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 Air Force says it expects a small number of airmen to end up getting laid off under DoD's new policy. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more
Like its predecessors, the Trump administration has been emphasizing cybersecurity and protecting federal systems. That takes talent. Because of how fast things change, the government needs young talent and that's a perennial challenge. Tim McManus, chief operating officer of the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to discuss the growing need and recruitment techniques.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tomorrow plans to launch the latest in a series of geosynchronous weather satellites. They're known as GOES, or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. The new one, GOES-17, together with its predecessor launched in 2016, will give NOAA a high resolution view of the entire United States and most of the Western Hemisphere. Jim Yoe, chief administrative officer of the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation and NOAA scientist, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to explain the main job of these satellites.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his agenda for the future of the VA Choice Program also aligns with the White House's vision. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give more details.
Artificial intelligence seems to be in a tie with blockchain for breath-taking promises. Promoters of AI — the concept of which dates back 50 years — said it can reduce headcount, cut waste and fraud while digitizing customer service. Jim D'Arezzo, CEO of Condusiv Technologies, has been in high-tech since the first IBM PC. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to talk all about what's coming for technology.
Congress has returned after a 10-day recess. It has only until March 23rd to craft a fiscal 2018 budget deal to replace the fifth continuing resolution now in place. That means a so-called omnibus bill is shaping up. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to discuss what's up ahead.
Raj Shah, who ran the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental for almost two years, is leaving his post. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more updates.
DISA issued a solicitation to a consortium of more than 500 vendors for the case management system under National Background Investigations Services initiative. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more details.
The collective eyebrows at the National Weather Service shot up when President Trump's 2019 budget request came out. The proposal set out to cut the agency's budget by 8 percent — $75 million — and eliminate nearly 250 forecasting positions. Not surprisingly, that's not going down too well with the National Weather Service Employees Organization. Dan Sobien, NWSEO president, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to provide some feedback.
The Trump administration has launched a slew of initiatives aimed at reforming federal agencies and the policies for people who work in them. The overall plan is still coming into focus, but we know a lot more now after the 2019 budget request from early February. Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton and former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio with an assessment.
The legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said his goal for the Yankee Stadium was to put a fanny in every seat. The federal government has the opposite goal — a seat for every fanny. But when space needs or employee headcounts change, what happens to the abandoned furniture? It's a bigger problem than one might think. Lori Rectanus, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to explain.
Given the great national debates going on, some words sound arcane. Administrative lead time. Order level material. For federal contractors, abstract as those words may be, they signal new and very real regulations. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to give updates on what might be ahead.
Across-the-board pay raises for military personnel might keep low performers in the military while incentivizing motivated troops to leave. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
A regulatory change by GSA now lets agencies use the Federal Supply Schedule to pay for order level materials that aren't, themselves, part of the Schedules program. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more info.
When you add all of the health and health IT components of the federal government, you end up with the biggest dispenser in the world. My next guest was instrumental in establishing the national Federal Health Architecture. Melissa Chapman, vice president for Health IT at Salient CRGT and former Health and Human Services CIO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to discuss the concerns that still exist when it comes to IT modernization of health systems.