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.
Did you know it's Giving Tuesday? In honor of this global annual event, Blue Cross Blue Shield is helping out the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund. With more on how it all works, Joyce Warner, executive director of FEEA, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
With two weeks to go until the end of the continuing resolution, Congress returns to a busy agenda this week. The Senate has four appropriations bills to debate and a high-level nomination to consider. The House will take up the issue of sexual harassment under its own roof. Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan shares the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act handed federal chief information officers and their staffs a lot of work. And it gave Congress something else to oversee and for which to issue scorecards. The latest report shows the government middling along, with a few glaring problems. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, provides the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Marine Corps has been talking about implementing a Bring-Your-Own-Device strategy for at least three years, as one way to speed up its adoption of commercial smartphone technology. But the services CIO says the goal is still a long way off. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin, the Marines are still struggling to onboard mobile devices owned by the government.
This holiday season is starting out weird. Thanksgiving gave way to a short deadline before end of the government's continuing funding resolution. What if there's a CR extension or Congress passes a fiscal 2018 budget? That could mean RFPs coming out at Christmastime. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some advice on coping.
The Vietnam War may be receding from vivid memory to history, but it's not quite there yet. Now the National Archives and Records Administration has hung a Vietnam War exhibit at its main building in downtown D.C. Archivist David Ferriero, a Vietnam vet, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with all the details.
Like so many agencies, the Peace Corps has had its annual examination by its inspector general. The Corps needs to tighten up several areas, including basic planning, managing its people, and, naturally, cybersecurity. Peace Corps Inspector General Kathy Buller joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with more.
Congress returns this week with a busy agenda. It has just two weeks to come to some sort of budget decision before the current continuing resolution expires Dec. 8. That means federal employees are nervously looking out for the possibility of a government shutdown and their pay raise for 2018. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the outlook for a federal employee pay raise and other bills she's watching this week.
The U.S. Postal Service ended fiscal 2017 with a $2.7 billion loss. That marks its 11th straight year in the red. But as USPS ramps up for another busy holiday season, management says there's reason to believe things are looking up. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Air Force's Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems is finishing up its first year in existence. The office was set up to bake in cybersecurity to airplanes, helicopters and everything else the Air Force buys and operates. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione spoke with Danny Holtzman, the Air Force cyber technical director to see how the whole effort is coming along. He shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Few federal agencies are a storied as the FBI. The agency has been at the center of countless news stories over the years. Often it's the field agents who get the attention, the depictions in movies and TV shows, the glory. But somebody deep inside the FBI has to make sure the finances are straight. That job at the moment falls to Richard Haley, assistant director of the finance division and the chief financial officer. He's been inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the details.
Some guys get all the good jobs. The latest for Barry West is acting deputy chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department. He's also the DHS senior accountable official for risk management, which makes him responsible for most executive orders on cybersecurity. This comes after a career at FDIC, FEMA and the National Weather Service, the Commerce Department and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Federal inspectors general work to keep agencies honest. But they might be focusing too much on narrow issues of compliance. IGs could be more effective with a greater focus on agency capabilities and program outcomes. That's among the findings of a detailed study of inspectors general conducted by the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and education at the Partnership for Public Service, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The inspectors general community wants to add teeth to its bark. In the year since the passage of the Inspector General Empowerment Act, the IGs say its been easier to do their investigative work. But they say they sill need something left out of last year's law -- subpoena power. Federal News Radios Meredith Somers tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin more about what agency IGs want from legislators and what they intend to do with that power.
Nearly to the end of its first session, the 115th Congress has a lot of undone work. There's no federal budget. The majority leadership's hopes on health insurance, immigration and taxes have so far produced little. Plus now, it has its own sex scandal. Long-time congressional watcher David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with some perspective.