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1:01 pm, May 23, 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 - 03/18/2015, 06:33am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Anticipating another round of sequestration in 2016, the Defense Department is trying to make some headway in preparation for a tighter budget. The Pentagon sees a small treasure chest of money in back-office operations that could be used for mission and readiness needs. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how DoD plans to unlock that treasure chest.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 11:39am EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

When CIA director John Brennan announced a reorganization, a big feature was formation of a new directorate. It's aimed at what Brennan calls digital innovation in cybersecurity and other areas. It has a lot of potential for contractors of all sizes. Jonathan Aberman, managing director of the Northern Virginia capital fund Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit business development-oriented TandemNSI, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss this development.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:41am EDT
Dr. Wendy Dean, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, U.S. Army

You might remember Charla Nash. She's the woman who was horribly disfigured when attacked by a friend's pet chimpanzee back in 2009. The Pentagon has been closely watching her long recovery. More than watching, actually. The Army has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nash's medical bills. The hope is Nash's ordeal can help the military learn to care for disfigured soldiers returning from war. Dr. Wendy Dean, a medical advisor in the Army's Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the effort and what the military hopes to learn.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:38am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Army is moving hundreds of millions of dollars to the OASIS professional services government-wide contract. The Army and the General Services Administration signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with new incentives to use OASIS. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the new agreement.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:36am EDT
David Dye, Federal Human Capital Group, Deloitte

If you believe the surveys, employee engagement has been declining across the federal government for years. A recent Presidential Personnel memo makes the Senior Executive Service accountable for several agencies' employee engagement through the SES performance management system. So how do you go about increasing engagement? David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 08:02am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - March 17, 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, former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus continues to advise the White House on its strategy related to ISIS and Iraq, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman says the VA is withholding reports from the panel and federal improper payment shot up to a record $125 billion last year.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:52am EDT
Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Some fresh, new and big federal contracting opportunities are coming. The biggest will be the $60 billion Alliant Two deal, a government-wide acquisition contract the General Services Administration is cooking up. That's according to Bloomberg Government. B-Gov has published its latest list of the top 20 upcoming vehicles. There are the ones contractors simply must have places on. Bloomberg senior analyst Kevin Brancato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the list.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:43am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) represents about 300,000 federal employees. He launched a listening tour of sorts Friday, appearing at the Census Bureau offices in Suitland, Maryland, for a town hall event. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp was in the audience. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a report.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief financial officers are fighting an epic battle over ceding budgetary turf to chief information officers. The Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA) is now law. It gives CIOs control over agency IT budgets. The Office of Management and Budget is working with agencies to implement FITARA, and that's sparked the reaction from the CFOs. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about this long-simmering turf battle. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:32am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Nobody likes inflation. But when inflation is low, the cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for federal retirees are small, too. At this near mid-point in the fiscal year, it looks like COLAs are going to be pretty skimpy once again. Lots of people are sounding off about it at Federal News Radio.com. Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some of your comments.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:07am EDT
Vince Crisler, Partner, Fortalice Solutions

Over the past year, it seems like every bad cybersecurity scenario that could happen has happened. What might be scarier is the threat you can't see the backdoor embedded in something you buy. A router or switch, for example. Federal agencies and their contractors are under a mandate to ensure cybersecurity not only for the products they buy, but also for the chain of suppliers involved in the manufacturing of finished systems. How do you do that? Vince Crisler, a partner at Fortalice Solutions, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 16, 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 Treasury Department won't invest in the Thrift Savings Plan's G-Fund until the debt limit is resolved, the Obama administration abandons plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy tries podcasting.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:35am EDT
Bill Beyer, Partner, Deloitte

Shared services may be the biggest unrealized efficiency move the government can make. The principle is simple: Rather than duplicating the same function in every agency, use a common service provider. So why is the idea so slow to take off? That's what Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service tried to find out. Deloitte director Bill Beyer, co-author of their new report, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the findings.

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Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:28am EDT
David Sella, Program Manager, Warriors to Workforce, VA Acquisition Academy

Veterans Affairs' Warriors to Workforce program seems to work. It was one of the 124 programs recently honored by Harvard University's Ash Center with a Bright Ideas award. The VA program is designed to help wounded veterans transition into a new career. David Sella, the program manager of the Warriors to Workforce program, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program.

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Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:06am EDT
Retired Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch, National Commissioner, CyberPatriot

Students are gathered in Washington to show off their chops in defending virtual networks and mobile devices. They're facing off against teams of professional aggressors. Middle and high-school aged finalists make up 28 teams in the seventh CyberPatriot National Finals. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch is the Commissioner of CyberPatriot National. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on the finals.

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Friday - 03/13/2015, 09:19am EDT
Friday federal headlines - March 13, 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, some recently introduced bills in Congress could affect feds' jobs and salary, Americans' confidence in the federal government has reached new lows and thieves posing as IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 10:10am EDT
Michael Allen, Managing Director, Beacon Global Strategies

Plans to overhaul the CIA are getting mixed reviews. Director John Brennan's plan, announced Friday, would bring operatives and analyticals together to work side-by-side. Critics say objectivity is at risk, while those in favor say the collaboration will produce a more powerful product. Michael Allen, the managing director of Beacon Global Strategies and former majority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explore the changes and what they mean.

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Thursday - 03/12/2015, 10:01am EDT
Tim Fullerton, Director of Digital Strategy, Interior Department

At last, spring is almost here. And to celebrate, the Interior Department, together with the Agriculture Department, wants to help people locate their nearest national park or maybe some other federally-managed property they might not know about. They're hosting a hackathon in April, and hope Web developers will create apps for travelers. Tim Fullerton, the director of digital strategy at Interior, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the hackathon.

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Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:57am EDT
Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

For more than 20 years, a driving principle behind federal procurement is a simple one: To the extent possible, the government should buy regular commercial items under regular commercial terms and conditions. That idea is enshrined in law and regulation. So when it doesn't happen, companies protest. In a dispute between contractor CGI Federal and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals reaffirmed that commercial principle. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why the ruling is so important.

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Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:04am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 12, 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, Two Secret Service employees are under investigation by the Homeland Security Department inspector general, Defense Secretary Ash Carter urges Congress to pass President Obama's request for new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State and the IRS says it has a billion dollars in unclaimed tax refunds from the 2011 filing season.

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