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.


New talent management system to give the Army a better view into soldiers' skills

The Army today evaluates its talent based on a soldier's military occupational specialty and rank. But Army brass know they're missing out on talent they might not know they have. A new pay and personnel system should help the Army tap back into its soldiers' own hidden skills and outside interests. The new Integrated Personnel and Pay System is almost ready for primetime. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had the story on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:01 10/17/2018

Past Episodes

The Defense and Homeland Security departments have been scrambling to visit Silicon Valley to find the latest and greatest new technology. But few agencies are rushing to solicit companies in the Washington, D.C. area for their developments and entrepreneurial ideas. Northern Virginia venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman said companies and agencies are missing out on untapped potential. He told Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko about a new academy that he's launching to help local industry better sell its own commercial products. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:21 10/17/2018
True or false? Work beyond age 70 and you no longer have to pay FICA or Social Security taxes. True or false? With a life annuity from the Thrift Savings Plan you can request multiple partial withdrawals plus your monthly payments. Knowing the correct answers to these questions and others can help you avoid costly retirement mistakes. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some of the common myths she hears about the federal retirement system.
00:07:31 10/16/2018
Anyone who's traveled in and out of the United States lately may have noticed the process is getting more streamlined. More and more airports are adding facial recognition capabilities at international points of entry. Much of the speed-up is thanks to the work of John Wagner, deputy assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations at Customs and Border Protection. He told Tom Temin how CBP has been using facial recognition, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:40 10/16/2018
What began as an experiment in good-government legislation turns 40 years old this month. The federal inspector general community started with only a dozen members in 1978. Now there are more than 70 agency watchdogs as well as a central IG council. Current and former members of the oversight community say IGs have gained new authorities over the past few decades, but also encountered some growing pains. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:49 10/16/2018
Acquisition took center stage during day two of the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council's 2018 Executive Leadership Conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday. From the IRS' interest in robotics to the General Services Administration's plans to make the lives of contracting officers easier, and the ongoing debate around other transaction authorities, agencies and industry continue to figure out ways to simplify the federal acquisition system. Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin from Philadelphia to discuss what he's hearing.
00:07:53 10/16/2018
Congress is back home this week and won't return to Capitol Hill until after the midterm elections. But it has a long to-do list for when it resumes. Seven appropriations bills are still unfinished and Congress has until Dec. 7 to figure out a plan for those bills. Loren Duggan of Bloomberg Government joined Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a preview of that to-do list.
00:08:07 10/15/2018
The pace and volume of the Homeland Security Department's initiatives to address supply chain risks are distinctly mounting. DHS is launching three major initiatives over the next few months to prepare for what will be a busy 2019. As part of his weekly Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network's Jason Miller give a preview of how DHS wants to improve the technology that agencies buy on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:58 10/15/2018
As part of the VA Mission Act, Congress told the Veterans Affairs Department to consolidate its various private-sector care programs into one. But a new report by the Government Accountability Office finds VA hasn't done a great job interacting with private sector providers up to this point. Some are paid within days, while others don't see reimbursement for months, even after they've supplied all the documentation VA wants. Sharon Silas is acting director for Health Care Issues at GAO. She talked with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about the administrative challenges VA needs to fix. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:19 10/15/2018
Hurricane Michael is gone, but the destruction it left behind will have a lasting impact. Tyndall Air Force Base was hit head-on by the storm and now the Air Force is trying to deal with the aftermath. Plus, is obesity hurting military readiness? All of that is in the DoD Personnel Notebook this week and Federal News Network's Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it.
00:07:20 10/15/2018
Air Force leaders have been saying for the last several years that their service is too small to perform the missions the nation's likely to ask of it. That's all according to a recent study from the RAND Corporation. It used some historical data on how different kinds of conflict put stress on the Air Force, and it looked at four potential types of conflict the US military might wage in the coming decade. It found today's force would be hard-pressed to meet demands in any of those four "futures." Alan Vick is a senior political scientist at RAND and the lead author of the study. He spoke with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about the findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:27 10/15/2018

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