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10:58 am, April 21, 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.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:29pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In its latest legislative proposal on cybersecurity, the White House argues for liability protections for companies who agree to share cyber threat information with the government and with each other. But the Department of Homeland Security admits that solving those legal questions won't mean companies will automatically open their doors to the data the government wants. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 11:25am EST
NIH plans massive overhaul of Bethesda campus

The National Institutes of Health has big plans for its Bethesda Campus 500 pages of plans, to be specific. The plan includes everything from replacing buildings to clearing traffic congestion to changing landscaping.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:51am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is attacking its appeals backlog much in the same way it took on its disability claims backlog. VA is using a combination of technology and old-fashioned process improvements to deal with an appeals backlog that has grown by 15 percent over the last two years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on VA's plans to decrease the appeals backlog.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:44am EST
Scott MacFarlane, Investigative Reporter, NBC NEWS4 I-Team

Federal employees are using their government-issued credit cards to buy gas for themselves, and sometimes friends and family. A lot of it in fact. A review of federal audits and court records by the NEWS4 I-Team found about 260 such cases. Scott MacFarlane is an Investigative Reporter with the NEWS4 I-Team. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what they found.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:04am EST
Ricardo Herring, Director of Facilities Planning, National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health's massive Bethesda campus is going to undergo quite the facelift over the next couple of decades. NIH has put together a 20-year, 500-page plan for the campus that will include 17 new buildings. Ricardo Herring, the director of the Division of Facilities Planning at NIH, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what NIH is planning.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:00am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A good reputation might be a government contractor's most valuable asset. That makes maintaining integrity one of the most important activities. So says Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the eighth commandment: Thou shall maintain thy integrity. It might seem like common sense, but it's impossible to overstate its importance.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 07:45am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - February 25, 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,

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 02:32am EST
Will new Federal CIO Tony Scott make feds eat dog food?

Federal News Radio's Tom Temin asks if 'dogfooding' can help federal IT.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:33pm EST
Rafael Borras, Senior Adviser, AT Kearney

Still no funding resolution for the Homeland Security Department. It's set to run out Friday. It will be the second time in less than two years. Rafael Borras was the acting deputy secretary of DHS during the October 2013 shutdown. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his memory of that time with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:46am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management needs to do more to ensure meaningful distinctions are being made when it comes to performance ratings and awards for members of the Senior Executive Service. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details from the report.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:43am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon's been warning for years that the decade-long budget caps Congress set in place four years ago won't work. At least if DoD hopes to execute the defense strategy on the books right now. With sequestration set to return this year, officials say they'll try to make things a bit less abstract…and publish a report that details exactly what would happen to individual bases and weapons systems with a 30 billion dollar cut. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss DoD's sequestration messaging strategy as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:40am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The reverse auction firm FedBid is back in the federal market. The Air Force has lifted the suspension - and stopped the debarment process it initiated against the company. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why and how FedBid is back in business with the government.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:38am EST
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The expiration date for Homeland Security's continuing resolution is fast approaching. The deadline is Friday. And that means Congress has just four days to reach an agreement funding the department for the rest of the year, or furlough roughly 30,000 employees. What should DHS managers be doing to prepare for this possibility? John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 09:59am EST
Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

After four years leading the government efforts come up with an alternative to the password, Jeremy Grant is leaving government. He's a Senior Executive Advisor for Identity Management at the National Insitute of Standards and Technology. In an email to his colleagues, he says he's unsure where he'll go next, but plans to leave NIST in April. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to reflect on progress in identity management and some of the success stories.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 09:59am EST
Peter Eyre, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

Contractors doing any government work overseas face a big new rule that goes into effect this coming Monday. It's aimed at preventing contractors from engaging in human trafficking. It's a rule with teeth and it covers a lot of ground. Peter Eyre, a partner at the law firm Crowell and Moring's Government Contracts Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the rule and its implications.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 08:46am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - February 24, 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, the Veterans Affairs Secretary apologizes for misstating his military record, a Yahoo technology executive trades barbs with the National Security Agency director and Mitch McConnell tries a new tactic to avoid a lapse in funding for the Homeland Security Department.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:09am EST
Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

President Barack Obama's budget request included a small, $5 million item earmarked for a next-generation fighter. And while no one knows exactly what it'll be, it's meant to replace the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18 Growler by 2030. Jerry Hendrix, a senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what exactly the new fighter will be capable of — and why it's needed.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:06am EST
Bill Shear, Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues, GAO

The Small Business Administration has a problem with its Historically Underutilized Business Zones designation. According to a new GAO report, SBA has no way to inform businesses when they might no longer qualify as a HUBZone. Or when the zone they operate in might not longer be considered a HUBZone. For more on the report, and what SBA can do to improve, Bill Shear, director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 08:59am EST
Monday federal headlines - February 23, 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, the government sends wrong tax information to 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers, key federal cybersecurity initiatives would be an early casualty of a Homeland Security Department funding lapse and a female soldier makes launcher chief history.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 06:13am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

If asked, many people with knowledge of the federal government would agree that problems surround the Senior Executive Service. But if you ask what the problem is, you'll get very different answers. For example, of the 890 career senior executives who left government in fiscal 2014, just two were fired for discipline or performance. Is that because the laws make it hard to fire executives even when they do something scandalous? Or is it because leaders don't want to use the authorities at their disposal? On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, and as part of her special report, "Fixing the SES," Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp dissected the problems with help from Eddie Ribas. He's an SES member and human-resources expert who has worked at many agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management and now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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