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 Senior Executives Association recognized 137 high-performing federal career managers this week with Presidential Rank Awards. The winners steered groundbreaking research made new discoveries modernized their agencies' IT systems, and managed their colleagues during the longest government shutdown in US history. But characteristic of the Senior Executive Service, the award winners didn't take much time to pat themselves on the back, or to think about themselves. They're thinking about the future instead. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Any Defense contractor that can fog a mirror should be paying attention to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. Eventually contractors will have to prove they've got cyber chops under CMMC if they want to keep doing business with the department. DoD is up to the pre-launch version 0.7 of the CMMC. Cybersecurity expert and attorney Bob Metzger joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to share what contractors need to know.
Women veterans sometimes face tougher challenges than men in establishing a solid life outside of the military. Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) helps women establish themselves in a fast-growing and well-paid field. The group brings in industry and academia to provide mentors and opportunities. Founding member Amelia Estwick joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how it all works.
Members of the Foreign Service carry out the State Department's diplomatic mission in foreign outposts across the world. But it’s not just diplomats who do this work. In many cases their spouses, children and other family members help support the mission at overseas posts. In recognition of this work the State Department recently recognized Foreign Service families for their volunteer efforts aboard. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman has the story.
The 19th-century Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich said crowns rest on debt. So do modern democracies. The U.S, with nearly $17 trillion in debt and growing, relies on investors buying Treasury securities. If that sales effort got hung up it would be game over. The Director of Strategic Issues at the Government Accountability Office, Kris Nguyen, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some of the threats to Treasury bond sales.
It seems like everyone in the military is talking about artificial intelligence. The Defense Department has been backing its interest in AI with substantial money. Now the RAND Corporation says the department has yet to provide its Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) with the visibility, authorities and resources it actually needs to ramp up AI across the department. JAIC is supposed to be the epicenter of DoD’s AI strategy. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Danielle Tarraf, senior information scientist at RAND, about the report for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The ninth version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard shows the most compliance progress yet. Three agencies received grades of “A” and most of the subcategory areas saw improvements across the board. In his weekly feature, the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about the fact that, despite the improvements in FITARA scores, some old habits don’t die easily. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
The Defense Department is getting around to implementing something Congress ordered back in 2017. Namely, a new definition of and ways to deal with commercial items. In other words, there is a new proposed procurement rule people need to know about. Holland and Knight partner and procurement attorney Eric Crusius joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio to discuss what it's all about.
Like the little engine that could, the Office of Special Counsel is plowing through an unending stream of whistleblower complaints and other cases. Last year OSC managed to resolve more than 6,000 cases. In an extended in-studio interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Special Counsel Henry Kerner offered a summary of last year's work, and explained how a small budget increase went a long way towards filling vacancies and improving service.
To continue with our series of interviews with a few of this year's Presidential Rank Award winners, one fed has a lot to do with making sure things run properly at the Small Business Administration. The director of the Office of Continuous Operations and Risk Management, Joseph Loddo, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Under a law Congress passed two years ago, the Pentagon is supposed to give losing contractors a lot more details about why their bids weren’t chosen. But according to Amazon Web Services, the Defense Department flat-out ignored that law after it awarded the JEDI Cloud contract to Microsoft. AWS said it asked more than 200 questions and didn’t get a single substantive answer. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu has been talking to legal experts about what that alleged violation might mean for the case, and for the future of the debriefing process. Hear his findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The listings are out this morning — the Best Places to Work in the federal government. Once again NASA ranks number one among large agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security at the bottom. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tops the midsized agencies list while the Education Department lies at the bottom. In anticipation of release of this year's listings, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Max Stier, CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, and Danny Werfel, federal head of The Boston Consulting Group and former federal executive, whose organizations compiled the rankings.
Paychecks for federal employees may look a little larger next year. Congress has agreed to a 3.1% pay raise for civilian federal employees. The raise is part of two major spending bills that are supposed to fund all of government through the end of fiscal 2020. Which also means a shutdown won't occur. Congress is under some tight pressure, though, to get everything done. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest details.
Defense contractors have to keep their eyes and ears open this week. There are new rules for cybersecurity, a new rule on Chinese telecom equipment, and a loaded-up National Defense Authorization Act chock full of contractor provisions. The Executive Vice President and counsel at the Professional Services Council, Alan Chvotkin, joined Federal Drive Tom Temin for a rundown of what's to come.
Cadet Daine Van de Wall graduated from the Army Airborne School and Army Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School. He's a commander and science major at West Point, and now he's about to spend a semester at Oxford University in the U.K. as a Rhodes Scholar en route to earning a master's degree in international relations. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his academic ambitions.