Federal Drive with Tom Temin

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.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
00:10:48 6/13/2019

Past Episodes

Both legislative houses have passed their versions of the 2020 defense authorization bills and now and there's a lot to fight over. The House version, passed last week, has some significant differences with the Senate counterpart. It also had some interesting amendments attached to it. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione joined the show to explain.
00:09:46 7/16/2019
Agencies have been tasked by the Trump administration to take their customer service up a notch. But a few things may stand in the way. Like budget uncertainty, and in some agencies, less-than-optimal relations between line employees and management. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University and he joined Federal Drive to argue that better services starts in-house.
00:07:40 7/16/2019
The Trump administration earns a win in its bid to enforce and implement a series of executive orders on collective bargaining, official time and employee firings. A group of federal employee unions sued the Trump administration over the EOs and won last August. But the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed that decision yesterday. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined the show to explain the court's decision and what this means going forward.
00:09:40 7/16/2019
You might call it a field hospital in a backpack. That's the concept behind two recent Army contracts to develop what the Army calls an autonomous trauma care system for initial care of wounded soldiers in remote places. Carnegie Mellon University is one contract recipient. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is one award recipient. Retired Army Colonel Doctor Ron Poropatich, director of the Center for Military Medicine Research joined Federal Drive to discuss.
00:09:31 7/16/2019
For the Transportation Security Administration, airport screening doesn't just happen. The agency's security operations unit is constantly refining and testing how well procedures prevent guns and other prohibited items from making it through. But the Government Accountability Office finds, TSA could do better in how it manages its covert testing program. GAO's Managing Director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Charles Johnson, joined Federal Drive with details.
00:08:58 7/16/2019
With $17 billion in spending and a host of controversial amendments between them, the House and Senate must figure out a way to to reconcile very different versions of a National Defense Authorization Act. That's part of an agenda with two more weeks until a month-long recess. The Fulcrum editor in chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his assessment.
00:08:35 7/15/2019
When it comes to tracking down national security threats the latest wave of artificial intelligence tools may help the Department of Homeland Security pick the right face out of the crowd. The agency has a few facial recognition projects in the works, but a recent data breach of one of its subcontractors has Congress taking a closer look at the security of the data and the accuracy of the results. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:09:06 7/15/2019
The Defense Department is 2-for-2 when it comes to defending its controversial JEDI Cloud solicitation from bid protests. The latest victory came on Friday after months of back-and-forth legal pleadings at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. A federal judge ruled against Oracle's latest JEDI challenge. But there's still a lot of unknowns about the court's reasoning, and that reasoning may play a role in whether Oracle decides to appeal the ruling. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about the ruling and those unanswered questions.
00:09:09 7/15/2019
If you follow military affairs, you can be forgiven if you're confused about proposals for space. The White House has one version for a Space Force, the Senate a second and the House a third. Kaitlyn Johnson, the associate director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it out.
00:08:51 7/15/2019
Cybersecurity for federal agencies increasingly is driven by data. A case in point is the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys at the Justice Department. It combines data from multiple sources and fuses them to get a total cybersecurity picture. The data sources relate to seven program verticals within the Office. Greg Hall, the chief information security officer of the U.S. Attorneys, joined Federal Drive to explain.
00:09:27 7/14/2019

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