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3:07 pm, May 28, 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 - 03/26/2015, 07:20am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 26, 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 Department is moving forward with its disability claims process to a standardized form and NASA is sending a rocket to an asteroid.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 06:11am EDT
Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He's the soldier who wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. Desertion can carry a death penalty, but the military hasn't executed anyone for 50 years. So what can we expect from Beghdahl's trial? Brian Bouffard, a former Navy JAG and now a military defense attorney, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 12:09pm EDT
Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce

The Commerce Department recently hired its first ever chief data officer. The inaugural role went to Ian Kalin. He's a Navy veteran and came over from the private sector, having worked at Google and startups like Socrata. There, he helped modernize data and transparency programs. His first day on the job was Monday. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on his new position.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 09:17am EDT
Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Patent and Trademark Office

The first-ever Patent Quality Summit kicks off later today, hosted by the Patent and Trademark Office. Officials there hope it will be the first of many. The two-day event has attracted a who's-who of people interested in improving patent quality. Valencia Martin-Wallace, the PTO's deputy commissioner for patent quality, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the PTO is hoping to accomplish with this summit.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:38am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget is putting federal office space and excess property in to a deeper freeze. And maybe trimming it a little bit. Two years after issuing the "Freeze the Footprint" policy, OMB will issue a follow-on memo today requiring civilian agencies and the Defense Department to develop a plan to reduce their real property footprints over the next five years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review OMB's new downsizing initiative.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 07:53am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - March 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, Defense Secretary Ash Carter hears pushback from senior military leaders on lifting the ban on transgender people serving in the military and a Senate panel urges the President to fill vacant inspector general posts.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 05:45am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A few agencies are about to test something called a "federal feedback button." The White House hopes it will let online agencies spot customer-service issues as soon as they happen. One official likened it to Yelp for the government. Reporter Emily Kopp has written about this, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 05:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Tony Scott has learned at least one thing in his nearly two months as the federal chief information officer: Starting initiatives means little unless you can get them to the finish line. Scott, a pilot, makes the analogy to flying a plane. Taking off might be the fun part, but you've got to land at some point. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller covered Scott's first speech as federal CIO. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how Scott plans to pilot federal IT over the next two years.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)

December 2013 was a major milestone on DoD's path to audit-ready financial statements. The Marine Corps became the first military service in history to get a clean opinion on a major part of its general fund. But new information has come to light since then, and on Monday, the DoD inspector general rescinded its favorable audit opinion - saying it's no longer reliable. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is a member of the House Armed Service Committee and is focused intently on DoD audit readiness over the last several years. He spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the latest developments and what they mean for DoD's broader audit goals.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:56am EDT
Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues, GAO

The last round of base realignments and closures (BRAC) back in 2005 did some good. Many of the bases were repurposed and used to help the homeless. But BRAC had problems, too. As outlined in a new report from the Government Accountability Office, DoD and Housing and Urban Development don't track progress on base conversions very well. It's a concern as the Defense Department raises the urgency of its request for a new round of closures. Brian Lepore, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the problem.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:55am EDT
Lisa LaPlant, FDsys Program Manager, Government Publishing Office

The Government Publishing Office is on GitHub. The open source community portal already has more than 10,000 government users worldwide. They use the space to collaborate on software code, data and policy. GPO will share information about how content is stored and processed on its flagship Federal Digital System (FDsys). Lisa LaPlant is the FDsys lead program manager. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the decision to form an open source community.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:52am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The White House has chosen a group of two dozen federal employees to offer advice on potential changes to the Senior Executive Service. They come from many facets of government. Their mission is to improve the way senior executives are recruited, hired, developed and retained. Will they be successful? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer his take.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 07:15am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - March 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, Sen. Jon Tester introduces a bill to improve the mental health care of the National Guard and Reserve, and the National Archives and Records Administration has a new inspector general.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:22am EDT
Federal open source software activities are growing

The wave of the future in government digital innovation may be in the open source arena, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:02pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the defense reform legislation he'll introduce this week will include a focus on DoD's acquisition workforce and strengthening the place of program managers in the chain of command. Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) says Congress shouldn't try to fix the DoD procurement system all in one year, but it's time to get started. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 09:29am EDT
Dorian Cougias, Founder, Unified Compliance Framework

Cybersecurity compliance standards are enough to have tech managers' heads spinning. You're monitoring your system, but are you sure you're looking for the right things? When a vulnerability or even an attack occurs, everyone's got to have the same understanding. Dorian Cougias is cofounder of the Unified Compliance Framework. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he talked about the compliance understanding gap between agencies and contractors.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 09:23am EDT
Jesse Holler, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

When the Obama administration released its 2016 budget request last month, it left some areas sort of blank. Case in point: The IT spending details for the Navy and Army, two of the biggest technology spenders in the government. Bloomberg Government analysts raided the IT dashboard this month to find some of the missing data. Bloomberg quantitative analyst Jesse Holler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a clearer picture of Army and Navy IT plans.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 06:06am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 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 head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive announces he's stepping down and a multiple launch rocket system battalion is heading to South Korea.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:56am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Pay cuts and pay raises are always top of mind for federal employees. Now, with the 2016 budget debate opening up, several bills are taking aim at those pay levels and benefits. And that's prompted a lot of comments from you at FederalNewsRadio.com. Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay what you and your colleagues are saying.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The idea of letting federal employees do government business on their personal mobile devices makes a lot of agencies nervous. The Defense Department, for years, has been one of the most nervous agencies of all. But that rigid rejection of BYOD might be loosening up just a bit. The Pentagon's planning its own test of BYOD a few months from now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about that test as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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