Tom Temin

  • Congress has graded agencies on how well they've implemented a year-old law to streamline their management of information technology. No one ran home smiling to mom. On average, agencies earned a 'D' on their Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act report cards. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details.

    November 05, 2015
  • The White House ordered a 30-day cyber sprint this summer in response to data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management. They had proven just how vulnerable federal networks are to attacks. Now the White House has a new plan, and that sprint has become a marathon. Ned Miller is chief technology strategist for the Intel Security Group’s Public Sector Division. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on this new stage.

    November 05, 2015
  • If you think about the most recent wave of innovation in this country, it's pretty easy to come up with a list of tech companies: Facebook, Google... but try to name a recent innovation in fields like education, energy, and manufacturing. If you can't, you're not alone. Stephen Ezell is vice president for global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He said the United States has a problem with innovation in so-called "legacy" sectors.

    November 05, 2015
  • In Thursday's Federal Headlines, House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) says he wants it to be easier to discipline individuals who aren't doing their jobs, adding that there are issues throughout the federal government.

    November 05, 2015
  • The Federal Election Commission wants to make campaign finance data more interactive and accessible. And thanks to a partnership with the General Services Administration's 18F team, it's launched beta FEC to do just that. Lindsay Young is a developer at 18F and worked on the beta FEC site. She joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

    November 04, 2015
  • The government started reporting on Hispanics in the federal workforce 14 years ago, because there were so few of them. Today, Hispanics make up 8.4 percent of the workforce, 2 percent more since that first report. Veronica Villalobos calls it "slow but steady" progress. She's the Office of Personnel Management’s principal deputy associate director for employee services. As she tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp, certain things do make a difference.

    November 04, 2015
  • A redesign for the 2020 census could save the Census Bureau at least $5 billion. The last census in 2010 was the most expensive one in U.S. history. But as Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko reports, a tight budget and tighter timeline could make a successful redesign more difficult.

    November 04, 2015
  • An old idea got an accidental tryout when Congress and the White House agreed on a two-year federal budget deal. Members from both parties say they'd like to make that idea permanent. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is the chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. He's also a leading proponent of two-year budgeting. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the budget deal.

    November 04, 2015
  • In Wednesday's Federal Headlines, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson honored employees who supported law enforcement during the 70th U.N. General Assembly and Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.

    November 04, 2015
  • No one seems to find a better alternative to this persistent analog throwback, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

    November 04, 2015
  • Modernizing the nation's transportation infrastructure is a top priority for the Transportation Department. Its Build America Transportation Investment Center has teamed up with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to share best practices with local DoT's and all stakeholders. Jennifer Brickett is director of the BATIC Institute and AASHTO Center for Excellence. She tells Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson what the new institute is all about.

    November 03, 2015
  • Every federal agency has its own management challenges, but the Small Business Administration has a lot of long-standing ones. And it still hasn't resolved most of them. That's according to the Government Accountability Office. Bill Shear is the director of financial markets and community issues at GAO and joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the latest audit.

    November 03, 2015
  • Federal chief information officers might be grounded after House lawmakers give them their first Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act report cards on Wednesday. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT will release its FITARA scorecard during a hearing and the news isn’t good. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) chairs that committee. He gives executive editor Jason Miller an exclusive preview of the FITARA scorecard.

    November 03, 2015
  • You can almost exhale. The new budget deal between Congress and the White House got the President's signature yesterday. But what about the Defense authorization bill for 2016? President Obama vetoed that one. But now Congress is working on a revised version. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione has more on the updated bill’s chances.

    November 03, 2015