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

House passes nine bills proposed by the Veterans Affairs Committee

Earlier this week, the House passed nine bills offered up by the Veterans Affairs Committee. They cover a variety of matters from suicide prevention to education. Committee chairman Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to preview what's next for the committee.
00:09:03 5/23/2019

Past Episodes

The Senate Armed Services Committee is out with the 2020 Defense Authorization bill and it holds a host of reforms and new goodies for the Defense Department. The bill covers everything from the space force to the privatized on-base housing crisis. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione and Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive for a peek into what the bill holds.
00:08:51 5/23/2019
Hearing loss is the most common disability from military service. Treating it costs billions of dollars a year. The Office of Naval Research has tried to prevent this epidemic, especially for sailors and Marines on board aircraft carriers. Kurt Yankaskas, program officer for the ONR's Noise Induced Hearing Loss Research Program, designed custom earplugs. They've made a big difference. Yankaskas is a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. He spoke with Federal News Network's Amelia Brust.
00:09:10 5/23/2019
It's no secret. A lot of agencies are running up against the walls of their existing civil service and human capital systems. Take the Transportation Security Administration. There's almost universal agreement TSA security officers should get paid more. But there's disagreement about whether the decades old general schedule will address those issues, or something else. Meantime, the Commission on Military, National and Public Service recently heard from other agencies and stakeholders who say they have similar challenges. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss.
00:08:37 5/23/2019
You've heard of the Space Force, that new defense agency that's still taking shape. But you probably haven't heard about a Space National Guard. That might be the next logical step if Congress approves the new military service. It's just one item on a full agenda for the armed services committee. With a preview into what the Senate Armed Services Committee has in store for its defense authorization bill, Federal News Network's Scott Maucione joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:21 5/22/2019
The Defense Department has taken another major step toward finally replacing the IT systems that support security clearances across the government. The Pentagon has just awarded $75 million to Perspecta to build a big portion of the National Background Investigation System. That's the same large firm that won $50 million for another piece of NBIS last year. And once again, DoD is using an other transaction agreement, not a traditional contract. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the latest award.
00:08:21 5/22/2019
Last week was National Police Week. Over the last several years, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers' Association has gotten accustomed to seeing many of its legislative priorities sent to the president's desk during the week-long appreciation. That wasn't exactly the case this year. Only one bill cleared either chamber of Congress: A fairly simple reauthorization of a grant program for bulletproof vests. Don Mihalek is the executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He talked with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu about what's left on the legislative agenda on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:59 5/22/2019
Like cybersecurity, federal hiring is a problem everyone likes to admire. Yet it fundamentally never seems to change. The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service has been holding a series of public airings of the hiring issue. The Partnership for Public Service has joined the call to action and has a series of recommendations on hiring. Partnership's director for federal workforce programs Margot Conrad joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights.
00:09:21 5/21/2019
The Trump administration was on the defense yesterday as it tried to convince members of the House Oversight and Reform Government Operations Subcommittee of its plans to merge the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration. The administration says Congress has little choice but to merge OPM with GSA because of OPM's current financial situation. But the plan faces some tough critics. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the latest developments.
00:09:36 5/21/2019
The National Museum of American History just held its third annual Military Invention Day. The event gave Defense Department agencies a chance to show off the innovations they're working on and bring a little military futurism to the civilian world. Arthur Daemmrich, director of the Lemolson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and Miranda Summers-Lowe, curator of armed forces history at the National Museum of American History spoke with Federal News Network's Scott Maucione about the event.
00:08:42 5/21/2019
If an agency has an idea to launch a new program, chances are good it already exists elsewhere in government. The Government Accountability Office says agencies could save billions of dollars by reducing the number of overlapping and duplicative programs in government. They've been beating the drum for years. Now Congress has some legislative fixes in the works. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Temin with updates.
00:08:34 5/21/2019

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