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.
If you measure it in sheer dollars, the Defense Department is a big winner in the 2018 budget, as expressed in the omnibus appropriations bill now in its final stages. Now the Pentagon has to spend more money than it anticipated, with six months of the fiscal year already over. One bright spot: Military service members will see more in their paychecks. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Congressional appropriators have settled their differences on a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package. Civilian agencies are generally spared from the major spending cuts the president proposed in his 2018 and 2019 budget requests.The omnibus is more than 2,200 pages and there's a lot in there. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break down what's in the budget for civilian agencies and federal employees.
The idea of resilience in the face of disaster has always been around. But it gained prominence after 9/11 and still more after Hurricane Katrina. Daniel Aldrich, a professor and director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program at Northeastern University, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that federal agencies might be placing too much emphasis on physical infrastructure as a measure of resilience and not enough on what he calls social capital.
Responding to the great cyber challenges the nation faces, the Justice Department recently launched a cyber-digital task force. It is too soon to tell how it will operate and how effective it will be. Megan Brown, a partner at the law firm Wiley Rein, has been watching this development and commenting on it. She shared her thoughts on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The military for several years has been actively recruiting more women to join its ranks, especially now that woman can serve in combat ranks. In its annual report, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) had a few recommendations on how Defense Department recruiters might improve their outreach to women. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione reports.
The Office of Management and Budget has unveiled the new President's Management Agenda. Some of the 14 cross agency priority goals are familiar but others are new, or at least take on a different tone. IT modernization and data transparency are some of the bigger goals for the Trump Administration, which also has some big plans for the federal workforce. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
An omnibus spending bill looks ready to pass in Congress this week. Or maybe not. Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin warned that a government shutdown could still happen at midnight Friday. It would be the third government shutdown this year. Progress on the spending bill has been bogged down by debates on immigration and health care policy. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more details.
Advancing DoD’s capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence is one of the key priorities in the Trump Administration’s new national defense strategy. But until now, the Pentagon hasn’t done a great job of keeping tabs on the A-I projects its various components are already working on. That’s beginning to change, as DoD puts together a new artificial intelligence strategy. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu wrote about it in this week’s edition of the DoD reporter’s notebook. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
The long awaited President's Management Agenda is out as of March 20. It has a long list of cross-agency priority goals. And it stresses over and over the need to modernize systems and deploy more digital services. Dave Mader, former Office of Management and Budget Controller and now chief strategy officer for the civilian sector at Deloitte, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio, with his assessment.
The only thing more complicated than the healthcare system in the United States may be the health information technology underpinning it all. And the federal government may have made matters worse with long, detailed specifications for electronic health records, causing systems to be expensive and difficult to implement. The Bipartisan Policy Center — working with hospitals, technology companies and others in the health IT sector — has come up with recommendations for a better approach. Janet Marchibroda, director of the center's Health Innovation Initiative, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to share this new information.
It may be synthetic, but the effects of artificial intelligence can be real enough. AI will change how citizens and government interact, and how government employees interact with their own agencies. Dominic Delmolino, the chief technology officer at Accenture Federal Services, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to give an expert view into the effect of future technologies.
You might have thought the two year budget so-called deal between Republicans and Democrats would have made reaching a 2018 budget easy. But — as this year's fifth continuing resolution nears its Friday deadline — relations on Capitol Hill look about as frosty as the weather we're having today. Loren Duggan, Bloomberg Government editorial director, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to provide some insight.
Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT are concerned that the IT modernization effort is losing momentum. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about why the committee will continue to press agency chief information officers to move off legacy systems.
In the last Cold War, nations tried to see who could make the biggest nuclear bomb. In the current international rivalry, the race is aimed at something you can't see. Namely, artificial intelligence. In fact, China is spending big on AI as one component in its strategy for building a force-projecting military. Chris Taylor, CEO of the data and analytics firm Govini, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to talk more about China's mission.
While not a household word, the National Nuclear Security Administration has some crucial missions. It maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, deals with environmental cleanup and implements non - proliferation programs. It has challenges in all three areas and then some. David Trimble, director of natural resources and environment issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to explain the agency's challenges.