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.
Looking down at the barrel of Labor Day, it's hard to believe that all of this has been going on since early March Agencies have adapted well to the requirements for more or less permanent teleworking. But all of the remote desktops and virtual private networks can't alleviate one growing problem: Loneliness. As it was, more than half of all professionals responding to a survey by the Blind network said they dread going to work when they wake up in the morning. So what can agency managers do to help? American University Professor Bob Tobias had a few ideas on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Brent Scowcroft, one of the most significant figures in US national security policy in the past half century, died this month at the age of 95. The retired Air Force general played vital roles in the national security landscape over the course of decades of public service, but probably none so much as how he defined the role of the National Security Council and successful management of the interagency process. Jeffrey Lightfoot is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a co-author of one of the many remembrances that have emerged about Gen. Scowcroft in recent weeks. He talked about his legacy with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has always been known for its high degree of telework. For years its patent examiners have worked from wherever they needed. In an interview with USPTO Director Andrei Iancu he explained to Federal Drive with Tom Temin how the telework experience helped in the pandemic when everyone was forced home. But first, Temin asked him about worldwide intellectual property cooperation.
The Federal Aviation Administration runs all air traffic control services in the United States - you knew that. But under the radar its financial management office keeps the agency's major contracts and capital investments running smoothly. That's what led the Association of Government Accountants to recognize the FAA with a certificate of excellence in accountability reporting awardm with a first-of-its-kind "value added distinction." For more on the award and the evolving role of financial management at the FAA, Federal News Network's Jory Heckman spoke with the director of the FAA's Office of Financial Managament Allison Ritman on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
It’s no surprise that an overwhelming share of the Pentagon’s prime contracts are with American firms. In recent years, DoD has been paying more attention to the soundness of those companies’ suppliers. A new analysis by Govini – based in part on work the company has been doing for DoD – finds the department has a tough road ahead when it comes to deciding which parts of the supply chain to invest in. Tara Murphy Daugherty is Govini’s CEO. She talked with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu about the analysis, which looked at the supply base of more than a thousand of DoD’s Tier 1 vendors.
For the National Guard, as for so many organizations, much is virtual these days. Like the charitable 5K race it's sponsoring and its upcoming general conference with all of the armed services chiefs. But the Guard's mission remains real enough. For an update, we turn to the president of the National Guard Association of the United States, retired Army National Guard Brigadier General J. Roy Robinson.
The nature of work has been changing for a long time, thanks in part to constantly improving remote and other technologies. Including online collaboration software. Now the pandemic has changed how government employees and their managers think about telework. For one example, we turn to the top guy at the Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Bill Bryan.
In spite of a global pandemic, or maybe because of it, now is good time to think about your career and the next steps you might need to take to get there. That's the message some agencies are telling their employees during the last several months. The pandemic and virtual environment is changing the way some think about training and development opportunities for the federal workforce. And in many cases it means more people now can participate from anywhere. More from Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko.
Some people said it would never happen in the Defense Department, but the Air Force is getting ready to let its users connect their personal mobile devices to military networks. The project has been in the works since long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has dramatically increased demand for people to connect from their own phones. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu has more on the Air Force’s BYOD strategy.
If at first you don't succeed, protest, protest again. That's the twist on the old rhyme one 8(a) contractor used to overturn a bitterly contested contract from the State Department. For lessons learned from a nasty case, we turn to D.C. procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell.
A major breakthrough in treating a genetic disorder can be credited to our next guest. Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that affects more than 20 million people worldwide. Federal News Network's Eric White spoke to one of the scientists at the National Institutes of Health conducting research on sickle cell. They've recently had a breakthrough. Dr. John Tisdale is a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is defending his plan to cut extra and late trips between mail processing facilities and local post offices. He tried to assure House and Senate committees the agency has the capacity to deliver mail-in ballots on-time. But he also blamed Congress’s inaction on long term postal issues as the reasons these cuts are necessary in the first place. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joins me to analyze the latest.
Nearly a decade in the making, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy is ready to launch a new IT vendor management office. The idea it to provide "acquisition intelligence" to agencies buying technology using governmentwide acquisition contracts. For his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller got a hold of a briefing document explaining the IT-VMO concept. Jason joins me now with details.
The Army often helps civilian authorities with disaster relief. But sometimes, soldiers and their families are impactedby those very disasters such as hurricanes. Help is available. For details, at the start of what promises to be a busy hurricane season, the director of Army Emergency Relief, Raymond Mason.
The explosion in Beirut was a reminder that chemicals essential to life and the economy must be stored, handled and processed safely. Chemical accidents in the United States also occur often resulting in the loss of life. The U. S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board the small federal agency that investigates chemical accidents and makes recommendations at the moment has only one of five statutory members. Joining the show with why this needs to be rectified, the President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, Chris Jahn.