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.


Study shows changing values for young, enlisted service members

The Army had to reassess its recruiting goals this year after realizing it would not be able to recruit 80,000 soldiers. A new study from the RAND Corporation shows changes in what young, junior enlisted personnel value in the service, and may have some insights for recruiting and retention. Family concerns, injuries and promotions are all factors on their minds. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione spoke with Todd Helmus, a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation about the study on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:47 5/24/2018

Past Episodes

Official time ? unions work on the federal clock ? is back in the hot seat.The topic has always been a sticking point for some members of Congress and it is getting more attention after the Office of Personnel Management found official time use was on the rise in fiscal 2016. House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows got more specific information from agencies and is not happy with what he found. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:21 5/24/2018
Even as Congress debates the 2019 defense authorization act, the Defense Department is working off a backlog of tasks from prior year NDAAs. Among these efforts is a new rule to help stave off counterfeit electronic parts. And on a less crucial note it adds language to the rule so companies know the purpose of defense procurement. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo or Petrillo and Powell PLLC joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:09:07 5/24/2018
Around this time last year, hospitals and healthcare providers were dealing with a new type of computer malware known as WannaCry. It spread across the world locking digital devices until owners paid a ransom. The attack targeted hospitals in the United Kingdom and as U.S. health providers braced for the worst, Steve Curren sprang into action. He's director of the Resilience Division in the Office of the assistant secretary of Preparedness and Response at the Health and Human Services Department. Curren and his team adapted processes for handling physical disasters to a cyber attack response. Now he's a finalist for this year's Service to America Medals. Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with him about his work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:51 5/24/2018
The Trump administration has big plans for IT modernization. You may have heard that the Office of Management and Budget recently released the President's Management Agenda articulating that goal. Meanwhile, the Defense Department shares that modernization goal as outlined in its national defense strategy but to increase its lethality. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman heard the latest from federal CIO Suzette Kent and gave his report on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:18 5/24/2018
Lawmakers want to re-examine the structure of the Veterans Health Administration after hearing a report which the Veterans Affairs Department Inspector General referred to as "serious" and "disturbing." A failure in oversight and accountability is leading some lawmakers to believe veterans integrated service networks are unnecessary and inneffective. They want VHA to prove otherwise. Federal News Radio's David Thornton had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:05:32 5/23/2018
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is shifting its digital services training program from pilot mode to fully operational. Three years after issuing a challenge to the vendor community to help change the way agencies buy technology, the Digital IT Acquisition Professional Program is ready for broad usage. Joanie Newhart is the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Traci Walker is the director of Digital Service Procurement with the United States Digital Service. They told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about why contracting officers will need to and want to obtain a core-plus certification in Contracting for Digital Services over the next few years. Hear the interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:50 5/23/2018
Congress has taken an interest in figuring out ways to regulate some of the third-party ticket vendors you may have used to gain admittance to anything from an NFL game to a Broadway show. Among the concerns is that the companies tend to distort the marketplace for entertainment events by buying up large numbers of tickets at face value as soon as they go on sale, then tack on large fees of their own before selling them to consumers. Lawmakers recently asked the Government Accountability Office to look at regulatory options, and the results are now in. Michael Clements is director of financial markets and community issues at GAO. He talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, about what they found.
00:07:20 5/23/2018
When a big department spends 40 percent of it contract dollars through indefinite delivery - indefinite quantity contracts, it is worth checking to see if IDIQs offer enough competition. The Government Accountability Office looked at two years worth of IDIQ spending by the Defense Department. Bill Woods, director of contracting and national security acquisition issues at the GAO, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what auditors found.
00:08:41 5/22/2018
The Defense Department is the last agency to receive an "F" on the latest Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, scorecard. But DoD is not alone in earning a bad grade on the bi-annual IT reform scorecard from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for details about which agencies have to answer for lower grades.
00:07:34 5/22/2018
Early on in the Trump administration, the White House proposed trimming away excess or unneeded regulation. It sought public input and claimed to have received 100,000 comments. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, a watchdog group tried to find out what happened to the comments. Apparently they went into the ether. PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch talked about the vanished public feedback on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:50 5/22/2018
The federal government is on a hot streak in meeting its small business contracting goals. The Small Business Administration said the government exceeded its small business contracting goal for the fifth year in a row. Eight agencies earned the highest score of A-plus, but there is still room for improvement. The SBA scorecard shows the government missed some contracting goals. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more on the results.
00:06:09 5/22/2018
The annual federal employee viewpoint survey is now underway and will remain in circulation for another month. But this year's version includes a few key changes. For one, it's being administered as a census. It also includes a pair of pilot programs designed to improve the survey in future years. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research at the Partnership for Public Service, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the viewpoint survey is changing.
00:07:55 5/22/2018
Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller has been asking GSA for the better part of a decade to open access to the schedules program for non-schedule holders so we can see requests for proposals, requests for information and contract awards. He celebrated the move as a win for transparency, both in his weekly feature the Reporter's Notebook and on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:00:31 5/21/2018
The Defense Department has been experimenting with a program that lets the military services recruit cyber experts directly from industry and commission them as officers. So far, it has not been much of a success, mainly because of the low pay involved. But that might be about to change. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of the DoD Reporter's Notebook and he joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
00:09:45 5/21/2018

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