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.
When contractors lose a bid, they've got the right to know why. That's where debriefings by the government come in. Sometimes these sessions are cut and dried, because the contracting officer doesn't want to invite a protest. But now agencies are experimenting with extended debriefings, where everything is on the table. At the National Contract Management Association symposium earlier this week, Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Michelle Currier, a Defense Acquisition University professor, why debriefings have become so important.
The Small Business Administration has been working diligently to establish a modernized technology infrastructure in the cloud. In recent weeks, it's had to gear up to handle an unprecedented hurricane relief effort. Deputy Chief Information Officer Guy Cavallo fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on all the details.
Congress approved a short-term spending bill last night, forestalling a government shutdown that could have taken place this evening. But it's cold comfort for financial leaders at the Defense Department. It leaves the government operating under a continuing resolution, and another shutdown threat is now just two weeks away. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more
Few wins are more satisfying for a federal contractor than knocking out an incumbent in a re-competition. But incumbency has its advantages. And sometimes being roughly as good and coming in with a lower price doesn't mean you'll take the stage. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with lessons learned from a recent protest case.
We continue with coverage of the just-out best places to work in government. Several agencies still sit low in those rankings. But their crummy scores don't tell the full story. Many of these agencies are making significant improvements and the momentum is trending up in the favor. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to take a closer look at the Best Places to Work Rankings from the Partnership for Public Service.
The Army's new chief information officer is only four months on the job, but Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford already has an ambitious set of priorities for the next three years. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione got a sneak peek into what Crawford is thinking for Army IT. He shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense procurement system is like airport food. It's lousy but what choice do you have? For more than a year, the Section 809 panel, named for a line in an earlier authorization bill, has been examining ways to improve it. Now the panel is launching a crowdsourcing push to get more ideas. Deidre Lee, the Section 809 chairwoman and former Defense procurement chief, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the details.
A fierce election campaign last year drew many federal agencies into the spotlight. Still, employee engagement scores continued to rise. Today the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings are out, compiled by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. Sean Morris, federal human capital leader at Deloitte, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the results.
There are two kinds of hackers trying to penetrate federal networks. The bad guys who are responsible for a majority of the more than 33,000 incidents agencies face each year, and then there are the White Hat hackers from the Homeland Security Department. They are doing the dirty work to make federal networks more secure. Rob Karas is the director of the National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services team or N-CATS in the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. Don Benack is the Cybersecurity Assurance Program Manager for N-CATS. They tell Executive Editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the office is helping agencies find the weak spots in their networks.
The State Department honors foreign service members who've gone above and beyond their job description. The Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad went to five people this year for their sustainable efforts around the globe. Federal News Radio's Meredith Somers tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin more about these winners and the volunteer work they've done to improve their posts.
The General Services Administration has built a house of many hallways. It's the acquisition gateway, aimed at helping the government buy more as a single organization. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Andrea Heller, director of stakeholder engagement at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, for an update on what's new at the acquisition gateway.
Congress watchers and a few members say there's no need to fear a possible government shutdown will happen this weekend. Congress is looking likely to pass a short-term extension to the current continuing resolution. Still, many more fights lie ahead over a long-term budget. Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to get an update.
The Defense Department spends more than $150 billion a year on services. To get better at it and ensure that what it buys is what it really wants, Defense Acquisition University developed the Services Acquisition Workshop (SAW). Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Lyle Eesley, the former DAU professor who developed the SAW, at the National Contract Management Association symposium in Washington.
This week Federal News Radio introduces a new feature: a special biweekly report on the specific personnel issues in the Defense Department by our own Scott Maucione. Scott joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with this week's topics, including how the sexual harassment issue is reaching in to the intelligence community.
For decades, federal human resources systems were like Frankenstein monster's disparate pieces and parts pulled together to create a working model. Hook up the electrodes, yell, "It's alive," and hope for the best. But that's changing under a new effort from the Unified Shared Services Management Office led by the Office of Personnel Management. That's the big topic in the weekly feature, the Reporters Notebook, from executive editor Jason Miller. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.