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.
It sometimes seems like the offices of inspector generals operate in reactive mode — springing into action only when something goes wrong or a whistleblower sounds off. In reality, many of them work according to carefully worked out plans. A case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA IG just released a strategic plan for 2019 through 2023. Kellie Walker, director for business analysis and results at the EPA IG office of management, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to discuss the highlights.
The last US veteran of World War I died back in 2011. Yet, a century after the Great War the actions of Frank Buckles and his counterparts still inform American culture and policy. This past weekend marked progress in a long-awaited new memorial near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Chris Isleib, public affairs director for the World War One Centennial Commission, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an update.
The Defense Department is chomping at the bit to speed up its procurement process. It’s one way to stay ahead of Russia and China, the new near-peer competitors. DoD will release two new sets of guidance in the coming months, which the Pentagon hopes will quicken acquisition. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
As part of a push to restore readiness, the Army has been steadily getting rid of what it views as unnecessary burdens on the force over the past fed months. Among the latest requirements to go is mandatory training for corrosion control. The service’s top official has issued more than a dozen memos cutting administrative demands, and says there’s more to come. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu had details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Last week the Veterans Affairs Department was hit with a class action lawsuit. It claims tens of thousands of vets never received reimbursement they're entitled to for emergency medical services rendered at non-VA facilities. Bart Stichman, executive director and co-founder of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why they're going after VA.
For military veterans, the option of blended retirement sparks a lot of questions, or at least it should. Service members know they'll get an annuity, but they've also got to make regular contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan. For the latest in this still-evolving system, retired Army Brig. Gen. Michael Meese, executive vice president of insurance provider AAFMAA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
You've heard of breathing through your ears — how about hearing through your teeth? That's the idea behind a new product the Air Force is testing. It's a transducer that clips to an airman's back tooth, connected to a transmitter on their neck. Peter Hadrovic, CEO of Sonitus, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to explain how it works and its use cases.
Oversight of federal agencies and programs is embedded in the law and culture of Washington. But oversight is challenging and becoming more so as political divides widen. For what might help order and bipartisanship for oversight, Justin Rood, director of the congressional oversight initiative at the Project on Government Oversight joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network.
She started out as an entry level accountant, after being asked if she knew how to type. She rose through the civilian ranks and now she's the administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Kathleen Miller has been inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk more about her induction.
Agencies sit on nearly endless treasure troves of data, but often managers don't have a complete picture of what they have or its value. That’s one of the questions raised by the upcoming federal data strategy. The Office of Management and Budget seeks comments this month on the draft sets of practices that’ll feed into a final data strategy. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more insight.
The midterms are over and the big headlines are clear: Democrats regained control of the House and Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate. But the results have some big implications for the committees that oversee federal agencies and control their budgets. They may weigh in federal pay, benefits and the Trump administration's plans for the federal workforce as well. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko break down those implications on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
When technology and innovation outweigh price in a request for proposals, bidding contractors have a lot of leeway. But not unlimited, as one unsuccessful protest recently proved. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, Petrillo and Powell, had the details of this illustrative case on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The first ever open season for military TRICARE beneficiaries starts Monday. Some advocacy groups fear the options may pigeonhole users into one treatment facility. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with Karen Ruedisueli, the Government Relations Deputy Director for the National Military Family Association, about some of those concerns on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Come January, Democrats will control the House while Republicans will control the Senate and the White House. So at least two years of divided government are expected. Two million federal employees watched this week's elections, wondering what it would mean for them. Federal employment and dispute attorney Lynne Bernabei joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about some possibilities.
The "alphabet soup" agencies are getting closer look from a new group of some of their own past leaders from the Bipartisan Policy Center. The center is taking a look at executive branch oversight, reviewing how well agencies like the Office of Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget, and General Services Administration are functioning. Dan Blair is a former OPM deputy director and now a senior fellow at the center. He leads the new oversight task force and spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko.