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.
Federal agencies deploy Chinese drones in U.S. airspace
You might not be familiar with a company called DJI. It's a large, Chinese drone manufacturer. The Army and Interior Department have banned DJI products, because the company -- which is closely associated with the Chinese Communist Party -- is a security threat. Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with someone, policy and technology researcher at the Lincoln Network, Lars Schonander, who is concerned that other federal agencies continue to buy DJI drones.
After the Huawei and ZTE bans, what's next for China trade policy
The administration, prompted by Congress, has banned sales of telecommunications gear from Chinese companies. Now the question is: Should anything come next, when it comes to Chinese products that might have national security implications? Federal Drive host Tom Temin has spoken on the matter with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. In this interview, his guest is Matt Turpin, visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and former China director at the National Security Council.
Lawmakers push intelligence community to speed up hiring timelines
It’s no secret that it takes a long time to get hired by an intelligence agency. But Congress is now looking for details from agencies on exactly how long it takes to bring in new employees, as well as a plan for improving those timelines.The compromise fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act released this week would require the director of national intelligence to send lawmakers a report on the time it takes onboard personnel in the intelligence community.
Some final advice before this year's Open Season runs out
Just a few days remain before Open Season closes. If you don't act, you may be missing out on a chance to improve your health care coverage for 2023. Or you might get the same thing for less money. To get some last-minute advice, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with the director of marketing for the Consumer's Checkbook, Kevin Moss.
This analyst says the $15-per-hour minimum federal wage will backfire
Congress has been unwilling to go along with a national minimum wage of $15 an hour. The Biden administration imposed one for the federal workforce and for contractors. Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with someone who thinks such a mandated wage could result in reduced services and flexibility for the government itself: Rachel Greszler is a research fellow in economics at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
GSA marks 50 years of making federal buildings special with art
The General Services Administration buys many things. Since 1972, it has commissioned some 500 works of art to hang in -- or otherwise adorn -- federal buildings. To find out the latest in the 50-year-old Art in Architecture program, Federal Drive host Tom Temin talked with the director of GSA's Center for Fine Arts, Jennifer Gibson.
Thank you for the bounty of information. Well communicated (excellent broadcasters) discussing a wide array of topics.
Please remove second half of the episode
The stories are ok until they are over and the next part begins.
After every episode finishes it begins the lessons learned leadership podcast with a interview with the CEO of Navy Fed Credit Union. Why?! Love this podcast but it is painful to listen to that introduction every single time after the podcast end.