Being a leader doesn’t have to mean managing or supervising people. The Defense Department gives leadership training to all civilian employees whether they’re destined for a cubicle or an E-Ring office. Dave Rude, DoD’s chief learning officer for the civilian workforce, spoke with Tom about the challenges of this approach to training and development. Tom caught up with Rude recently at the Human Capital Management Government Training Event.
NASA is saying goodbye to its widely successful student challenge, the Great Moonbuggy Race. Instead, it is launching a new contest to get high school students excited about space. The competition allows teams to create versions of NASA’S Curiosity Mars rover, which are vehicles designed to roam around far-out surfaces. Frank Six is the University Affairs Officer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He spoke with Tom and Emily about the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.
Arati Prabhakar Director Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
At the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, budget cuts are making it hard to keep the Defense Department ahead of the technological curve. Tom and Emily played an excerpt of this week’s edition of On DoD with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu. Listen to his entire conversation with DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar.
Groups representing federal employees are nervous watching Congress. Capitol Hill is full of ideas about cutting federal pay and benefits. One of those plans could find its way into a budget compromise that the House and Senate are working on. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He spoke with Tom and Emily about the federal employee pay and benefit cuts, and another plan surfacing to make personnel system changes.
Miguel Garrido Quantitative Analyst Bloomberg Government
Congress may appear paralyzed at times, but federal rule-makers have a wealth of rules on the way. They address issues as diverse as drug shortages, imported foods, and whether electric cars make enough noise. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, spoke with Tom and Emily about some upcoming federal regulations.
The nation’s top military leader is pleading with Congress to pass a defense bill before the holidays. Army General Martin Dempsey sent a letter to lawmakers yesterday. He might get his wish, but the details are complicated. Jeremy Herb, staff writer at The Hill newspaper has been following this issue closely. He spoke with Emily and Tom about the 2014 Defense Authorization Bill.
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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.