policy and Analysis at the nonprofit group The Sentry. In a recent article for Lawfare, he argued OFAC could do a lot more of that work with just a little more funding. He talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 04, 2019
Joint military command helps states in case of chemical, biological disasters
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A joint military command known as Task Force Civil Support maintains 24-by- 7 readiness. It's there to help local and state authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident. In fact, a CBRN symposium took place last month in Washington, D.C. For an update, Navy Capt. Bryan Cochran and Air Force Lt. Col. Ron Greenaway joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Apr 04, 2019
Trump’s budget request for 2020 Census ‘falls short’ of Commerce’s previous targets
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Less than a year out from the start of the 2020 population count, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham told members of Congress his agency has the resources it needs to get the job done. But President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request falls short of what the Commerce Department had previously told Congress the decennial count needs. This comes as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross declined to testify before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee this week. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 04, 2019
Why the Navy is giving agencies, industry a much-needed wake-up call on supply chain risks
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The Navy’s recent report about its cyber readiness has a jaw-dropping confession on page 6: “The systems the U.S. relies upon to mobilize, deploy and sustain forces have been extensively targeted by potential adversaries, and compromised to such extent that their reliability is questionable.” Bill Evanina, the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, wants that single sentence in the 80-page report to sink in for a second. He told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller why it ought to be a call-to-arms for every agency. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 04, 2019
Cybersecurity consultant's report lays out areas of US vulnerability
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An important term ought to be in every cybersecurity practitioner's lexicon: Adversary tradecraft. It's an indication of how skilled other countries are at cyber attacks. Some of them are very good. A comprehensive report from Crowdstrike details the skills of cyber mischief makers in a number of countries, and what defenders in the United States can do about them. Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer at Crowdstrike, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for more details.
Apr 03, 2019
GAO study finds HHS, Interior and SBA had good management controls but more needed
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Try and look up all of the political appointees now working in the federal government. You can't, at least not without considerable effort. For why this is the case and what can be done to fix it, Kris Nguyen, acting director for strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 03, 2019
VA’s legacy IT costs rising along with list of new projects needing tech upgrades
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The state of information technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs seems to finally have lawmakers' attention. Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee twice in one day aired their concerns with a long list of ongoing IT projects at VA. Electronic health record modernization topped the list, but a few lawmakers are concerned VA is spending too much of its IT budget on maintaining legacy systems rather than on badly-needed modernization. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 03, 2019
What can social media teach DoD about R&D?
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency thinks social media platforms might be able to teach the research and development community a thing or two about how to quickly connect information from around the globe. DARPA has just launched a new platform, called Polyplexus, which officials think might be able to dramatically speed up the research and development process by soliciting evidence about scientific questions from a global community and sharing ideas in real time. John Main is the program manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office. He spoke with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about how Polyplexus works, and why DARPA built it. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 03, 2019
After 2 years, OMB still lacks permanent controller and that’s a problem
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The government hasn’t had a permanent chief financial officer, or in government talk, a controller, for more than two years. And now the Trump administration is considering its nominee, Fred Nutt, for another position in the government. Nutt had been waiting for the Senate to act since September 2017. In his weekly feature the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about why the Office of Management and Budget controller position is more important now than ever, and why not having a permanent one for the past two years is problematic. Jason joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Apr 02, 2019
Canada's 4-point government procurement plan might give US a clue
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The Canadian government has embarked on a four-point plan to improve procurement of goods and services. Many of the issues will sound familiar to people here in the U.S. concerned with federal procurement. Lorenzo Ieraci, director general of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises at Public Services and Procurement Canada, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
Apr 02, 2019
FY 2019 halfway over and a 2020 CR is already up for discussion
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Fiscal 2019 is halfway over and already there's talk of a continuing resolution for 2020. At least Congress is thinking about the budget. Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan offered more insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. He predicted that without 2019 top-line numbers no agreement will be ready by Sept. 30, setting the stage for another budget showdown.
Apr 02, 2019
Pentagon likely to get weapons, other requests in 2020 budget
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Congress is likely to go along with most of what the Pentagon is asking for in fiscal 2020. That will include acquisition of new copies of weapons and development of new platform. Senior Bloomberg Government reporter Travis Tritten has done some digging into the specifics of the space force. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more explanation.
Apr 02, 2019
AI pilots ‘deceptively easy’ to start, but ‘fiendishly hard’ to scale up
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For all the hype around artificial intelligence, the Office of Management and Budget as well as current and former Defense Department leadership say it's a long road ahead before they actually deploy AI. Steps along the way include improving data management, enhancing agency IT and preparing the workforce. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 01, 2019
Falling appropriations for legislative branch have watchdogs worried
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As Congress starts the appropriations process for fiscal 2020, one of the questions it’s facing is how much to spend on the legislative branch itself. And after years of funding cuts, a coalition of good government groups and former members of Congress say it’s long past time for lawmakers to start investing in the Article I branch’s institutional capacity. One of the authors of a new letter to the House Appropriations Committee, Daniel Schuman, the policy director at Demand Progress, talked to Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about it. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 01, 2019
GSA reveals new details about schedules program overhaul
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The General Services Administration is in the midst of a major overhaul of its Schedules program, combining the 24 multiple award schedules into just one by the end of 2020. Last week, GSA revealed some new details about the next steps in the process, including some important dates. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, talked with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about some of the key takeaways, and what contractors need to be watching for in the coming months. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 01, 2019
Senate's 2020 budget resolution passes without contractor back pay for future shutdowns
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The Senate Budget Committee passed a 2020 budget resolution last week, but left out several proposals designed to protect the federal workforce. The measures, sponsored by Maryland and Virginia senators, would have provided for back pay for contractors during future government shutdowns and shielded federal pensions from future cuts. Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner was one of the cosponsors. He told Federal News Network's Jared Serbu that even though they were unsuccessful in the budget committee, they’re still a priority for him and several of his colleagues. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Apr 01, 2019