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 problem with finding out you've sent money to ineligible or deceased people is that it's too late. Much of the money can be nonrecoverable. Gary Shiffman, who teaches artificial intelligence at Georgetown University, argues that the right screening applied at the right time would prevent the improper payments in programs like those under the CARES Act. He is founder of Giant Oak search technology, and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s has a new cross-agency priority goal. It's not about changing acquisition rules or processes. Instead, the goal is called frictionless acquisition. Friction causes heat and slowdowns. The initiative aims to change how contracting officers, program managers, and contractors view what it takes to buy a product or service. Federal News Network's Jason Miller discussed the complexity reduction plan in a two part interview with the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Dr. Michael Wooten.
What happens when a new branch of the military is enacted into being? It's got to have a worthy headquarters. And although the new Space Command might be tiny compared to the Army or the Air Force, that hasn't stopped more than half the states from vying to be its new home. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin got more from Bloomberg Government senior reporter Travis Tritten.
Electric cars seem like a great idea, until you consider that someday the batteries will require disposal. You just can't bury them or stack them up somewhere. They're full of toxins and recoverable material. That's why the Argonne National Laboratory has been working on a program to establish a U.S. battery recycling industry. Joining the Federal Drive with a progress report, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's group leader for materials recycling, Jeffery Spangenberger.
The Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership dates back to 1979, when a stagnant and inflationary economy needed everyone's brainpower to rev back up. It still offers management and technical advice to help women establish and grow their own businesses. Now the SBA has a new assistant administrator for women's business ownership. Sery Kim joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
Women-owned small businesses take note, the Small Business Administration is changing the certification process for doing business with the federal government. Following a 2015 mandate from Congress, SBA will end the self-certification process for women-owned small businesses on October 15. This comes after the agency’s inspector general found contract awards were going to vendors that didn’t meet the criteria for the program. Business owners can already submit their applications under the new process. For more on what small businesses should expect, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman spoke with a program manager in SBA Women’s Contracting Office, Alisa Sheard.
The United States is starting to take cyber and cybersecurity more seriously. Some members of Congress think there needs to be a high level position to reflect that. An amendment attached to the House version of the 2021 defense authorization bill would establish a national cyber director in the executive office of the president. The office would have two deputies. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with the author of that provision, Rhode Island Representative Jim Langevin.
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As devices get smarter and the ability to gather and analyze data improves, agencies are increasingly pushing their compute to the network edge. That is, where you sit. If done right, it gives field agents and warfighters access to information they need more quickly. It also lowers the burden on networks. But keeping that data safe requires a new security philosophy focused on the data, rather than network boundaries. Federal News Network’s David Thornton looked into this, and joined the Federal Drive with more.
Federal senior executives have shouldered the day-to-day burden of keeping their agencies operating. They've ensured employees have the technology and protective products they need, and that mission delivery didn't get interrupted. So what is the thanks they get? Cancellation of the Presidential Rank Awards that go yearly to 1% of them. This doesn't sit well with American University management professor and Federal Drive with Tom Temin guest Bob Tobias.
A team of Department of Homeland Security and IRS criminal investigators worked for months to find the source of a child pornography enterprise on the dark web. The work resulted in the rescue of 25 children and the arrest of the site administrator. Team members are finalists in this year's Service to America Medals program. One of them, Homeland Security Investigations criminal analyst Kimberly Reece, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share her story.
There’s no telling when the Defense Department might finally have its JEDI Cloud up and running, but the Army’s not waiting. Service IT leaders said they’re building cloud architectures that can reach from the office to the tactical edge. And that sort of infrastructure is also prompting big changes to how the Army buys and develops software. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.