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.
Let’s just get it out of the way — agency contracting officers and other acquisition professionals, your job isn’t getting any easier, any time soon. Before you say, "Thanks for nothing," the National Contract Management Association believes there is plenty of light at the end of the tunnel. Kraig Conrad, CEO of association, told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller about why a new survey of federal acquisition professionals should give you some hope. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The skies are becoming more and more jammed with commercial satellites gathering data for every imaginable reason, including weather. It's no longer the exclusive domain of the federal government. For more on how that might affect strategy for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the agency's deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems Karen St. Germain.
The Defense Department has been using mid-tier acquisition since 2016, but guidelines on this not-widely-understood contracting method have been a little murky. DoD was supposed to deliver guidance on the issue four years ago. It only took them until this past Christmas Eve to actually follow through. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what’s in the guidance and why it took so long.
Can Congress do the seemingly impossible, such as getting 2021 appropriations bills done before the end of the current fiscal year? And will agencies spend the money that's been appropriated? And how will industry deal with the end of budget growth for the Defense Department? Those are some of the questions contractors are asking now that fiscal 2020 is finally underway. For more, the president and CEO of the Professional Services Council David Berteau spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Agencies throughout the world are gradually installing new air traffic control systems. Like the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Gen, these systems are turning the air space and the planes in them into one big digital network. And that means an emerging cybersecurity threat. The Atlantic Council has studied this issue. Senior fellow Pete Cooper joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for discussion on what FAA and its counterparts need to do.
As they return to Capitol Hill this week, members of Congress have little time to rest. Even after having gotten a budget for 2020 completed, and the House wrapping up its impeachment gambit, you might say the fun is just beginning. Bloomberg Government editorial director Loren Duggan had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Federal agencies face a slew of New Year’s resolutions in 2020 now that the Trump administration has finalized its Federal Data Strategy. After receiving hundreds of public comments on a draft version, the strategy now includes 20 action items for agencies to complete over the next year. In the long term, the Federal Data Strategy also provides a roadmap for how agency chief data officers will coordinate with each other. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Results from the most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey showed that less than half of federal employees are satisfied with their senior leadership. Now a privately-conducted survey shows that only 55% of federal employees say policies align with core values. What does it all mean? Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the president and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting, Melissa Jezior, for an in-studio interview.
Not many people go there, outside of the Alaskans that live nearby. But the Arctic region is of vital interest to the U.S. Since 1984, the U.S. Arctic Research Commission has been studying the area, coming up with research priorities for the region. Now the Commission's executive director has received a Presidential Rank Award. The awardee in question John Farrell, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about it.
When 45% of a workforce thinks senior leadership is ineffective, one might say there's room for improvement. That's what the most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey showed, and to Bob Tobias that means it's time to fix it. He is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
You've heard the adage, "How many networks are there in the world?" Answer: Just one. If that's the case it stands to reason that whatever cybersecurity help the U.S. can give smaller nations will benefit the cyber posture of the U.S. That's why the State Department is supporting an effort to provide that help. It enlisted the MITRE Corporation to help foreign governments assess their own cybersecurity. MITRE's lead in cyber capacity building, Johanna Vazzana, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio for more on how it works.
The expansion of the so-called C-suite in federal agencies — chief risk officers, chief acquisition officers, chief data officers — has led some chief financial officers to rethink their own duties. That’s one conclusion from Grant Thornton and the Association of Government Accountants’ survey of more than 200 CFOs. Jay Hurt, a managing director of Grant Thornton’s public sector advisory practice, told Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman what else is on the CFOs' minds. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In developing its budget requests, the Defense Department has been trying to reallocate its money to better match its strategy. Namely, to be prepared to take on China and Russia. But the delay in final budget approvals can take a toll on planning and on carrying out plans. Data analysts at Govini have been looking at this issue. Govini Senior Vice President Jim Mitre joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share some insights.
Besides that pay raise, there's a lot more in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that should please Defense Department civilian employees — in particular on the training opportunities and sheer numbers fronts. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu did some digging into the bill, and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details on what you need to know.
After several years, a consortium of agencies has been working on FedRAMP, a program to certify cybersecurity of cloud computing services providers. The idea is, if a service has a FedRAMP seal, then every agency doesn't have to test that service itself. But a recent look-see by the Government Accountability Office found that many agencies don't use FedRAMP when hooking up with cloud providers. For more, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to GAO's director of information security issues, Gregory Wilshusen.