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.
Today's vote, in reality the vote that's been going on for weeks and may continue longer for weeks, will have big consequences for nearly every segment of the economy. Including federal contractors and the rules they and the government operate under. For what contractors are hoping for from the next administration, the Federal Drive turned to the president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, David Berteau.
Among the many voices pushing for continuous improvement in public administration and public service, the National Academy of Public Administration has published a long list of ideas for the administration that begins this coming January. For what she and the organization are hoping for, NAPA president and CEO Terry Gerton.
Just how big is the Federal Government. If you count contractors and grantees, it ranges from nine million people to more than 11 million. Writing for the Brookings Institution, my next guest says the next president will have an opportunity to improve the balance of the blended workforce. Brookings nonresident senior fellow Paul Light joined the Federal Drive to discuss.
The Office of Personnel Management days ago told its workforce... the administration's proposed merger with the General Services Administration is off. The news is welcome to members of Congress and employee organizations who are critical of the O-P-M-G-S-A merger. But lawmakers say... they have bigger concerns now about the agency. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joins me now to explain.
Two story lines you should be following in federal acquisition: The CIA’s next-generation cloud contract seems ready for primetime. And, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s runs a governmentwide shared service, that's now facing its first big challenge. In his weekly Reporter's notebook, Executive editor Jason Miller breaks the news about the CIA's multi-billion cloud contract award.
Like a paper mache ghost swinging from a branch, Congress is pretty much going nowhere in the next couple of weeks. You might say nothing good or bad can happen. But there is the question of the budget. And the National Defense Authorization Act. For what's immediately ahead, the Federal Drive turned to Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has channeled millions of dollars in fraud settlements to corporate whistleblowers who singled out wrongdoing in the first place. But proposed rule changes would limit those payouts, seeming to disincentivize the very whistleblowers the SEC relies on. For insight into what's going on, the Federal Drive turn to Steptoe and Johnson law firm partner, and co-chair of its financial services group, Stacie Hartman.
Despite its reputation for operating old systems, the IRS is also a leader in new technology deployment and modernization. In conjunction with the non-profit Advanced Technology Academic Research Center, or ATARC, the IRS recently hosted a Technology Day to describe how they're updating systems and business operations. The Federal Drive spoke with the co-director of the Enterprise Digitalization and Case Management Office, Harrison Smith, and the IRS chief procurement officer, Shanna Webbers.
Agencies early in the coronavirus pandemic scrambled to scale up their IT systems to handle mass telework and the secure access it required. Now November has arrived, and the National Institutes of Health is working just fine with about 20% of its workforce coming into the office. For a progress report, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman spoke with the agency’s manager of identity and access management services, Jeff Erikson.
Coronavirus has thrown a wrench into everybody's plans. The Army is no exception. Still, the Army was able to reach its end strength goals for 2020, after a few hiccups and some revisements. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the Army’s new normal in training and recruiting.
Ever since the first magnetometers in the 1970s, airport authorities have sought better ways to see if people are hiding weapons or contraband. In recent years the old methods have give way to imaging. Now the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is working with the Transportation Security Administration to perfect imaging systems passengers can simply walk right through, potentially eliminating lines, scanners and pat-downs. Here with more on the technology, physics lab program manager Chris Thompson, and lead engineer Shayne Gerber.
The Defense Department's data strategy, release just a few weeks ago, says improving data management will help it fight and win wars. It says artificial intelligence will become an important component of data-fueled, digital modernization. Joining the Federal Drive with an assessment, the CEO of data analysis company Govini, Tara Murphy Dougherty.
They're smart. They're idealistic. They want to help. But they've only got a year. They're the latest class of Presidential Innovation Fellows, nearly three dozen technology practitioners and entrepreneurs just assigned to agencies across the government to help with modernizing and deploying new digital services. Joining the Federal Drive with more about the program, its executive director Josh Di Frances.
Most agencies will happily tell you how their organizations successfully pivoted to telework during the pandemic. The vast majority of the federal workforce has been teleworking since March. And there's no end in sight. Now some agencies are embracing the next frontier of remote work. They're starting to consider new hires who can work remotely from anywhere. And they see plenty of benefits to this new kind of recruiting approach. More from Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko.
Soldiers and Army civilians duked it out this week to make their inventions the winner of the Dragon Innovation Challenge. The contest worked much like the famous TV show Shark Tank. Contestants submitted innovations that could improve Army ranges and land use. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with the winner of the challenge, Maj. Evan Adams, and one of the panelists, Master Sgt. Roy Smith.