News Team

Tom Temin

Tom Temin

Anchor, The Federal Drive

Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006. Tom has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.


Articles by Tom Temin

  • Bill Woods: Not all buying is competitive under IDIQs

    Nearly a third of federal contract spending or around $130 billion a year goes through indefinite delivery – indefinite quantity contracts (IDIQ). It’s a surprisingly durable practice. But the product mix has shifted and not all the buying is competitive. Bill Woods, Director of IT acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, provides an update on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • CBO: Who let the dogs out?

    Averages: If you encase one bare foot in dry ice and the other in boiling oil, on average you’re doing fine.

  • Don Cox: SAMHSA poised to tackle opioid addiction epidemic

    The nation’s opioid addiction epidemic is just the sort of phenomenon the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration was designed to take on. SAMHSA, part of the Health and Human Services Department, is making a major push to improve its data analytics capabilities. Don Cox, SAMHSA’s chief information officer, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the scope of this data-related activity.

  • Scott Maucione: Is it time for military women to Lean In?

    Women are now eligible to hold any position in the military. But that doesn’t mean everything is equal. Military women have been hosting so-called Lean In circles to discuss solutions to problems women face in the military and DoD workplace. Army Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost worked with Facebook executive and Lean In creator Sheryl Sandberg to bring more Lean In techniques to the military. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione spoke with Frost about her work on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Joseph Petrillo: When contractors face a recompetition

    When incumbent services contractors see a recompetition coming, it often sets off their “spidey sense.” But there are limits to how much a contractor can control the solicitation put out by the agency for which it’s working. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares a recent case in point on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Policy initiatives but no government shutdown

    The Trump administration’s first 100 days concludes with several policy initiatives and agreeing to a budget plan to avoid a government shutdown.

  • Margot Conrad: Survey may shed light on reorg’s impact

    The annual federal employee viewpoint survey will be coming out soon. It will give people a chance to sound off about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans. It will also give managers a look at what the rank-and-file is thinking. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, elaborates on this opportunity on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Andrew Hunter: Defense spending back on the rise

    After years of steady declines, spending on contracts by the armed forces and Defense agencies are heading back up. Andrew Hunter, director of the defense-industrial initiatives group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • Shutdown? Government still entangled in last one

    A federal employment attorney says it’s outrageous the government is treating its federal workforce like this.

  • David Hawkings: Shutdown worries are overblown

    All the pressure is on Congress this week as it deals with a Friday funding deadline. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that shutdown worries are overblown. It’s next year we should be worrying about.

  • Katherine Kidder & Amy Schafer: Solutions for the all-volunteer military

    Katherine Kidder, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and Amy Schafer a research associate for the military, veterans and society program there, tell Federal Drive with Tom Temin the all-volunteer military force is showing serious strains. They discuss what’s causing them and offer some solutions going forward.

  • Greg Downing: HHS, VA team up for 8th health datapalooza

    For the eighth year in a row, the Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs departments will partner with many private organizations to stage a health datapalooza. Greg Downing, executive director for innovation at HHS, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what HHS will bring to it, and what its goals are.

  • Dave Wennergren: Reorg presents opportunities, dangers

    The Trump administration has ordered up a reorganization that’s got both opportunities and dangers. Dave Wennergren, chief operating officer of the Professional Services Council and former federal executive, discusses some of the options on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Phil Sparks: Census Bureau needs more funding

    The numbers that the Census Bureau comes up with do more than tally up the population, they also affect where billions in federal dollars go each year. Phil Sparks, co-director of The Census Project, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the bureau may be underfunded.

  • Still no talks on the big budget

    Nobody seems to be paying attention to the bigger picture of where federal finances are headed.