Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Senate offers Homeland Security more IT modernization dollars in FY 2019

Senate appropriators are opening up their collective wallets to give the Homeland Security Department more money for IT modernization. And the extra $60 million for fiscal 2019 may be coming at the perfect time for DHS's new chief information officer. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about DHS's plans for the cloud and IT modernization.

00:09:24 7/10/2018

Past Episodes

In setting forth its goals for reorganizing the government, the Trump administration may be missing an important distinction, namely the difference between goals and output measures. That's according to Bob Tobias, a long time practitioner of federal management and now professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer his insight.
00:07:09 7/18/2018
As agencies fret over the 2020 deadline to transition over to the new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract, IT offices seek to hire the right employees to handle it. The move to the new governmentwide telecoms contract comes as the Trump administration pushes its own broader agenda to modernize agency IT systems and their workforces. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman has more on how agencies are handling the move to EIS on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:33 7/18/2018
A bill that passed the House and is pending in the Senate seeks to curb misuse of federal credit cards in the Veterans Affairs Department. It would bar abusers from ever being entrusted with another card. Is this law necessary and what might be its practical effects? For some answers, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Wayne Simpson, a retired career VA manager in logistics and acquisition and now with Centre Law and Consulting.
00:08:05 7/18/2018
The Trump administration is back on Capitol Hill for another round of questioning about its reorganization plans. This time, it's the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that has the questions. The committee's leaders already gave the administration some sense of affirmation when it introduced new legislation that would essentially authorize the White House's plans. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:06 7/18/2018
The Internal Revenue Service has long had an on-again off-again relationship with private tax debt collectors. At the moment, it's using them. That has National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson concerned that the private collectors are hammering on the people least able to pay or if they do pay they might not be able to feed their families. Olson shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:10:53 7/18/2018
Good summer interns help set the yearly rhythm of an office. In just a few weeks, interns throughout the federal government will be departing to return to school. But that's not where your internship program should end. For advice on making the most of it, Margot Conrad, director of Federal Workforce Programs at the Partnership for Public Service joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:20 7/17/2018
Other transaction authority agreements, or OTAs, have become a popular way for the Defense Department to acquire innovative technologies from non-traditional companies. And to do it in a hurry. But a Federal News Radio analysis finds that billions of dollars are ending up in awards to traditional contractors. That raises the question, are the agreements accomplishing the goals DoD set out for them? We found out in Federal News Radio reporter Scott Maucione's latest special report, Danger at High Speed: OTAs in Action, which he shared on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:05 7/17/2018
The House Veterans Affairs Committee has mixed reviews of the new law it passed nearly one year ago. The committee checked in with the department about its implementation of the new accountability act. The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was a long-awaited and hailed piece of bipartisan legislation. But both Republicans and Democrats say they have some concerns. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:40 7/17/2018
Field employees like to complain about headquarters yet central offices do provide some essential support services. At the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the regulated power plants maintain direct contact with the agency's Headquarters Operations Center, a 24/7 operation. If it's not fully staffed, the strains start to show. For more, Brett Baker, the NRC's assistant inspector general for audits, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:10:04 7/17/2018
Ever since the Post-9/11 GI bill was enacted nearly a decade ago, one of its most important perks has been service members' ability to pass along education benefits to their children if the vets themselves don't use them. But the Defense Department is changing to those rules. Starting a year from now, some service members will lose the right to transfer education benefits. The rule change has provoked something of a backlash from veterans groups. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu wrote about it in this week's edition of the DoD reporter's notebook and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:09:24 7/16/2018

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