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3:40 am, October 21, 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.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 08:26am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 2, 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, Google's Megan Smith is a leading candidate to replace Todd Park, and fewer feds file discrimination complaints with the EEOC.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller provided details to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive on more problems for the strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:24am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department has been making progress on its backlog of disability claims, but outdated technology keeps getting in the way. One bottleneck is the time it takes the VA to receive military medical records from the Defense Department. DoD installed a new system at the beginning of this year to solve that problem. But a look by the inspector general finds that things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's DOD Reporter Jared Serbu gives Emily Kopp the details on the Federal Drive. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:15am EDT
Megan Crandall, Spokesperson, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management wants to halt the practice of swinging from ropes at two popular Utah landmarks. Officials propose a two-year restriction on rope-swinging from the Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges near Moab. They've received complaints that the screaming swingers disturb other tourists. Megan Crandall, spokesperson for BLM in Utah, explained the proposed ban to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:06am EDT
Scott Wong, Senior Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

While most of Washington returns to the traditional fall schedule, Congress won't return for another week. When members do get back, they won't have much time to get any budget work done before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Senior Staff Writer for the Hill Newspaper Scott Wong spoke to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what Congress is likely to do.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 06:58am EDT
Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Energy Department

The Energy Department is spending $67 million in research grants it hopes will lead to the nuclear technology of tomorrow. Research projects have been selected based on potential for big breakthroughs. Pete Lyons, assistant secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Energy Department, broke down the numbers with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:58am EDT
Do you know your whistleblower rights?

Many agencies are making well-known their Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman and employees' rights when exposing wrongdoing. But other agencies are missing the mark.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 09:46am EDT
Michael Smallberg, Investigator, Project on Government Oversight

A number of federal agencies are missing the mark on their treatment of whistleblowers, not publicizing their whistleblower ombudsmen or adequately telling employees about their whistleblower rights. That assessment is from the Project on Government Oversight. POGO reviewed the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act and how well 72 agencies are complying with it. Michael Smallberg, investigator for POGO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the review. Read a related article.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 08:38am EDT
Friday federal headlines - August 29, 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 pilot is killed in the F-15 jet that crashed in Virginia, and NIH will begin testing ebola on people.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:38am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

School kids may be back on the yellow school buses, but Congress doesn't return for another week. When it does, it'll have a lot to do, such as pass a 2015 budget. The Office of Management and Budget says if Congress doesn't get its act together, the Defense and Energy departments face big budget cuts. Tom Temin talked about this with Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:22pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to cut off new offerors on its services schedules. Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that GSA's Federal Acquisition Service would suspend additions to the seven contracts for a short time while it gave the program a facelift. But now GSA says it has figured out a way to run both the current schedules and the new consolidated schedule at the same time. Tiffany Hixson, Federal Acquisition Service professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the details on GSA's new plans. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:20am EDT
Col. Rob Romer, Chief of the Military Force Policy Division, Air Force

Reserve officers face a continuing dilemma. They often want to stay current enough to return to active duty if needed. Yet, they also need to pursue their other professional lives. Now the Air Force is adopting a program pioneered by the Navy and Marine Corps to let them do just that. Col. Rob Romer, chief of the military force policy division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:06am EDT
Tom Karygiannis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It seems like the whole world is going mobile, and that includes the federal government. Agencies are using more and more apps for collaboration and productivity. But some apps increase the potential for exposing government data. To help you guard against these security risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing tips to the federal community for vetting third-party apps. Computer Scientist, Tom Karygiannis, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the guidelines.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 08:13am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - August 28, 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, agencies are missing the mark on whistleblower treatment, and bonus pay for Marines will drop Oct. 1.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration will stop accepting new vendors on its services schedule in the coming months. The decision to temporarily close down seven schedule contracts for services to new companies is part of how GSA is giving its entire program a facelift. Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the steps needed to create a consolidated services schedule. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Government Accountability Office lists the Defense Department's supply chain management practices on its high risk list, as it has every year since 1990. GAO says DoD can't say for sure what it already owns, so it can't prove it's buying the right amount of goods. DoD has plans in place to fix that problem, but the Army thinks it has a way to speed things up. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:26am EDT
Col. Margaret Yacovone, Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network

While doctors continue to combat the spread of Ebola overseas, that's not the only concern to military medical personnel. The Military Health System reminds people of the importance of vaccinations and immunizations. Col. Margaret Yacovone, director of the Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network for the Army, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's mission.

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