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6:42 pm, September 22, 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 - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:52am EDT
Steve LaFountain, National Security Agency

This fall, five more schools will offer an intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education track to students who are serious about federal cybersecurity careers. These Centers of Academic Excellence are overseen jointly by the National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department. Schools have to pass a meticulous screening process to qualify for the program. Steve LaFountain is dean of the NSA's College of Cyber. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:47am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Does size matter when it comes to your cubicle? It's up for debate. Five of the largest agencies tell a House panel that they are trimming the total square footage per employee by at least 50 percent. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the shrinking federal office space. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's latest strategy document calls for a service that's more agile in just about everything it does. It also acknowledges it's likely to take a few decades to get there. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related story.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 09:35am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - July 30, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, DoD investigates plagarism; House committee wants tighter record-keeping.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:18pm EDT
Lynn Dugle, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

The Army plans to say goodbye to more than 130,000 soldiers this year. To help troops move on with their lives the service is partnering with private employers who can provide job training. A new program will train some to enter the automotive industry. One of the partners is Raytheon. Lynn Dugle is president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:14pm EDT
Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

A partially trained workforce working within a nearly impossible system is not a recipe for success. But that's how things are when it comes to federal acquisition, according to the Professional Services Council. The industry group has sent Congress a long list of recommendations to make procurement faster and more competitive. Council President Stan Soloway joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the study got started.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:49pm EDT
Gandomi plays key role in U.S. efforts to counter African extremist group

U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi said the State Department's Jonathan Gamdoni worked on the frontlines in coordinating efforts to counter The Lord's Resistance Army.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:11pm EDT
Cymbalsky builds consensus for new energy conservation standards

John Cymbalsky reached out to industry, environmental groups and consumers to quickly reach a consensus on new energy conservation standards for commercial equipment and residential appliances.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 09:52am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - July 29, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, three cybersecurity bills, an industry group weighs in on federal acquisition.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:45pm EDT
Keith Trippie, Chief Executive Officer, The Trippie Group

Uncle Sam a venture capitalist? Imagine a board room with honchos from government, finance and Silicon Valley. A board of directors for the federal government, solving its toughest challenges with the latest concepts and cutting edge technology. Keith Trippie is CEO of the Trippie Group and a former Homeland Security executive. He says if the government follows a Silicon Valley venture capital model the taxpayer would win. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain why.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:42pm EDT
Roger Kodat, Project Director, National Academy of Public Administration

The trustees who oversee Social Security have released a mixed report on the program's solvency. Retirement will be okay until 2034. The disability trust fund, however, has just two more years. But what about the Social Security Administration itself? As a large agency responsible for delivering hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits each year, it also has long term challenges. Those hurdles are detailed in a study by the National Academy of Public Administration. Project Director Roger Kodat joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major challenges at SSA over the next 10 years.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:39pm EDT
Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is a step closer to transforming the Veterans Affairs Department. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to a $17 billion deal. Among many things, the bill will provide funding for veterans to seek care at non VA facilities. Martin Matishak, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to break down the numbers.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:54am EDT
Monday federal headlines - July 28, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, a tentative deal on VA reform, agencies get an 'A' in renewables.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:19am EDT
Kenneth Gillilland, Attorney, ARDEC

If you want to wave a red flag to get contractors' hackles up, just say the words, "lowest-price, technically acceptable." It may not sound like best value, but in a world of tough budgets, that's the way agencies are going. How can the strategy work for both sides? Kenneth Gilliland, an attorney with the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center spoke to Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:12am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is turning one idea to make acquisition easier on agencies into reality. It's kicked off five government-wide pilots under its category management initiative. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about it online in his Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 08:38am EDT
Jamie Sybert, Director, and David Kirschbaum, Principal, Baker Tilly

Contracts are like marriages. Everyone enters into them optimistically and with the best intentions. But, they don't always work out. Sometimes an agency has to terminate a contract. Termination requires care, though. Jamie Sybert is a director, and David Kirschbaum is a principal at the accounting and contracts advisory firm Baker Tilly. They spoke with Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress. They've got advice for clean separations. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 08:33am EDT
Erville Koehler, General Services Administration

It may seem crazy, but it's possible to get would-be federal contractors to bid against each other to drive prices down* That's the idea behind reverse auctions. All you need is the right platform. The General Services Administration operates the Government-Managed Reverse Auction Platform. Tom Temin spoke to Erville Koehler, a federal acquisition service regional 4 commissioner at GSA, at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 02:48pm EDT
Michael Byrne, Former Geographic Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. This former Federal Communication Commission employee is being honored for helping the public and policymakers know their Internet, cable and TV options. As a geographic information officer with the FCC, Michael Byrne mapped out broadband availability across America, sometimes block by block. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his former role and how it led to his nomination. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists. Read a related story and Q&A with Byrne.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 02:34pm EDT
Deidra Fair James, Millennium Challenge Corporation

The government is about to sign the biggest deal in a year old program that President Barack Obama considers a foreign aid priority. It will invest nearly $500 million over five years in the power sector of Ghana. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is the agency investing the money. Deidra Fair James is the Ghana country director for the MCC. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the program will benefit Ghana.

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