Federal Drive with Tom Temin

After 2017 hurricane season, GAO skeptical FEMA can handle similar events

Two weeks into this year's hurricane season and FEMA has said it's ready for whatever is coming. The agency evaluated its own readiness and workforce capabilities after the historic 2017 hurricane season and said it's making plans to be better prepared for the future. But the Government Accountability Office said it would silly to assume that 2017 was one time event. And it's especially concerned FEMA doesn't have the right skills and staff to handle future disasters. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko has more details.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:08:43 6/12/2019

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Much of government now sees the light at the end of the tunnel with the security clearance backlog. As of last week, it sits at 386,000. Virginia Senator Mark Warner is the vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee and the author of several provisions in this year's defense and intelligence authorization bills designed to modernize security clearance. He told Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko he's working with the Office of Personnel Management and the Pentagon to keep an eye on the upcoming clearance transfer.
00:08:56 7/18/2019
Few technologies of recent years have had quite the impact of electronic mapping and geospatial intelligence. Robert Cardillo has been at the center of it. He retired earlier this year as director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He's still involved, though. He joined Federal Drive to share where he thinks the industry is going.
00:11:39 7/18/2019
It hasn't been a good week for federal employee unions. A federal appeals judge overturned a lower court ruling that nullified Trump administration executive orders on official time, collective bargaining and other workplace matters. That means for now, the orders are in effect. To explain what this all could mean, Federal Practice Group law firm founding partner Debra D'Agostino joined Federal Drive.
00:11:05 7/18/2019
Most people working in offices don't breathe in vapors from gasoline, dry cleaning fluid, degreasers, paints, glues or inks. But people who do are potentially exposed to neurotoxic fumes. The Environmental Protection Agency has spent many years developing rules for such exposure. The rules stem from the work of my next guest. William Boyes is an Environmental Health Scientist in EPA's Office of Research and Development and a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. He joined Federal Drive to discuss.
00:08:21 7/18/2019
A year ago, the Army founded its Futures Command, partly as a means to shift the way the service buys weapons. The Army is using the command to buy faster, bring in new ideas and generally streamline bureaucratic acquisition. The command will be fully operational at the end of the month, but that doesn't mean all the kinks are straightened out. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione has the details.
00:07:12 7/18/2019
The Taxpayer First Act which President Trump signed into law earlier this month included reforms to the IRS whistleblower program. Dean Zerbe is National Managing Director of the Alliantgroup and Senior Policy Analyst at the National Whistleblower Center, thinks they're an improvement ? he joined Federal Drive to explain why.
00:10:43 7/17/2019
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is getting serious about grid and electrical utility cybersecurity. New rules require reporting of certain cyber incidents and no more paper compliance. Senior Policy Advisor at the law firm Holland and Knight, Norma Krayem, joined Federal Drive with details.
00:10:31 7/17/2019
Agencies moving to the cloud have a process to make sure they're buying cyber-secure products. But the leadership of a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee says that process, known as FedRAMP, has become too lengthy and too expensive for small IT vendors to compete. Now those members say they're working on a bill to remove some of those FedRAMP hurdles. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with the latest.
00:08:37 7/17/2019
No one becomes an astronaut for the food. But you can't live on the space station or fly to the moon or Mars without food. Now a challenge contest aims to find ways to grow food-bearing plants in austere environments. Director of education at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Amy Padolf, joined Federal Drive with more.
00:09:05 7/17/2019
Both legislative houses have passed their versions of the 2020 defense authorization bills and now and there's a lot to fight over. The House version, passed last week, has some significant differences with the Senate counterpart. It also had some interesting amendments attached to it. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione joined the show to explain.
00:09:46 7/16/2019

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