Tom Temin

  • In the 19th century, locomotives chugging by scared horses and cattle. In the 20th century, sonic booms panicked picnics and rattled windows. Now, drones — unmanned aerial vehicles — are annoying just about everyone. And they're starting to be recognized as potential threats. Lockheed Martin Cyber Solutions is developing ways to counteract some of the threats from drones, says Michael Panczenko, Lockheed's director of engineering and technology.

    November 09, 2015
  • The number of contract awards coming under protest by unsuccessful bidders has been on the upswing over the last few years. But what some are calling a simple idea could turn the needle in the other direction. In his weekly feature, Inside the Reporter’s Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller writes about why improving industry and agency communication could make procurements go more smoothly.

    November 09, 2015
  • The Army has developed a new scarf-like mask designed to protect against riot control agents. Currently users are forced to wear full general protective masks made of hard bulky materials. This one however would be as easy as putting on a surgical mask. Paul Gardner is a supervisory physiologist at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's Research and Technology Directorate. He is also the chief of the Respiratory Protection Division that developed the mask. He explains how the idea for this project got started.

    November 09, 2015
  • Most of the time Federal News Radio is the one bringing information to you. But on Mondays, we like to switch it up. We've read your comments on our website and Facebook. And, as Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp and Jason Miller discuss, the stories you're talking about center on the fate of the IRS.

    November 09, 2015
  • On Capitol Hill, the work is never done. True, a seemingly landmark, two-year budget deal passed. No government shutdown? Not so fast. A budget framework isn't the same as a budget bill with dollar details. CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer analysis of what comes next under the dome of mystery.

    November 09, 2015
  • Leaders inspire loyalty. When you connect with the people you work with and manage, they'll give their best and endure the hard times. If, on the other hand, there is no trust or consideration the everyday stress of the job can build and become toxic. Michael Stallard is author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share tips on how you can grow a "Connection Culture" at your agency.

    November 09, 2015
  • Telework can save hours in time spent commuting and make life a little easier for many. But, working away from the office can also have unintended consequences. Those working away from the office can find themselves disconnected from coworkers while those left in the office might find themselves alone without a coworker to turn to. Jeri Buchholz, a strategic business development adviser for FMP Consulting and former chief human capital officer at NASA, sheds some light on the subject on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    November 09, 2015
  • In Monday's Federal Headlines, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald's statements are called into question regarding how many VA employees would be punished for manipulating scheduling at VA facilities.

    November 09, 2015
  • The newest Gov Con hall of famer was inducted last night. Paul Lombardi got his start at the Energy Department and Navy. He then went on to lead major contractors like DynCorp. He tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose what the honor means to him.

    November 06, 2015
  • The Senate has passed a bill to protect major cyber attacks. It's known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. And it's been pretty controversial. Dave Wennergren, senior vice president of technology for the Professional Services Council, views it through the lens of the contracting community.

    November 06, 2015
  • The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They will tackle some of the most complex management and policy issues in government and report to Congress. Joshua Gotbaum is a member of the new class. He's the former head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and is now a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. 

    November 06, 2015
  • Last night's Gov Con awards were a way for the contracting community to honor its own. It was sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council. Before it got going, one of the hosts, the chamber's Jim Corcoran, spoke with Federal News Radio's Francis Rose.

    November 06, 2015
  • A couple problems have plagued the Homeland Security Department over the years. Its 22 separate agencies have had trouble working together. And, partly as a result, its employees are some of the least satisfied in the government. Enter the Unity of Effort Awards. It's the department's attempt to honor employees who have bridged those gaps. Senior Biodefense Advisor Aaron Firoved is one of eight people who won it for their response to last year's Ebola crisis. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin now.

    November 06, 2015
  • In Friday's Federal Headlines, the commission will try to replace Allison Hickey, who resigned Oct. 16 in the wake of allegations of pay fraud.

    November 06, 2015