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.


NNSA facing growing challenges with even its crucial missions

While not a household word, the National Nuclear Security Administration has some crucial missions. It maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, deals with environmental cleanup and implements non - proliferation programs. It has challenges in all three areas and then some. David Trimble, director of natural resources and environment issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to explain the agency's challenges.
00:09:21 3/19/2018

Past Episodes

Employees say the Veterans Affairs Department's interpretation of the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act doesn't give them enough time to improve performance. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more details.
00:08:16 3/19/2018
Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT are concerned that the IT modernization effort is losing momentum. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about why the committee will continue to press agency chief information officers to move off legacy systems.
00:08:15 3/19/2018
In the last Cold War, nations tried to see who could make the biggest nuclear bomb. In the current international rivalry, the race is aimed at something you can't see. Namely, artificial intelligence. In fact, China is spending big on AI as one component in its strategy for building a force-projecting military. Chris Taylor, CEO of the data and analytics firm Govini, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to talk more about China's mission.
00:09:06 3/19/2018
You might have thought the two year budget so-called deal between Republicans and Democrats would have made reaching a 2018 budget easy. But ? as this year's fifth continuing resolution nears its Friday deadline ? relations on Capitol Hill look about as frosty as the weather we're having today. Loren Duggan, Bloomberg Government editorial director, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to provide some insight.
00:09:14 3/19/2018
Political appointees at the State Department tried to fire career employees they thought didn't support the president's agenda. That's according to two Democratic lawmakers who have whistleblower emails detailing these conversations. Now they're asking for more detail with some of the State politicals named in the emails. Federal News Radio's Jory Heckman joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more.
00:07:21 3/18/2018
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) got the nod from the Trump administration back in September to head NASA. But the Senate has yet to hold a vote on his confirmation. That has members of the House upset, including Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), chairman of the subcommittee on space, who spoke on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:10:26 3/18/2018
Whether President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un actually get together ? much less come to agreement on atom bombs ? remains to be seen. But no matter what happens, it is unlikely cyber probes and attacks from North Korea will stop anytime soon. For more, Ross Rustici, director of intelligence services at Cybereason, visited the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
00:09:37 3/18/2018
Soldier for Life is the unit responsible for transitioning soldiers out of Army life and into the civilian world. That includes helping soldiers find jobs and helping their families find solider ground. Federal News Radio's Scott Maucione talked with the Director of Soldier for Life Colonel Sam Whitehurst on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what the organization has planned for 2018.
00:06:59 3/18/2018
The Trump administration rolled back some of the Obama era regulations on federal contractors. But the Labor Department remains a potent force for compliance, as 1,000 contractors found out last month. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, offered his insight on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. TAG: Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners ... Find a link to his blog and to this interview at Federal News Radio dot com, slash, Federal Drive. Subscribe to all of our interviews at iTunes or Podcast One.
00:10:00 3/18/2018
The Partnership for Public Service, as part of its superb and comprehensive work on presidential transition, has partnered with The Washington Post to track presidential nominations and appointments for 638 key appointments that require Senate confirmation. With 274 positions having confirmed appointees, 138 formally nominated, 8 awaiting nomination and 218 with no nominee, the administration is lagging significantly behind the Obama, G. W. Bush and Clinton administrations in nominating and appointing people to fill many key posts. The number of nominations is closer to that of the G. H. W. Bush administration. The "key positions" include several chief financial officers, many assistant secretaries, the Department of Defense inspector general, the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, administrators of three agencies in the Department of Transportation, the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and many more. Interestingly, there were also critics who said that by the end of his first term, President Obama was leaving too many jobs unfilled (though a much smaller number).
00:08:53 3/15/2018

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