Tom Temin

  • If you're a government contractor, you probably breathed a sigh of relief at the budget deal that pushed the debt limit off until March of 2017. Agencies pay invoices in the order they are received, and time flies. Wojciech Kornacki, an associate attorney focusing on government contract law for Centre Law Group, says stay prompt and accurate in your bookkeeping, and maybe even take a closer look at your contracts.

    November 10, 2015
  • The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act has really shaped the role of the department-level CIO in recent months. But what about the bureau or component CIOs? Van Hitch is a specialist leader at Deloitte Consulting and member of its Federal CIO Advisory Council. Writing for Federal Times, he laid out three critical aspects that define their new roles under FITARA.

    November 10, 2015
  • The Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments are pursuing their own versions of electronic health records. Private sector practitioners below the level of national insurance providers struggle to realize the benefits long touted by the Obama administration. For a look at the current situation and a prognosis, the Federal Drive turns to Gail Wilensky, a senior economics and senior fellow at Project Hope, the international health foundation.

    November 10, 2015
  • It's been around since the Civil War to protect the government from fraud. The False Claims Act has one of the strongest whistleblower protection provisions under federal law. Relators can receive up to 30 percent if the case is won. In fiscal 2014, the Department of Justice recovered a record sum of nearly $6 billion from false claims cases. Peter Hutt, a partner at the law firm Akin Gump, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

    November 10, 2015
  • The Senate is back to debating a cybersecurity information sharing bill. As the year winds down, some federal agencies are still mopping up from serious data breaches. It's been a year of progress on the cybersecurity front, but as the auditors like to say, there's a lot more to do. For a look ahead, Ari Schwartz joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Until joining the Venable law firm last month, he was the special assistant to the President and the White House senior director for cybersecurity.

    November 10, 2015
  • In Tuesday's Federal Headlines, the Office of Special Counsel helps an Air Force Reservist who took leave from his job as a U.S. Marshal to serve overseas.

    November 10, 2015
  • The FITARA implementation scorecard released last week by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee that shows agencies failing efforts to improve IT acquisition and operations — turned government watchers into upset parent's — asking their children why they are getting D's and F's. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, filled in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on the gaps in learning and a study guide for agencies to improve their FITARA grade point average.

    November 09, 2015
  • Each sector of the economy must deal with its own particular cybersecurity challenges. And each has a federal agency counterpart. The Energy Department spends a lot of, well, energy examining and analyzing threats to the nation's sources of energy and the grid that delivers it. Much of that work falls under the purview of Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood Randall, the deputy energy secretary.

    November 09, 2015
  • 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