If every small business succeeded, we’d all be rich. But… they all don’t. Even when they’re backed by the Small Business Administration’s investment guarantees. To keep the program going, the SBA has to recover a failed company’s assets. Thomas Morris has been the liquidation man for more than 30 years. His diligence has kept asset recovery rates far higher than when he arrived. Now he is a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program, and joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss his service.
The Pentagon’s third offset strategy is a way of restoring the competitive edge the U.S. military has had for several decades. But DoD leadership may be going about it all the wrong way, seeking technology that’s divorced from real-world war fighting needs. Dr. Dan Goure is vice president at military think tank Lexington Institute. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with why one of the armed services is doing a better job at pursuing an offset strategy.
Following two years of work, the EPA has put out final rules for methane gas emanating from municipal landfills. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with what went into this rule-making, David Cozzie, group leader for fuels and incineration at the EPA.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Defense Business Board says speeding up DoD’s business enterprise is one of the long term hurdles incoming officials will have to face. Also, do private Facebook groups qualify as union meetings?
If there’s a trade policy gap between the two candidates at all, it’s hard to see through the crack.
The Navy is overhauling the way it trains its sailors. It’s incorporating more virtual environments and distance learning so sailors can eventually get the training they need and not spend long periods away from their duty stations. It’s all part of the long term effort known as Sailor 2025. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update on this effort, Capt. Bill McKinley, commanding officer of the Center for Surface Combat Systems.
While millions of kids spend their summer camp time paddling in canoes and roasting marshmallows, one select group is spending it in a different way. They’re sitting in front of workstations, learning the ins and outs of cybersecurity. The GenCyber summer camp program is backed by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. For more on its goals and how it works, Steve LaFountain, dean of the College of Cyber at the NSA, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The new FOIA Improvement Act puts pressure on contractors to protect their trade secrets. Jon Burd explains what contractors can do from the get-go to keep them safe.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the General Services Administration clears federal employees to use ride sharing services, and an official in charge of managing whistleblower complaints in the intelligence community files one of his own.
A vendor-neutral, competition-endorsing, small-business-loving government should try to get the best deal.
The HR, technology and contracting people in your agency should feel connected to the mission. If they don’t, the mission can suffer. Mallory Barg Bulman, director of research at the Partnership for Public Service, talked about these findings with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A phenomenon called the “cyber caliphate” is producing ever-rising levels of cyber-attacks and real-world violence. ICIT’s James Scott has advice for how agencies can defend against and attack cyber-jihadists.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Labor Department says federal contractors did not pay cafeteria workers on Capitol Hill proper wages required, and federal employees get a chance to describe how fairly they are treated.
The 2017 NDAA Section 800, which deals with acquisition reform, has 50 subsections. This year it had 99.
A new VA center seeks emerging therapies to enhance veterans’ physical and mental well-being.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.
Tom also writes a weekly commentary for Federal News Radio. Read his latest columns.