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Articles by Tom Temin

  • Advanced Cyber Monitoring

    Near-weekly, worldwide cybersecurity threats underscore the importance of network, end-point, and application monitoring. Federal agencies have worked under a policy of continuous monitoring/continuous diagnostics and mitigation for a decade. But given the seemingly unending growth in attack vectors, the spread of internal infrastructure to commercial cloud providers, and the rise of insider threats – they’ve got to up the game into what might be called advanced cyber monitoring.

  • Read this on the 4th of July

    It’s still possible for a person alive today to have had a grandparent that might have touched the hand of George Washington.

  • Inside Roth’s Dilbertville GSA: Worse than you thought

    A clash of cultures, differing views of the law. But one party crossed a line too far.

  • Homeland Security’s Barry West: Collaboration leads to better situational awareness

    Dr. Barry West has a title that means business. As senior advisor and senior accountable official for risk management at the Homeland Security Department, he basically has the job of seeing that the Trump administration executive order on cybersecurity is carried out at DHS.

  • John Davis II: Who is actually responsible for cyber attacks?

    Who is actually responsible for that cyber attack that hit your organization? Often it comes down to guess work. Few people have much faith in the accuracy of the attribution. So what to do? John Davis II, senior information scientist at the Rand Corporation and co-director for scalable computing and analysis, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with recommendations.

  • Jitinder Dubey: A deeper look at toxoplasma gondii parasite

    The wrong parasite in your gut can do more harm than you might realize — like cause metal retardation, blindness and death. One of the worst is called toxoplasma gondii and we now know how the parasite gets transmitted. Jitinder Dubey, a microbiologist at the Agriculture Research Service and a finalist in the 2017 Service to America Medals program, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his research on the topic.

  • Dr. Ihor Sawczuk: Boosting readiness and improving Army medical skills

    Army medical personnel have begun intensive training with doctors from Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. The goal: To improve Army medical skills and boost readiness. It’s called the Strategic Medical Asset Readiness Training program, or SMART. Doctor Ihor Sawczuk, president of the center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the details.

  • Paul Messina: Race to develop the first exascale computer

    The more super-computing capacity the world has, the more it seems to need. Now the Energy Department has awarded contracts to six companies as a push to develop the first exascale computer, a machine capable of performing a quintilian calculations per second. Program director Paul Messina joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the ins and outs of the project.

  • Rob Levinson: What a House proposed space corps would mean for the Air Force

    Air Force brass say they want more planes and pilots. Congress proposed developing a new U.S. Space Corps. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said she’s interested in the idea because it would add complexity and cost. What exactly did the House propose and who’s behind it? Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the answer.

  • Mallory Barg Bulman: Making good use of federal employee survey results

    In a couple of months, managers across government will know how their agencies fared in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. In the meantime, the Partnership for Public Service had released some advice on getting ready for and making good use of the results. Mallory Barg Bulman, director of research and evaluation at the Partnership, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some advice to agencies.

  • David Bier: DHS E-verify system needs a makeover

    The Homeland Security Department’s E-Verify program is supposed to keep illegal aliens from taking jobs in the United States. But the identification system still has many flaws and that fact alone has cost a half million legal workers their jobs. David Bier, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the major implications of the floundering system.

  • MSPB: The Dogpatch of government

    The Republic will continue to function if the MSPB lacks board members. But what about fairness and accountability?

  • David Hawkings: Highlights from the Hill amidst health care debate

    The Senate is in a large debate over its health care insurance bill unveiled Friday, June 23. It’s an important debate, according to David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the upcoming week on the Hill and the likelihood the bill will pass as quickly as majority leader Mitch McConnell wants.

  • Beryl Davis: Improper payments continue to dog federal agencies

    Since 2010, the Improper Payment Elimination Reporting Act has required inspectors general to tell whether their agencies are doing what they’re supposed to in order to reduce debt by error. But the Government Accountability Office has found a few flaws in the IG reports. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate.