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 Navy got a lesson in procurement when it set out to buy weapons with scopes for use by special forces. The winning, low-priced bidder was then asked to substitute a crucial part with a more expensive one. That led to a messy protest. Federal Drive with Tom Temin got the details from procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell.
In 2020 the Pentagon will follow a new policy for what it calls middle tier acquisition for rapid prototyping and rapid fielding. The law authorizing it dates to 2015. But the final rule only came out New Year's Eve. It gives more authority over bigger acquisitions to the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment, and takes it away from the armed services. For one view of what this might mean, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to federal sales and marketing consultant Larry Allen.
The Air Force has run three separate bug bounties so far to test the cybersecurity of its IT systems. And while they’ve managed to find hundreds of vulnerabilities already, the service wants to take the bounty approach much farther. That includes inviting hackers to probe for weaknesses in its IT supply chain, and its satellites. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A recent Government Accountability Office report pointed out 32 cases of federal contractors using shell companies to hide work being done by foreign companies. It's an old problem and with some recommendations for how to get past it, Project on Government Oversight investigator Neil Gordon joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Federal News Network devotes a lot of coverage to IT modernization, one of the most expensive and important management initiative in the government. Federal Drive with Tom Temin's host wrote a column this week on efforts by the IRS to replace the very old code in its individual master file system. Executive Editor Jason Miller, the in-house point man on IT, joined Temin for a discussion.
In a follow-up to President Donald Trump’s executive order on artificial intelligence, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has released what it describes as a first-of-its-kind set of principles that agencies must meet when drafting AI regulations. The policy is binding. And it builds on work the defense and national security communities have put into their own recommendations on AI ethics. But administration officials have cautioned agencies not to over-regulate AI research and develop. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
The U.S. now has a Space Force. Assets are already moving over from the Air Force. For a look at what steps the Defense Department must take to ensure success of the Space Force, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the Associate Director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Kaitlyn Johnson.
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.