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 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)has published a data-set detailing the millions of decisions made by patent examiners in the past few years. The information could be of value to not only the everyday inventor. But as the USPTO's chief data analyst Tom Beach told Federal Drive with Tom Temin, the data could also benefit patent attorneys, other patent holders, and international users of intellectual property.
Nothing says "I love you not" quite as much as a pay freeze. That's why news leaking out that the Trump administration is considering a pay freeze for 2019 is so disappointing. The Obama administration imposed a three-year pay freeze and that didn't go over too well either. Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer of Homeland Security, now with ICF, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the potential effects the pay freeze could have.
U.S. Northern Command includes a relatively small unit dedicated to helping civilian authorities that respond to chemical, biological, radio-logical and nuclear incidents. Now the Joint Task Force Civil Support has added digital mapping and other information-related capabilities. Richie Richardson, geographic information system coordinator at Joint Task Force Civil Support, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the new initiative.
The Navy will no longer discharge sailors who fail its physical fitness assessment, and is cancelling early-out programs that let sailors leave the military voluntarily, steps officials say are required by a "growing Navy."
The future of veterans' healthcare often lies outside of the Veterans Affairs Department's own walls. Secretary David Shulkin and many in Congress want to see more care delivered by local, community networks rather than in large, distant VA hospitals. Shulkin explained on Federal Drive with Tom Temin how VA and the Defense Department could work together.
For the 115th Congress, the big tax reform bill was like an elephant giving birth. But now, it is resting for a bit. Soon members will return to tackle the great issues of 2018 besides getting re-elected, that is. Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government, shared on Federal Drive with Tom Temin some predictions for the new year.
The "Me Too" movement has sparked women and men throughout the economy to think and talk more openly about sexual harassment and discrimination. The national discussion has not left out the military. Recently some 200 women either in, or connected to, the military signed an open letter to the national security community on sexual harassment. One of the signers, Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar in residence at American University, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the movement.
As millions of people are airborne during this final week of the holiday season, they may seek information of one sort or another from their phones and tablets. The Transportation Security Administration's AskTSA is a good example of a federal agency meeting citizen demand. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about the program.
Civility in the workforce is more than being polite, it means heaving and expecting respect from your coworkers. Dexter Brooks, associate director of the office of federal operations at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the EEOC's civil training effort.
As NASA reaches third round of funding for "tipping-point" technologies, the agency is looking for investors to upgrade its commercial application capability. Stephen Jurczyk, associate administrator for the space technology mission directorate at NASA, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Melania Trump recently revealed the new first family's christmas decorations. The place is dazzling. Look up, though, and you'll see how well tended the White House chandeliers look. For 34 years, those chandeliers and the windows through which most of us see them were the responsibility of Stewart Stevens, a White House custodian until a few years ago. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his new book about his experience.
The more complicated a military weapon platform becomes, the more expensive it is to maintain, and nearly every platform is growing more complicated. Perhaps the ultimate in needy platforms is the F-35, and it's not even fully deployed yet. Dan Grazier, a fellow at the Project on Government Oversight, took a close look at the requirements in maintenance contracts and found some surprising facts. He shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The biggest civilian federal agency has undergone two years of continuous debate and reform. The Veterans Affairs Department is trying to modernize its support systems, rationalize its real estate, improve its workforce and give its constituents more choice of where they get medical care. Much of this work has involved the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with his take on the VA.
After several years of halting progress in the Defense Department's move to the cloud, 2017 was a year we might eventually look back on as a turning point, when things finally began to speed up. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about some of the key movements in DoD's cloud migration, along with some of the other most-read-about topics for 2017 from our regular feature, the DoD Reporter's Notebook
In the final weeks of 2017, the Postal Service has a chance to shine. Despite its long-term budget crisis, it's still got to deliver millions of packages door-to-door this holiday season. Postal officials say the continued rise in e-commerce this year is boosting their parcel business. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.