Federal Drive with Tom Temin

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Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:09:31 1/26/2018

Past Episodes

The Office of Special Counsel surprised the federal community with last week's recommendation that White House aide Kellyanne Conway get canned. OSC found her to be a serial breaker of the Hatch Act, a venerable law that prohibits politics on the job, whether by appointees or career employees. Attorney Joanna Friedman, a partner at the Federal Practice Group, offered a short refresher on the Hatch Act for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:51 6/16/2019
A specially appointed committee known as the Public Buildings Reform Board has the task of expediting the sale of billions of dollars worth of federal buildings. It has its first meeting Monday. To explain how it's charted and how it works, board member and former federal procurement policy chief Angela Styles joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:10:04 6/16/2019
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act is still in committee draft but expected out Monday. Both the House and Senate are focusing less on fresh reforms than on making sure the Defense Department acts on reforms passed in previous years. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio for more.
00:08:02 6/16/2019
A healthy inventory of pending security clearances is at last within reach, as the National Background Investigations Bureau prepares to transfer its resources, employees and authorities to the Defense Department by Oct. 1.
00:22:06 6/16/2019
The Pentagon has long said that one of its biggest cybersecurity challenges is fragmentation of its networks. They're spread out across dozens of organizations, and protected by thousands of individual firewalls. DoD's Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) are supposed to help fix that problem. But the department's inspector general said JRSS is still plagued by training shortfalls and unclear requirements. Carol Gorman, assistant inspector general for the OIG's cyberspace operations directorate, talked with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about what the office found in a recent audit of JRSS. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:41 6/16/2019
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

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