Federal Drive with Tom Temin

When he's not tooling around the National Capital region on his motorcycle, Tom Temin interviews federal executives and government contractors who provide analysis and insight on the many critical issues facing the Executive branch. The Federal Drive is found at FederalNewsNetwork.com and 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. region.

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Federal Drive with Tom Temin

DoD's LPTA bid evaluation criteria continues to cause issues for some contractors

Contractors have been working for years to have the Defense Department cut back on its use of lowest-price, technically acceptable bid evaluation criteria. So-called LPTA has been the subject of clauses in the last three Defense authorization bills. But the government has yet to draft the rule to comply with the 2019 law. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
00:09:22 4/17/2019

Past Episodes

At the State Department nearly half the Senior Executive Service employees and nearly 1 in 4 of its GS-15 employees are eligible to retire right now. State has doubled down on recruitment for and retention of the next generation of diplomats. Carol Perez, director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources at the Department, said more than 50% of the agency's Foreign Service and Civil Service have less than 10 years of experience with the agency. She shared her priorities with Federal News Network's Jory Heckman on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:48 4/17/2019
The Veterans Benefits Administration has had a tough time implementing provisions of the Forever GI Bill. Some of these problems have been well documented. The bill in part provides housing stipends for veterans who go on to continue their educations. The issue prompted the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General to summarize the problems and how the Veterans Benefits Administration is actually on the mend in a new type of product called an issue statement. Michael Missal, VA inspector general, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
00:17:57 4/17/2019
The Navy said it's just about ready to pull the plug on the collection of aging IT systems that handle manpower and personnel matters. Some of them are five decades old, and a modern commercial system is about to take their place. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu reported the transition is also opening the door to an app-based personnel system. He had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:50 4/17/2019
At the State Department nearly half the Senior Executive Service employees and nearly 1 in 4 of its GS-15 employees are eligible to retire right now. State has doubled down on recruitment for and retention of the next generation of diplomats. Carol Perez, director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources at the Department, said more than 50% of the agency's Foreign Service and Civil Service have less than 10 years of experience with the agency. She shared her priorities with Federal News Network's Jory Heckman on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:50 4/16/2019
The National Community Outreach Project sounds slightly generic. But for lawyers in the federal government or who argue federal cases, it's a big deal. The Federal Bar Association wants to bring an understanding of the justice system to middle and high schoolers. Sheri Mecklenburg, the chair of the association's outreach committee and assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago joined Federal Drive wit Tom Temin with details.
00:10:11 4/16/2019
Evaluating and improving employee engagement gets easier with a tool from a small team of senior leaders at the National Institutes of Health. And the team is determined to share that tool and their vision across government.
00:09:38 4/16/2019
Budgets have always been about values. That's true for both companies and governments. But the federal budgeting process has, in the view of Philip Wallach, senior fellow for governance at the R Street Institute, devolved into little more than loyalty signaling to each party's so-called base. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the process could be improved.
00:08:34 4/16/2019
In the health care dispute between some veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA has acknowledged providing incorrect information. It promises to correct the misconception that VA never has to pay for health care provided by non-VA facilities if the veteran in question has his or her own insurance. But will that change the course of a class action lawsuit? Bart Stichman, executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share his side of the story.
00:08:50 4/16/2019
The National Security Agency has been making regular use of award fee contracts, where contractors get paid periodically based on performance. The NSA inspector general looked at 54 such contracts and found some issues. Agency Inspector General Robert Storch joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the specifics.
00:09:22 4/15/2019
The House Armed Services Committee plans to mark up its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in mid-June. One of the big players in that process is Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Chairman Jim Langevin (D-R.I.). Federal News Network's Scott Maucione spoke with with Langevin about his plans for the bill, cyber issues and more. Hear the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:39 4/15/2019

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