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 curtain opens on a Congress deeply divided, but you knew that already. Now the question is whether they'll pass a budget for the year starting October 1. At least the the continuing resolution negotiations won't get wrapped around the axle of a new pandemic response bill. The Federal Drive got the outlook from Bloomberg Government congress reporter Jack Fitzpatrick.
The rapid payout programs spawned by the government's coronavirus response legislation has sharpened an old problem. A small but persistent percentage of Americans, entitled to various benefits programs, don't have bank accounts. They're known as the unbanked. Joining the Federal Drive with some possible solutions, former deputy assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy, now with the Brookings Institution, Aaron Klein.
The expansion of people and task thrust on the Small Business Administration in the pandemic response has been well documented. It had to add systems and staff, and design new programs all with everyone teleworking. I was curious about how people communicated among themselves and with industry while all of this was building up. So the Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked the SBA's chief technology officer, Sanjay Gupta.
The Army is taking a fresh look at the IT systems that underpin its financial management. Even though the service has already invested billions of dollars in enterprise resource planning systems, it’s looking toward a future where its business systems are more agile. The work is part of a new partnership between Army financial management and IT officials. To learn more about it, Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu spoke with Greg Garcia, the acting Army CIO, and with Jonathan Moak, the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for financial management. Moak speaks first.
If chief information security officers weren't busy enough, two new policies will stack their plates even higher. The White House released a new cybersecurity policy. And, the Federal Acquisition Security Council dropped a long awaited interim rule. Both aimed at addressing long standing governmentwide challenges. Federal News Network's Jason Miller read through those policies and joined the Federal Drive with analysis of what you need to know and do over the next year.
You could buy a bunch of printers and 3-ring binders, or maybe that branch office Winnebago with your spend-it-or-lose-it money this year. You've got less than a month. Or you could get some real innovation done. That's according to the self-styled government and industry connector company Dcode. Joining the Federal Drive with more, Dcode's chief strategy officer, Meg Vorland.
Last year, when Baltimore's municipal functions basically came to a halt, it highlighted the cybersecurity challenges at the non-federal level. The truth is, the ability and skill in staying cyber safe varies widely across state and local governments. That's the finding of a detailed study by BlueVoyant. Joining the Federal Drive with more, BlueVoyant's head of incident response, and former FBI special agent, Austin Berglas.
Yogi Berra would have gotten it wrong when it comes to the space surrounding earth. It's gotten so popular, people are still flocking there. It raises a serious question. Which federal agency should take charge of space traffic management. Congress couldn't figure it out, so it hired the National Academy of Public Administration. For what it concluded, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to NAPA study fellow, and former NASA administrator, Sean O'Keefe.
Jim Cruse started his career at the Export-Import Bank back in 1970. He's been there ever since. He's responsible for several major policy changes, negotiations and the reauthorization of the bank over the course of five decades. Cruse celebrated his 50th work anniversary with his coworkers last month, virtually, alas. He tells Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko what the bank was like when he first started, and how the agency has changed since.
The Census Bureau is working on a squeezed timeline to wrap up the 2020 count. Senior Census officials told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in closed-door briefings that the bureau has revised its schedule to meet legal December 31 deadline. That's the officials. Census documents warn of serious risks to data quality, if the bureau rushes quality assurance steps. For more on these developments, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman.
My next guest says conflict, instability and political unrest have all become more urban. And also that the Army has not adapted nearly enough to the demands of urban warfare. Even though Army leadership has acknowledged this need. For more, the chief of urban warfare studies at West Point, John Spencer.
Under federal civil forfeiture laws, law enforcement agencies are allowed to seize money and property they come across in the course of their investigations – even if they never file criminal charges. It turns out forfeiture is a fairly big business for the Homeland Security Department. Records the Institute for Justice obtained as part of a lawsuit show DHS agencies seized more than $2 billion in currency at American airports between 2000 and 2016. And in the overwhelming number of cases, the owners of that cash were never even accused of committing a crime. Jennifer McDonald is a senior research associate at the institute. She talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about the findings.
This big department has been working to raise its employee engagement scores since the beginning. With a diverse set of missions, it's workforce has been hit hard, in many ways, by the pandemic. But that hasn't stopped its leadership from continuing to work on keeping people engaged. For the latest, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the Homeland Security Department's chief human capital officer, Angela Bailey.
The government lawyers defending the Pentagon’s JEDI Cloud lawsuit have needed some good news lately. And yesterday, they got it. A federal appeals court ruled in DoD’s favor, roundly rejecting a challenge from Oracle America, one of the cloud providers who’d been excluded from final round of JEDI bidding. That leaves only one federal lawsuit still pending against the multibillion dollar cloud contract. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu has been covering the JEDI legal saga and he joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the latest.
The Army has always been known for being olive green and when it comes to race. It’s always told its soldiers to only see one another in the colors of their fatigues. But the Army is part of the larger society. In light of the recent conversations on race, the Army is realizing that olive-drab gestalt tactic might diminish the lived experiences of some soldiers. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione reports.