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11:52 am, November 26, 2014

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.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:43pm EDT
Nayantara Hensel, Former Chief Economist, Navy

President Richard Nixon once joked with Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. He said he'd give her three U.S. generals in exchange for the legendary Moshe Dyan. Meir answered, sure, I'll take General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics. Today's Defense Industrial Base is operating in a changing and uncertain economy. In the last few years, it's been hit by Defense spending cutbacks. Nayantara Hensel, former chief economist for the Navy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describes what this means to the Defense Industrial Base and to the Defense enterprise.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 08:05am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - October 9, 2014

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 Obama administration unveils a new version of HealthCare.gov, the federal budget deficit shrinks to $486 billion and two congressmen say they want to look into moving the Secret Service out of the Homeland Security Department.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:50pm EDT
Bill Zielinski, Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has found a new home for all of its data. The agency recently unveiled its new National Support Data Center in Urbana, Maryland. The 300,000 square foot facility replaces the 30-year-old Woodlawn facility that couldn't adapt to changing technology or meet electricity requirements. Chief Information Officer Bill Zielinski joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:45pm EDT
Patrick Redling, Homeland Security Investigations

When it comes to catching child predators, speed is often law enforcement's most important requirement. That's why a mobile app can help. The Operation Predator App, developed at the Homeland Security Department, has already proved successful. One suspect was apprehended less than 36 hours after its launch. Now it's available in Spanish and on Android phones. Patrick Redling is the unit chief for child exploitation investigations at Homeland Security Investigation's Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the app.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:42pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How's this for a bid protest case? Two companies bid and both have the same price for the project. One company gets higher ratings for what the source selection authority called a multitude of highly innovative processes and insightful technology trends. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the case unfolded.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 08:49am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - October 8, 2014

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 White House gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 06:44am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal employees' health care premiums are going up once again by 3.8 percent on average. That's less of an increase than what feds saw in 2014 and below the industry average. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the changes to federal employees' 2015 health care coverage.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:30pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DoD and DHS acquisition officials say they're making a concerted effort to address a criticism that's been at the center of decades' worth of GAO reports and blue ribbon panels: The government puts off the testing of its new systems until after it's already agreed to buy them. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:01pm EDT
Scott Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

This month a wealth of data detailing stimulus and Hurricane Sandy spending disappeared from the website recovery.gov. The Recovery Accountability Transparency Board says it can't afford to renew its contract with Dun & Bradstreet for use of its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Yet, businesses that receive federal funds are identified solely by DUNS. There is no alternative for where the government gets that data and Dun & Bradstreet controls how it is used. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the matter.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 01:59pm EDT
Afzal Bari, Senior Technology Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman Meg Whitman has announced plans to split the tech giant into two separate, publicly traded companies. One of the resulting companies will make and market PCs and printers. The other will focus on enterprise hardware, software and services. HP is the sixth largest federal IT contractor on the Washington Technology list of the top one hundred. So the split could have implications for agencies that buy HP products and services. Afzal Bari, senior technology analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:59am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - October 7, 2014

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 VA uses its new legal authority to remove members of the senior executive service, DoD spending on fighting ISIS exceeds $1 billion and the Obama administration tightens screening protocols for airline passengers in light of Ebola fears.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:20am EDT
Paula Pedene, Veterans Health Administration

The Office of Special Counsel has persuaded the Veterans Affairs Department to settle with three whistleblowers from the Phoenix medical center. One is Paula Pedene, a former chief spokeswoman at the center. She blew the whistle about financial mismanagement by former leadership. Pedene is now a national program specialist in the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Communications. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what it's like to become a whistleblower and what got her through the ordeal.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:26pm EDT
Capt. Tom Chaby, Special Operations Command

Members of the special forces and their families need a lot of resilience. Combat is hard and dangerous, and service members may be away for long periods. Special Operations Command is embarking on a new initiative to help ease the pressure on members of the elite force and their families. It's called the The Preservation of the Force and Family Task Force. Task Force Director, Capt. Tom Chaby, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:24pm EDT
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Acting Secret Service Director Joe Clancy has a tough road ahead. Employee satisfaction and commitment hit an all-time low last year. That's according to the 2013 Best Places to Work rankings. Those numbers came out before the fence-jumper embarrassment that's got the whole world wondering about the Secret Service. Turning things around will take patience, determination and strong leadership. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget's technology shop is getting some new people and brain power after the recent exodus of several long-time executives and policy folks. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller covers this and more inside his Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

A new law signed by the President last month gives the Veterans Affairs secretary lots of discretion to fire or demote members of the Senior Executive Service. The law came in response to management problems resulting in long wait times for admittance to VA facilities. The law means SESers at VA work under a different set of civil service rules than those in the rest of government. It also imposes new burdens on the Merit Systems Protection Board. The board issued an interim final rule on how the agency will carry out the new mandate. Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the comments the board received about the rule and what the law does require of the board.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:00am EDT
Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

One of the longest running governmentwide procurement contracts (GWACs) is about to enter its fifth generation. Solutions for Enterprise-wide Procurement (SEWP) has been a mainstay offering of NASA since 1993. Back then, it was known as the Scientific and Engineering Work Station Procurement. The SEWP team has awarded contracts for SEWP V. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:30am EDT
Monday federal headlines - October 6, 2014

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 White House gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 10:08am EDT
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is the leading force behind a bill that would reduce redundant or unnecessary reports by federal agencies. The 2014 Government Reports Elimination Act would modify or eliminate more than 50 reports that agencies produce annually for Congress. That bill has made its way through both the House and the Senate. Warner spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the bill and the pressing issues Congress faces when it comes back after the November midterm elections.

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Friday - 10/03/2014, 10:03am EDT
Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, Navy Regional Maintenance Centers

Navy ship crews encounter a reoccurring problem with something as routine as maintenance requests. It takes 89 administrative steps to turn a request into actual work. Ordinary tasks like laying a non-skid surface on a weather deck get bogged down in paperwork. Now, there is a plan to fix that. Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, Commander of the Navy Regional Maintenance Centers, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the Navy's plans to improve the process.

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