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 FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. region.

LATEST EPISODE

DoD: Transferring GI bill benefits to your family is 'not an entitlement'

Ever since the Post-9/11 GI bill was enacted nearly a decade ago, one of its most important perks has been service members' ability to pass along education benefits to their children if the vets themselves don't use them. But the Defense Department is changing to those rules. Starting a year from now, some service members will lose the right to transfer education benefits. The rule change has provoked something of a backlash from veterans groups. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu wrote about it in this week's edition of the DoD reporter's notebook and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:09:24 7/16/2018

Past Episodes

The Trump administration seems to be leaving no stone unturned in its quest to reorganize the government. One new proposal is to change how administrative law judges are hired. They would no longer be chosen under Title 5 competitive hiring but instead become appointees, much like federal prosecutors. Marilyn Zahm, president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges and a judge at the Social Security Administration, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for her reaction.
00:10:11 7/16/2018
For American Federation of Government Employees Council 220, the world has turned topsy turvey. That's the group representing 45,000 Social Security Administration employees. Its official time was cut by 90 percent and is about to be booted from its federal offices. Council President Witold Skwierczynski has taken a drastic personal step to try and hold things together. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:10:23 7/16/2018
With President Donald Trump meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller having launched indictments against a dozen Russian officials, you might say Russia is exerting gravitational pull on the United States. If and how that will play out in a Congress that has a lot of closer-to-home concerns to deal with, Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings offered his insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:00 7/16/2018
The Agriculture Department's decision in January to make big changes to how often its employees could telework is reverberating across the government. The departments of Education and Health and Human Services followed suit. Now rumors have it other agencies, including Veterans Affairs and Commerce Department, may soon implement similar changes. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about our new exclusive survey that finds all of these new policies are causing some federal employees to believe it's only a matter of time before their agency follows suit. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
00:08:51 7/16/2018
With President Donald Trump meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller having launched indictments against a dozen Russian officials, you might say Russia is exerting gravitational pull on the United States. If and how that will play out in a Congress that has a lot of closer-to-home concerns to deal with, Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings offered his insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:00 7/16/2018
The most recent federal spending data show agencies are unlikely to use all of their appropriated money by the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30th. There is just not enough time, and Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Counsel, spoke on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the implications.
00:08:08 7/15/2018
Federal inspectors general have been thinking about about how far they've come and what they have left to accomplish to fully realize the intent of the Inspectors General Act four decades after its enactment. The Bipartisan Policy Center brought current and former IGs along with other agency leaders and congressional staff to think about what the next 40 years of the IG Act might look like. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:12 7/15/2018
Remember war bonds? The last time anyone saw those down at the Post Office was back in Korean War days. Today the U.S. relies more on private and foreign borrowing to pay for its wars. But that way of spending might be breeding inequality. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione spoke with Rosella Cappella Zielinski, assistant professor of political science at Boston University, about the implications of credit in wars on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:57 7/15/2018
If any of the Trump administration's plans for reorganizing actually come through, they could have a big impact on contracts held by merged agencies or functions. For more on this and a few other fiscal 2019 contracting matters, Rob Levinson, senior analyst at Bloomberg Government, spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:40 7/15/2018
The Air Force apparently failed to exercise some basic cybersecurity hygiene when it didn't configure a router correctly. One thing led to another and sensitive documents about the MQ-9 Reaper drone ended up for sale on the dark web. Analysts at Recorded Future discovered the hacker. Andrei Barysevich, director of Advanced Collection at Recorded Future, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the details.
00:09:03 7/12/2018
Forty years after former President Jimmy Carter signed the Inspector General Act, IGs have grown in strength and number. But neither the Trump nor the Obama administrations seemed to make it a top priority to fill vacant IG slots at some of the large departments and agencies. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:10 7/12/2018
President Donald Trump has jumped onto the idea of a Space Force as a new and separate branch of the armed services. Some believe that probably will happen some day, but now is too soon. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula is dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss further.
00:09:31 7/12/2018
Congress has handed the Defense Innovation Board a gargantuan task: Fixing the Defense Department's problems with software acquisition. But as the board's members get to work, they're finding a major problem. DoD doesn't actually have much data about how its software programs are managed. Without that information, it's hard to pinpoint exactly where the problems lie. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu had details on what the board's doing to solve that challenge.
00:06:36 7/12/2018
When the Zika virus hit the United States in 2015 it caused birth defects and widespread alarm. My next guest spearheaded the U.S. response. She led teams that created a tracking system, figured out the virus transmission mechanism and set up a pregnancy hotline. Margaret Honein is an epidemiologist and director of the Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program, and she joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:09:26 7/12/2018

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