Tom Temin

  • 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
  • How a bill becomes a law is a subject we all learned once, maybe from teachers or Schoolhouse Rock. Missing from that lesson was the role that federal agencies play. Chris Walker is a law professor at the Ohio State University. He has written a report to the Administrative Conference of the United States on the subject. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin via Skype with more.

    November 05, 2015
  • When sequestration led agencies to furlough employee two years ago, not everyone took it lying down. The National Federation of Federal Employees launched two lawsuits. It accused the Defense Department of violating the law. The employees' salaries were not paid from the main pot of funds that had been cut by the law. There's now an ending to this story. Here to tell it is Debra D'Agostino, an employment attorney at the Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service, in this week's Legal Loop.

    November 05, 2015
  • 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