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.
Shared services are spreading as a way of reducing costs and overlap. But how do you make sure the quality of your agency's work doesn't take a hit, while also creating trust from those currently managing their own services? For one answer, Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Bob Tobias, professor with the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Successive administrations have tried to push agencies toward greater use of shared services, the idea being they can streamline and save money on common functions. Now a long-time participant in that push says it's time to think beyond simply moving to a shared service provider source and start thinking about service delivery transformation. Dave Mader, former controller at the Office of Management and Budget, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. He is now the civilian chief strategy officer for federal at Deloitte Consulting.
The Trump administration has launched a three-pronged overhaul of civil service protections. President Donald Trump signed three executive orders on Friday. One would make it easier to fire poor performing federal employees. Another would reduce workers' use of official time. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman sat down with Executive Editor Jason Miller with more about the executive orders on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Radio frequency spectrum auctions have bedeviled the Federal Communications Commission for decades. Among the most recent was also the most complicated. The FCC purchased spectrum from the television industry, auctioned it for wireless services, and found new spectrum for the broadcasters. The way in which the FCC did this has won it an award from Informs, an association of operations, research and analytics practitioners. Jean Kiddoo, chair of the incentive auction task force at the FCC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
You have to dig deeper into the latest congressional scorecard to really understand the state of federal IT reforms. Yes, overall grades for compliance with the FITARA law went down or stayed the same for most agencies. And they stunk to begin with. But when you break down the areas like incremental development or managing software license, the results are much different. In his weekly feature the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller did that digging and wrote about what he found. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Congress is in recess this week — the entire week. But that does not mean nothing is happening and does not mean we shouldn't pay attention to what is going to happen next when they do get back. Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
In its comprehensive annual review of cybersecurity breaches, Verizon found some predictable trends. But it also found some attacks and methodologies that might send your eyebrows to the top of your head. Marc Spitler, co-author of Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the highlights and details on how your cyber strategy should change.
The Senate Armed Services Committee embarked on some of the biggest military personnel changes since the 1980s. Plus, are video games the next big recruitment tool for the Defense Department? It's all in Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione’s reporter’s notebook this week, which he shared on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Visitors to the National Mall over the weekend might have been startled at the sight of a 133-foot-long field of poppies. Unfortunately it had to be pulled up for Memorial Day. It consists of 645,000 plants, one for each American warfighter killed since World War I. Retired Navy Vice Adm. John Bird, senior vice president of military affairs for USAA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the back story.
At the midpoint of World War II, the ferocious battle of Tarawa cost more than 6,000 lives, many of them US Marines. The battle haunts its few remaining survivors to this day, as do Bataan and Corregidor Island. They bring to mind those missing in action and those left unburied. But filmmaker Steven Barber has spent a career chronicling those veterans who work on behalf of their comrades. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his work.
Project managers are much in demand in government and in industry. Two organizations, Veterans2Work and Vets2PM, have formed a partnership with The Project Management (PMO) SQUAD to create the Veterans Project Management Mentoring Program. To find out more, Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Joe Pusz, CEO of the PMO SQUAD; Eric Wright, CEO and founder of Vets2PM; and John Reynolds, executive director and founder of Veterans2Work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Military doctrine and strategy starts with assumptions. Such as that our crew knows how to conduct a large-scale war, or that our planes are so stealthy they will never be detected in time. These and many other assumptions are reassuring if they are true, but dangerous if they are not. Nora Bensahel, distinguished scholar in residence at American University, joined Federal News Radio to discuss more on what she considers dangerous assumptions.
Official time — unions work on the federal clock — is back in the hot seat.The topic has always been a sticking point for some members of Congress and it is getting more attention after the Office of Personnel Management found official time use was on the rise in fiscal 2016. House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows got more specific information from agencies and is not happy with what he found. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Around this time last year, hospitals and healthcare providers were dealing with a new type of computer malware known as WannaCry. It spread across the world locking digital devices until owners paid a ransom. The attack targeted hospitals in the United Kingdom and as U.S. health providers braced for the worst, Steve Curren sprang into action. He's director of the Resilience Division in the Office of the assistant secretary of Preparedness and Response at the Health and Human Services Department. Curren and his team adapted processes for handling physical disasters to a cyber attack response. Now he's a finalist for this year's Service to America Medals. Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with him about his work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Army had to reassess its recruiting goals this year after realizing it would not be able to recruit 80,000 soldiers. A new study from the RAND Corporation shows changes in what young, junior enlisted personnel value in the service, and may have some insights for recruiting and retention. Family concerns, injuries and promotions are all factors on their minds. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione spoke with Todd Helmus, a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation about the study on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.