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.
Agencies face an uphill battle competing with the private sector to hire top cyber talent right out of college. But the State Department and the opportunity to explore new cultures serve as enticing lures to recent graduates with IT skills. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on how the agency plans to recruit the new generation of cyber professionals on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Trump administration is preparing an executive order to authorize the transfer of the entire governmentwide security clearance portfolio from its current home at the National Background Investigations Bureau to the Pentagon. It's one of a dozen reorganization proposals the administration said it could implement on its own and without help from Congress. Sources have told Federal News Radio timing of the EO's release is up in the air. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the transfer.
The government's annual spending on grants dwarfs what it spends on contracts by $200 billion. Yet much of the effort devoted to spending transparency leaves out grants. Now better understanding of grants is a cross-agency priority goal pushed by the Trump administration. The challenge is how to get it done. Peter Tyler, senior policy analyst at the Project on Government Oversight, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about it.
The Treasury Department issued a new 10-year vision for federal financial management focused on making improvements across four broad areas. At the heart of many of those improvements will be technology changes and offerings from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. Kim McCoy is the commissioner of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service in the Treasury Department. She told Executive Editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the 10-year vision and how it will transform the role of the federal CFO.
The old joke used to be that the only way NASA could get to the sun is to land at night. In fact the soon-to-launch Parker Solar Probe will come very close to the sun. And thanks to some new shield technology, it will send back all sorts of new information about the sun and stars in general. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with NASA planetary scientist Geronimo Villanueva about it.
The Treasury Department issued a new 10-year vision for federal financial management focused on making improvements across four broad areas. At the heart of many of those improvements will be technology changes and offerings from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. Kim McCoy, the commissioner of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service in the Treasury Department, tells Executive Editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, about the 10-year vision and how it will transform the role of the federal CFO.
Among female employees in the Justice Department’s law enforcement agencies, only 33 percent think their workplace is gender-equitable, even though more than half of men think so. That’s one of the findings of a new, exhaustive review by the DOJ Office of the Inspector General. The IG also found that only 16 percent of the four agencies’ law enforcement agents are women, and even fewer manage to get promoted to senior positions of GS-14 or higher. Michael Horowitz is the inspector general at the Justice Department. He talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the review, and why his office conducted it.
The Office of Inspector General at Health and Human Services Department has been spending more money and achieving less results for years, according to a Federal News Radio analysis of spending and budget data. Moreover, the IG doesn't appear to be able or willing to explain why that's the case. Federal News Radio's David Thornton has been digging into the numbers, and talking with oversight experts and former employees to try to understand the problem. He discussed the findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Two agencies may have found a path to solve one of the most time consuming and costly requirements for federal cybersecurity — the authority to operate. The General Services Administration and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency have reduced the time it takes for a system to obtain an ATO from months to, in some cases, days. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller writes about how GSA and NGA did it. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
The Secret Service was started to safeguard the nation's currency. Since everyone uses credit cards even for 99-cent coffee, that currency mission has spread to credit transactions and in particular, those used to buy gasoline. Secret Service Special Agent Matt O'Neill joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the story.
For decades, the U.S. government has taken pains to help other countries account for their nuclear materials and to make sure they’re safe and secure. But within the United States, there are dozens of pounds of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium that are totally unaccounted for, roughly enough to make five functioning nuclear warheads. And that’s just the quantity that’s been publicly reported, because the Department of Energy doesn’t discuss nuclear material that has been lost or stolen. It appears to have relatively few accountability measures in place to deal with problems when they happen. Those are some of the findings of a new report published by the Center for Public Integrity. Patrick Malone is an investigative reporter at the center. He talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the problem of what the government refers to as “Material Unaccounted For.”
It’s highly unlikely that Congress will pass 2019 appropriations bills to fund the entire government before new the fiscal year starts, but the Senate, at least, is hoping to come close. Thanks to an abbreviated August recess, the upper chamber is aiming to finish nine out of the 12 appropriations bills before Sept. 30. But it’s a long way from clear whether the bills they come up with will be acceptable to the House – or to the president, who’s been flirting with the idea of another government shutdown. Jack Fitzpatrick covers budget issues for Bloomberg Government. He talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about where the appropriations process currently stands.
The 2020 Census marks the first time households can respond through the internet instead of mailing back a paper form. But this new platform raises concerns about the security of the Census Bureau's information. Agency officials recently shed new light on what they're doing to enhance cybersecurity for the 2020 count. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on those efforts on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Human resources departments, personnel offices, whatever you like to call them federal agencies mostly complain about them. Federal News Radio guest columnist Jeff Neal ought to know. The former HR chief for the Homeland Security Department, and now with ICF. joined me now with how HR shops can improve their customer service.
The Air Force's most high performance jets are also rare birds. Only 187 F-22s were built before the program was curtailed in 2011. Important as they are, the Air Force does a suboptimal job of managing them, and that's according to the latest look-see by the Government Accountability Office. John Pendleton, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.