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.


Congress orders DoD to study changes to its officer promotion system

The final version of the 2018 defense authorization bill, hammered...The final version of the 2018 defense authorization bill, hammered out by House-Senate conferees and overwhelmingly approved by the House on Tuesday, includes a provision ordering the Defense Department to deliver a set of recommendations on reforming career management for military officers by the end of March. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.   Show More

05:57 11/16/2017

Past Episodes

As a federal employee, be glad you don't have to go to a federal exchange for health care insurance options. To the contrary, you've got more choices than most people know what to do with. Open season is underway, so you've got to pick something between now and Dec. 11. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more guidance.
08:00 11/16/2017
It's getting closer and closer. The 2020 decennial count is on the horizon and the Census Bureau is in full prep mode. Will it be enough though? With lags in funding and new technology in need of testing, the agency has it's work cut out for it. For more, Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Robert Goldenkoff, director of strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
09:43 11/16/2017
Say you're the incumbent contractor. Say you get not-so-great performance reviews, so you lose the recompete. If you decide to protest, don't try to keep details of the performance reviews from the court. The judges don't like that. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares more on a company that found this out on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
07:38 11/16/2017
Even federal scientists and laboratory employees might not know, the government operates more than 300 labs. Following a two-year effort, this collection of facilities has an updated website where you can find information about all of them. John Dement, chairman of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, talked about it on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
08:50 11/16/2017
The Veterans Affairs Department is wrapping up negotiations with Cerner Corporation for a new electronic health record. It will be a 10-year contract, and VA wants to get the project off the ground quickly. It wants to follow the Defense Department's own implementation path. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin VA will need some start-up money from Congress to get moving.
08:09 11/16/2017
It takes four times longer to get a security clearance today than it did three years ago. The backlog of investigations now stands at 695,000. A decision from the Office of Personnel Management back in 2014 eventually led to that backlog. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione and Nicole Ogrysko join Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on this and what else they've discovered in their special report, Is the Security Clearance Process Destined for Failure?
09:07 11/16/2017
The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act would give agencies working capital funds to use for moving off legacy systems.
09:00 11/16/2017
Federal agencies may seem stuck on the threshold of reform in how they acquire information technology and use it to modernize themselves. Now Accenture Federal Services and the Partnership for Public Service have issued what they call a blueprint for leading lasting technology reforms. Federal News Radio's Eric White discussed it Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
08:21 11/15/2017
The battle over who's in charge of federal security clearances has been waging for decades. Big backlogs and long wait times for clearances and reinvestigations have prompted to transfer 75 percent of the investigative workload from the Office of Personnel Management and its National Background Investigations Bureau to the Defense Department. Yet just a few years ago, Congress transferred the program from the Defense Department to OPM. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione and Nicole Ogrysko tell Federal Drive with Tom Temin the latest plan is not going well.
08:09 11/15/2017

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