Tom Temin

  • Using a particular BPA might help the governmentwide picture, but it won't necessarily help individual agencies manage their own expenses.

    January 26, 2016
  • Federal employees in the D.C. area are able to return to their offices on Wednesday after snow forced their closure for two days.

    January 26, 2016
  • Even as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars recede into history, problems with traumatic brain injury endure. A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University finds that those injured before 2007 are most at risk for chronic problems. That's before Defense Department medical officials started more regular and detailed TBI screenings. Study co-author Rachel Chase from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the study.

    January 26, 2016
  • Snow days ain't what they used to be. Now that tens of thousands of federal employees have the capability to telework, the calculus for when to close federal offices has changed. Regardless, it's not a simple decision.

    January 26, 2016
  • Congress will get going this year, that's a promise. But this week the House Democrats are heading out of town. The Senate is a day late getting underway because of the weekend snowstorm. But David Hawkings, senior editor at CQ Roll Call, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin there's still stuff to do.

    January 26, 2016
  • Call it the eighth year syndrome. It's the last year of a presidency and scores of politically appointed slots throughout the federal government are vacant, and likely to stay that way until the next administration comes in. How do career executives manage through it? Federal Drive with Tom Temin gets some advice from Danny Werfel, former acting IRS commissioner and long-time federal financial exec. He's now a director in the public sector practice at the Boston Consulting Group.

    January 26, 2016
  • The Office of Inspector General for the EPA is looking into the agency’s response to the contamination of the city of Flint, Michigan’s community water system, including the EPA’s exercise of its oversight authority.

    January 26, 2016
  • The great CEOs of American history make up a ceaselessly fascinating bunch. Movies, though, not so much.

    January 26, 2016
  • If you're a contractor, dealing with contracting officers is always something of a dance. Sometimes you lead, but mostly you need to follow their cues. For this week's Doing Business segment on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Larry Allen, principal of Allen Federal Business Partners, has three things he thinks contractors need to know now.

    January 25, 2016
  • Whether they're on the football field or the battlefield, the health of people's heads has become a concern of federal health and safety standards officials. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of long-term health problems of people in danger of impacts to the head. Advanced materials in head gear can mitigate the danger. That's why the National Football League, Under Armour, General Electric and the National Institute of Standards and Technology teamed up in for the Head Health Challenge. Dr. Laurie Locasio, director of the materials measurement lab at NIST, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some insight.

    January 25, 2016
  • The Internal Revenue Service has to collect most of the revenue coming into the government. But it's got to do it legally and fairly. Congress has been keeping an eye on the IRS ever since the tax exempt scancal broke in 2013. In its latest study, the Government Accountability Office looked into how the IRS Wage and Investment division handles tax returns flagged for audit. It found some good things, and some matters that need tightening up. Jessica Lucas-Judy, acting director for tax issues at GAO, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some insight.

    January 25, 2016
  • Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced the Administrative Leave Act. The bill creates new administrative leave categories specifically for federal employees accused of misconduct or poor performance and going through an investigation. It sets up a multi-step process for agencies and their employees.

    January 25, 2016
  • The Marine Corps is planning to transition to Windows 10 by the 2017 deadline, but it is still figuring out how.

    January 22, 2016
  • A Region 5 email reads like CYA, not someone with the power to do something, jumping in and helping with the real problem.

    January 22, 2016