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

Army looks to video game companies to make training more realistic

The Defense Department has been reaching out to famous technology companies like Uber and Amazon. To that list you can now add video game companies. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione talked to National Security Technology Accelerator CEO Tim Greeff about how these games will be the next frontier in the military.
00:07:49 11/14/2018

Past Episodes

While nearly all veterans who visit a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center get adequate care, sometimes things don't go so well. When they don't, the results can be catastrophic and expensive. A case in point is that of former Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Merritt. He died in 2014 at a VA hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Now the VA has paid a big settlement. Trey Thatcher, attorney at Burch-Porter-Johnson, represented Merritt's family. Thatcher joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk more about the case.
00:08:37 11/14/2018
The Trump administration will soon review five recommendations for changing the model it uses to make decisions about the federal locality pay program. Those suggestions come from the Federal Salary Council. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss new locality pay areas up for consideration and the results of the council's review.
00:09:29 11/14/2018
After 20 years of studying public servants from a variety of angles, the IBM Center for the Business of Government has published a sort of summary book with advice for a bumpy future. John Kamensky, senior fellow at the center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network with some highlights.
00:08:52 11/14/2018
Cybersecurity is like a battle with no end. But with the right people, your organization can stay that crucial step ahead. Feds need to build what one expert calls a resilient cybersecurity culture. John McCumber, director of cybersecurity advocacy for North America at the cyber training non-profit (ISC)▓, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to explain his plan.
00:10:16 11/13/2018
Congress is once again taking an interest in allegations of substandard military housing on camps and bases. Responding to media reports, Sen. Mark Warner has written a letter to DoD Secretary James Mattis demanding an urgent briefing. He wants to know how the Pentagon's handling claims of mold, leaking roofs and rodents in military homes across the country. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss further.
00:08:58 11/13/2018
You've heard the expression, elections have consequences. Because they scrambled the power balance in Washington, the recent midterms could have an impact on budgeting and procurement as committee chairmanships change in the House. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joinedá Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to share his assessment.
00:08:56 11/13/2018
Open season is off and running. It's the one month a year that participants in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have to make changes to their insurance for the next year. Greg Klingler is director of wealth management at the Government Employees' Benefit Association. GEBA is a non-profit that helps federal employees, retirees and some military contractors make sense of their benefits. Klingler joined Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko to suggest ways federal employees should consider changing their plans, even though premiums haven't moved much.
00:08:40 11/13/2018
The Defense Department has strict and detailed procedures for how the armed services should safeguard supplies of munitions such as ready-to-fire missiles and rockets. Trouble is, the Army, Navy and Air Force don't always follow them. Diana Maurer, director of defense capabilities and management at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to discuss what GAO shared in a recent report.
00:08:10 11/13/2018
Feds need to check their health benefits this open season, even if they don't intend on changing plans; the plans themselves could be changing. Tammy Flanagan, federal benefits and retirement expert, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to talk about health insurance choices.
00:08:16 11/12/2018
With just days left on its calendar, the so-called lame duck Congress returns to Washington this week for a few days before another week-long recess for Thanksgiving. It might be the closing of the session but they've still got work to do. Loren Duggan, editorial director of Bloomberg Government, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to discuss what to expect in the coming days.
00:08:21 11/12/2018
The Trump administration has gotten Congress to go along with a defense budget for this year that's a solid 14 percent more than that of 2017. Mark Cancian, senior adviser for the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said there's no getting around the tradeoffs among readiness, force expansion and modernization. Cancian joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share his analysis of the 2019 budget.
00:09:26 11/12/2018
It sometimes seems like the offices of inspector generals operate in reactive mode ? springing into action only when something goes wrong or a whistleblower sounds off. In reality, many of them work according to carefully worked out plans. A case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA IG just released a strategic plan for 2019 through 2023. Kellie Walker, director for business analysis and results at the EPA IG office of management, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Network to discuss the highlights.
00:08:51 11/12/2018
The Defense Information Systems Agency may be best known for the more than 5 billion dollars in contracting support it provides the military services and agencies each year. But with the move of the Joint Force Headquarters, DoD Information Network back to DISA earlier this year, the agency is playing a bigger role in securing the Pentagon's networks and data. Federal News Network's Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the 3 biggest plans DISA is developing for fiscal 2019.
00:00:00 11/12/2018
Last week the Veterans Affairs Department was hit with a class action lawsuit. It claims tens of thousands of vets never received reimbursement they're entitled to for emergency medical services rendered at non-VA facilities. Bart Stichman, executive director and co-founder of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why they're going after VA.
00:00:00 11/11/2018

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