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.
Employees say the Veterans Affairs Department’s interpretation of the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act doesn’t give them enough time to improve performance. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more details.
The Trump administration rolled back some of the Obama era regulations on federal contractors. But the Labor Department remains a potent force for compliance, as 1,000 contractors found out last month. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, offered his insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Whether President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un actually get together — much less come to agreement on atom bombs — remains to be seen. But no matter what happens, it is unlikely cyber probes and attacks from North Korea will stop anytime soon. For more, Ross Rustici, director of intelligence services at Cybereason, visited Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Soldier for Life is the unit responsible for transitioning soldiers out of Army life and into the civilian world. That includes helping soldiers find jobs and helping their families find solider ground. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione talked with the Director of Soldier for Life Colonel Sam Whitehurst on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what the organization has planned for 2018.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) got the nod from the Trump administration back in September to head NASA. But the Senate has yet to hold a vote on his confirmation. That has members of the House upset, including Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), chairman of the subcommittee on space, who spoke on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Political appointees at the State Department tried to fire career employees they thought didn’t support the president’s agenda. That’s according to two Democratic lawmakers who have whistleblower emails detailing these conversations. Now they’re asking for more detail with some of the State politicals named in the emails. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more.
The Air Force Medical Service is concerned about keeping its surgeons up to date with the latest techniques and technologies, similar to how it updates pilots and aircraft with air commands. The Medical Service has looked for places train its surgeons in the latest robotics. One example is the new Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education. Air Force Major Joshua Tyler, director of robotics at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, discussed the issue on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Partnership for Public Service, as part of its superb and comprehensive work on presidential transition, has partnered with The Washington Post to track presidential nominations and appointments for 638 key appointments that require Senate confirmation. With 274 positions having confirmed appointees, 138 formally nominated, 8 awaiting nomination and 218 with no nominee, the administration is lagging significantly behind the Obama, G. W. Bush and Clinton administrations in nominating and appointing people to fill many key posts. The number of nominations is closer to that of the G. H. W. Bush administration. The “key positions” include several chief financial officers, many assistant secretaries, the Department of Defense inspector general, the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, administrators of three agencies in the Department of Transportation, the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and many more. Interestingly, there were also critics who said that by the end of his first term, President Obama was leaving too many jobs unfilled (though a much smaller number).
One of the persistently difficult tasks for the Social Security Administration has been determining whether people are entitled to disability benefits. At the behest of the Government Accountability Office, SSA commissioned a study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Its purpose was to determine whether heavy use of the medical system was a reliable indicator of someone's disability. Study Chairman Dan Blazer, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavior sciences at Duke University, shared their findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The president's fiscal 2019 budget proposal includes $18 million for the Interior Department to begin reorganization and relocation of its employees and sub-agencies to new locations in the western U.S. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
As the the Internet of Things and 5G become more prevalent, analysts say the government needs a strategy on how it buys hardware and software. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about the vulnerabilities.
It seemed like a routine contract award for the Energy Department. DoE wanted a company to process radioactive liquid waste. The winning bidder soon ran into protests, because of its novel approach to handling very dangerous material. Joe Petrillo, procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to talk more about the case.
Several federal agencies are struggling to keep up with a growing number of freedom of information requests, especially as fewer documents and officials' schedules are taken offline. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive to explain.
If you're a grasshopper, listen up. If you're an ant, you'll relate. A growing number of participants are starting to view the Thrift Savings Plan a little differently than they have in the past. For the first time, assets in the G fund match those in the C fund. That's good if you're worried about a financial winter. Greg Klingler, director of wealth management for the Government Employee Benefits Association, Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin why TSP participants are viewing the market a little differently.
Suppose an agency has middling or low employee engagement scores. The typical approach to improving them is to appoint a working group to come up with ideas. The ideas head upstairs to management for a yea or nay. But Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, said a better way exists. She shared her thoughts on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.