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

There's more consensus on civil service modernization than you might think, SES group says

The 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act has a lot of good government groups thinking about change. Many of them say it's time to reform the 1978 reform, including the Senior Executives Association. SEA gathered a group of former senior executives and think tanks with a wide variety of ideologies to review how they might modernize the civil service. Jeff Salmon, a member of the Senior Executives Association and co-chair of the organization's civil service modernization committee, and Adam White, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a law professor at George Mason University, spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. They said there's more agreement on civil service modernization than people might think.
00:16:38 12/10/2018

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The 40th anniversary of the Civil Service Reform Act has a lot of good government groups thinking about change. Many of them say it's time to reform the 1978 reform, including the Senior Executives Association. SEA gathered a group of former senior executives and think tanks with a wide variety of ideologies to review how they might modernize the civil service. Jeff Salmon, a member of the Senior Executives Association and co-chair of the organization's civil service modernization committee, and Adam White, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a law professor at George Mason University, spoke with Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. They said there's more agreement on civil service modernization than people might think.
00:17:15 12/10/2018
December in Washington is proving colder than normal in a lot of ways. As Democrats prepare to take over the House, persistent issues remain before the hourglass runs out of sand on the current session. For an update, Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:18 12/10/2018
Thanks to the work of three organizations, there's new light on how to accomplishing shared services ... something the government has been working at for decades. They've found something simple but profound: Including the voice of the customer is vital to ensuring shared services are successful. John Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition and Terry Gerton is the president National Academy of Public Administration. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about why the end user is so important and other findings they'll released at tomorrow's Senior Executives Association annual conference.
00:08:45 12/10/2018
Plenty is left to learn about the human brain. Now the National Institutes of Health has expanded an initiative known as the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. The latest round of grant funding is $220 million, doubling the BRAIN investment. With more on the goals of the initiative and where the money will do, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:15:30 12/10/2018
The Department of Health and Human Services will be in the hot seat before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday. That's when committee members will bore in on its progress against the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). This seventh oversight session of FITARA will continue the committee's focus on agency implementation of the law enacted four years ago this month. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke to Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT, about why the FITARA scorecard remains a key indicator of how agencies value the role of their chief information officer. Hear the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:10:03 12/10/2018
Gloria Steele has been called a visionary and a dreamer by people who've benefited from her work. She's also an accomplished senior executive who not only knows the value of American foreign aid but also how to work it in effective ways. Steele is Asia Bureau acting assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and a recipient of one of this year's Presidential Rank Awards. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:09:37 12/10/2018
Everyone loves wearing cotton, an one reason the US cotton industry is competitive worldwide is the work of my next guest. A long-serving scientist at the Agricultural Research Service, Johnie Jenkins is one of this year's Presidential Rank Awards winners in the category of distinguished professional. He talked about his work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:11 12/9/2018
Military leaders and many in the political and contracting realm worry the nation is losing it's competitive military advantage. The Commission on National Defense Strategy has called for a boost in spending, which is not an uncommon Washington response. My next guest questions this conclusion. Dan Grazier is a Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project on Government Oversight and a Marine Corps veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:11:02 12/9/2018
The Trump administration has many plates spinning when it comes to its plans to modernize the federal workforce. Maybe too many? But the administration said it will focus on fewer of them in 2019, focusing on things it can do that will have the most impact. Improving employee engagement seems to be on the list, and agencies are starting to talk about it in a different way. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
00:08:43 12/9/2018
The Defense Department has nothing if not a really big bureaucracy. Now the brass want to consolidate their so-called fourth estate networks as a model for the rest of the military. That could translate into some savings in the IT realm. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:46 12/9/2018

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