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.
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.
The identity of the whistleblower that led to the impeachment proceedings has been kept secret all along. But is that kosher? Don't whistleblowers subject themselves to retaliation because the bosses know who they are? To help sort out the facts about whistleblowing, attorney Stephen Kohn of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
In 2019, much of the federal technology and acquisition news contained four-letter words — JEDI, DEOS and C-M-M-C. The sometimes thrilling, sometimes nearly unbelievable narrative that surrounded these and many other topics came out loud and clear in our coverage and interviews over the last 12 months. Federal News Network’s Jason Miller sat down with Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the federal IT and acquisition year that was, and what to expect in 2020.
When it comes to government efforts to protect elections and promote democracy in the U.S., the past decade has been an eventful one. Advocates for voting rights and reform saw some advances but also some major setbacks. The staff at The Fulcrum has been compiling a list of the top ten most consequential stories for American democracy. Get a link the list at www.federalnewsnetwork.com/federaldrive. David Hawkings, The Fulcrum’s editor in chief, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it.
The new paid parental leave program for federal employees has been praised as a major win for the federal workforce. Lawmakers agreed to include the new benefit in this year's massive defense policy bill. Federal employees would have access to 12 weeks of paid parental leave starting in October 2020. But turns out not *all* federal employees are covered. Tens of thousands of air traffic controllers are among those who technically don't have access yet to this new benefit. Trish Gilbert is the executive vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. She spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko.
Marijuana, Space Force and JEDI. It sounds more like the description of a Pink Floyd album than some of the top military stories going into 2020. Those issues are among the ones that lit up our website and got people talking. More important, they also have big implications for the year to come. Federal news Network’s Scott Maucione joined Tom for a roundup of a few of the year’s most salient topics.
As the government's construction manager, the General Services Administration does a decent job of meeting cost and schedules for new buildings and remodeling projects. But it fails to make note of when the costs or schedules are revised from the original. It's called re-baselining, and it means the project will take longer or cost more. For more, we turn to the director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office, Lori Rectanus.
DISA, cybersecurity and non-CIOs talking tech seemed to draw the interest of Federal News Network listeners and readers in 2019 on the Ask the CIO show.
2019 was a tumultuous year for the federal workforce. It started with a 35-day government shutdown, the longest in history. And it ends with a surprise day off, the largest pay raise in a decade and a brand new benefit for federal employees. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined the show to talk about the past year for the federal workforce. She says this year was defined by mixed messages on everything from telework to agency reorganizations.