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.


Federal Drive with Tom Temin

DoD contractors shouldn't fear being 'first' to try acquisition alternatives

Over the past several years Congress has passed by some counts hundreds of large and small reforms to defense acquisition. Most of them remain in theory, but contractors can help their Defense Department customers exercise some of those unused muscles. Larry Allen, of Allen Federal Business Partners, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how.
00:08:47 6/23/2019

Past Episodes

Another agency, another new telework policy. The Interior Department is the latest to make some changes to its telework program. The department said its telework policy needed an update, as the last one was in 2012. But Interior isn't the only agency that's made some tweaks to telework in recent years. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss whether attitudes about the program are shifting.
00:09:03 6/23/2019
It's difficult to have good cybersecurity without good cyber intelligence. So are federal agencies any good at cyber intelligence? To find out, the director of national intelligence called on the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. For highlights of what the researchers found, cyber intelligence researcher Jared Ettinger joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:52 6/23/2019
After almost a year of bid protests, the legal fight over the Defense Department's JEDI Cloud contract is finally coming to a close. The government and Amazon Web Services both filed their arguments in defense of JEDI this week, saying a federal court should toss out a challenge filed by Oracle. If the court agrees, it would pave the way for DoD to make a final award upwards of $10 billion about a month from now. Federal News Network's Jason Miller and Jared Serbu have been following the JEDI saga from the beginning, and they joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to bring listeners up to speed on the latest legal arguments.
00:09:06 6/23/2019
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services receives more than 8 million requests a year from foreign visitors who wish to extend their stay in the country. As one might expect there's a lot of paperwork and a lot of disparate systems involved. Now USCIS has embarking on an e-processing initiative, starting with those extension requests. Tammy Meckley, associate director for immigration records and identity services, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
00:17:06 6/23/2019
After a decades-long hiatus, NASA is looking again toward landing people on the moon. Since that first landing 50 years ago, knowledge of medical science has advanced a lot. NASA astronaut and flight surgeon Dr. Serena Aun-Chancellor joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what we know now and how it will help distant space travel.
00:09:57 6/20/2019
Furloughs for employees at the Office of Personnel Management are on the table if Congress does not agree to advance the administration's proposed merger with the General Services Administration. The Trump administration went to Capitol Hill last week to describe a dire financial situation for OPM. Officials named furloughs as one of the administration's near-term impossible choices if lawmakers don't go along with the merger. But as Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko reported, the typical year-end budget chaos could also put OPM in financial jeopardy. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:14 6/20/2019
The Office of Legal Counsel within the Justice Department has quietly exerted opinions on laws that Congress may never have had in mind. That's what the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) said it found after an extensive Freedom of Information Act request. POGO investigator Daniel Van Schooten joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share more details.
00:09:05 6/20/2019
The Agriculture Department has walked back its decision to close more than a third of the Forest Service's vocational training centers, and move the rest to the Labor Department. USDA leadership's change of course occurred after bipartisan pushback in Congress and even President Donald Trump. But the future of the program remains unclear. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:04 6/20/2019
You might be surprised to learn that the Coast Guard Search and Rescue Mission employs only one oceanographer. But what a heck-of-an oceanographer he is. After years of detailed study of how vessels drift in coastal waters, he pioneered a computer modeling program. It enables the Coast Guard to rescue people more quickly and efficiently. Now that oceanographer is a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. Art Allen joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his work.
00:09:11 6/20/2019
The Pentagon has fired its first salvo in a crackdown on what it's officials have called price gouging in the military spare parts market. In a highly unusual move, top procurement officials are targeting one particular company: TransDigm. They're telling Defense Department contracting officers to demand extra pricing documentation whenever they deal with that company or its subsidiaries. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu has been following the TransDigm story for the last several months, and he's here to talk about the latest.
00:09:16 6/19/2019

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