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 FederalNewsNetwork.com and 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. region.
It's not all doom and gloom
After finishing a year dealing with a horrible pandemic, the new year opened with total breakdown at no less than the U.S. Capitol. But it's not hopeless. Our next guest on the Federal Drive is about to depart from his normal professorial role and assume that of hope counselor. It's American University's Bob Tobias.
TSA turning to passengers for help
The Transportation Security Administration is crowdsourcing ideas for how to better use its data. The Power of Passengers Challenge seeks better ways to get people securely through airports and improve situational awareness. For how the challenge works, the Federal Drive turned to the Executive Director of contractor, TechConnect Ventures, Nick Kacsandi.
Army is working on Frankenbots with living tissue to better robot capabilities
Putting live muscle tissue on robots sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. But, the bizarre image may not be that far off. The Army Research Lab is studying ways to attach animal and insect muscle to robots to make them stronger and more flexible. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talks about the program with ARL research scientist Dean Culver.
Budget considerations for Biden administration
As they settle in throughout the government, the Biden administration appointees come with ambitious agendas, like all of their predecessors. To get anything done, though, they'll need to understand the sometimes arcane federal budget process. For more, the Federal Drive turned to Grant Thornton managing director and former federal CFO, Doug Criscitello.
Measuring the Trump administration's goal of decreasing agency regulations
A signature initiative of the Trump administration was the removal of what agency heads considered excessive or outdated regulations. The original policy was removal of two regulations for every new one proposed. So how'd they do? For one answer, the Federal Drive turned to the director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, Susan Dudley.
New embassy in New Delhi, means a new approach too
In the latest installment in a 20 year rebuilding project, the State Department is about to embark on a new embassy in New Delhi, India. More than a building, it will result in an entirely new approach in one of the most diplomatically crucial cities. Joining the Federal Drive with details, the State Department's managing director for program development, Angel Dizon.