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.
Did pandemic emergency loans reach minority small business, and will the next round
President Biden a couple of weeks ago promised that the latest big spending bill, which includes some pandemic relief, would better reach small businesses with loans than earlier legislation. For one look at whether small businesses, and especially minority owned ones, have benefitted so far, the Federal Drive turned to Creative Investment Research economist and principal, William Michael Cunningham.
How IRS line employees and managers are dealing with a second filing season under pandemic
One thing you can say about working for the IRS, it's been exciting. Now the agency's Professional Managers Association has a new roster of leadership to take on a second filing season weirded out by the pandemic. Joining the Federal Drive with a look ahead, the association's new executive director, Chad Hooper.
The Library of Congress brings in an outsider to take over a public-facing division
The Library of Congress has chosen an academic librarian to come to Washington to head up its Research and Reference Service Division. I was wondering what this job does and why it matters, and I thought you would too. So the Federal Drive spoke to it's new chief, Dennis Clark.
IRS looking to utilize Robotic Process Automation for common tasks
The IRS is doubling down on its investment in Robotic Process Automation, software to handle tasks common to thousands of contracts. One bot kept the IRS in compliance with sections of the National Defense Authorization Act, and saved employees years of work. The IRS says it wants to balance innovation risk. For more, Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman spoke with IRS Chief Procurement Officer, Shanna Webbers.
Flatter defense budgets means Congress will look for savings and legacy cuts
Washington state Democrat Adam Smith (D-WA) is embarking on his second term as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. This year is different though, because Democrats also hold the Senate. Smith says the Defense budget will nevertheless be hard fought this year, but vows the committee will get it done. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with Smith about his upcoming priorities.
The Air Force looks for new opportunities to apply the computer-to-prototype model of design
Air Force officials are looking to expand a program under which new equipment is designed completely digitally, and moving to construction without blueprints or clay models. It's already been proven in several programs. For what's ahead, the Federal Drive turned to the Air Force's Deputy Assistant Secretary, Science, Technology and Engineering, Kristen Baldwin.