Federal Drive with Tom Temin

The Army founded its Futures Command partly as a means to shift the way they buy weapons

A year ago, the Army founded its Futures Command, partly as a means to shift the way the service buys weapons. The Army is using the command to buy faster, bring in new ideas and generally streamline bureaucratic acquisition. The command will be fully operational at the end of the month, but that doesn't mean all the kinks are straightened out. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione has the details.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:07:12 7/18/2019

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The U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, has been exploring new ways to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. Proposed rules are still open for comments. For details, the director of ecosystem management coordination at the Forest Service, Christine Dawe, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:41 8/19/2019
The FirstNet emergency communications network is not just for local police and fire departments. The federal government's first responders and disaster recovery agencies also need the network. In fact, they maintain membership on the FirstNet governance board. For more details in the second part of this series, FirstNet Update, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to Ron Hewitt, the assistant director of the emergency communications division at the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The conversation started with the big idea of a network beyond voice communication.
00:09:54 8/19/2019
The battleground for 5G is set and some federal officials are concerned the U.S. might be losing. Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE are putting down deep roots in the commercial world. The Pentagon's top scientist said last week that the military will be investing more in 5G development. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione had the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:19 8/19/2019
Federal employees new to management often turn to a relatively small component of the Office of Personnel Management. The Center for Leadership Development helps newly minted managers with common challenges. For an update, Federal News Network's Jared Serbu spoke with Jennifer Wong, program director of OPM's Eastern Management Development Center. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:06:18 8/19/2019
The Department of Health and Human Services' Program Support Center's decision to shut down its assisted acquisition services isn't just hurting agency customers during one of the busiest fourth quarters in recent memory. HHS determination that it can't transfer existing contracts back to customer agencies will reverberate over the next year, causing inconvenience at best and mission degradation at worst. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller has fresh news on the situation at HHS that is putting more than $1 billion in contracts at risk. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more explanation.
00:09:21 8/19/2019
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing facility in the Western Hemisphere. The port, on the border with Mexico, has undergone a big expansion that speeds things up and helps Customs and Border Protection carry out its inspections. For a progress report, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the General Services Administration. Anthony Kleppe is GSA Region 9 Land Port of Entry Program manager, and he had more details on the project.
00:09:10 8/18/2019
You map your car trips but now federal buying officers have to start mapping their spending outcomes. And there's only one place to buy the tools needed. Larry Allen, managing director at BDO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what's going on and what it means to contractors.
00:07:26 8/18/2019
After months of back and forth with Congress, the Navy Department has decided on a way forward for how it'll restructure its management of IT and cybersecurity. Officials said they're about to name a new special assistant to the secretary of the Navy who will also serve as the department's chief information officer. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu had more details on the new structure, and what Navy officials hope to achieve with it, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:05:59 8/18/2019
Agencies have been hiring chief data officers to help with efforts at evidence-based policymaking. CDOs have to get along with chief information officers. For advice on keeping everyone focused on the goal, Federal News Network's Jory Heckman spoke with Nick Hart, the CEO of the Data Coalition and former policy and research director for the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:35 8/18/2019
Over the last few years, a more than 20-year, federally-led effort to establish a national, first responders communications network has moved from endless planning to reality. For this first of a four-part series on FirstNet, Federal Drive with Tom Temin checked in with Jeff Bratcher, chief technology and operations officer, who is also is performing the executive functions of the CEO at FirstNet.
00:11:20 8/18/2019

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