Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Contest aims to find ways to grow food-bearing plants in austere environments for astronauts

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.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:09:05 7/17/2019

Past Episodes

After a long acquisition process, the FirstNet Authority in 2017 awarded the contract for a nationwide, first responder-dedicated communications network to AT&T. AT&T uses 20 megahertz of old television spectrum and will operate FirstNet for at least 25 years. In part three of this series, FirstNet Update, Federal Drive with Tom Temin got a progress report from Stacy Schwartz, AT&T's vice president for public safety and FirstNet.
00:10:55 8/20/2019
Another day, another lawsuit. The American Federation of Government Employees is suing the Federal Service Impasses Panel over a decision the group made back in May. The panel's ruling rewrote a portion of the union's collective bargaining contract with the Social Security Administration. AFGE argues that ruling is invalid because the panel itself didn't have enough members. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the latest lawsuit and its significance.
00:08:32 8/20/2019
Among recipients of the 2019 Presidential Early Career Awards for Science was Dr. Ed O'Brien from Penn State University. Speaking with Federal News Network's Eric White, O'Brien explained how his research into cellular protein structures could impact the biotech and pharmaceutical fields. Hear the background on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:12 8/20/2019
Don't break out the party hats quite yet, but the results in the latest Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) report to Congress does deserve some celebrating. The Office of Management and Budget said for the first time agencies suffered from no major cyber incidents in 2018. On top of that, agencies also saw fewer overall cyber attacks last year. Federal News Network's Executive Editor Jason Miller had the details about why agencies deserve a little pat on the back for their cyber efforts. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:34 8/20/2019
The U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, has been exploring new ways to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. Proposed rules are still open for comments. For details, the director of ecosystem management coordination at the Forest Service, Christine Dawe, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:41 8/19/2019
The FirstNet emergency communications network is not just for local police and fire departments. The federal government's first responders and disaster recovery agencies also need the network. In fact, they maintain membership on the FirstNet governance board. For more details in the second part of this series, FirstNet Update, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to Ron Hewitt, the assistant director of the emergency communications division at the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The conversation started with the big idea of a network beyond voice communication.
00:09:54 8/19/2019
The battleground for 5G is set and some federal officials are concerned the U.S. might be losing. Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE are putting down deep roots in the commercial world. The Pentagon's top scientist said last week that the military will be investing more in 5G development. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione had the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:19 8/19/2019
Federal employees new to management often turn to a relatively small component of the Office of Personnel Management. The Center for Leadership Development helps newly minted managers with common challenges. For an update, Federal News Network's Jared Serbu spoke with Jennifer Wong, program director of OPM's Eastern Management Development Center. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:06:18 8/19/2019
The Department of Health and Human Services' Program Support Center's decision to shut down its assisted acquisition services isn't just hurting agency customers during one of the busiest fourth quarters in recent memory. HHS determination that it can't transfer existing contracts back to customer agencies will reverberate over the next year, causing inconvenience at best and mission degradation at worst. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller has fresh news on the situation at HHS that is putting more than $1 billion in contracts at risk. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more explanation.
00:09:21 8/19/2019
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing facility in the Western Hemisphere. The port, on the border with Mexico, has undergone a big expansion that speeds things up and helps Customs and Border Protection carry out its inspections. For a progress report, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the General Services Administration. Anthony Kleppe is GSA Region 9 Land Port of Entry Program manager, and he had more details on the project.
00:09:10 8/18/2019

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