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.
A bill with both Republican and Democratic backing would bring considerable change to the IRS. The Taxpayer First Act would establish an independent appeals office, impose a new customer service strategy and make things easier for low-income filers. Bill co-sponsor Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the legislation.
The Navy League has deep roots in communities across the nation. The League's main goals are to enhance the morale of active duty members, to spread knowledge of the Navy's mission and importance and to supporting young people interested in sea services. During the League's Sea Air Space conference, Federal Drive with Tom Temin got an update from League National President Alan Kaplan.
The sudden departure of former Veterans Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin revved up questions about the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998. Did he quit or was he fired? How an administration can respond to a political opening depends on that question, and on how you interpret the Vacancies Act. For more on the Act, and why it might need reform, Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Project on Government Oversight policy associate Rebecca Jones for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Ultimately, better cyber security in the future will come from research projects going on today. Much research is happening under the auspices of the science and technology directorate at the Homeland Security Department. Doug Maughan is director of the Cyber Security Division in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency within DHS' Science and Technology Directorate. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share information on two research and technology guides recently published.
Whatever other problems the IRS has had, in the past two years it has been able to boost the rate of voluntary taxpayer filing compliance. Understanding how it was able to do so will be important to dealing with next year's filing period, when the agency and taxpayers will be dealing with a whole new set of tax laws. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights of a detailed analysis of the IRS strategy published April 12.
The Navy wants more of its sailors to earn advanced educational degrees. But based on personnel rules in place right now, taking a break from military service to attend school can have seriously negative career implications. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, the service is asking Congress to help change that.
Companies who want to learn more about why they did not win a contract can seek a debriefing from the agency, a post facto Q&A to maybe help their prospects the next time. Now a change in the rules brought about by recent legislation promises to make it easier to get more information. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell LLC, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
The Office of Personnel Management said it is not about to let employee engagement fall back from its six-year high score reached in 2017. To keep the momentum, OPM is working with agencies to spread success stories. It is encouraging agencies to evaluate their progress more often than once a year. Julie Brill, OPM's acting deputy associate director for the Senior Executive Service and Performance Management, told Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller all about it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Congress passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act last year to help bring agencies' systems up to the 21st Century. But until recently, they didn't actually have the money to get started. Last month - as part of the full year appropriations bill - they approved a $100 million technology modernization fund that was supposed to be part of the MGT Act. Now agencies are lining up to get funding for their modernization plans. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman has the latest.
When Federal News Radio last spoke to Martime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, he had just taken over the position. His first order of business was dealing with a detailed report on MARAD prepared by the National Academy of Public Administration. This week he gave an update on MARAD at the Navy League's Sea Air Space conference, where he also spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
No military airplane, land convoy or ship goes very far without supplies. For the Navy, that is where the 22,000-strong Naval Supply Systems Command, or NAVSUP, comes in. For an update on supply people, systems and strategies, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Michael Madden, vice commander of NAVSUP, at the Sea Air Land conference this week.
The technologies tying together the Navy's many systems, from those deep in the oceans to those in space, come from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). At this week's Sea Air Space conference put on by the Navy League, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with SPAWAR Commander Rear Adm. Boris Becker. Becker said whether SPAWAR is primarily an acquisition organization or an engineering one.
The Trump administration is considering some big changes to the security clearance program and the agency that manages and oversees it. Discussions are in the works to move the entire governmentwide security clearance program from the Office of Personnel Management and National Background Investigations Bureau to the Pentagon. Another key OPM program could also move. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain that the moves could have major impacts on OPM's financial stability and on the structure of the agency.
Congress returns after a short break and as always, the to do list is as long as it is complicated. David Hawkings, senior editor for Roll Call, told Federal News Radio's Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin that this time it's not any particular legislation that will be driving the news coverage.
It has taken a long time for the idea of joint warfare to really take hold. Now cooperation among the armed services is more the norm than the exception. Next frontier is what the military refers to as cross-domain integration. That is an area of interest to Navy Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, director of surface warfare, who spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin at the Sea Air Space conference April 9.