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

Taxpayer First Act includes reforms to the IRS whistleblower program

The Taxpayer First Act which President Trump signed into law earlier this month included reforms to the IRS whistleblower program. Dean Zerbe is National Managing Director of the Alliantgroup and Senior Policy Analyst at the National Whistleblower Center, thinks they're an improvement ? he joined Federal Drive to explain why.
00:10:43 7/17/2019

Past Episodes

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is getting serious about grid and electrical utility cybersecurity. New rules require reporting of certain cyber incidents and no more paper compliance. Senior Policy Advisor at the law firm Holland and Knight, Norma Krayem, joined Federal Drive with details.
00:10:31 7/17/2019
Agencies moving to the cloud have a process to make sure they're buying cyber-secure products. But the leadership of a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee says that process, known as FedRAMP, has become too lengthy and too expensive for small IT vendors to compete. Now those members say they're working on a bill to remove some of those FedRAMP hurdles. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with the latest.
00:08:37 7/17/2019
No one becomes an astronaut for the food. But you can't live on the space station or fly to the moon or Mars without food. Now a challenge contest aims to find ways to grow food-bearing plants in austere environments. Director of education at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Amy Padolf, joined Federal Drive with more.
00:09:05 7/17/2019
Both legislative houses have passed their versions of the 2020 defense authorization bills and now and there's a lot to fight over. The House version, passed last week, has some significant differences with the Senate counterpart. It also had some interesting amendments attached to it. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione joined the show to explain.
00:09:46 7/16/2019
Agencies have been tasked by the Trump administration to take their customer service up a notch. But a few things may stand in the way. Like budget uncertainty, and in some agencies, less-than-optimal relations between line employees and management. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University and he joined Federal Drive to argue that better services starts in-house.
00:07:40 7/16/2019
The Trump administration earns a win in its bid to enforce and implement a series of executive orders on collective bargaining, official time and employee firings. A group of federal employee unions sued the Trump administration over the EOs and won last August. But the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed that decision yesterday. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined the show to explain the court's decision and what this means going forward.
00:09:40 7/16/2019
You might call it a field hospital in a backpack. That's the concept behind two recent Army contracts to develop what the Army calls an autonomous trauma care system for initial care of wounded soldiers in remote places. Carnegie Mellon University is one contract recipient. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is one award recipient. Retired Army Colonel Doctor Ron Poropatich, director of the Center for Military Medicine Research joined Federal Drive to discuss.
00:09:31 7/16/2019
For the Transportation Security Administration, airport screening doesn't just happen. The agency's security operations unit is constantly refining and testing how well procedures prevent guns and other prohibited items from making it through. But the Government Accountability Office finds, TSA could do better in how it manages its covert testing program. GAO's Managing Director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Charles Johnson, joined Federal Drive with details.
00:08:58 7/16/2019
With $17 billion in spending and a host of controversial amendments between them, the House and Senate must figure out a way to to reconcile very different versions of a National Defense Authorization Act. That's part of an agenda with two more weeks until a month-long recess. The Fulcrum editor in chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his assessment.
00:08:35 7/15/2019
When it comes to tracking down national security threats the latest wave of artificial intelligence tools may help the Department of Homeland Security pick the right face out of the crowd. The agency has a few facial recognition projects in the works, but a recent data breach of one of its subcontractors has Congress taking a closer look at the security of the data and the accuracy of the results. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
00:09:06 7/15/2019
The Defense Department is 2-for-2 when it comes to defending its controversial JEDI Cloud solicitation from bid protests. The latest victory came on Friday after months of back-and-forth legal pleadings at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. A federal judge ruled against Oracle's latest JEDI challenge. But there's still a lot of unknowns about the court's reasoning, and that reasoning may play a role in whether Oracle decides to appeal the ruling. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about the ruling and those unanswered questions.
00:09:09 7/15/2019
If you follow military affairs, you can be forgiven if you're confused about proposals for space. The White House has one version for a Space Force, the Senate a second and the House a third. Kaitlyn Johnson, the associate director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it out.
00:08:51 7/15/2019
Cybersecurity for federal agencies increasingly is driven by data. A case in point is the Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys at the Justice Department. It combines data from multiple sources and fuses them to get a total cybersecurity picture. The data sources relate to seven program verticals within the Office. Greg Hall, the chief information security officer of the U.S. Attorneys, joined Federal Drive to explain.
00:09:27 7/14/2019
Damage from opioids, legal and illegal, has become a central focus of several federal agencies. One academic argues the government could be better organized and do even more and that more Congressional oversight is needed. Juliette Kayyem is a professor at the John F. Kennedy school of government and a former assistant secretary of Homeland Security. She joined Federal Drive with her points.
00:11:45 7/14/2019

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