Federal Drive with Tom Temin

EPA has spent years developing rules for neurotoxic fume exposure

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.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:08:21 7/18/2019

Past Episodes

Some people have had a quiet summer but not so for federal employee unions and the courts. The unions continue to battle the Trump administration over the president's workforce executive orders, and now the American Federation of Government Employees has sued a rather unlikely defendant. The Office of Special Counsel is the target of a new suit over Hatch Act guidance the agency released late last year. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest.
00:08:17 8/15/2019
The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general is out with its latest compendium of unimplemented recommendations at HHS. As in past years, the volume boils the issues down to 25 recommendations the OIG thinks would have big impacts on program effectiveness or cost savings. Andrew VanLandingham is senior counsel at the HHS OIG. He talked with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about some of the top concerns - and in particular, what the department can do to shore up the integrity of the Medicaid program. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:17 8/15/2019
Electrical power is a big ticket item for the Army. The service is always looking for ways to make power sources more efficient and transportable, so soldiers have more capabilities with less to carry. The Army Research Office is pairing with academia to use artificial intelligence to make fuel cells last longer. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione talked with Purush Iyer, division chief of network sciences at the Army Research Office, starting with the future of hydrogen cells. Hear the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:01 8/15/2019
How many people have tried to convince you they know what the future holds? When it comes to technology, Dan Gerstein looks back at what he calls the story of technology to take a stab at where it will take us next. He is the former under secretary of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, and is now with the RAND Corporation. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
00:11:38 8/15/2019
Wait times for receipt of needed federal services are the bane of so many agencies and the citizens they serve. At the Department of Veterans Affairs, vets applying for mental health-related benefits can have their claims processed in a minute, instead of two months. That's thanks to the work of Paul Shute, who is chief of operational innovation at VA. He, along with veterans service representative Christopher Aragao and management analyst David Enright, are finalists in this year's Service to America Medals Program. Shute joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:33 8/15/2019
The stem cells in bone marrow, so important to fighting disease, are themselves vulnerable to infections that can deplete them over time. Those findings, along with research into new ways to protect stem cells, are part of the work at the Baylor College of Medicine, where Dr. Katherine King is an associate professor of pediatrics. Her research garnered one of this year's Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. King talked about her work with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:17 8/14/2019
The government may have won over a few new young recruits to federal service. All it took was a 10-week paid internship at one of six federal agencies this summer. The Civic Digital Fellowship is an internship program designed to give college students a taste of public service. It's geared toward students or recent graduates with less experience than required for a President Innovation Fellowship or the US Digital Service. The 2019 cohort of civic digital fellows is the biggest one yet. As Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, agencies may have reason to be optimistic they can attract young tech talent.
00:09:01 8/14/2019
Agencies implementing artificial intelligence need to strike a balance between regulation and innovation. That's the theme of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's latest guidance on AI. The report does more then state the obvious. It has detailed advice for how to do it. Elham Tabassi is the acting chief of staff for NIST's Information Technology Laboratory. She told Federal News Network's Jory Heckman what challenges lie ahead for wider federal AI adoption. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:32 8/14/2019
Maintaining security clearance is a career must for hundreds of thousands of government and contractor employees. A small but persistent number of people unfairly lose their clearance each year. Sean Bigley is Managing Partner at the law firm Bigley Ranish LLP, and he argues that one agency's practices should be the model for the whole government. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:13 8/14/2019
To make sure its nursing homes are up to snuff, the Department of Veterans Affairs uses contracted inspectors. But it doesn't always keep tabs on the contractors, and the nursing home information on its website leaves out a few things. For more details, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to Sharon Silas, acting director for Health Care Issues at the Government Accountability Office.
00:09:39 8/13/2019

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