• Jeffery Morris: EPA embraces new chemical regulation approach

    Modern life would be impossible without chemicals — yet many chemicals are dangerous. The EPA has a longstanding program for evaluating those risks and providing regulations. Dr. Jeffery Morris, director of the office of pollution prevention and toxics at the EPA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss a 2015 law — the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century — that imposes a new risk management approach to chemical safety for the agency.

  • Greg Kutz: IRS looking to fix record archive barriers

    The Internal Revenue Service is working to roll out a new agency-wide email system by the end of the year that will automatically archive messages for record-keeping purposes. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said under legacy processes, the IRS is running afoul of federal records laws in several ways. Greg Kutz, assistant inspector general for audit at TIGTA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what the office found when it took a deep dive into records.

  • VA committees come to agreement on new funding measure for Veterans Choice program

    In today’s Federal Newscast, after the first measure failed to pass the House, both chambers’ respective Veterans Affairs committees have new legislation on the table.

  • Space Corps idea getting support, but will it be enough?

    The current debate over whether to create an independent Space Corps under the Air Force has roots dating back 20 years. But there is more being said about it this year, including a stronger appeal from those who want to make sure space gets its fair share of the Pentagon budget.

  • Mallory Barg Bulman: Key positions remain unfilled in Trump administration

    Six months in and the Trump administration — 12.5 percent through its term — still has many appointed positions unfilled. Mallory Barg Bulman is vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a scorecard to date and explained why this is critically important.

  • M.V. ‘Coyote’ Smith: Will US Space Corps achieve liftoff?

    As part of next year’s Defense authorization bill, the House has voted to make one of the biggest organizational changes to the U.S. military in decades: removing space missions from the Air Force and giving them to a brand new military service: the U.S. Space Corps. The idea’s fate is uncertain. It’s strongly opposed by the Trump administration, and it’s not received a warm reception in the Senate.

  • Chris Taylor: Where does the F-35 program go from here?

    It’s the most expensive military program ever – and the most durable. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has survived administration after administration. But because of uncertainty over how many the military will buy each year, it’s hard to predict the total cost. For analysis, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Chris Taylor, the CEO of the market research firm Govini.

  • Three postal workers convicted in scheme to ‘deliver’ cannabis in D.C.

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Justice Department says three postal workers conspired to use USPS equipment to distribute large amounts of pot to the D.C. area.

  • Procurement: The thing we love to hate

    Forces are building for fundamental reform. But the White House needs to lead more.

  • David Hawkings: Eyes on exit door, Congress slogs on

    As its time grows shorter, Congress’ agenda seems to grow longer. Yet members appear ready to head off to their August recess soon, and the long-term absence of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) because of his cancer diagnosis changes the calculus. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Melissa Emrey-Arras: Room for improvement in VA’s claims processing

    The Veterans Affairs Department managed to double its rate of processing claims for Gulf War Illness, completing more than 11,000 of them in a year. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story. Some denial letters were poorly written and claims staff often lacked training. Melissa Emrey-Arras, director of education, workforce and income security issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Dr. Ron Hoover: Army scientists test new PTSD treatment

    Post traumatic stress syndrome presents a continuous challenge to military doctors. No single treatment works for everyone or in every circumstance. Now the Army has launched a study to test a novel way of treating PTSD with an injection to the neck. Dr. Ron Hoover, senior scientist and PTSD research portfolio manager for the Army, provides details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • New program lets you meet face-to-face with IRS over the internet

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Internal Revenue Service is trying out a pilot program to let taxpayers meet with IRS representatives through virtual conferences.

  • It takes a village to defraud the government

    In a sense, it also take a village to take down a major Medicare fraud ring — 400 defendants, including 57 doctors, 162 nurses and 36 pharmacists.

  • Kevin Brancato: Some GPS satellites about to wink out

    All those wonderful apps that rely on global positioning don’t just happen. They depend on a fleet of satellites. That fleet is old, with lots of satellites on the verge of winking out. Kevin Brancato, director of government contracts at Bloomberg Government, updates Federal Drive with Tom Temin about on the status of fleet renewal.