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 FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. region.


2019 NDAA passage in sight

With reconciliation and passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 close at hand, contractors will at least have knowledge of where policy is heading. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin and shared the views of one large group.
00:09:03 6/17/2018

Past Episodes

Those unfortunate enough to require kidney dialysis today face a treatment regime unchanged from 30 or 40 years ago. The Department of Health and Human Services established a public-private partnership, called KidneyX, with the American Society of Nephrology to get kidney disease treatment in general off the dime. Sandeep Patel, open innovation manager and KidneyX project director, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
00:09:18 6/17/2018
President Donald Trump says the U.S. Postal Service is losing a fortune to companies like Amazon, and USPS has in fact reported net losses for the last 11 years. Now a White House task force is taking a deep dive into the agency's business model. The task force is supposed to release recommendations to the president later this summer. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on what those plans might look like on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:08 6/17/2018
Farming techniques known as precision agriculture can raise farm productivity and make farmers better off. But precision agriculture requires broadband connectivity, something that many rural areas lack. A Senate bill would require the Federal Communications Commission to identify areas of low connectivity and work with the Agriculture Department to fix it.FCC commissioner Brendan Carr Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio to explain how this all might work.
00:10:54 6/17/2018
A coalition of 13 federal unions now is suing the Trump administration over the president's executive orders. The National Federation of Federal Employees is leading the lawsuit which was filed again in federal district court. Their arguments differ from those of lawsuits brought by two other federal unions earlier this month. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why.
00:08:24 6/14/2018
Can people with peanut allergies eat peanuts safely? It's an important public health question, considering how widely peanuts have made their way into the food system. Turns out people with such allergies don't live in a black-and-white situation. And they don't necessarily have to live in a peanut-free bubble. That's thanks to the work of Soheila Maleki, a lead scientist in food allergy research at the Agricultural Research Service in New Orleans, who joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Maleki is also a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. 
00:00:00 6/14/2018
Elections aren't run by the federal government, but they sure do effect the federal government. So pretty much everyone has an interest in the integrity of election systems. John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis at FireEye, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how election apparatuses operated by state and local governments are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks. 
00:00:00 6/14/2018
In working the aftermath of natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency relies on contractors. A recent minority report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs found that FEMA does not always use best practices in hiring its contractors. Peter Tyler, senior policy analyst at the Project on Government Oversight, has been following this issue and spoke about it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:02 6/14/2018
Federal cybersecurity practitioners and vendors are scratching their heads over why President Donald Trump chose not to appoint a White House cybersecurity coordinator. But another opening is nearly as critical: the head of the Department of Justice's criminal division. That is a Senate confirmed position and former Justice Department counsel Megan Brown, now a partner at Wiley Rein, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why it is critical for the Senate to confirm the president's nomination.
00:09:09 6/13/2018
The defense authorization bill being debated on the Senate floor this week may set up a conflict with members of the House when it comes to the latest round of defense acquisition reforms. Leaders of the House Armed Services Committee want to reform and streamline the way the Defense Department buys commercial goods and services. But, as Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reported on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, the Senate wants to study the issue a bit more.
00:06:32 6/13/2018
As the IRS works to implement the new tax reform law the president signed last year, the agency plans to overhaul the way it does business. It recently released an agency reform road map that will unfold over the next five years. It aims to improve the agency's digital services, security and workforce. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:10 6/13/2018

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