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.
NASA is preparing for the next round of space technologies, everything from more reliable circuit boards to space propulsion systems. It's using a special contracting system known as non-reimbursable space act agreements. Steve Jurczyk, NASA's associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
You might not think of the Army Corps of Engineers as first responders. But the Corps was part of the all-of-government response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general and chief of engineers, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Air Force top commanders say they're looking for more ways to move decision-making authority away from headquarters, from themselves, and give more of it to local commanders. A new policy set for release in the coming days will let squadron commanders make their own calls about, for instance, how much rest their pilots need. Federal News Radios Jared Serbu has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Nearly 40,000 federal employees responding in one way or another to the recent hurricane disasters. With the waters receding, an old problem has popped back into view. Namely, what to do about the federal flood insurance program that was billions in the red before Harvey and Irma. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the latest storm brewing on Capitol Hill.
Political appointees often think about their next job while deep into working for the government. That's understandable. They serve at the pleasure of the president, and usually for only two or three years. But a half dozen Interior Department appointees were negotiating private sector jobs toward the end of the Obama administration. They recused themselves from important policy deliberations. Kevin Bogardus, a reporter with E&E News, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
With opioids driving up drug overdose death rates, military health practitioners are joining in the battle. West Virginia is one of the states hit the hardest by opioid deaths. Now the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services and West Virginia University are teaming up to take on opioid addiction. Dr. Chester Buckenmaier, professor at the Uniformed Services University and a retired Army colonel, provides details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A big piece of the Defense Department's critical infrastructure is in critical condition. Critically bad. It's the four Navy-owned yards where the Navy does maintenance of its fleet. The physical condition of these yards keeps worsening, so the repair tab keeps rising. Federal Drive with Tom Temin learns more from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.
If the departments of State, Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development are any indication, federal technology offices are in store for major shakeups over the next year. The shakeups are coming from the Trump administrations mandated reform plans. Details of the changes are still incomplete, but the trend is clear. Agencies want to reduce the back-office duplication of both people and services and centralize the oversight of these functions. In his weekly feature, the Reporters Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about why federal chief information officers are at the center of this reorg storm. He shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The General Services Administration hasn't got a confirmed administrator, but at least there's a nominee. Emily Murphy has a strong background in acquisition and GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. But there's a lot more to GSA than that, like cars, trucks and buildings. Long-time GSA watcher Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
World War I doesn't always conjure up images of naval battles. But late in the war in 1918, the U.S. Navy cruiser San Diego sank just off the coast of New York. Now Navy historians plan to survey the wreck. They hope to resolve the question of whether it was torpedoed by a German submarine. Alexis Catsambis, archeologist with the Naval History and Heritage Command, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Recreational fishermen at resorts in Minnesota sometimes cross a nice lake and end up in Canada. That triggers security checks by Customs and Border Protection when they head back to their resort. Now CBP is testing a program to let anglers use a mobile app to communicate with the agency, saving everyone time and travel. Michele James, director of field operations from CBP's Seattle office, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency says its short on expertise when it comes to the latest technologies in artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms. But one thing it does have is data. Lots of it. As Federal News Radios Jared Serbu tells Federal drive with Tom Temin the agency is looking for ways to trade one for the other.
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is rarely shy about defense issues. As the House waits for the Senate to crank through work on the 2018 defense authorization bill, Smith talks with Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione about the possibility of base realignment and closure, defense funding, and what else might lie ahead.
The United States' nuclear arsenal is big, but it's also old. Maintaining it is partly the responsibility of the National Nuclear Security Administration. NNSA has plans to build a new uranium processing facility and refurbish the existing ones. The plans have missing pieces, according to the Government Accountability Office. Joining me with more, David Trimble, director of natural resources and environment issues at the GAO.
Military planners are hard at work on what they say are badly needed upgrades to the nation's aging nuclear arsenal. A new bomber, new submarines and new intercontinental ballistic missiles - all under development contracts. Still undecided is whether the U.S. will develop a new air-launched cruise missile. For more on that program, we turn to Mark Gunzinger, analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.