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.
You might say relations between the Trump administration and federal employee unions have frayed. Those executive orders on managing the federal workforce, some of which were struck down in court, set the stage for the pay freeze announced last week. For some perspective on how things perhaps should go, Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Veterans Affairs Department sees potential in using artificial intelligence to get a handle on the tens of millions of calls it gets every year from veterans seeking care. The Trump administration tapped VA as one of the leading agencies in its campaign to improve customer service. This comes as the new VA secretary said he's making better customer service a top priority. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Air Force is trying to make life a bit easier for its airmen. The Navy is trying to speed up the background investigation process and the Army isn’t so sure it’s ready to give up its medical research organization. It's all in Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione’s DoD Personnel Notebook this week, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
Operations and support for the core of defense spending are under discussion. On the theory that carefully calculating each unit's operations and support costs would support better planning, the Congressional Budget Office did just that. It calculated the operating costs for every military unit and built a tool to model what changes will do to costs. CBO Director Keith Hall joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
It's the day after Labor Day and federal contractors have a chance to weigh in on information technology policy. A lot is in flux as the administration starts its policy reviews. For how and why you might want to be involved, Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
It's been a year since Congress passed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act that charged the Veterans Affairs Department with creating a new process for veterans pursuing appeals. VA has been working to stand up the new program for the past year. But veterans have an opportunity to get their claims in the door now, and faster. David McLenachen is the director of the appeals management office at the Veterans Benefits Administration. He told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko about the options veterans currently have to pursue their appeals on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
It's mostly contained but not before California's Mendocino Complex Fire burned through nearly a half million acres. In all, the fires have burned an area greater than Rhode Island. For an update on the federal response, Shawna Lagarza, national director of Fire and Aviation Management at the Agriculture Department, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Air Force is contemplating a major organizational change, one it believes is necessary to keep up with adversaries’ information warfare capabilities. The changes would extend from front-line fighting forces to the makeup of the service’s headquarters staff at the Pentagon. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu had the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The practice, mission and technology of nursing have changed a great deal over the last couple of decades. One reason is the work of the National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Patricia Grady, the NINR director, retires today after 23 years on the job. TO reflect, she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
She has been called by colleagues a pioneer in identifying the scope of children's developmental disabilities including autism. In so doing she not only raised the nation's consciousness. She also helped direct public resources. Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp is associate director for children with special health care needs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and she's a finalist in this years' Service to America Medals Program. She spoke with Federal News Radio's Eric White about what her first-ever work in population based studies of children with multiple developmental disabilities touched off. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
President Donald Trump gave word on his official federal pay plans for 2019 and most civilian federal employees won't like the news. He told Congress yesterday that he plans to freeze pay for civilian employees next year. Members of the military are still on track to get a 2.6 percent raise next year. Trump said the country's fiscal situation means agencies need to focus their dollars on recruiting and rewarding the best-performing employees. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
First came the launch of its National Risk Management Center last month. Now the Homeland Security Department is renewing its pitch to Congress. It wants approval to reorganize and streamline its cybersecurity functions. The plan has broad support on the Hill and from the Trump administration. But this is Washington, and the plan to reshuffle the DHS cyber office has stalled for more than a year. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Call it reform, call it tinkering around the edges. Whatever you call it, Congress is always making adjustments to the rules around federal procurement. Often the updates are in response to complaints from either the government or from industry. Fiscal 2019 will be no exception. For a round up of changes you need to pay attention to, Joseph Petrillo, a procurement attorney with Petrillo and Powell, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Department said its plans for a Space Command are under way. That’s not to be confused with the idea of a "Space Force," but it is something that will happen a lot sooner. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the story.
Activities on the U.S. borders generate the most news headlines these days. But the federal government also has a large burden in dealing with the aftermath, helping states deal with the hundred of thousands of immigrants entering the country illegally. Now the Government Accountability Office has detailed the numbers and costs. Gretta Goodwin, the GAO's director of homeland security and justice issues, shares the highlights with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.