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.
The Trump administration has big plans for IT modernization. You may have heard that the Office of Management and Budget recently released the President's Management Agenda articulating that goal. Meanwhile, the Defense Department shares that modernization goal as outlined in its national defense strategy but to increase its lethality. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman heard the latest from federal CIO Suzette Kent and gave his report on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Congress has taken an interest in figuring out ways to regulate some of the third-party ticket vendors you may have used to gain admittance to anything from an NFL game to a Broadway show. Among the concerns is that the companies tend to distort the marketplace for entertainment events by buying up large numbers of tickets at face value as soon as they go on sale, then tack on large fees of their own before selling them to consumers. Lawmakers recently asked the Government Accountability Office to look at regulatory options, and the results are now in. Michael Clements is director of financial markets and community issues at GAO. He talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, about what they found.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is shifting its digital services training program from pilot mode to fully operational. Three years after issuing a challenge to the vendor community to help change the way agencies buy technology, the Digital IT Acquisition Professional Program is ready for broad usage. Joanie Newhart is the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Traci Walker is the director of Digital Service Procurement with the United States Digital Service. They told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about why contracting officers will need to and want to obtain a core-plus certification in Contracting for Digital Services over the next few years. Hear the interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Lawmakers want to re-examine the structure of the Veterans Health Administration after hearing a report which the Veterans Affairs Department Inspector General referred to as “serious” and “disturbing.” A failure in oversight and accountability is leading some lawmakers to believe veterans integrated service networks are unnecessary and inneffective. They want VHA to prove otherwise. Federal News Radio's David Thornton had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The annual federal employee viewpoint survey is now underway and will remain in circulation for another month. But this year’s version includes a few key changes. For one, it’s being administered as a census. It also includes a pair of pilot programs designed to improve the survey in future years. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research at the Partnership for Public Service, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the viewpoint survey is changing.
The Defense Department is the last agency to receive an “F” on the latest Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, scorecard. But DoD is not alone in earning a bad grade on the bi-annual IT reform scorecard from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for details about which agencies have to answer for lower grades.
When a big department spends 40 percent of it contract dollars through indefinite delivery - indefinite quantity contracts, it is worth checking to see if IDIQs offer enough competition. The Government Accountability Office looked at two years worth of IDIQ spending by the Defense Department. Bill Woods, director of contracting and national security acquisition issues at the GAO, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what auditors found.
The federal government is on a hot streak in meeting its small business contracting goals. The Small Business Administration said the government exceeded its small business contracting goal for the fifth year in a row. Eight agencies earned the highest score of A-plus, but there is still room for improvement. The SBA scorecard shows the government missed some contracting goals. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more on the results.
Early on in the Trump administration, the White House proposed trimming away excess or unneeded regulation. It sought public input and claimed to have received 100,000 comments. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, a watchdog group tried to find out what happened to the comments. Apparently they went into the ether. PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch talked about the vanished public feedback on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Training with live ammunition in what amounts to shoulder-mounted cannons is causing concussions and other brain injuries to Army soldiers. That is according to the service's own data. The Center for a New American Security delved into the findings. Paul Scharre, senior fellow and director of technology and national security programs at C-NAS, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
A lot of members of Congress said they are interested in evidence-based policy making. That's evidence, as in systematically-collected data analyzed without political bias. Much as they might like the idea, it's not exactly spreading like wildfire. Sandy Davis, senior adviser at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a long-time congressional budget practitioner. joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
Nothing like a hike in the nation's wonderful wilderness areas to restore the soul. You might spot a bear. Maybe a buffalo, moose, or some rare birds. But in some spots, you might run into slightly less appealing wildlife. Like feral swine. These rapidly multiplying pigs are getting a lot of attention from at least one federal department. Dale Nolte, national program manager for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the Agriculture Department, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Agency cybersecurity people spend most of their time reacting to attempted attacks, installing software they hope will alert them in time or cleaning up after an attack got through. Now researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity think they have found a way to forecast when and where cyber attacks will arrive. It's called the cyber attack automated unconventional sensor environment (CAUSE). Program manager Robert Rahmer joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for more.
There is a new tool to rid the country of pests and disease, and it is not some super vaccine, or a new device to capture rats and feral swine. Rather the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is using geospatial technology in a more collaborative and coordinated way. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller sat down with the team from APHIS on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to learn more about how they are using GIS differently today than ever before.
For all the controversy surrounding the addition of a citizenship question on 2020 census forms, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said he is not convinced the question will impact response rates. This comes as the Census Bureau carries out its dress rehearsal for the 2020 count. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest update.