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.
After brewing for more than a year, the rules for the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification are out. The industry is coming to grips with this new requirement, that if you're in the DOD supply chain you've got to demonstrate to a third-party judge, of sorts, that you have a modicum of cybersecurity chops. Joining the Federal Drive with a summary, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo.
Every year, it seems, people become more dependent on battery power. Even the Defense Department is looking into electric field vehicles. Now the Defense, State, and Energy Departments have launched a consortium. They want to work together to help advance battery technology. Joining the Federal Drive with the details, the acting director of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office at the Energy Department, Dave Howell.
Incoming presidential administrations have no dearth of advice. The American Council for Technology Industry Advisory Group, better known as ACT-IAC, wants the next administration to take advantage of data-driven technology innovations to take government service delivery to the next level. It's published what it calls Agenda 2021 detailing these ideas. For more, the Federal Drive turned to ACT-IAC CEO Dave Wennergren, and the leaders of its Presidential Election Project, the Mitre Corporation's Jim Cook.
The last few years of increases to the Defense budget have been, in general, good news for contractors. But even though contract spending is way up, it’s an uneven picture. In particular, Pentagon spending on research and development still hasn’t fully recovered, according to a new analysis of DoD contracts. Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu has details.
A Postal Service audit finds recent operational changes at the agency caused mail delays. The inspector general found USPS regions were short-staffed with sick leave taken during the pandemic. USPS is defending these changes in a dozen federal lawsuits. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman has more.
The pandemic is accelerating customer experience initiatives at many agencies. The Department of Veterans Affairs has long been a leader in CX. And now it's preparing to share some of the lessons it's learned in recent years with other agencies. It's also taking the lead on a CX hiring initiative. The Education Department and Small Business Administration have emerged from the pandemic with a few lessons to share too. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
If you extend the current fiscal and economic trend lines, by 2040 the United States will be in no way the leading nation much less the only real superpower. David Walker postulates that we may not be a superpower at all. He's published a book laying it all in detail. The former comptroller general joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more.
The Open Government Data Act calls on federal agencies to make their data available to the public, and for the Office of Management and Budget to keep track of these activities and report on them. Some of it is happening, some isn't. For an update, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to Michelle Sager, the director of Strategic Issues at the Government Accountability Office.
Defense contractors should pay close attention to a couple of days-old developments. First, a long-needed update to the rule concerning payments to contractors who can't get into DoD facilities because of the coronavirus. Second, how the Pentagon spent its pandemic stimulus money - that's about to come into the crosshairs of the Defense inspector general. For commentary, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to Alan Chvotkin, the executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council.
Defense issues have been largely out of the mainstream discussions during this year's presidential election cycle. With the exception of a few overseas concerns, military issues have been largely absent from the presidential lexicon this year. However, the main candidates do have defense-related platforms planks. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to un-nail them.
You might have noticed that federal agencies are mostly stuck between phases one and two of a hoped-for return to regular work locations. The return seems stuck in neutral. And that's got agencies, and their contractors, starting to ask: What exactly is the future of federal work. Professional services contractor SAIC surveyed people across government to get a feel for what they're thinking. For some of the results, the Federal Drive spoke to SAIC's digital strategy vice president, Mark Forman.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is trying to see circles. That is, it wants satellites to have the ability to identify circles. If you think that sounds easy, you're missing a major challenge for artificial intelligence in the geospatial world. Joining the Federal Drive with details of a challenge competition and why it matters, the NGA's GEOINT capabilities integration officer, Jack Brandy.
Go ahead, take that commercial airplane flight. No less than DARPA and U.S. Transportation Command have concluded, the inside of a plane is one of the least likely places you'll catch coronavirus. That's one finding reported in this week's DOD Reporter's Notebook. Reporters Scott Maucione and Jared Serbu joined the Federal Drive with this and other news.
Customer experience from government agencies has a long way to go. That's the principal finding in the latest survey by Forrester Research. It found CX has improved slightly, but it still lags behind the best of the private sector. For more, the Federal Drive spoke with Forrester vice president and principal analyst, Rick Parrish.
Federal supply chain security has become a front-and-center issue for both defense and civilian agencies. But how to get around such a big requirement? One group is helping. The Federal Acquisition Security Council's has a strategy encompassing more than a dozen strategic activities. The Council hopes to bring all the disparate supply chain risk management efforts together. For his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller got a hold of the Council strategy. Jason joins me now with what he found out.