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4:35 pm, May 29, 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.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 05:14pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force thinks it's done a good job of making sure its IT networks are protected from cyber threats, but that's only 20 percent of the cyber problem. A brand new task force will try to take an enterprise approach to protecting the other 80 percent of Air Force systems that are vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and critical base infrastructure. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:34am EDT
David Dye, Director, Federal Human Capital Services, Deloitte

The latest snapshot of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" comes out later today. As it is every year, it's developed by the Partnership for Public for Service, Deloitte and the Hay Group. This year the number crunchers have ranked agencies in terms of how innovative they are. David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain just how to measure something like that and how important it is.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:22am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Federal contractors are taking a magnifying glass to the fine print in their contracts with the government. Or they should be. The General Services Administration has proposed a set of rules known as class deviation. In a nutshell, it wants all contracts expunged of boilerplate clauses that run against the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Joe Petrillo is a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell. In this morning's Legal Loop, he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what GSA hopes to do.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:20am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House wants to hit cyber attackers where it hurts in their wallets. President Barack Obama adds one more piece to the tricky cybersecurity puzzle in the form of a new executive order. The biggest missing piece, legislation, could still come from Congress by Memorial Day. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on the latest White House gambit, and how it fits into the broader strategy of cyber information sharing.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 08:30am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 2, 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, five veterans organizations have sued the Veterans Affairs Department, only three of the Thrift Savings Plan's ten funds made positive returns in March and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he'll keep mid-level career employees out of direct congressional inquiries.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:42am EDT
Dr. Chris Jones, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have a new deal in place. They're calling it a public-private partnership, and it will enable Northrop Grumman to provide the Air Force with sustainment of future weapon systems. Air Force officials say they hope the deal will improve efficiency, both in negotiations and in implementing future projects. Dr. Chris Jones, the president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the partnership and how it works.

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Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is slowly breaking down its reputation as being stuck in the old world of customer service (snail mail and telephone queues). The MySSA portal is quickly becoming the focal point for modernizing Social Security's Web applications. Pamela Pittman is the SSA's division director for Programmatic Applications. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about the agency's latest online service.

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Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:18am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal jobs are not the easiest or the best-paid, but at least they're secure. Or so the thinking went. That long-held belief is less prevalent today than it once was, particularly among Senior Executive Service members. A 2014 law that gave Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald more leeway to fire SES members has taken a toll on members' morale government-wide. Many are questioning their career choices. That finding comes from a Senior Executives Association survey on the possibility of at-will employment. SEA President Carol Bonosaro discussed it with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:01am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 1, 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,

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:45am EDT
Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

She manages Housing and Urban Development's day-to-day operations, including a $45 billion annual budget and approximately 8,500 employees. As Women's History Month comes to a close, she's been sharing her experiences to help other women build successful careers in government. Nani Coloretti is the Deputy Secretary at HUD. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she recounted growing up under the mild skies in Hawaii.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:42am EDT
John Benison, Director, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, HUD

Two dozen federal employees will form a group advising the President on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. The White House wants advice on improving how the government recruits, hires, develops and retains SES members. John Benison is the equal employment opportunity director at Housing and Urban Development, and a member of the president's advisory group. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an early morning report.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:57am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - March 31, 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, one person is dead and two injured after a shooting at the NSA, the VA cuts its disability claims backlog by 67 percent and Pentagon employees are trying out smartphones known for being spy-resistant.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT
5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:33am EDT
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg will be stepping down this week. She's been on the job for nearly six years. The former New York City public health commissioner has had an eventful career in Washington. The compounding pharmacy scare and passage of a major reform bill are just a couple of the big episodes. Ahead of her departure, she sat down with Federal Drive Host Tom Temin to review her tenure at the agency and offer some thoughts on where it should go in the future.

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Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:25am EDT
Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, USPS

In a recent executive order, President Barack Obama called on agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thomas Day, the Postal Service's chief sustainability officer, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the steps the agency is taking on doing just that.

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Monday - 03/30/2015, 08:19am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 30, 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, we learn about the TSA's criteria for screening passengers, a popular code-sharing website suffers a cyber attack and Defense Secretary Ash Carter pitches 401-k's for troops.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 06:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration is trying to clean up some of the clutter that's accumulated over the last 20 years as reforms have been made to acquisition policies and procedures. Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, says procurement reform went awry for several reasons. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about why Rung believes problems developed and what the administration is doing about it. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:19am EDT
Matt Clemens, Security Solutions Architect, Arxan Technologies

Pretty much everyone has a mobile device now. Lots of feds even carry more than one. And so the security of those devices and the apps on them have become increasingly important. How can you better secure those devices? And just what is the state of mobile security now? Matt Clemens, a security solutions architect at Arxan Technologies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain. The short answer is there's a lot of work still to do.

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Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:14am EDT
Cmdr. David Ditallo, National Defense University

The National Defense University offers a new course focusing on cyber intelligence. Cmndr. David Ditallo is teaching that course at NDU's Information Resources Management College. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the course, and what it entails.

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