Federal Drive with Tom Temin

DoD still working off old NDAA tasks while Congress debates new bill

Even as Congress debates the 2019 defense authorization act, the Defense Department is working off a backlog of tasks from prior year NDAAs. Among these efforts is a new rule to help stave off counterfeit electronic parts. And on a less crucial note it adds language to the rule so companies know the purpose of defense procurement. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo or Petrillo and Powell PLLC joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:09:07 5/24/2018

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Popular movements can have a way of causing political change. And that can require the attention of American diplomats and the military. One way the Defense Department is trying to gain a better understanding of social trends around the world is to analyze social media postings ? 350 billion of them. To share how this might work, Camber Warren, associate professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:39 6/13/2019
When things go wrong at the Department of Veterans Affairs, they go really wrong. That was the case at the Tomah, Wisconsin, medical center. Terrible morale among the staff and over prescribing opioids for the veterans were just two of the problems. At least it presented a great opportunity for improvement, which is what happened when Victoria Brahm became the center's director. She's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why.
00:10:48 6/13/2019
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed a new direction for how the agency interacts with its Science Advisory Board, experts from industry and academia. Former EPA leadership said they're skeptical of the plan. They told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the board and agency's political leadership have been at odds under the Trump administration. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
00:06:44 6/13/2019
A small but crucial corner of military and national security policy remains mostly male. Women who work in nuclear policy often face a so-called gender tax that renders them less than fully accepted participants. That's according to a study just completed by New America. Study co-author Elena Souris joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share more of what researchers found.
00:10:13 6/13/2019
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs said they've finally settled on a joint management structure to make sure the electronic health record systems they're buying are interoperable. But some members of Congress said it's too little too late. As Federal News Network's Jared Serbu reported, they've advanced legislation designed to force more cooperation between the two departments. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:22 6/13/2019
A lot of vendors see a future in artificial intelligence technology, and a lot of federal agency managers have the sense AI could help their programs. Now Microsoft has launched a special government version of what it calls its AI Business School. Mitra Azizirad, corporate vice president for Microsoft AI, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
00:11:56 6/12/2019
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.
00:08:43 6/12/2019
The southern border wall might be controversial but that hasn't stopped contractors from fighting over the business and launching protests. The Department of Homeland Security's interagency agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers Procurement for border fence construction led to two design-build contracts. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell gave more insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:01 6/12/2019
The U.S. Postal Service recently gave Congress a grim forecast of its finances. Without a bill to restructure their business model, Postal executives expect to run out of cash by 2024. A White House task force laid out its recommendations late last year but members of the House and Senate have yet to act on them. Now auditors have urged Congress to better define what the Postal Service is in the business of actually doing. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:08:50 6/11/2019
Agencies across the government are working to upgrade their systems for identifying and granting access to people using their networks and computing resources. It's known as identity, credential and access management, or ICAM. Doing it right is crucial to having good cybersecurity. The Industry Advisory Council - American Council for Technology (ACT-IAC) has teamed up with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to advance ICAM best practices. ACT-IAC project lede Charles "Chuck" Santangelo joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share what they've done so far.
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