Federal Drive with Tom Temin show

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.

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 Recent hurricanes have the Coast Guard rethinking social media's role in rescue and response | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 07:29

Three major hurricanes in three weeks have multiple agencies thinking about how they can improve all aspects of federal rescue and response. The Coast Guard says social media is playing a big role in how it responds to survivors who need help on the ground. And the Homeland Security Department and FEMA opened up a relatively small program to more people for the first time to respond to tough storms. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

 What's in the NDAA contractors need to know about? | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 10:34

The annual Defense authorization bill the Senate passed earlier this month still needs to be reconciled with the House version, once the two chambers and the administration agree on top-line funding levels for the government for the remainder of 2018. But, as usual, the NDAA includes several measures that would affect how the federal government does business with contractors. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about a few provisions worth keeping an eye on.

 AI needs to be implemented carefully | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 07:44

It can help answer questions, draft documents,and perform automated searches. But, like mayonnaise on a sandwich, artificial intelligence will only enhance government service and operations if applied carefully. That's one finding by the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Hila Mehr is an Ash Center fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and works in market development at IBM. She talked about the research on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

 Here's how Congress can reorganize itself | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 14:35

A new report by a bipartisan think tank says after years of cutting its own budget, Congress has left it in a situation where it has too many responsibilities with too few people and two little time to manage them. The conclusions are based on a survey of more than 100 of the people who actually run Capitol Hill: senior congressional staffers. Brad Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the findings, and what Congress can do to rethink the way its organized.

 CIOs' confidence in cloud, new cyber tools helping IT reforms gain traction | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 07:28

Transforming and modernizing agency networks and using the commercial cloud to do so remains a high priority for federal chief information officers. But growing confidence and expectations around the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act or FITARA is what will propel this effort toward success. CIOs are more positive about the impact FITARA will have over the next few years, particularly in giving them more authorities and additional oversight over technology acquisition. These are among the top findings from Federal News Radios seventh annual online survey of federal CIOs deputy CIOs and other federal executives in the IT sector. Executive editor Jason Miller conducted the survey and joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin discuss it.

 FDA speeds up approval of new diabetes treatment | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 09:25

When medical device manufacturer Medtronic developed what amounts to an artificial pancreas, it had the potential to help millions with Type One diabetes. That might have been the easy part, compared to getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Help on that front came, surprisingly, from the FDA itself. For their work in speeding up the approval process, Courtney Lias and Stayce Beck are finalists in this year's Service to America Medals program. Lias, director of the Chemistry and Toxicology Devices division, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

 VA, Interior detail workforce reductions and consolidations under gov't reorganization | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 07:51

Lawmakers looking to move more federal employees out of the Washington, D.C. area might get their wish, and it might not even be that hard. Both the Interior and Veterans Affairs departments said consolidating offices and moving the people who work there to new locations would be a key part of their reorganization plans. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

 IoT introducing new cyber risks, redrawing federal CISO role | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 07:13

Whether at the bottom of your coffeemaker or the inside of a nuclear cooling tower, internet-connected devices are everywhere, and that includes the federal government. With no end in sight for Internet of Things, agencies are benefiting from the range of devices but also added risks. Federal News Radio's Meredith Somers tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin more about what government is doing to manage the IoT.

 Postal IG uncovers mishandling of official time | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 09:21

When union employees want to take time off for political activity, they're allowed to, but only as unscheduled and unpaid leave. The Postal Inspector General found that, in some districts, the practice, while legal, got out of hand because it wasn't managed properly. It had the potential to wreak havoc on both budgets and employees who had to fill in. Charles Turley, deputy assistant inspector general for supply management and Human Resources, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the findings.

 A better approach to SES mobility | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 09:41

Members of the Senior Executive Service know being transferred to a new job or agency goes with that SES status. But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be happy if it you're shipped off. So how can agency political executives use the SES mobility program without ruffling feathers? For a few ideas, Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Jeff Neal, ICF senior vice president and former chief human capital officer of Homeland Security on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

 A better approach to SES mobility | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 09:41

Members of the Senior Executive Service know being transferred to a new job or agency goes with that SES status. But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be happy if it you're shipped off. So how can agency political executives use the SES mobility program without ruffling feathers? For a few ideas, Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Jeff Neal, ICF senior vice president and former chief human capital officer of Homeland Security on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

 Mid-tier contractors face unique hurdles | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 10:10

Small companies have an array of regulations and programs to help them get federal contracts. Big companies have the resources to field large, professional federal capture teams. For contractors in the middle, life can be tougher. Paul Murphy, senior data analyst at Bloomberg Government, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the challenges of mid-tier contractors.

 New whistleblower non-profit looks to raise protections, lower barriers to legal resources | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 07:14

A new resource to help potential whistleblowers has emerged. A group called Whistleblower Aid aims to help government employees, military service members and contractors stay on the right side of the law when they decide to go public about possible wrong-doing. Federal News Radios Meredith Somers fills in the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

 What government reorganization means to the VA, where change is already moving fast | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 18:18

The Veterans Affairs Department is focused on a top to bottom modernization that reaches all parts of the agency. Parts of the department's transformation may not be visible to the veteran population the department services. Greg Giddens is the executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction at VA. In his interview with Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explains how the department is working through a backlog of vacant, underused, outdated or badly deteriorated facilities.

 Evaluating all-of-government response to recent hurricanes | File Type: audio/x-mpeg | Duration: 07:56

Disasters on the scale of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma requires an all-of-government approach. And that's what they got. Tens of thousands of feds from more agencies than you might think are still working around the clock in six states. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, offers an assessment on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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