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 House Armed Services Committee has marked up its 2021 version of the defense authorization bill. If you’re a defense contractor, don’t expect any more money from the government for coronavirus relief. Also, there’s a big battle that may already be brewing between the Senate and House on the Defense Department’s chief management officer position. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione has the latest.
If it changed anything, the pandemic changed the way people in bureaus, agencies and departments communicate with one another. You may think you're doing a great job, but you've got a lot of boxes to check. That's according to our guest, long time staff management relations expert Bob Tobias.
In some ways, Bloomberg Government's annual report on the 200 largest federal contractors contains few surprises. But a deeper reading reveals a few trends you might not be aware of. For some insight, we turn to B-GOV director of government contracts, Dan Snyder
A month into the annual Feds Feed Families Food Drive, Federal Drive with Tom Temin decided to check back with it's national chair, Lavinia Panizo. She works on this vital program in between doing her day job at the Agriculture Department. So far, about 2,000 feds have donated more than 2 million pounds of food.
You might say efforts to reopen federal buildings and offices has been, shall we say, problematic? Uneven? Uncertain? Well somebody had to organize all of the considerations and best practices for getting back to the sanitized water cooler and wiped-down communal coffee pot, the Government Accountability Office. With highlights, the managing director for strategic issues, Chris Mihm.
The president signed a new executive order late last week designed to improve, you guessed it, the federal hiring process. The EO encourages agencies to prioritize a job applicant's skills over their degree. And it instructs the Office of Personnel Management to review and revise outdated job classification standards. This isn't the first time an administration has used an executive order to try to improve federal hiring. But this one might be different. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined me with more.
Only a tiny portion of the more than 5,000 banks and financial institutions in the United States are owned by minorities. Only 149, to be exact. But a Mentor Protégé program launched by Treasury a couple of years back has helped keep those banks in minority hands while strengthening their finances. My guest has earned a finalist slot in the Service to America Medals program this year for his work in the program. He's the assistant commissioner for revenue collections management at the Treasury Department, Corvelli McDaniel.
The firings and shufflings of inspectors general that have occurred recently in the Trump administration have worried a related community. Namely, the whistleblowers and those who advocate on their behalf. For a take on the temperature, I checked in with the executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center, John Kostyack.
The IRS and Treasury Department rushed to get pandemic payments out to the public in the weeks after Congress passed the CARES Act. But they also sent more than a million payments to people who died. IRS officials told the Government Accountability Office the agency didn’t have the legal authority to deny payments to people who filed recent tax returns but in doing so paid out more than a billion dollars to the deceased. That’s led Congress looking at ways to get agencies sharing death data. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman has more.
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