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

OMB's new cyber policy affords agencies a more flexible, diverse way to connect to the cloud

The albatross hanging on agency's necks for the past decade that made it much harder to move the cloud is finally gone. The Office of Management and Budget yesterday released the final Trusted Internet Connections or TIC policy. It opens the door much wider to use cloud services. Federal News Network executive editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive to discuss why the new TIC policy will make IT modernization easier.
00:09:02 9/12/2019

Past Episodes

For federal automobile fleets, the gasoline engine still reigns supreme. Of some 650,00 vehicles, two-thirds are conventionally powered. A lot use flex fuel ? but hybrid and electric cars are still rare. For why, we checked in with Andrew Von Ah, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office.
00:08:06 9/12/2019
Last year, Kilauea, one of several active volcanoes on Hawaii, erupted for more than 100 days. It wiped out more than 700 homes, displacing thousands of people. Right on the ground was a U.S. Geological Survey team, led by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist Christina Neal. She told Federal Drive about the experience that earned her and her team a nomination in this year's Service to America Medals in the Science and Environment category.
00:09:14 9/12/2019
Millions of Americans are on Medicare, and as the baby boomer retirement wave continues, millions more will be. Now, the digital services offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have expanded. For example, recipients can easily check their own medical records going back four years. All the required coding didn't just happen. Shannon Sartin is one of the people driving online services at CMS. She's executive director of U.S. Digital Service for Health and Human Services and a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. She spoke with Federal Drive about her work.
00:09:04 9/12/2019
Elections in the United States are the responsibility of states, counties, cities and towns. But the federal government has an increasing role on the security end of things. Especially cybersecurity. Elaine Kamarck is a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. She says the various federal agencies with the wherewithal to help non-federal entities protect elections need to better organize those efforts You might remember her for her work on the National Performance Review during the Clinton administration. She joined the show to explain.
00:11:12 9/12/2019
The saga continues for the Agriculture Department and its efforts to relocate the headquarters for two of its research bureaus to Kansas City. USDA is asking some employees at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service to work longer in Washington. Like through December, or even next March. The American Federation of Government Employees is suspicious the extensions could reduce the benefits owed to departing employees. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with the latest.
00:08:41 9/12/2019
It's still uncertain why hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees suddenly lost access to the government's Employee Assistance Program a week and a half ago. But the picture is becoming at least a little clearer. The root of the problem appears to be a determination by the Department of Health and Human Services that it can't adhere to DoD procurement regulations. And HHS's Program Support Center has apparently decided that means it can no longer provide services to the Defense Department. Federal News Network's Jason Miller and Jared Serbu have been following the ongoing turmoil between PSC and its customer agencies, and they joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to bring things up to speed.
00:08:45 9/11/2019
Hiring freezes are at best a mixed blessing for large organizations. That appears true for the State Department, which underwent a really long hiring freeze in the first year of the Trump administration. Now the Office of Inspector General has documented the outcomes of the hiring freeze. For the highlights, Arne Baker, director of the Policy Implementation Division in the Office of Inspections, and Sandra Lewis, assistant inspector general for Inspections, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in the studio.
00:10:12 9/11/2019
Artificial intelligence in the service of human resources management may sound ironic. But HR experts all over are predicting AI will improve their function, even replace some HR people by automating lots of routine tasks. One person isn't so sure. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:08:59 9/11/2019
House Democrats are moving on to the next proposed agency relocation. This time it's a relocation of the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management that they want to block. The plan is to move the remaining employees at BLM headquarters in Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colorado, and several other locations out west. The House Natural Resources Committee is split over the plan. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:24 9/10/2019
Sometimes it seems like unmanned aircraft are about to take over the world. But if it flies, it's got to keep clear of planes with people aboard. That's been a major concern of the Federal Aviation Administration for years. Now the agency has issued a request for information about whether testing ought to be required of amateur drone operators. With what they have in mind, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to an aviation safety inspector in the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Integration Office, Danielle Corbett.
00:09:42 9/10/2019
Federal hiring managers never tire of how hard it is to find and recruit new people. More and more, though, the idea of re-educating the people you have is showing good results. The latest words are re-skilling and up-skilling. Tim McManus, chief operating officer of the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about some of the latest thinking.
00:09:24 9/10/2019
Employee assistance programs across the Defense Department are starting to come back online. They'd been unavailable for a full week, leaving DoD's entire civilian workforce without access to services like substance abuse and mental health counseling. The reasons for the outage are far from clear, though. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu has been covering the EAP problems, and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
00:08:48 9/9/2019
With cybersecurity among the top national security concerns, the Pentagon has been pushing for greater cybersecurity in its supply chain ? all 300,000 companies in it. Now it's unveiled what it calls a cybersecurity maturity model certification standard. Executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council Alan Chvotkin joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more on how one corner of the contractor world views this development.
00:09:12 9/9/2019
One of the most troublesome forms of cyber attack, ransomware famously hit Baltimore earlier this year. City services came almost to a halt. Ransomware attacks against governments at all levels are on the rise. For some statistics and what to do about these attacks, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the Vice President of Intelligence at Crowdstrike, Adam Meyers.
00:09:23 9/9/2019

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