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 Army Materiel Command to make sure everything a brigade might need is where it's needed, when it's needed. Now the command is working with its vast supply chain to tighten things up in a methodology known as prepositioning. At this week's Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Lt. Gen. Ed Daly, the deputy commander of Materiel Command.
The Library of Congress houses collections dating to the founding of the republic. There's not much you can do with crumbling paper volumes except try and preserve them. But the growing set of digital collections, that's another matter. Now the library has launched an online workspace for people with an interest in this sort of thing, who want to use these collections to create new things. Kate Zwaard, the library's chief of national digital innovations, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Department has a new acquisition chief and spending a few hundred billion dollars a year, she has a lot on her plate. Ellen Lord is overseeing the acquisition office break-up mandated by Congress last year. Plus she has a new goal for contracts. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it all out.
The Defense Department is strongly urging lawmakers to let it take over responsibility of processing security clearances for its own people. DoD's plan has the approval of Secretary James Mattis, and now the department says it could start doing its own background checks as early as January and get away from the Office of Personnel Management. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
At 15, the Homeland Security Department might be a relatively new federal department. But it's come a long way since it's chaotic inception. Claire Grady is the DHS undersecretary for management. A seasoned federal executive, she also worked for DHS in its early years. She spoke with Federal News Radio's Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how things have changed for the better.
National guardsmen are fed up with what members feel is unnecessary training. Yet few people who think issues like sexual harassment and suicide prevention training are not important for the Army. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione talks with Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army National Guard Christopher Kepner on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the military is trying to balance training in some matters with getting commanders to take more risk in others.
The Army says it has a seven point plan to fix its tactical network, and time is of the essence. Thats because officials have concluded the current network simply won't work if the Army has to do battle against a technologically sophisticated enemy. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Short of protesting a contract award to a competitor, there's nothing a contractor can do when it gets a bad performance rating. Well, not quite. But remedies beyond appealing to the contracting officer can turn into a bureaucratic donnybrook. For more, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Joseph Petrillo, a procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell and a consultant for his new blog, Patterns of Procurement.
It's no secret, a lot of appointed policy and management jobs remain vacant for the Trump administration. One glaring example is the Office of Personnel Management. It even had an acting director for the last year of the Obama administration. Now there's an OPM nominee at least one employee group can get behind. The nominee is Jeff Tien Han Pon. Renee Johnson, national president of the Federal Managers Association, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin why he's the right man for the job.
A small part of Northern Command has Army troops across the U.S and its territories. At one end they're helping with the hurricane cleanup in Puerto Rico. At the other end, they're helping put out wildfires in the West. U.S. Army North has a short roster of permanent billets, but big leverage when help is needed. At this week's Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington, Federal Drive with Tom Temin caught up with Army North's commander, Brig. Gen. John Hashem.
They support operations. They house families. They store everything a big army might need. Now the Army is rethinking its facilities. Leading the effort is Randy Robinson, the acting assistant Army secretary for installations, environment and energy. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with him about the installation of the future at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington,
Recruitment and retention challenges are big ones for the government trying to maintain continuity. Fresh research by Deloitte and the Senior Executives Association shows many federal executives feel don't trust the systems in place to develop and keep talent. To discuss highlights and how agencies can better invest in senior leadership, Federal News Radio's Eric White speaks with Margot Conrad, director of Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Army is preparing to grow for the second year in a row. But like all federal departments, it's dealing with budget stops and starts. And it's operating in a world situation you might say is a bit unstable. The human side of the Army is in large measure the responsibility of Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, the deputy chief of staff. At the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington, Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Seamands about the challenges of uncertainty.
Dozens of federal inspectors general working over 18 months managed to come up with a one-stop-shop for accountability. It's called Oversight.gov. It brings together the work of a diverse IG community. Visitors can review reports and follow the status of recommendations. Federal News Radio's Meredith Somers reviewed the ongoing work with Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz and shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Proposal after proposal to change federal retirement has employees worried and wondering whether they should change their retirement plans. But financial planners advise don't jump to conclusions. As always, hope for the best and plan for the worst. Greg Klingler, director of the wealth management division at the Government Employees' Benefit Association, tells Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin what to do if you're worried about possible retirement benefits changes.