Federal Drive with Tom Temin

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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.

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GSA contracting officers are driving schedule holders crazy

Complaints coming from contractors on the General Services Administration's multiple-award schedule. They say contracting officers are trying to re-negotiate finished contracts and making unreasonable demands for information. For more, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin talked with federal sales and marketing consultant Larry Allen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 18
If this bill passes, U.S. Mint would start issuing bite coin

Dogs are more than pets. They assist the blind, the emotionally troubled, and people stuck in hospitals. Dogs do countless tasks in law enforcement, military operations and national security. Now a bill in Congress would instruct the U.S. Mint to make coins that commemorate service dogs. Surcharges would go to an organization called America's Vet Dogs. For more, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin spoke with John Miller, the President and CEO of America's VetDogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Jun 18
How the Navy plans to modernize its one-and-only arsenal

The Navy plans to invest more than a billion dollars over ten years to revitalize an old facility: The 19th century Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head, Maryland. It is where the Navy plans to re-do the infrastructure and machinery to produce munitions. For details, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin spoke with the center's technical director, Ashley Johnson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 18
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin --June 18, 2024

On today's episode of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin: How the Navy plans to modernize its one-and-only arsenal. If this bill passes, the Mint would start issuing bite coin. GSA contracting officers are driving schedule holders crazy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Jun 18
House passed its Defense authorization bill, but there's a long way to go

Fresh from their annual baseball game, members of Congress are back at work on the Hill. Lots of activity centers on the National Defense Authorization Bill, which has, for starters, passed the House. And, strangely, there's been some movement on the slow-moving, but never-ending topic, surrounding a new FBI headquarters. For this week's outlook, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin talked with WTOP Capitol Hill correspondent Mitchell Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Jun 17
Not-quite-accurate common assumption about military's main purpose

Lots of people, even those should know better, often misconstrue the fundamental purpose of the U.S. military. Federal Drive Host Tom Temin's guest has written a provocative essay on the subject of deterrence, at a time when not much in the world seems deterred. Melanie W. Sisson is a fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jun 17
Why the government should use more shared services to reduce costs

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reiterated something it has been pointing out for years: The government wastes billions and billions of dollars on duplicative and overlapping activities. Federal Drive Host Tom Temin's guest says the GAO overlooked a crucial way to stop the waste, namely shared services. Steve Goodrich in the Chairman of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 17
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin --June 17, 2024

On this episode of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin: Why the government should use more shared services to reduce costs. A common assumption about the military's main purpose is not quite accurate. The House passed its Defense authorization bill, but there's a long way to go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47m
Jun 17
Navy project brings promise of cloud to the middle of the ocean

From virtual desktops to email and collaboration, the Navy has been leaning heavily on cloud services to speed up its digital modernization efforts. But those efforts have come with a big question: Will any of this work aboard ships? It turns out the answer is yes. In a pilot project, the Navy has shown it’s possible to consistently move several terabytes of data each day between the cloud and thousands of users onboard an aircraft carrier every single day, an advance officials say is a “game ch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

8m
Jun 17
Political vs. career: Role of CIO remains unsettled

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is looking for a new chief information officer. HUD is now one of five major agencies looking for a new technology leader. But unlike the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services, and the Small Business Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the HUD CIO didn’t actually leave the agency to create the job opening. Beth Niblock, who has been CIO since July 2021, moved to a new position as senior advisor for disaster management. The reason for the opening is purely political. HUD decided to move the CIO’s position back to a career one from a political one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18m
Jun 14
You just might see one more star up in the night sky soon, only this one will be man-made

George Mason University will be the site of the recently approved Landolt NASA Space Mission. The mission will kick off in 2029 by launching a light into the sky that will help scientists determine the brightness of stars, so they can more accurately study how fast the universe is growing. Federal News Network's Eric White talked with the man leading the mission, GMU associate professor Peter Plavchan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

17m
Jun 14
Veterans Affairs hopes non-human entity can help keep tabs on patients

Instead of asking Annie if she is okay, what if Annie asked you? That is the case now for veterans receiving treatment from the VA. The mobile and interactive service known as “Annie,” is being deployed nationwide to help vets keep up with their healthcare protocols via text message. The service, created by Accenture, has gotten a lot of positive feedback. To learn more, Federal News Network's Eric White talked with Dr. Ron Moody, Chief Medical Officer for Accenture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18m
Jun 14
Congressman supports federal body to monitor AI, like one for cybersecurity

There has been a ton of new developments regarding AI this year. It certainly has the potential to change many aspects of American industry and technology. Some members of Congress want to make sure the government is able to keep tabs on those developments and react accordingly. For more, Federal News Network's Eric White talked with Rep. Troy Carter (D-La.). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

16m
Jun 14
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin --June 14, 2024

On today's episode of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin: Should there be a federal body monitoring AI like there is for cybersecurity? One member of Congress thinks so. Veterans Affairs is hoping a non human entity can help keep tabs on its patients. You may see one more star up in the night sky soon, only this one will be man-made. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50m
Jun 14
Senate GOP blocks bill to expand IVF access as advocates call for better FEHB coverage

For federal employees, a bill pending in the Senate would bring expanded coverage of fertility treatments through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. But the Right to IVF Act, which Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced last week, did not garner the 60 votes needed to move forward with a floor vote Thursday afternoon. Almost all Republicans voted against the measure to advance the legislation, resulting in a 48-47 tally. The legislation rolls together three previous bills all aiming to improve access and insurance coverage for in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In part, the bill would have impacts specifically on FEHB enrollees. One component of the Right to IVF Act aims to set higher requirements for FEHB carriers to offer IVF coverage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18m
Jun 14
Sometimes, just rewriting a form can improve a federal program

If there's a universal constant among federal agencies, it's forms. Forms often get complicated and that can impede people's applications for benefits. Federal Drive Host Tom Temin's guest has been on a sort of crusade to improve and simplify forms. Kyle Gardiner is a senior policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget and now a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jun 13
FBI reinstates its removal of FBI staffer's security clearance

The FBI has reinstated the the security clearance of a former employee. Marcus Allen had his clearance revoked and was suspended from his role of staff operations specialist with the FBI back in February 2022, for what it called "questionable judgement," when it came to the agency's investigations into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. One of the organization's who defended and represented Allen was Empower Oversight. To learn more about this case, Federal News Network's Eric White talke with that organization's president Tristan Leavitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Jun 13
Awarding the best ideas for running elections

More than 30 county and state election programs were recently honored by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The EAC's Clearinghouse Awards recognize best practices in election administration. To find out just how those winners were picked and what some of those best practices are, Federal News Network's Eric White spoke with EAC Chairman Ben Hovland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 13
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin --June 13, 2024

On this episode of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin: Awarding the best ideas when it comes to running elections. Why the FBI took back the removal of a security clearance for one of their own. Sometimes, just rewriting a form can improve a federal program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47m
Jun 13
Former senior officials join rising calls for an alternative to Schedule F

A group of former senior officials is making a new and near last-ditch call to action aiming to prevent the possible resurrection of the controversial Schedule F executive order from the Trump administration. The five former national security officials, who sent a letter to congressional committee leaders Thursday, are approaching the years-long Schedule F debate with what has been a steadily growing angle: They proposed a middle-ground answer to the question of federal workforce accountability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

8m
Jun 13
How cost-reimbursement contracts can go haywire over time

Cost plus contracts can run into trouble when the government takes five years to audit indirect costs. That is what happened to a Navy contractor, and how it has a million-dollar dispute. They are now in court. For details, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin spoke with Haynes Boone procurement attorney Zach Prince. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Jun 12
Where Social Security could start, as it tries to improve itself

The Social Security Administration is undergoing a rebuild with former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley as its commissioner. The agency has a decent list of ongoing issues, as identified by the Government Accountability Office. For an assessment, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin talked with GAO's education, workforce and income security team director, Elizabeth Curda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Jun 12
How DHS plans on spending its federal research dollars

Tasked by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has formulated a plan for the agency's investment goals in specific research areas. This Innovation, Research and Development (IRD) Strategic Plan is DHS' first ever. To learn about what it calls for and how it came together, Federal News Network's Eric White talked with Jon McEntee, who is operations and requirements director with DHS S&T. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 12
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin --June 12, 2024

On this episode of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin: How DHS plans on spending its federal research dollars over the coming years. Where Social Security could start, as it tries to improve itself. How cost-reimbursement contracts can go haywire over time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Jun 12
CISA sees customers as key to ‘secure by design’ pledge

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s “secure by design” pledge might be voluntary. But CISA is hoping customers will help drive the demand for companies to follow through and adopt stronger cybersecurity practices. CISA announced the pledge in May, with an initial 68 technology companies signed onto the commitments. That number has more than doubled to 140 companies over the last month. Lauren Zabierek, senior advisor in CISA’s cybersecurity division, said the goal is to catalyze action by some of the largest technology companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Jun 12
How VA’s flagship app got to 2M downloads in less than 3 years

The Department of Veterans Affairs is giving veterans more options to get health care and benefits from the department — in some cases, through just a few taps on their smartphones. VA’s nearly three-year-old health and benefits app recently saw more than 2 million total downloads. The app also surpassed more than a million monthly users. Among its features, the app allows veterans to message their doctors, view upcoming health care appointments and check the status of benefits claims. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

8m
Jun 12
State Department's R & D approach has industry puzzled

Federal services contractors are scratching their collective head over a State Department gambit. State put out a solicitation to sponsor three federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). But what the department wants doesn't sound like anything industry or government couldn't do already. That's according to Federal Drive Host Tom Temin's guest, the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Professional Services Council, Stephanie Kostro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 11
What veterans sometimes don't know about VA could fill a book

One challenge for the Veterans Affairs Department is basic. Veterans themselves typically don't know about all of the benefits they're entitled to. A book by a former VA under secretary for benefits aims to fill in the gaps. Federal Drive Host Tom Temin talked in studio with author Paul Lawrence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 11
Taking the measure of new NIST director

Measuring things is so basic to every advancement, most people sometimes take it for granted. Federal Drive Host Tom Temin talks with someone who does not take such things for granted: the new director of the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Kate Beers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 11
The Federal Drive with Tom Temin --June 11, 2024

On today's episode of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin: Meet the new director of one of the Commerce department's most crucial functions. What veterans sometimes don't know about the VA could fill a book. State Department's R & D approach has industry puzzled. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Jun 11