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

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The Health and Human Services Department is taking a page out of the playbook of major retailers thanks to blockchain. The new system gives contracting officers visibility into the entire department's acquisition function. One executive compared it to a price matching program. Federal News Radio's David Thornton spoke with Executive Editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:26 9/19/2018
For nearly two decades, the General Services Administration has been rethinking the design of federal workspaces. Through its Total Workplace program the agency looks to make agency workspaces more collaborative. That includes moving towards more open-office designs. Chuck Hardy is GSA's chief workplace officer and the head of its Total Workplace program. He told Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, that open offices are only one piece of GSA's plans for transforming federal office spaces.
00:09:10 9/19/2018
The commander of Air Education and Training Command said the Air Force is moving toward an entirely new paradigm for how it trains pilots. It's likely to involve as big a role for artificial intelligence as it does for human instructors. The service said it's moving away from an "industrial age" training model with preset timetables, to one that adapts to each airman's learning pace. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu had details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:50 9/18/2018
You work for the government. You do one of a million jobs. The pay and benefits are good, and there's almost never a layoff. But would you recommend a job in the government to a friend, to a child? Jeff Neal, the former chief human capital officer at Homeland Security, has been thinking about this question and discussed it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:08 9/18/2018
For all the buzz about open offices made popular by Silicon Valley beehives, federal employees hold some apprehensions about shared spaces. But recent studies have tried to quantify both the benefits and the drawbacks of various ways of packing people in. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:07:13 9/18/2018
It might seem like a harmless enough idea: Finding a remote but fertile patch of federal land and growing marijuana. But in reality it damages forests, poisons wildlife and pollutes rivers and streams. Now the Justice Department is teaming up with state and local authorities to put an end to it. Jeff Wood, acting assistant attorney general for the environment and natural resources division, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:09:19 9/18/2018
If a recent survey of federal acquisition employees is right, there is a growing desire for innovation in procurement. That brings up a few questions. Which agencies are actually innovating in procurement? Does innovation even exist and if so, it worth the risk? Soraya Correa, the Homeland Security Department chief procurement officer, believes she can answer all of those questions. She told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about how the Procurement Innovation Lab or PIL is taking innovative acquisition risks. Hear the interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:59 9/17/2018
The Army is debating whether to kill off a unit at the Army War College known as the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Army Secretary Mark Esper wants it gone because the service is composed of warriors, not peacekeepers, but Army brass want to keep it. Tammy Schultz, professor of strategic studies at the Marine Corps War College, argues for keeping it because it protects American interests and saves service members' lives. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:09:30 9/17/2018
Last year, Congress was all about continuing resolutions and a lapse in appropriation. This year a few appropriations bills are already past conference and ready to send to the White House. But only two weeks remain in the fiscal year and the Senate is twisted around the axle of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Here with a look ahead, Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:34 9/17/2018
Those who have lost loved ones in the military can expect a little more stability in the aftermath thanks to a provision in the 2019 defense appropriations bill. The same bill also contains a crackdown on the fast-growing use of other transaction authorities. That and more is in Federal News Radio reporter Scott Maucione's DoD personnel notebook. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
00:08:10 9/17/2018

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