After facing death threats and decades of institutional corruption, Jon Smibert has worked steadily on behalf of the Justice Department to help revise the laws and judicial practices of the former communist Albania. Smibert, a finalist in the 2017 Service to America Medals program in the national security and international affairs category, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his work.
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells of a hair-raising encounter with Robert S. Mueller, the new special counsel at the Justice Department looking into the “possible coordination” between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.
Soldiers might be Army strong, but the same cannot necessarily be said about the buildings they work in. The service is facing a nearly eleven billion dollar tag to get its facilities and installations fixed. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione was joined by Randy Robinson, acting assistant secretary of the army for installations, energy and environment, and Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installations management, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the issue further.
The Senate is now in its second week since the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and is still in a bind. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the likeliness that the chamber will be able to get things done regarding confirmations or any other business.
The Veterans Affairs Department will hold the second annual Brain Trust conference this week. The conference is devoted to the latest in treating head trauma and traumatic brain injury while bringing together people from the VA and several private sector organizations. Matt Collier, senior advisor to VA Secretary David Shulkin, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide further details.
Congress is never finished with the Veterans Affairs Department. Fresh after extending the Choice Act, the House has passed a bill to overhaul the way VA recruits, trains and retains its staff. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to go more in depth on this potential legislation.
Amy Northcutt, the National Science Foundation’s chief information officer, died on May 6 after a short illness. The General Services Administration starts to fill political roles.
President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey could thrust the law enforcement agency and its workforce in to an uncomfortable political arena — one that could alter internal and external perceptions of a heretofore non-partisan organization.
The FBI director is sacked. Unusual event, lots of headline and cable TV consternation. Now what? In particular, how does such turmoil affect the rank and file? What should acting Director Andrew McCabe do to soothe things? Stephen Ryan, former federal prosecutor, now a partner at McDermott, Will and Emery, gives his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
It’s Public Service Recognition Week, and some agencies are taking the time to say “Thank you” to the federal workforce that makes it all happen.
Census Bureau Director John Thompson will step down from his role at the end of June after serving nearly four years on the job. The bureau’s next leader will take over the operations of the 2020 Census, which has already received considerable budget scrutiny from government watchdogs.
The Partnership for Public Service announced its 26 finalists for the 2017 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, which recognizes top federal employees who have stood out in their fields.
One of the highlights of Public Service Recognition Week is meeting the Service to America medal finalists. Max Stier, president and chief executive at the Partnership for Public Service, gave Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson on Federal Drive with Tom Temin a look at some of the finalists and why Public Service Recognition week is so important.
President Donald Trump announced a slew of nominees for key administration positions Friday, after the Senate confirmed a new deputy-level Cabinet official this week.