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

New Air Force installations strategy plans for sustained budget increases and demolished buildings

It's no secret that the Air Force is struggling with its deferred facilities maintenance. At last count it had $33 billion worth of undone work. Under a new strategic investment plan, the Air Force hopes to recapitalize its installations over the coming years. For more on the plan, Federal News Network's Scott Maucione spoke with Richard Hartley, Air Force principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:41 3/20/2019

Past Episodes

You've heard the statistics ? just 6 percent of federal employees are under the age of 30. And nearly 30 percent of the workforce will be eligible to retire in the next 5 years. The Trump administration sees the pipeline problem. And it's partnering with the Volcker Alliance to launch two government-to-university regional hubs later this spring. The goal is to create better partnerships with universities and steer students toward careers in public service. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko had more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:07:57 3/20/2019
For a couple of decades, the Government Accountability Office has published its biennial list of high-risk federal programs. It makes good reading and a good guide to improving things. To go a bit deeper, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin this week. Troubled federal programs range from food safety, veterans medical care and Defense Department procurement. He also discussed a governmentwide problem and an agency specific one ? the 2020 Census ? as well as the state of federal human capital management and recruiting.
00:34:08 3/20/2019
A recent Government Accountability Office award protest decision seemed to establish a new rule for how contract negotiations are conducted. Specifically, there are times when contracting officers can't make guesses about whether proposed prices are reasonable. Washington, D.C. procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, of Petrillo and Powell, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
00:07:16 3/20/2019
It's probably not enough to help the military services dig out of tens of millions of dollars in backlogged building maintenance, but the Pentagon is finally putting some serious money toward facility upkeep. The 2020 budget includes billions of dollars in new funding for facility sustainment, restoration and modernization, but it follows several years of chronic underfunding. Federal News Network's Jared Serbu wrote about it in this week's edition of the DoD Reporter's Notebook. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain.
00:09:26 3/19/2019
Who would apply for a job at a place where you might be forced to work without pay for a month, or that is threatened with bankruptcy every year? Or what if your benefits are constantly under debate by people who call you names? Well that's how the federal government is looking right now according to Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Management Program at American University. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more discussion.
00:07:37 3/19/2019
As Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen packs her bags for a new headquarters across the Anacostia River next month, the General Services Administration has proposed demolishing five historic buildings elsewhere on the Saint Elizabeths campus in order to keep plans for a consolidated DHS headquarters on track. The project has now dragged on for more than a decade. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more details.
00:07:59 3/19/2019
Should another government shutdown occur, a bill introduced by an Arizona Democratic congressman would force Congress to stay in town until it's over. It's just one of five accountability bills from Tom O'Halleran, who joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his proposals.
00:11:53 3/19/2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is staffed below the numbers recommended by successive administrations and funded by Congress. That's despite steady improvements in recruiting and in the hiring process. Rebecca Gambler, director of Homeland Security and Justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for some of the numbers.
00:09:20 3/18/2019
With the House and Senate on recess, not a lot substantive will happen this week. Later, the Senate will focus on nominations and its own procedures. When the House returns, it will resume the early stages of budget work where it turns out the defense debate may not be such a big deal after all. Bloomberg Government Editorial Director Loren Duggan joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the week's outlook, starting with what looks like the beginning of an agreement on defense spending.
00:08:02 3/18/2019
The Pentagon is now into its second year of full-scale financial audits, but it's likely to be many more years before those efforts produce a clean one. But the audit is having at least one beneficial effect. As Federal News Network's Jared Serbu reported, it's helping the military services account for tens of millions of dollars in property they didn't even know they owned. Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:06:17 3/18/2019

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