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.
With all the challenges of moving to shared services agencies face, the Treasury Department has one of the biggest success stories. The Invoice Processing Platform is demonstrating both the benefits and savings envisioned by the Trump administration and its predecessors. Ronda Kent, the assistant commissioner for Payment Management at the Treasury Department's Bureau of Fiscal Service, tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about why both agencies and vendors benefit from centralized management of federal invoices. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update.
The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte are busy recalculating rankings for the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. They didn't get it wrong the first time. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update.
Jennifer Pahlka was a founder of U.S. Digital Service, the Obama-era organization devoted to helping federal agencies modernize their information technology. She's preached the gospel of agile development, and chided federal contractors for not getting with the agile program faster. Now Pahlka has widened her scope with a project called Code For America. She joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin now with a look at federal IT.
Federal Drive with Tom Temin continues with its special report, How Blockchain Can Link the Government. In today's installment, senior Deloitte Technologist Mark White discusses the ecosystem of services and software suppliers available to agencies interested in exploring blockchain.
Federal agencies have spent the past year thinking about how they can become leaner and more accountable organizations. They're also looking at how they can reshape their workforces. "Reshaping" can be a scary word. But as Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that agencies are viewing it as a positive opportunity.
For more than a decade, the Homeland Security Department has been trying to establish a home for itself. Right now its management is scattered among more than 50 locations throughout the greater, Washington, D.C. area. After years of efforts and more than a billion dollars, the hoped-for conversion of the St. Elizabeths Hospital site in Southeast Washington does have one spiffy new building, the Coast Guard Headquarters. But the historic hospital itself remains an fragile shell.Federal News Radio's Meredith Somers shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
No sooner had the president signed a two-week continuing resolution than the countdown started the countdown to the next deadline for a government shutdown, that is. Congress bought time, but it only deferred some very tough disagreements. Bloomberg Editorial Director Loren Duggan joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a look at the next two weeks.
Ellen Lord is the Trump administration's first, and also last undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. She says it's possible to cut the time it takes for the Defense Department to acquire a new weapons system by 50 percent. To do it, she says the Pentagon needs to be more lenient with contractors about how much of their cost and pricing data they're forced to turn over to the government. The department is asking Congress to change federal law in ways that let DoD use more of its own judgment. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about it in this weeks edition of the DoD Reporter's Notebook.
For the last 18 years, the Veterans Affairs Department has flunked its cybersecurity examine. The agency's inspector general, for 18 years, has found cybersecurity as a material weakness. Despite nearly two decades of failure, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter for VA. In his weekly feature the Reporters Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin why VA looks to have finally turned the corner in protecting veterans data and its systems.
Like tin cans on a stump, the sexual harassers in Congress and other parts of public life are getting shot off their perches. Now that Capitol Hill has passed new rules and laws banning this sort of behavior, federal contractors could be next. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, shares all the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Maritime Administration might be a relatively unknown piece of the Transportation Department, but it has a lot to do with the country's shipping prowess. The National Academy of Public Administration has just completed a review of MARAD and has several recommendations for improving management, including the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Lou Crenshaw, chairman of NAPA's Maritime Administration review panel, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Senior Executives Association recognized about 300 federal career leaders with Presidential Rank Awards. But even the winners of one of the highest honors in the federal civil service have more to learn. Navigating hurricane season, combatting veterans homelessness and tackling cybercrime aren't their biggest challenges. Instead, recruiting, retaining and inspiring the next generation of senior executives is proving to be more complicated. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin all about it.
Federal agencies maintain thousands of dot-gov websites, but visitors often encounter stumbling blocks. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found that many federal websites don't work well on mobile devices, or aren't fully accessible to users with disabilities. Daniel Castro, the foundation's vice president and the report's lead author, tells Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman on Federal Drive with Tom Temin that some agencies have started to see improvements.
Mobile computing and cybersecurity are moving closer together in the Defense Department. That means, as a practical matter, employees will soon be able to bring devices into places that prohibit them now. For when this might happen, Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione talked to Therese Firmin, DoD's Deputy CIO for cybersecurity, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
If, as some pundit supposedly said, data is the new oil, then the Federal Aviation Administration is a gusher. FAA just concluded data awareness week, an agency event aimed at making employees aware of the data available and what they can do with it. Natesh Manikoth, the FAA's chief data officer, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.