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.
Two Army scientists have discovered a way to get pure hydrogen out urine. Dr. Kris Darling, a researcher, and Scott Grendahl , the team leader at the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, explain what what good that would do on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
For a variety of reasons, federal agencies continue to struggle with cybersecurity. Last year, nearly all of the 24 big departments and agencies had problems in all of the control areas. That's what the Government Accountability Office found in its most recent, two-year study. Greg Wilshusen, the GAO's director of information security issues, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Office of Personnel Management hasn't had a permanent director in more than two years and a deputy director in more than five. That could change soon. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee finally heard from the president's nominees to fill both positions. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Research, use of multiple communications channels and a touch of artificial intelligence: those are three strategies federal agencies have used to improve customer experience. Now they've been documented by Accenture and the Partnership for Public Service. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
You might be surprised at which operator of websites saw the fastest growth last year. Yeah, you. In fact, federal websites now enjoy visits from at least 44 percent of Americans. Yet there's a credibility problem when it comes to protection of personal information. This is all according to a survey by Forrester Research. Principal Analyst Rick Parrish shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Securities and Exchange Commission knew five years ago it's second-to-last rank for employee engagement on the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey wasn't going to cut it. The SEC has managed to inch up every year since. Now it sits third among large agencies on the 2017 employee viewpoint survey, up another 4 percent from 2016. Lacey Dingman, chief human capital officer at the SEC, tells Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko how her agency maintains the upward climb.
The Army is encouraging its high-level officers to take more risks. Brass hope that will help with some of the challenges the Army is facing both in the field and on the homefront. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Daily has his own plan to change the Army's risk culture. He spoke with Federal News Radios Scott Maucione, starting with, of all things, child care realm. Maucione shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
If the last election was at least partly about American jobs, it's a wonder the candidates didn't talk about cybersecurity. For cities around the world, the demand for cybersecurity products and services has produced a mini economic boom. Natasha Cohen, a cybersecurity policy fellow at New America, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that she calls them cybersecurity industry clusters.
If you're wondering what the continuing budget resolution will lead to, pay attention to the Senate this week. Now back in session, it'll take up a budget resolution for 2018 and markup appropriations bills for three big agencies. Loren Duggan, Bloomberg Government's editorial director, offers a look ahead on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
One weird result of the recent hurricane-induced floods is fish from one body of water ending up in another. A rare occurrence, the U.S. Geological Survey calls it non-indigenous aquatic species. Now there's a new and easier way for people who spot the wrong fish in the wrong place to report it. Dr. Matthew Neilson, fisheries biologist at USGS, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The progress the cloud security program known as FedRAMP has made over the last few years to lower costs and speed approvals may be at risk. The reason has to do with new security controls in the latest revision of NIST special publication 800-53. In his weekly feature, the Reporters Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller writes why the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program could be in jeopardy. He shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Now that the Army is in the process of reversing the drawdown that happened earlier in the decade, it faces one of the biggest recruiting challenges in its history. The Army's recruiting command has been tasked with onboarding 80,000 new active-duty soldiers in 2018 alone. The Army hasn't achieved a number like that in the past 20 years without violating DoDs quality standards. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, the commander of Army Recruiting Command, talked with Federal News Radios Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the challenge ahead.
Few contractors can afford to ignore the yearly priorities spelled out by the General Services Administration. And this year, early in fiscal 2018, there's a lot going on. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and a long-time GSA expert, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights.
An F-22 Raptor can fly at 1,500 miles per hour, and an intercontinental ballistic missile travels at 15,000 miles per hour. But cyber attacks travel at the speed of light and nothing the military has can keep up, least of all the acquisition process. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Schoeni, a judge-advocate in the 12th Air Force at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that's a big hindrance to better cyber defenses.
The Senior Executive Service ought to be an aspiration for anyone going into a federal career. But SESers themselves have doubts about talent retention and their own leadership qualities. David Dye, director of federal human capital services at Deloitte, shares latest research by Deloitte and the Senior Executives Association on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.