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6:25 am, July 28, 2014

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring 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.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 11:28am EDT
Michelle Sager, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Agencies make lots of regulations. And then they change them, even pare them down, sometimes get rid of them altogether. The White House has encouraged the government to trim the red tape. But the Government Accountability Office tried to find the data to justify the choices agencies made. It was hard. Michelle Sager is director of strategic issues at GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 07:55am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 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, tensions are growing between the U.S. and China over accusations of cyber-spying and a little green button that will tell federal building managers if they are wasting energy.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:47am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency information security staff are supposed to monitor their agency networks, looking for cyber threats. It's called the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. Success depends on a simple question: Will the right people use the data to head off cyber threats or will the information languish with the wrong people? The Homeland Security Department is taking steps to ensure the right people have the right data. John Streufert is the director of federal network resilience at DHS. He spoke with Executive Editor Jason Miller about how DHS is making sure continuous monitoring pays off. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:40am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Cyber Command says it cannot do the whole job all by itself. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency are in talks to give DISA more of the day-to-day responsibilities for defending Defense networks from cyber threats. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 07:49am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 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, a break in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet and the dispatching of 1,000 Marines to Libya.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jason Weller, USDA

You've seen it on 10,000 license plates: Save The Bay. Now the Agriculture Department is joining in the fight to save not only the Chesapeake Bay, but also seven other major watersheds coast to coast. Jason Weller is Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. He discussed the new initiative when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:25pm EDT
Linda Cook, Weir Farm National Historic Site

Calling all artists! The National Park Service is offering an unique opportunity to inspire creativity. The Artist In Residence program provides artists with opportunities to create works of art in natural and cultural settings. Artists get a chance to participate in park programs while sharing their work with the public. Linda Cook is the Superintendent of the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the program.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Mark Goldstein, Government Accountability Office

The Homeland Security Department says it will stop using the Federal Protective Service to secure its Washington headquarters. That's notable because the service is part of DHS. The irony caught Congress' eye. A recent hearing examined the problems facing the Federal Protective Service. Mark Goldstein was called to testify. He is director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what the Federal Protective Service is supposed to do.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:03pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Petrillo & Powell

New statistics suggest agencies are taking a tougher stance with errant contractors. The Government Accountability Office charts a doubling of suspensions and debarments at six agencies in a single year. The numbers are even more dramatic when you look at the past five fiscal years. From 2009 to 2013, suspensions and debarments rose from 19 to 271. GAO says the agencies have addressed staffing issues, made it easier to report fraud or misconduct related to grants, and centralized their processes. In this week's legal loop segment, Tom and Emily spoke with procurement attorney Joe Petrillo. He explained the rise in numbers on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 10:42am EDT
Col. Lee Ellis, Author, Leadership Expert

Isolated, exploited and tortured for years on end at the Hoa Loa prison in Vietnam--the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Alongside the late Adm. Denton and Sen. John McCain, Col. Lee Ellis was a prisoner of war for more than five years. He tells Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson about his time as a POW and what it taught him about leadership.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 09:41am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 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.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:44am EDT
Janine Clayton, NIH

At one time, medical researchers conducted their studies only on men. That started changing more than 20 years ago. Now, the National Institutes of Health says more than half of human research subjects are women. But when it comes to research on animals, or even cells, most continues to be done on males. Janine Clayton wants to change that. She's the Associate Director for Research on Women's Health at NIH. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the new research policy.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:33am EDT
Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists

Federal officials have zeroed in on the cause of the radiation leak at the government's nuclear dump in New Mexico. It's kitty litter! Los Alamos National Lab packed hundreds of barrels with the stuff. Some made it to the dump. Others went to storage in Texas. And still more are at the lab. It's thrown the nation's nuclear waste system into chaos. Edwin Lyman is a Senior Scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with an update on the situation in New Mexico.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:31am EDT
Dave Wennergren, Professional Services Council

The Professional Services Council has launched a new initiative to focus on technology policy. It's picked a defense insider to lead it. Dave Wennergren served in the Defense Department until 2013 when he joined the contractor CACI. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the latest chapter in his career.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says its claims backlog is far below its peak of three years ago. VA credits its progress to several changes under the Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and described how VA is reducing the claims backlog. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 09:57am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 27, 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.

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 09:31am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The president of the government contractor who runs FedBizOpps.gov pleaded guilty to criminal charges last Wednesday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about this case in his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what happened and whether this will impact the company's federal contracts.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 09:10am EDT
Bob Cusack, The Hill Newspaper

Democratic and Republican members of Congress are at loggerheads over immigration reform. Meanwhile agencies who carry out immigration policy wonder what will happen. Leaders cannot agree on issues such as border security, work visas, and other issues. If the House fails to pass some type of reform by the end of July, some Democratic senators say President Obama will act on his own. Bob Cusack is the managing editor of The Hill newspaper. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss exactly what laws are up for reforming.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:45am EDT
Kimberly Holden, OPM

Most federal agencies have shaved weeks, even months, off of their hiring times in response to a 2010 presidential memo. Most hires are now completed within 80 days. But faster doesn't necessarily mean better. The Office of Personnel Management has revised its reporting requirements to focus on quality. Kimberly Holden is OPM's deputy associate director for Recruitment and Hiring. She spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She says hiring time is just one measurement of how well agencies are filling positions.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:40am EDT
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

Judging from the Defense authorization bills that have passed the House and been marked up in the Senate, Congress seems to have made a hash out of Pentagon plans to meet its budgetary goals. Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to help sort out the reality of where Defense spending is headed and who will benefit.

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