Federal Drive with Tom Temin
Summary: 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.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the many agency heads to maximize telework flexibility, in some cases making the unprecedented decision to allow most employees to work from home every day - at least for the next few weeks. In some instances this has stressed agency IT systems. For more, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman spoke with the former director for federal cybersecurity at the National Council, John Banghart, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
This week, President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to help increase the supply of ventilators and other medical items. But the 1950 law contains a wide-range of different authorities – many of which might also come into play as the health emergency unfolds. To dig into what is possible under the DPA, Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu talked with Jerry McGinn, the executive director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University, and a former senior official in DoD’s office of manufacturing and industrial base policy.
The IRS told front line employees earlier this week they can choose whether to continue in-person service interactions or not. Chad Hooper is the president of the Professional Managers Association, which represents IRS managers and supervisors. He told Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko why the IRS guidance has confused some managers. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
With more than a million uniformed employees, the Defense Department occasionally has people who break the law. When that happens, the DoD's law enforcement agencies are supposed to report information to the FBI. Incompleteness of this data has been a problem for years. The Defense inspector general has taken a new look. DoD OIG's Director of Investigative Oversight Jeff Bennett joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Contractors might be asked to do extra work during the coronavirus and as agency's scramble to keep operating. Or contractors might have trouble pulling together the people they need, and that could cause delays. Barbara Kinosky said those and other situations have specific procedures and remedies, and as contractors you've got specific rights. The managing partner of Center Law & Consulting joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more.
Study shows military helmets have not made much progress resisting shock waves
Using data in the fight against Coronavirus
Modernizing the rulemaking process in the eyes of industry
Telework, or ‘tele-goofing off?’ Mixed agency messages show stigma still exists
Entertaining the troops during a pandemic
Earlier this week, the Office of Management and Budget told all federal agencies in the national capital region to extend “maximum telework” flexibilities to their employees. The Defense Department said it’s trying to do that, but the Pentagon employees who are already teleworking have already started to put a strain on DoD’s IT infrastructure. Officials are now in the process of prioritizing which employees they can add to the telework population. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu has been covering the Pentagon’s telework ramp-up. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
The coronavirus pandemic cancelled most Sunshine Week events this week but for government transparency experts, it doesn't block the sunlight - their favorite disinfectant. The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy gave awards to agencies that have made big strides in processing Freedom of Information Act requests. For more on how the Environmental Protection Agency's FOIA offices has improved operations, Federal News Network's Jory Heckman spoke to one of the award winners, Region 8 FOIA officer Alan Engels, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
After working for more than 10 years to reach this very date, the Census Bureau launches the main part of its decennial count just as Americans hunker down and isolate themselves. The bureau's public information chief Michael Cook joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more information on the implications.
Millions of Americans are about to receive their Census Bureau mailings with instructions on how to go online with their household information. But the 2020 decennial count started in January, and at that point basically on time. With the bulk of the effort still to come, the count remains on the high risk list of the Government Accountability Office. For the latest assessment, the managing director of the GAO's strategic issues team, Chris Mihm, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
When it comes to rulemaking, the Environmental Protection Agency has found a practical way to deal with a growing challenge: Mass comment campaigns in which the agency receives thousands, or tens of thousands of nearly identical comments. Steven Balla has done a detailed study of EPA's strategy as the government embarks on a project to modernize e-rulemaking. The George Washington University political science professor joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more on what he's learned, and for the second installment in a three-part series on e-rulemaking modernization.