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7:32 pm, May 24, 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.

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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Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:16am EDT
Kevin McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Few agencies have been busier than Customs and Border Protection. Its Global Entry program just enrolled its 2 millionth member. The agency is on the front lines of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. With summer approaching, CBP agents are on alert for another possible influx of illegal immigrants from South America. Overseeing day to day operations is the new deputy commissioner, Kevin McAleenan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on his tenure.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:14am EDT
Paul Scharre, Director, 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security

The Defense Department has to look past the current budget struggles and try to see the long-term future. Paul Scharre is the director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security. A former Army Ranger and Pentagon expert on unmanned systems, he's done a lot of thinking about long term military affairs. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a look beyond fiscal 2016.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:08am EDT
Matt Rumsey, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

The government has started releasing comprehensive indexes of data showing how agencies operate and conduct oversight. That's in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation. It's been more than a year in the making, and most of the data has never been publicly identified before. Matt Rumsey, the director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on just what's in those indexes.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 07:22am EDT
Friday federal headlines - March 20, 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, a former Facebook exec takes a big tech role at the White House, a new employee-of-the-month-type awards program is launched to honor feds and a new dashboard is launched to track traffic on agency websites.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 06:13am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House lawmakers and Veterans Affairs' IT officials continue to spar over the data security of millions of veterans. In the latest episode, VA Committee lawmakers say the agency suffered another nation state cyber attack. But IT officials say they have seen no evidence of such an attack. Federal News Radio's Executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on this ongoing cybersecurity drama.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:29am EDT
Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana

As the federal government struggles with how to make better use of data, it could learn a thing or two from the states. A case in point is Indiana. It's harnessing data to solve problems and improve how it does business. In one example, Indiana has had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country for more than two decades. Officials have identified causes and directed funds to programs that target at-risk mothers. Paul Baltzell is Indiana's Chief Information Officer. on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, explained more about the state's data analysis program.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:28am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It may sound odd, but source selection officials have the authority to use more than one selection approach within a single procurement. And it looks like they're using that authority more often. You can find this authority in an often-overlooked section of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, FAR Part 15.101. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how this works and what it means.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal contractors have a new way to tell agency contracting shops how they really feel about the acquisition process. It's called Acquisition 360. It gives both contractors and program managers a chance to rate how individual agencies go about buying things. Anne Rung is the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Leslie Field is the deputy administrator. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about how Acquisition 360 works, and how they hope it will help improve the federal procurement process.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 08:36am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 19, 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 Senate Budget Committee proposes shrinking the federal workforce through attrition, federal employees who break the law won't be eligible for bonuses under a new bill and a Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, Colorado is expected to cost more than five times the original estimate.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:53am EDT
Christine Lee, Program Manager, S&T First Responders Group, DHS

Law enforcement, ambulance and fire: Dispatchers using a base station to communicate with first-responders in the field can now upgrade and reconfigure their system for less than $500. The Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M) could save an agency as much as $15,000 to replace an entire system. Christine Lee is the program manager for the Science and Technology First Responders Group at Homeland Security. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the device and what DHS is doing with it.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:50am EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is suspending for three months online meetings it's been having with vendors. They're aimed at helping the agency develop a procurement strategy for the replacement version of its popular Alliant acquisition vehicles. For the time being, the agency says it wants to have face-to-face meetings. The virtual meetings have been convened by the Coalition for Government Procurement. How do they work and what happens? Coalition president Roger Waldron joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - March 18, 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 - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
Christopher Hart, Director, National Transportation Safety Board

The Senate confirmed Christopher Hart as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He had been the acting chairman since April. when his predecessor Deborah Hersman left. A lawyer and well-known aviation safety expert, Hart held several senior jobs at the FAA. He was also an NTSB board member in the early 1990s. Just before his confirmation, Hart spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how the board is handling what's turned out to be a busy year.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:43am EDT
Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

NASA still is five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract. That'll be known as SEWP 5 Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement. In the meantime though, it's rolling out some updates for the current SEWP program. SEWP program manager Joanne Woytek joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain exactly what that entails.

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