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 pandemic, thanks to reduced car, truck, and airplane traffic, has brought birds back into people's lives. You can hear them so much more throughout the day. It also coincides with the 100 year anniversary of a federal activity aimed at tracking and better understanding birds. Bird banding, putting those little tiny bracelets on their feet. Joining the Federal Drive with how they're celebrating, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. Jennifer Malpass.
House bill looks to carry forward recommendations from Cyberspace Solarium Commission
Coast Guard taking a fresh approach to boost diversity and inclusion
Longtime Air Force IT leader now in the private sector
Tips for the next administration, whomever is running it
Army says junior leaders are not handling sexual harassment correctly
Pandemic pushed Treasury Department to faster IT modernization
With so much new technology coming into the armed services, and with half the world it seems catching up to the U.S. military, maybe a little transformation might be needed. For how it might look, the Hudson Institute has launched what it calls the new Center for Defense Concepts and Technology. For what it's looking at and why, the Federal Drive turned to Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Bryan Clark.
Back in March, Washington attorney Heidi Burakiewicz filed a class action suit to get hazardous duty pay for federal employees exposed to a virulent biologic. COVID-19, that is. Now the case has gained more plaintiffs. For an update, Ms. Burakiewicz joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Each year tens of thousands of Americans volunteer to help communities through the Corporation for National and Community Service, the CNCS. The whole idea got a boost recently with the release to Congress a comprehensive plan from the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. And by the pandemic. For the recent trends in community service and where it needs to go, the Federal Drive turned to the CNCS chief executive, Barbara Stewart.
The good-government groups pushing out a series of recommendations to Congress and the administration on the future of the federal workforce. They say federal human capital needs some serious attention. The latest comes from familiar faces and organizations, including the Senior Executives Association. Some recommendations on federal hiring and recruitment you've heard before. But now they're suggesting an overhaul to the Office of Personnel Management. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined the Federal Drive to walk us through the recommendations.
Military medicine has gone through continual evolution over the decades. Coronavirus, just as surely as any armed conflict, is changing the way military doctors are looking at medical care. Leaders at the Defense Health Agency say COVID-19 is forcing caregivers to innovate and treat the pandemic like a war. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione reports.
To support its domestic duties, the Coast Guard has a database of some 700,000 boats. The Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement system works okay as far as it goes, but it's got issues. For what those are and why the Coast Guard needs to fix them, we turn to a director on the Homeland Security and Justice team at the Government Accountability Office, Nathan Anderson.
Few lists get as much attention as the list of high risk federal programs published by the Government Accountability Office every two years. For several cycles the high risk list has been headed by my next guest. For his work he's also a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. We welcome back a regular Federal Drive guest, and now awardee, the GAO's managing director for strategic issues, Chris Mihm.
Last month the White House issued an executive order, 13-392, to curb what President Trump believes is over-reliance on credentials in federal hiring. And not enough emphasis on skills and merit. As is often the case, it's up to the Office of Personnel Management to figure out how to implement the order. Joining me with what they're thinking, acting OPM director Michael Rigas.