Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Army looks to chief scientist and leader experience for modernization command

Is the Defense Department breaking up with BRAC for good? The new 2019 budget request leaves out DoD's annual plea to close bases. Also, defense research and development gets a big bump. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione has more of what's inside the DoD request on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

00:08:26 2/13/2018

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The White House rolled out its plans for a space force, but what is it actually going to take to set such a thing up? And what about possible Congressional approval or disapproval? Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione has looked into these questions and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:07:46 8/20/2018
The Senate will have a busy week debating spending bills accounting for more than half of the government's discretionary spending. That's unusual, as traditionally the body is on recess at this time of year. For what's keeping them here and why, Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:53 8/20/2018
Here's an unusual occurrence: A federal agency shuts down a shared service after realizing it was not viable. In this case, the General Services Administration admitted defeat with its reverse auction platform, announcing a plan to take it off line for good by Dec. 31st. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller writes about why GSA decided to make a tough and unusual decision to close down its reverse auction platform. He shared his report on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:51 8/20/2018
As the nation becomes more dependent on satellites for military and commercial affairs, satellite security becomes an increasingly critical issue. The Air Force Space Command has the job of detecting and characterizing threats to U.S. space systems. Now it's looking for more contractor help in that effort. Timothy Roberts, program manager for non-governmental space situational awareness at the Space Command, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:09:28 8/20/2018
The Food and Drug Administration wants to inject some fresh talent into its workforce. To tell the public about it, it's launching a good old-fashioned hiring campaign with a specific message. The agency launched a new pilot designed to shorten the hiring process earlier this year. FDA also has some brand new authorities to offer more competitive salaries for certain positions. Melanie Keller, acting associate commissioner for scientific and clinical recruitment at FDA, spoke with Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko about why FDA thinks this campaign message will resonate with potential applicants. Hear the full interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:17:25 8/19/2018
Nearly every federal agency is trying to improve its digital service, improve call center operations or get rid of a case backlog. Artificial intelligence is often suggested as a way to aid these efforts. For one view of how AI works and how it can augment modernization efforts, Paul Dillahay, chief executive officer of NCI, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:25 8/19/2018
The Trump administration's pick to run the Department of Energy's experimental research branch said he supports the president's budget plan for his agency. But the administration's last two spending plans have called for shutting down the agency. The Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, invests in technology deemed too risky for the private sector. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more on the state of this agency and an odd confirmation hearing.
00:08:13 8/19/2018
Drug interdiction and spectacular rescues using gleaming white ships get the Coast Guard a lot of admiring attention. But much of its day-to-day activities are not seen much despite their sizable effect on maritime safety. The Coast Guard recognizes them, too, and such as with the Excellence in Marine Inspections Award. Both for his own work and how he fosters the work of others, Geoffrey Scibek, a marine inspector in the safety unit at Huntington, West Virginia, received this year's honor. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
00:08:59 8/19/2018
The Army's new Futures Command is on its way to becoming reality. This comes as the service prepares for 2020. Federal News Radio attended a Pentagon briefing by Army Vice Chief of Staff General James McConville and Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy in advance of the Army Science & Technology Symposium happening next week in Washington, where McConville will provide the keynote. Hear McConville and McCarthy's talk on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. http://www.ndia.org/events/2018/8/21/army-science
00:07:06 8/16/2018
They're coming, like it or not. Some 700,000 drones, maybe a million will be humming along in the skies in a few years. How to make sure they operate in a safe manner is the concern of Parimal Kopardekar, senior technologist for Air Transportation Systems at NASA's Ames Research Center. He's been leading the effort at the agency to engineer a whole new air traffic management approach, and he is a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals Program. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:10:28 8/16/2018

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