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.
VA, HHS, SBA among biggest winners in $92B IT budget request for 2021
After a long argument, Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs opted to grant benefits to Navy veterans whose ship duties during the Vietnam War might have exposed them to agent orange. The job of administering benefits fell to the Veterans Benefits Administration. Paul Lawrence, VA undersecretary for veterans benefits, visited the studios of Federal Drive with Tom Temin earlier in person to explain a program that got underway last month.
The national security and intelligence communities had a particularly tough year in 2019 with a growing number of indictments, arrests and convictions of security-clearance holders. They also experienced a rise in the theft of intellectual property and trade secrets. In response to these trends, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will release a new counterintelligence strategy this week that it says takes a long-term approach to insider threats and nation-state threats. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman had more on what’s in that strategy, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Space Force wants to make sure HR is solidified before transferring troops over
One of the priorities of the shiny new Space Force is making sure its employees get paid. Right now there is just one singular member of the new service, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond. That will change soon. Some 16,000 service members and civilians will eventually transfer to the Space Force which wants to make sure it gets its basic HR right. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest on plans at the Space Force.
After a long argument, Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs opted to grant benefits to Navy veterans whose ship duties during the Vietnam War might have exposed them to agent orange. The job of administering benefits fell to the Veterans Benefits Administration. Paul Lawrence, VA undersecretary for veterans benefits, visited the Federal Drive with Tom Temin studios earlier in person to explain a program that got underway last month.
Stuck contract negotiations and now a proposed rule change for disability appeal processing have widened the wedge between the Social Security Administration and its administrative law judges. The president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, Melissa McIntosh, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest developments.
The fight might be over, but not the bleeding. The House showed signs of settling down. It passed a minor bill having to do with cloud computing. With more of what to expect between now and the next recess, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to long-time Congress watcher and The Fulcrum editor in chief David Hawkings.
A bill from Washington, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) would affirm due process rights for federal employees in noncritical but sensitive positions. A recent court decision known as Kaplan v. Conyers held that such employees are not entitled to an independent review of decisions removing them from their jobs on grounds of ineligibility. To explain the bill and what's going on, Norton joined spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The 2021 budget the Pentagon rolls out next week will include about $5.7 billion in savings, the result of a recent review of DoD’s so-called “fourth estate.” Details on exactly what’s being cut are still to come. But the department said it’s just the beginning. Top brass said they'll continue to scour Defense organizations for funds that can be reallocated to the National Defense Strategy. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what is known so far, and what’s still to come in the review process.
The U.S. and Mexico are so closely intertwined economically that it makes sense for their intellectual property systems to harmonize more closely. That's the thinking behind a new work-sharing agreement between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property, or Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial. The director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
You can hardly swing a cat at L'Enfant Plaza or the Pentagon metro without hitting somebody talking about artificial intelligence. Everyone seems to know it's important and that the government needs more research. Well now there's a White House AI strategy. Lynne Parker, deputy U.S. chief technology officer and assistant director for Artificial Intelligence at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide a picture of the research spending plans and priorities for artificial intelligence.
As reported earlier, another top executive is out from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary Robert Wilkie earlier this week fired James Byrne, the deputy secretary. Wilkie said he had lost confidence in Byrne, and he just didn't "gel" with the team. Or as Henry Ford II said of Lee Iaccocca, sometimes you just don't like someone. But Wilkie said it's business as usual at VA, and Byrne's departure has no impact on all the big projects that are ongoing at the department. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Trump administration met its first goal under its Federal Data Strategy last week, putting together a government-wide Chief Data Officers Council. The first thing members found out? They've got plenty of work for themselves in the year ahead. Besides 20 short-term goals with rolling deadlines through 2020, the council will also tackle long-term issues like data privacy and the workforce. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman has the latest.
In 2018, a first-of-its-kind report from the Pentagon showed some worrisome signs about the health of the Defense industrial base. But that report was a snapshot in time. And the National Defense Industrial Association thinks policymakers need a more regular deep-dive to understand where things really stand. NDIA released its first annual report yesterday. As Federal News Netowrk's Jared Serbu reports, it gives the industrial base a gentlemanly “C” grade.