Tom Temin

  • Even for long-serving federal managers, moving from one federal department to another can produce some surprises. Systems, cultures, people might all be different. Just a few short weeks into her job as NASA chief information officer, Renee Wynn has a lot of work to do. Recently decamped from EPA, she compared the two agencies for Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

    November 30, 2015
  • She has nearly four decades of public service. Her speciality is human services, and she's worked at the county, state and federal levels. Now acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin is a new fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She told Federal Drive with Tom Temin what it means to be a NAPA fellow.

    November 30, 2015
  • If the Internet of things is a technology megatrend, federal agencies should pay attention to it. So says the non-profit Advanced Technology Academic Research Center, or ATARC. It asked professors, contractors and federal IT managers about the Internet of things and boiled the answers down into five recommendations. Mike Hettinger of ATARC told Federal Drive with Tom Temin the group started out with a question.

    November 30, 2015
  • In Friday's Federal Headlines, this year's Open Season is the busiest on record, according to the Office of Personnel Management. An OPM spokesman tells Federal News Radio the new self-plus-one option has generated enormous interest.

    November 27, 2015
  • In Thursday's Federal Headlines, a We the People petition started earlier this month, asking the White House to grant feds the additional holiday, got just over 7,000 signatures, falling far short of the 100,000 needed just for the White House to respond.

    November 26, 2015
  • The Defense Department says it’s funded at the minimum level it needs to handle threats around the world. However, defense experts say DoD isn’t spending its money in the right way. DoD report Scott Maucione tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the department is spending more and getting less. Read Scott's related story.

    November 25, 2015
  • Back in March, the Navy said it would test a new IT acquisition process called the innovation cell. Its purpose: to evaluate, buy and insert new commercial technologies onto its networks within the space of one year. It appears to have worked. The Navy made its first awards under the Innovation Cell framework yesterday. Victor Gavin is the Navy's program executive officer for enterprise information systems, and Dan DelGrosso is the PEO-EIS technical director. On Federal Drive with Tom Temin, they talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the awards, and what the Navy has learned from the process so far. Gavin speaks first.

    November 25, 2015
  • Congress is tied up in knots debating the Syrian refugee questions and other things like cybersecurity. With a fast-approaching deadline for funding the government, Dec. 11, to be exact, the question is whether Congress will finish its budget work on time. Federal Drive host Tom Temin asked CQ Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings if other matters were crowding out the crucial budget.

    November 25, 2015
  • Federal executives talk a lot about the importance of human capital. The workforce, that is. But not enough of them engage in meaningful workforce planning. That's according to former Homeland Security HR-chief Jeff Neal, now with IFC International. Neal told Federal Drive with Tom Temin that's changing.

    November 25, 2015
  • The Defense Department has told Congress that DoD's health IT systems are interoperable with those of Veterans Affairs. Meanwhile, DoD is working to make sure the commercial health record system it just agreed to buy can marry up with the integrated systems DoD and VA have been building for the past several years. Chris Miller, DoD’s program executive officer for health care management, talked about that challenge on Federal Drive with Tom Temin with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu as part of the latest edition of On DoD.

    November 25, 2015
  • As possibly the biggest buyer of fuel in the world, the Defense Department can ill-afford to make mistakes in forecasting prices. If it guesses wrong, it could face billions in unforeseen costs. But the Government Accountability Office found mistakes can happen. And this one was a doozy. Johana Ayers, GAO's director of defense capabilities and management issues, fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin on all the details.

    November 25, 2015
  • In Wednesday's Federal Headlines, auditors from Williams, Adley & Company found bureaus at State are not required to tell the CIO about system threats and that IT managers are allowed to add and remove devices from the department’s network also without notifying its tech chief.

    November 25, 2015
  • The former heads of the Internal Revenue Service have written to Congress, telling them that after five straight years of budget cuts, enough is enough.

    November 24, 2015
  • The Pentagon in 2016 aims to get a least step closer to a clean financial audit. Well, maybe a baby steb. But an expensive one DoD reporter Jared Serbu tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read Jared's related story.

    November 24, 2015