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8:56 am, December 19, 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.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:54am EDT
Mike Espy, Former Secretary of the Agriculture Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They'll take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government, and reporting to Congress. Newly elected fellow Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the Agriculture Department, and now a county attorney in Mississippi. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:50am EDT
Marcia Smith, Editor, Space Policy Online

All eyes are on NASA after the Antares Rocket exploded at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the blast, but an investigation into the explosion is being launched. Marcia Smith is Editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the explosion means for NASA's mission going forward.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:48am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials to review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development. That's the phase commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the current and future impact of BBP.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 08:39am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - October 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, an Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are in isolation at a base in Italy, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson orders beefed up security at certain federal buildings and the Obama administration is scrambling to show it's in charge of the Ebola response.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:50am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department published its first-ever joint doctrine for military operations in cyberspace a year and a half ago. But the document was kept secret. Now, the Pentagon has released a declassified version. Much of it repeats what DoD officials have said in public, but there are some eyebrow-raisers. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:38am EDT
Rich Ashooh, Director of Strategy, BAE Systems Electronics Solutions

For 50 years, the TechAmerica Foundation has presented a detailed forecast for Defense spending. It's one source of information contractors use to plan their marketing and sales efforts. This year's forecast team has shown one eternal truth. Pentagon budgets reflect more than just what military leaders say they need. They're buffeted by the economy and politics too. Rick Ashooh leads TechAmerica's DoD forecast team. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at this year's Tech America Vision Conference.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:36am EDT
Gerry Robbins, DoD Business Development and Market Analyst

Armies run on food, fuel and information. That last part is why the Defense Department spends so much on information technology and services each year, and why contractors spend a lot of time reading the DoD tea leaves. Gerry Robbins is the team lead for this year's TechAmerica defense IT market forecast. He's spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Forecast Conference.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:20am EDT
Tim Sullivan,Thompson Coburn LLP

As a government contractor, you don't want to be known as a whiner. Companies fear that if they get reputations for protesting bids it could hurt them in the long run. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. For the next nine Tuesdays, we'll be talking about these myths with him. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss myth number two: that you should always lodge a protest.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 08:45am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - October 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, cost-cutting at the Postal Service leads to slower mail delivery, military services are giving employees travel cards to pay for all of their moving expenses and FDA gives an emergency go-ahead for two new Ebola tests.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Bill Hohenstein, Director, USDA's Climate Change Program Office

There's a new resource to help those in the agricultural community adjust to the challenges of climate change. The USDA Climate Hubs website launched last week. The site provides a wealth of information from the latest research data, conservation programs and financial assistance to emergency contact information and procedure for each region. Bill Hohenstein, director of USDA's Climate Change Program Office, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 09:06am EDT
Monday federal headlines - October 27, 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, U.S. military operations cease in the volatile southwestern region of Afghanistan, a new public website will help federal agencies with Ebola relief efforts and military services are giving employees travel cards to pay for all of their moving expenses

Monday - 10/27/2014, 08:37am EDT
Bill Evanina, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The federal government is supposed to thoroughly check on security clearance holders every few years. But there are about five million people who hold clearances. Knowing the system is inadequate to catch people who might steal state secrets or turn violent, the government is moving towards a system in which it continuously evaluates clearance holders. One method is by looking up the person on the Internet. Bill Evanina is the national counterintelligence executive. He tells Emily Kopp how his office is experimenting with using social media to vet clearance holders.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:36pm EDT
Greg Wallig, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

The Office of Management and Budget has given agencies new directions for tracking, reporting and overseeing improper payments. It comes in the form of an update of Appendix C to Circular A-123. Greg Wallig, managing director of Grant Thornton, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the changes.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:30pm EDT
Dr. Phil Joyce, NAPA Fellow Selection Committee

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They will be tasked with taking on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government and reporting to Congress. We will hear from many of the new fellows over the next few weeks. Phil Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland and leader of the NAPA Fellow Selection Committee. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what makes a good NAPA fellow.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Ellen Edmonson, Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services

Veterans made 2 million virtual health care visits in fiscal 2014. Whether it's having a consult without leaving your living room or having medical data collected and monitored remotely, telehealth makes more care possible for many vets who can't make it to a clinic or don't have one nearby. Ellen Edmonson is deputy chief consultant of the Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how telehealth works.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:05am EDT
Adele Ratcliff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:00am EDT
Chris Mihm, Government Accountability Office

In a study destined to produce big headlines, the Government Accountability Office finds thousands of federal employees are taking prolonged periods of administrative leave. In the past three years, more than 50,000 employees were on paid leave for up to three months. But for most federal employees, paid time off amounts to about a day per year. Chris Mihm, managing director for Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what they found.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 08:38am EDT
Friday federal headlines - October 24, 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 Office of Special Counsel says the Army engaged in gender-identity discrimination, the Postal Service gets the go-ahead to test grocery delivery and a surveillance technology the Army uses in Afghanistan could soon provide an eye in the sky over the Mexican border.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 06:13am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

For years, the White House has been prodding agencies to cut costs by using shared services. But like the proverbial water trough, sometimes the horses don't drink. Now the Office of Management and Budget has once again deputized the General Services Administration to help it turn policy into reality. GSA will set up a program office to help agencies get over the most common hurdles to using shared services. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:59pm EDT
AFGE questions Ebola protection efforts for frontline feds

The American Federation of Government Employees wants mandatory safety guidelines for federal Ebola responders. Those include nurses, doctors and employees at agencies including the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. Among the union's priorities are better communication between agencies and universal protocols.

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