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 nonprofit Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology has a new executive director, someone already familiar to those in the federal information technology community. Joyce Hunter was deputy chief information officer for policy and planning at the Agriculture Department and later its acting CIO. She's also had a long career in management consulting. Joyce Hunter joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more.
Telework is on the rise. Engineering and technical positions are difficult to fill. And it's hard to compete with private sector salaries. Those tropes about the federal workforce also apply to people working for state and local government. For more on these and other findings, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the senior research associate at the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, Gerald Young.
The military service-member-advocacy group Protect Our Defenders said the Air Force has failed to fix racial disparity in its punishment process. From documents it obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the group alleges the Air Force hid work done by a committee set up to fix racial disparities in airmen punishment. The Air Force said it acknowledges implicit bias and says it's addressing it through training. It disputes the contention it sabotaged work addressing racial disparities. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke to the president of Protect Our Defenders, Don Christensen, for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said the changes it's made in recent years have allowed it to respond to the coronavirus pandemic with agility. Secretary Robert Wilkie said hiring and onboarding changes made in recent weeks will stay in place. He said the department has stabilized its supply chain of personal protective equipment. The department will lift its austerity measures on masks. But members of Congress said they're still hearing from employees who are asked to reuse them. More now from Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Committed though the government might be too small and minority-owned contractors, from the contractor standpoint making a living is never easy. Now they've got the COVID-19 situation. For what the landscape looks like for minority-owned businesses, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Creative Investment Research economist and principal William Michael Cunningham.
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Though one in seven federal employees have said they've experienced sexual harassment at work in recent years, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights believes cases are vastly under-reported, due to an outdated and confusing reporting process that does little to protect or incentivize employees to come forward.
Can something be virtual and real at the same time? The answer is yes if you're talking about the end-of-fiscal-year federal buying season. It's almost here, and the government people - and contractors, for that matter - are just starting to trickle back into their offices. How will that all work? For one prediction, longtime federal sales and marketing consultant Larry Allen spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Her peers and bosses credit her with a powerful role in establishing the highly-regarded Cybersecurity Framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They call her a world leader in cybersecurity. Now she's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. Donna Dodson joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Today's the day NASA and the United States gain back the ability to launch astronauts into low earth orbit. Two of them will ride a private sector rocket to the International Space Station. For what it took to get to this point, NASA deputy administrator Jim Morhard spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
One in seven federal employees say they've experienced some form of sexual harassment at their offices. That's just one of many findings in a recent 264-page report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The commission wanted to see how the nation's largest employer handled sexual harassment in the federal workplace, and the findings are grim. Few federal employees know their rights for reporting. For how tough the reporting process can be, Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko spoke with a member of the commission, Debo Adegbile, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.