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4:58 am, November 28, 2014

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.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The Office of Government Ethics is stepping out from behind the legal and policy curtain to help build a broader community, and it wants agency ethics officials and others to do the same. Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, says a month-long series of seminars and summits is part of a broader effort to change the view of ethics oversight across government. He spoke to Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller in part one of their interview.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon is about a month away from rescinding a 2012 policy that made the Defense Information Systems Agency the only outlet for DoD agencies to buy cloud services from commercial providers. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, department IT leaders think the current approach is taking too long.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:33am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Tech companies are moving to block everyone from accessing people's data, including law enforcement. More products from Apple and Google automatically encrypt and protect people's data from both police and thieves. Critics say the changes will hamper law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Julian Hattem, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:30am EDT
Marco Conners, Chief of the Army Games for Training Program, National Simulation Center

The Army is experimenting with a new type of interactive software to train its young leaders. It's called the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment software (ELITE). The training tool teaches soldiers to deal with a range of problems including disagreements with their platoon sergeant, driving under the influence and sexual harassment. Marco Conners is chief of the Army Games at the National Simulation Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:28am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Last night's Service to America Medals awards gala celebrated federal employees who went above and beyond the call of duty. The Federal Employee of the Year was Dr. Rana Hajjeh, director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a recap.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:06am EDT
Col. Donald Bray, Commander, Cyber Protection Brigade

The Army has activated a new brigade, a cyber brigade, its first ever. The brigade is part of the Army's Cyber Command. The brigade will be divided into teams consisting of both soldiers and civilians. Their primary mission will be to conduct defensive cyberspace operations. Army Col. Donald Bray is commander of the Cyber Protection Brigade in Fort Gordon, Georgia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the brigade's structure and mission.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:01am EDT
Dr. Rana Hajjeh, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

From cracking down on Medicare fraud to giving paralyzed veterans the ability to walk, over the past several months we've been telling you about the great work of this year's Service to America Medals nominees. The winners were recognized at a gala in Washington last night. Tom Temin spoke with this year's Federal Employee of the Year. Dr. Rana Hajjeh is director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She told Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her work and what's next.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Teeter, Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG

Health care is a major concern of the federal government. That's one reason why health IT and health informatics are growth industries. Now the long standing American Council for Technology Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has formed a Federal Healthcare Working Group. Its initial focus will be on informatives. John Teeter is managing director in the Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he's helping the ACT-IAC effort.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 08:48am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 23, 2014

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, U.S. forces launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, and the Postal Service adds 9,000 jobs.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
Greg Wilshusen, Government Accountability Office

Open enrollment for health care insurance through the federal exchange is coming around again. Congress, among others, is wondering if the exchange and its website HealthCare.gov are secure. The Government Accountability Office took a look. It found some issues. Greg Wilshusen is the information security issues at GAO. He testified last week about what auditors say need to be done. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:28am EDT
Reginald France, Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General, Miami Regional Office

Each year, fake Medicare claims filed by medical equipment suppliers, home health care agencies and pharmacies bill the federal government out of billions of dollars. Florida is considered ground zero for health care fraud. One reason is a big portion of its residents are over the age of 65. Reginald France is an assistant special agent in charge at the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General office in Miami. He and his team led Medicare fraud investigations resulting in nearly 700 convictions in South Florida. For their work, team members are winners of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal in this year's Service to America Medals. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss his role in the investigations.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:22am EDT
Monday federal headlines - September 22, 2014

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, Gen. Ray Odierno says sequestration will significantly degrade the Army's ability to carry out its mission, and a bill passed in the Senate would remove administratively uncontrollable overtime pay for border patrol agents.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 06:27am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel has decided to move out of the federal chief information officer's position. He'll be taking a more operational role for the U.S. Agency for International Development. That decision caught most people by surprise. Some who know him think VanRoekel was attracted to the challenge of fighting the Ebola virus. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about VanRoekel's legacy in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what some are saying about Steve VanRoekel's impact on federal technology.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:14pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department unveiled the latest version of its Better Buying Power initiative Friday. It shifts its emphasis toward the need to drive more advanced technologies into the products DoD buys. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:25am EDT
Carlton Hadden, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal agencies are too quick to dismiss employee discrimination charges, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC reversed a third of all cases dismissed by agencies between 2008 and 2012 without investigations or hearings. The agency received more than 1,500 dismissal appeals in fiscal 2012, and remanded nearly 700 back to agencies. Carlton Hadden is director of the Office of Federal Operations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what federal managers can do to avoid having decisions overturned.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:23am EDT
Jordan Sims, Organization Relations & Programs, Project Management Institute

Modernizing the Defense Department acquisition system is a tall order. Sequestration has put extra strain on the process. Pentagon officials and even contractors say improvements in requirements management could help. Jordan Sims is the director of Organization Relations and Programs at the Project Management Institute. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his prescription for fostering the skills and relationships needed to boost the acquisitions system.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:22am EDT
Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

Cybersecurity is emerging as a major business risk. USIS, the government's main contractor for security background checks, had a big contract canceled. A security breach exposed personal information about 25,000 Homeland Security employees. It doesn't matter that the company discovered and reported the breach itself. Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey are former feds and now principals of Liberty Group Ventures. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss strategies for not becoming the next USIS or Home Depot.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:54am EDT
Friday federal headlines - September 19, 2014

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, NIST wants programmers to think about cyber from the get-go, and Health and Human Services releases $71.5 million in withheld funds.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:24am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close real and potential holes in the HealthCare.gov website. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised House lawmakers the site would be improved when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on CMS' plans and some lawmakers' concerns over the security of HealthCare.gov.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years after intelligence community leaders agreed it was time to consolidate their IT systems into a shared infrastructure, the project has moved from a planning and piloting phase. IC officials say they're well on their way toward implementation. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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