Tom Temin

  • The Information Sharing Environment is seeing its impact after a decade of bringing law enforcement agencies together. It’s latest report to Congress highlights the ISE’s progress in creating frameworks for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to protect against terrorists attacks. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. In his exclusive interview with executive editor Jason Miller, Paul describes how the ISE has transitioned to a sustainable and national approach.

    November 12, 2015
  • The Homeland Security Department's Unity of Effort initiative is working better for the department as a whole than the 22 individual components that make up DHS. Component agencies say the unity program has little impact on their specific missions. With about one year left until the next presidential transition, component agencies say they're slowly learning to talk to each other. Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko has more.

    November 12, 2015
  • In Thursday's Federal Headlines, the Justice Department urges local police departments to adopt body cameras, but federal marshals are not allowed to wear them.

    November 12, 2015
  • What if you found that a major contractor to your agency was aiding those out to harm the United States? That's exactly what happened to Central Command in Afghanistan. It turns out, it's not so easy to get rid of the contractor. For lessons learned in this strange case, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell.

    November 12, 2015
  • With one year before the next presidential election, it's a safe bet the next administration will face challenges dealing with military veterans and with the still-troubled Veterans Affairs Department. Now the Center for a New American Security has come up with a comprehensive blueprint for the military and veterans community. Report co-author Kate Kidder shared some of the highlights with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    November 12, 2015
  • Federal retirement information exists in a black hole. Little information escapes to inform and prepare federal employees about their retirement benefits. That's the claim from one expert who recently surveyed feds on what they know about their retirement plans. Randy Silvey, a federal retirement specialist and owner of Silverlight Financial, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what he called the disturbing if not anticipated results of the survey.

    November 11, 2015
  • Unless they're strictly for transport, military vehicles are not worth much unless they're lethal to the enemy. That's one reason the Navy is moving to improve the lethalness of its littoral combat ships. The Navy's surface warfare chief has ordered the ships equipped with so-called over-the-horizon missiles. Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss this and other naval matters in this week's edition of Pentagon Solutions.

    November 11, 2015
  • Nearly 30 years after Congress passed the largest reform in DoD’s history via the Goldwater-Nichols Act, the Senate is reopening the topic of Pentagon organization. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, Senators are hoping to build on the successes of Goldwater-Nichols and repair some of its unintended consequences.

    November 11, 2015
  • From World War I to the Iraq War, each veteran's story tells a piece of our nation's history. The Veterans History Project wants your help capturing those stories for the generations to come. Bob Patrick is the director of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. He gave Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson the details.

    November 11, 2015
  • The Veterans Health Administration’s struggle to recover from a scandal that exposed problems in patient care and scheduling can be felt in every corner of the organization. Since becoming the head of the Veterans Health Administration in July, David Shulkin has led weekly meetings with the agency’s top leaders. He recalls what happened at the first meeting to Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp.

    November 11, 2015
  • Shared services — it's a strategy the White House has been urging agencies to save money on and boost operational efficiency. Some multi-component agencies find the model of intra-agency shared services compelling. Tom Muir is director of support services at Veterans Affairs. Mark Glorioso is director of NASA's Shared Services Center. Muir explains how shared services support VA's mission.

    November 11, 2015
  • In Wednesday's Federal Headlines, the Senate passed the veterans and military construction bill — leaving 11 annual appropriations bills yet to be approved.

    November 11, 2015
  • For almost a decade, Congress has been hounding the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to integrate their electronic health records. Later this week, DoD will file paperwork saying it’s lived up to its side of the bargain - and that it now complies with national standards for sharing health IT data. Chris Miller is DoD’s program executive officer for healthcare management systems. He talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about the steps the two departments have taken over the past two years to make their health data more interoperable.

    November 10, 2015
  • The locality pay area list will include two new locations in 2017, if the Federal Pay Agent finalizes the Federal Salary Council's new recommendations. The Council says it's looking at new information now to add Virginia Beach, Virginia and Burlington, Vermont to the list. As Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko reports, new data will help the Council make more decisions on local federal salaries.

    November 10, 2015