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

Looking back, ahead at acquisition and telecom as GSA turns 70

As the General Services Administration reaches 70 years in business, Federal News Network has been exploring what that means for the agency whose main customer is the federal government itself. From the first time the legendary Texas Congressman Jack Brooks dialed a number using the newly established contract called federal telephone service, GSA has been in the business of operating contracts that supply telecom services to federal agencies.Continuing the series, GSA @ 70: Mission Evolved, and to gain some long-term perspective, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with a 32-year employee: Tom Howder, acting deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service. He explained how acquisition looked back then and reviewed telecom, which is where he got his start.
00:14:34 9/18/2019

Past Episodes

The Census Bureau is doubling down on its cybersecurity as part of its prep work for the first U.S. decennial count that allows households to respond online. But it's also taking steps to crack down on misinformation on social media that might dissuade people from responding to the census. Part of that effort is a nationwide messaging campaign to set the record straight about what the bureau does and doesn't do with all that census data. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman had more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:06 9/18/2019
Deals made under other transaction authority, as opposed to regular procurement contracts, help the government buy innovation and prototypes. That was the case with the Air Force looking for new space launch technology. Space X did not get a deal. It protested and discovered whether a protest is even possible under OTA. For details, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:08:42 9/18/2019
As the military grows it needs to recruit young, bright people to fill its ranks. The Air Force is hitting its goals so far, but it's changing some of the ways it presents itself to the next generation to make the service an appealing employment option. Federal News Network's Scott Maucione spoke with Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service, about the issues the Air Force faces and how it's planning on overcoming them. Maucione spoke with Leavitt at the recent Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.
00:06:56 9/18/2019
Trump administration's executive orders on federal employees and employment launched an epic struggle. Much of the president's May 2018 workforce orders have been locked up in legal battles for the past year. But the Office of Personnel Management sees a window of opportunity to implement portions of one of them. OPM is out with new regulations now. They're designed to streamline and shorten the firing and disciplinary process for federal employees. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to break down the details.
00:08:55 9/17/2019
Just a year after awarding five contracts to support IT modernization, the Agriculture Department is moving on. USDA decided to bring all of its efforts in house and end its relationship with contractors and the General Services Administration under the Centers of Excellence initiative. In his weekly feature, the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about why USDA believes it's ready to steer its IT modernization ship. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin now to discuss more details.
00:09:59 9/17/2019
As it enters its eighth decade, the General Services Administration is pushing ahead on a number of fronts to keep the agency and its services relevant to the rest of government it serves. The agency enables nearly every other to operate more easily by handling nuts-and-bolts activities like acquiring car fleets, buildings and information technology. As part of our series, GSA @ 70: Mission Evolved, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Alan Thomas, the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He outlined what he called the federal marketplace strategy, a series of policy, process and technology changes. He also discussed his federal marketplace strategy for modernizing FAS services, and the larger implications of the strategy.
00:17:11 9/17/2019
The Department of Veterans Affairs has long championed mobile access to its services. In fact, it has so many mobile apps, it's developed a new one to help veterans keep track of it all and ultimately improve their access to health care. VA's Director of Web and Mobile Solutions, Shawn Hardenbrook, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share the story of Launchpad.
00:09:48 9/17/2019
Congress seems to be working hard to avoid a lapse in appropriations when the fiscal year ends in a couple of weeks. But as last year's budget battles and the longest partial government shutdown ever have shown, anything can happen. For a review of what you can and cannot do during a lapse in appropriations, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the Government Accountability Office's Managing Associate General Counsel, Shirley Jones.
00:10:45 9/16/2019
The Army is set to release a brand new data strategy any day now. Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, the service's chief information officer, said the goal is to make sure the Army's vast data holdings are visible, accessible, understandable, trusted, interoperable, secure. To get there, the Army says will need to set standards and enforce them "ruthlessly." Crawford sat down with Federal News Network's Jared Serbu to talk about the new strategy.
00:14:57 9/16/2019
The Department of Homeland Security has thrown down the gauntlet to the government's best cybersecurity minds. It launched the President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition, daring individuals and teams across government to compete in a three-part challenge taking place over the next three months. Rob Karas is the deputy director of vulnerability management at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS. He told Federal News Network Executive Editor Jason Miller about why the President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition is not just for federal cyber experts, but any government employee who thinks he or she has what it takes.
00:09:43 9/16/2019

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