Federal Drive with Tom Temin

When he's not tooling around the National Capital region on his motorcycle, Tom Temin interviews federal executives and government contractors who provide analysis and insight on the many critical issues facing the Executive branch. The Federal Drive is found at FederalNewsRadio.com and 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. region.

LATEST EPISODE

FTC's Game of Loans targets student loan forgiveness scams

Outstanding student loan debt stands at $1.4 trillion. That makes promises to borrowers of easy-outs an attractive scam. Now in a first, the Federal Trade Commission has wrapped up a coordinated effort with officials in 11 states to crack down on deceptive practices like posing as a government agency and offering loan forgiveness in exchange for a fat fee. Michelle Grajales, an FTC staff attorney, coordinated 36 separate enforcement actions in Operation Game of Loans. She talked to Federal News Radios Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the crackdown, and what the scams have in common.
10:09 12/15/2017

Past Episodes

The job of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is to make sure employers don't discriminate. But in the technology industry sector, women and some minorities don't appear to be participating in the growth. That's according to the Government Accountability Office. To assess federal oversight rigor, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu spoke with Cindy Brown Barnes, GAO's director of Education, Workforce and Income issues, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
08:18 12/15/2017
Blockchain technology has quickly moved from the little-known to the mainstream. One piece of evidence: It made the Dilbert comic strip this month. At the General Services Administration, blockchain is also making a difference. Before Jose Arrieta left for the Health and Human Services Department, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to Arrieta, the director of contract operations for the IT schedule 70 program at GSA, as part of our series, What's Going on with Blockchain?
20:15 12/15/2017
The issue of transgender people in the military has been hotly debated for the past six months. Finally it seem like there is some sort of conclusion. Sort of. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione joins The issue of transgender people in the military has been hotly debated for the past six months. Finally it seem like there is some sort of conclusion. Sort of. Federal News Radios Scott Maucione joins with the latest.
07:30 12/15/2017
More details are coming out now about the Interior Department's most recent round of Senior Executive Service reassignments. Interior is posting new information about the moves on its Freedom of Information Act online library. And Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt says he reviewed the reassignments and sees the potential for more. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko has dug through the document sand is here to tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what she's found.
08:19 12/15/2017
The mystery goes on and on. Puzzling vision, hearing, balance and memory problems hitting diplomatic staff in Cuba from unknown sources. Now doctors have found brain abnormalities in the 24 affected people. AP reporter Josh Lederman provides an update on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
08:32 12/14/2017
The Treasury Department, as keeper of the nation's financial integrity, keeps an eye on currencies the world over, including cryptocurrencies. Now it's looking into potential uses for blockchain, the online ledger system that enables cryptocurrencies and many other types of transactions. Craig Fischer, a program manager, and John Hill, assistant commissioner for Financial Innovation and Transformation, are both from Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service. They join Federal Drive with Tom Temin as part of the series, What's Going on with Blockchain?
10:26 12/14/2017
The Army says its taking several steps to integrate what until recently have been thought of as distinct military disciplines: electronic warfare, military intelligence, signals and cyber. Officials say that means more common equipment, changes to the way the Army trains and educates its soldiers, and new electronic warfare capabilities in its brigade combat teams. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
07:49 12/14/2017
With all the challenges of moving to shared services agencies face, the Treasury Department has one of the biggest success stories. The Invoice Processing Platform is demonstrating both the benefits and savings envisioned by the Trump administration and its predecessors. Ronda Kent, the assistant commissioner for Payment Management at the Treasury Department's Bureau of Fiscal Service, tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about why both agencies and vendors benefit from centralized management of federal invoices. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update.
07:14 12/14/2017
The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte are busy recalculating rankings for the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. They didn't get it wrong the first time. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update.
08:19 12/13/2017

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