Federal Drive with Tom Temin

It's been a year since the Office of Federal Procurement Policy released and accepted comments on its draft circular concerning category management. With almost no activity on that circular over the past year, could OFPP be taking a less permanent way to further this approach to buying. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller's got an exclusive look at a new draft memo focused on demand management and best-in-class contracts. He shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

00:08:25 11/14/2017

Past Episodes

In order to boost retention, the Air Force said it needs to make its personnel system more flexible - including by make it easier for airmen to move back and forth between active duty and reserve service. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, it is one of several potential personnel reforms the military services are preparing to present to Congress.
00:07:18 4/22/2018
The Government Accountability Office's job as a sort of governmentwide inspector general is well-known. People and companies in federal contracting also known it as a major forum for deciding bid and contract award protests. Now the GAO is about to modernize the process for filing and tracking protests. Ken Patton, GAO associate general counsel for procurement law, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more information.
00:09:28 4/22/2018
Patients have high and changing expectations of their health care. No surprise there. But it means the military and the Veterans Affairs Department have got to adjust to meet new demands. Vice Adm. Forrest Faison is the surgeon general and chief of the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko how the Navy, anyhow, is responding to a changing health care market, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:53 4/22/2018
NASA is about to get its 10th administrator since launching the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990. As it does every year, NASA is releasing photos and visualizations of data Hubble has gathered from some structure far away in space on the anniversary of the program debut. How does an agency sustain a program that long? For how it works behind the scenes, Hubble program executive Jeffrey Hayes joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:10:56 4/22/2018
One agency decides to get rid of contracts and send the money down the grants channel. A member of Congress proposed closing seven Defense Department agencies. And $7 billion worth of contracts would go with them. It is enough to make a self-respecting contractor's head spin. The very undizzy, clear-thinking Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:07:12 4/22/2018
Federal whistleblowers are often the eyes and ears of inspectors general. But some members of Congress worry whether would-be whistleblowers feel comfortable reporting them or to IGs without fear of retaliation. At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing this week, members expressed their concerns to the leaders of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, or CIGIE. This was just as CIGIE released its first-ever report on management challenges across the government. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman shared more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:01 4/19/2018
After receiving one thousand comments on the first one, the Defense Department has released the second request for proposals for its commercial cloud contract known as JEDI. And it decided to pretty much stick with the strategy that garnered all those comments in the first place. Chris Cornillie, federal market analyst at Bloomberg Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on the topic.
00:08:56 4/19/2018
The Trump administration has been pulling at the Gordian knot of federal employment. That is, what is the right pay for federal jobs? The Federal Salary Council has agreed to review the way it arrives at recommendations for raises, locality pay and that ageless question of federal versus private sector pay. Bob Tobias advised caution. The professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University and long-time watcher of federal pay trends, discussed the issue on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:05 4/19/2018
Could the Defense Department be headed for a world without the Defense Information Systems Agency? House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry is suggesting eliminating seven defense agencies and slashing the budgets of 21 others. It is all part of a potential crackdown on what the military calls the Fourth Estate. But just a few days after Thornberry floated the bill it is already getting pushback from lawmakers, unions and former DoD officials. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
00:08:57 4/19/2018
For a decade, the special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction has been trying to keep tabs on expenditures totaling $122 billion. John Sopko has presided over production of dozens of reports and hundreds of lessons learned. From buildings that collapse at the first rain fall, to crooked contractors and Afghan security forces that seem impervious to learning, he has seen it all. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for an extended interview about the outlook for SIGAR and for inspectors general in general. He also discussed the type of employee he is looking for, and whether he was what fellow IGs often say is sufficient access to the data they need to do their work.
00:18:18 4/18/2018

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