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.
Potentially tens of thousands of government contractors could be impacted by payment fraud. The General Services Administration began alerting vendors on March 22 after it found a third-party changed the financial information of “a limited number” of contractors registered on the governmentwide System for Award Management portal. In his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller writes about the latest problems with the SAM.gov portal. Jason discussed why contractors should be concerned on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Department has been under Congressional orders to cut its headquarters spending and boost its efficiency for several years now. The Army found a way to do that simply by doing a better job of managing and tracking how information and tasks move around the Pentagon. Last year, it implemented a commercial-off-the-shelf software suite it calls the Task Management Tool. Since then, officials said they have managed to cut the average time it takes to complete a “tasker” by 14 days. Late tasks have been cut by 33 percent. Gus Burnside, deputy product lead for Army Enterprise Staff Management Systems, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, about what constitutes a “tasker,” and how they are being processed more efficiently.
A National Academies panel concluded the U.S. needs to do more to deal with threats to health security. Those threats come from sources both natural like exotic diseases — and man-made — like terrorism. The large study panel also found that federal agencies are important components of health security. Panel member Brooke Courtney, also the senior regulatory counsel in the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats at the FDA, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the findings.
The Trump administration is getting blowback from both sides of the aisle on its military transgender ban. Navy pilots are seeing bigger bonuses and one lawmaker wants to make it easier for troops to take a sabbatical. All that is in the DoD Personnel Notebook this week. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to fill in the details.
It has been more than a decade since the Defense Department decided to consolidate the management of 26 military installations into “Joint Bases.” The idea was to save money, but the Army’s top installation official said it has not worked, and it is time to scrap the notion altogether. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu shared more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Now that Congress and the White House have agreed on a budget for the rest of 2018, contractors must figure out how to deal with a year's worth of demand in six months. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about how it looks to services contractors.
Nearly halfway through the fiscal year, Congress has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of 2018. But just as important as what is in the bill is what is not in it. The omnibus bill offers no funding for a new FBI headquarters and spares most agencies cutbacks proposed by the Trump administration. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a closer look at the budget.
Citing a history of public corruption in West Virginia, the Justice Department has established a special unit to focus on that state. It has detailees from several federal agencies and from law enforcement in West Virginia. To discuss further, Mike Stuart, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Veterans Choice Program is expanding as a growing number of vets seek medical care outside of the VA system. But the VA paying for it. The Rand Corporation took a look at the system of Choice providers in New York state, home to nearly a million veterans. Terri Tanielian, a principal researcher from the organization, shared her findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
After bargaining for what seemed like an eternity with the American Federation of Government Employees, the Department of Education unilaterally imposed a new, seven-year work plan. That prompted the union's Washington, D.C. local to file a grievance with the Federal Labor Relations Authority. In Bob Tobias' mind, something is not right here. The professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University and long time student of public administration spoke on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
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.