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2:30 am, May 30, 2015

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Host Tom Temin brings you the latest news affecting the federal community each weekday morning, featuring interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 6 to 9 a.m. or download archived interviews below.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 10:54am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One federal elephant is showing it can learn to dance: Homeland Security, where the use of agile software development is finally moving out of the pilot stage. Citizenship and Immigration Services put out a major solicitation requiring contractors to use agile development across a broad range of enterprise support services. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details about how CIS is leading the department toward agile.

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Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:55am EDT
Willie May, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

After a 40-year career with the agency, Willie May finds himself confirmed by the Senate as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He'd been serving as acting director for nearly a year. May discussed his plans for the agency with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:18am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 29, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Defense Department wants some contractors to provide proof of delivery, a Commerce Department employee is on leave because she's believed to be a whistleblower and just in case, Congress considers a bill to make sure federal employees don't double dip after they return from potential furloughs.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:03am EDT
Eugene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Since 2002, the Defense Department and FAA have been helping Afghanistan rebuild its civil aviation system. Despite its best efforts though, the FAA was unable to train enough air traffic controllers to let Afghanistan to operate on its own. The agency ran into multiple issues when trying to train new controllers. That's all according to a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Deputy IG Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on that report.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 11:06am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 28, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news,

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:57am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget has finalized guidance requiring agencies to process invoices electronically. It won't name a specific product for agencies to use, but the Treasury Department is working to make its Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) the tool of choice. John Hill is the assistant commissioner for payment management at the Bureau of Fiscal Service in Treasury. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about IPP, and why Treasury expects it to grow in the coming months.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:24am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It was only a mile of fencing. The task order from the Army Corps of Engineers to Marcon Engineering looked straightforward: Build a section of barrier along the Mexican border. Then they started digging, and the project turned into a years-long legal battle. Eventually, a judge handed the government its head on a platter. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the facts and lessons learned from this case.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:22am EDT
Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

The government's Freedom of Information Act request backlog grew for the second straight year by a lot. But the annual FOIA report from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy shows that only a few agencies account for both the increase and the 200,000-case backlog. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report and how those agencies will dig themselves out of the hole they're in.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:47am EDT
Erik Wasson, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

What will your agency's budget look like next year? The picture is a little clearer now that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed outlines for all 12 annual spending bills. Like its House counterpart though, the plan has increases for some programs and cuts for others. Still, Congress is a long way from passing and reconciling everything required for the government to get a fresh start come Oct. 1. Bloomberg Government reporter Erik Wasson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the Senate outline and speculate on what comes next.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:02am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 08:49am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 27, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the latest cyber criminals are no amateurs, thirteen cities will see an increase in federal locality pay starting next year and President Obama urges the Senate to extend provisions of the Patriot Act before they expire in four days.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27am EDT
Government overlooks diamonds in its own back yard

Commentary: Before turning to Silicon Valley for all the answers, government agencies should look to local talent in the D.C. area, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 05:03pm EDT
New guidance streamlines agency handling of unclassified information

The Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration has published a new guide to help agencies manage and label unclassified information.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Internal Revenue Service says it's notifying more than 100,000 taxpayers that their personal information was stolen from IRS data systems. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the data breach appears to have spanned about three months, and it appears to be the work of a highly-organized criminal syndicate.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:53am EDT
Andrea Ippolito & Melissa Oliver, Veterans Affairs Department

Imagine losing the ability to use everyday objects like your phone or even tie your shoes. It's an unfortunate reality for far too many veterans and civilians. VA's new Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies aims to help alleviate that. VA has invited designers and engineers to help find creative ways to solve these challenges. Andrea Ippolito is a presidential innovation fellow in VA's Office of Innovation; Melissa Oliver is an occupational therapist and assistive technology program coordinator. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Creation Series.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:46am EDT
John Fitzpatrick, Director, Information Security Oversight Office, National Archives and Records Administration

It'll soon be easier for agencies to manage the dissemination of controlled unclassified information (CUI). That's thanks to a new guide published by the National Archives and Records Administration's Information Security Office. John Fitzpatrick is the office's director. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what's in the guide.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:08am EDT
Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Bloomberg Government has compiled a list of the top 200 federal contractors of the last fiscal year and found some surprising trends. First off, it learned the government spent 3.1% less on contracts in fiscal 2014 than in 2013, when it had to deal with sequestration. Duncan Amos is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Federal Industry Leaders Study.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:05am EDT
Carol Cha, Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The government spends about $1.2 billion a year on mobile devices and services. But the Government Accountability Office found many agencies aren't keeping good track of those devices, or the money it spends on them. Carol Cha is the director of IT acquisition management issues at GAO. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 07:35am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 26, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Senate has voted to make it easier for veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq that the United States supports its fight against Islamic State militants and a labor union wants the government to follow the lead of Los Angeles and raise minimum wage.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 09:15am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Having failed its cybersecurity audit for the sixteenth year in a row, Veterans Affairs is taking several steps to address long-standing cyber deficiencies to quicken the path toward a better grade under the Federal Information Security Management Act. Steph Warren is the VA's Chief Information Officer; Dan Galick is the associate deputy assistant secretary for security operations. They tell executive editor Jason Miller why they're optimistic after a long-string of poor audits.

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