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12:06 pm, May 4, 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.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:38am EST
Robert Autry, President, AFGE Local 4060

Funding for DHS expires at midnight tonight, which means Congress is quickly running out of time to pass another continuing resolution. If they don't do it today, nearly 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Among the hardest hit will be FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Robert Autry, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 4060, which represents FEMA headquarters employees here in Washington, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explain how a shutdown would impact the agency.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:35am EST
Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO, CompTIA

Social media, mobility, analytics and cloud form the acronym SMAC. These technologies have become embedded in the federal workplace. A report released this week examines how they are converging, and what it means for agency operations. The Federal Technology Convergence Commission is a group of industry leaders tasked with assessing the impact of SMAC convergence and making recommendations to the administration. Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:29am EST
Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

He vows, "We will not do more with less. Those days are over." With the shadow of shutdown looming, the Commandant gave his State of the Coast Guard address this week. He said aging platforms and crumbling infrastructure threaten mission success. He also vowed to take decisive action to alleviate the strain. Adm. Paul Zukunft is the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the state of the Coast Guard.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 08:32am EST
Friday federal headlines - February 27, 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 Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch as next attorney general, some lawmakers want their paycheck withheld if the Homeland Security Department shuts down and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald tells senators he's committed to a law allowing some veterans to obtain health care at non-VA facilities.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:23am EST
James White, Director of Tax Issues, GAO

The IRS has a problem. It needs to send refund checks to law-abiding taxpayers in a timely fashion, while also looking out for identity thieves. A new report from the Government Accountability Office says one way to do that is to change the formula the agency uses to assess identity theft fraud. Last year, the IRS handed out $6 billion in fraudulent claims. James White, the director of tax issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report's findings.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:13am EST
Lt. Col. Scott Nelson, Cyber P3 program manager, U.S. Army Reserve

Cyber challenges are more prevalent than ever. That's driving the need for more people with the professional skills necessary to prevent and mitigate attacks. To that end, the Army Reserve has launched a new partnership to build its network of cyber warriors. The program is designed to train soldiers in cyber warfare — for both the Reserve and private sector employers. Lt. Col. Scott Nelson is the Army Reserve's Cyber P3 Program Manager. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how it all works.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 08:33am EST
Thursday federal headlines - February 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, a government watchdog files a complaint over a congressman's travel spending, the Transportation Security Administration says more than 90 percent of its employees would still report to work in the event of a shutdown and Senate vote on funding the Homeland Security Department could come as early as today.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:29pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In its latest legislative proposal on cybersecurity, the White House argues for liability protections for companies who agree to share cyber threat information with the government and with each other. But the Department of Homeland Security admits that solving those legal questions won't mean companies will automatically open their doors to the data the government wants. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 11:25am EST
NIH plans massive overhaul of Bethesda campus

The National Institutes of Health has big plans for its Bethesda Campus 500 pages of plans, to be specific. The plan includes everything from replacing buildings to clearing traffic congestion to changing landscaping.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:51am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is attacking its appeals backlog much in the same way it took on its disability claims backlog. VA is using a combination of technology and old-fashioned process improvements to deal with an appeals backlog that has grown by 15 percent over the last two years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on VA's plans to decrease the appeals backlog.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:44am EST
Scott MacFarlane, Investigative Reporter, NBC NEWS4 I-Team

Federal employees are using their government-issued credit cards to buy gas for themselves, and sometimes friends and family. A lot of it in fact. A review of federal audits and court records by the NEWS4 I-Team found about 260 such cases. Scott MacFarlane is an Investigative Reporter with the NEWS4 I-Team. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what they found.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:04am EST
Ricardo Herring, Director of Facilities Planning, National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health's massive Bethesda campus is going to undergo quite the facelift over the next couple of decades. NIH has put together a 20-year, 500-page plan for the campus that will include 17 new buildings. Ricardo Herring, the director of the Division of Facilities Planning at NIH, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what NIH is planning.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:00am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A good reputation might be a government contractor's most valuable asset. That makes maintaining integrity one of the most important activities. So says Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the eighth commandment: Thou shall maintain thy integrity. It might seem like common sense, but it's impossible to overstate its importance.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 07:45am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - February 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,

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 02:32am EST
Will new Federal CIO Tony Scott make feds eat dog food?

Federal News Radio's Tom Temin asks if 'dogfooding' can help federal IT.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:33pm EST
Rafael Borras, Senior Adviser, AT Kearney

Still no funding resolution for the Homeland Security Department. It's set to run out Friday. It will be the second time in less than two years. Rafael Borras was the acting deputy secretary of DHS during the October 2013 shutdown. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his memory of that time with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:46am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management needs to do more to ensure meaningful distinctions are being made when it comes to performance ratings and awards for members of the Senior Executive Service. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details from the report.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:43am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon's been warning for years that the decade-long budget caps Congress set in place four years ago won't work. At least if DoD hopes to execute the defense strategy on the books right now. With sequestration set to return this year, officials say they'll try to make things a bit less abstract…and publish a report that details exactly what would happen to individual bases and weapons systems with a 30 billion dollar cut. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss DoD's sequestration messaging strategy as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:40am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The reverse auction firm FedBid is back in the federal market. The Air Force has lifted the suspension - and stopped the debarment process it initiated against the company. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why and how FedBid is back in business with the government.

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