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2:52 am, April 28, 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 - 02/20/2015, 10:42am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have one thing in common. They're both preparing several new opportunities for contractors. By March, contractors can expect a series of draft and final requests for proposals for some of the largest IT service contracts in the government. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the next wave of big RFPs.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 10:38am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore got an extra day off this week after a snow storm swept through the area. The storm dropped anywhere from 3 inches of snow in some places to 7 inches in other spots. Not exactly a blizzard. Still, it led to a closure of federal buildings, and at least one disgusted congressman. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a storm review, and to share some of your comments.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 09:14am EST
Sharon Masling, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Chai Feldblum, EEOC

A person's disability can range from the difficult to detect like Attention Deficit Disorder to the more apparent, like loss of a limb or blindness. Now employers have a go-to guide to answer all their questions on hiring and equipping those with disabilities. A product of the "Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative," the plain-language guide brings together a host of resources from across the government. Sharon Masling is Chief of Staff to Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who has been a leader in the Curb Cuts Initiative. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more of what's in the new guide.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 08:25am EST
Friday federal headlines - February 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 Army captain is sentenced to five years in prison for wire and mail fraud, a new research center will help local governments increase their resilience to natural disasters and the operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:15pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The federal CIO Council's mobile technology tiger team is climbing a Defense Department tree. It's recommending the DoD standard for vetting mobile application security. The team's goal is to make it easier and safer for agencies to develop and deploy mission-critical apps. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss those recommendations, and why app vetting is the next great challenge in the mobile computing.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:42am EST
Dr. Nate Galbreath, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

Students at three military academies reported fewer sexual assaults during the last school year. An anonymous Pentagon survey backs that up. It shows rates of "unwanted sexual contact" are also declining. While the military struggled last year with sexual assault cases, it seems there's progress on the academic front. Dr. Nate Galbreath, Senior Executive Advisor in DoD's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what all this might mean for the military itself.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:38am EST
Col. Jeff Schilling (Ret.), Chief Security Officer, FireHost

Information sharing is a two-way street with road hazards in both directions. President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit last week and issued an Executive Order with hopes of fostering a more open exchange between government and the private sector. Jeff Schilling is the chief security officer for FireHost. He once directed the global Security Operations Center under U.S. Army Cyber Command and has seen the challenges from both sides. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he pointed out cybersecurity was only one of the topics the glitterati actually discussed.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:18am EST
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairwoman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board has some big plans for 2015. That's according to Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann. In part one of her conversation with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive, she discussed the board's annual report card for 2014. Today, she discusses her plans for the upcoming year. In addition to establishing an E-filing system for merit systems claims, Grundmann said she has two other main priorities to accomplish.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 08:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - February 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,

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:15am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

If you've never heard of the Invoice Processing Platform, you're probably not alone. It's a system for handling electronic transactions with vendors. And now the Office of Management and Budget is developing new guidance that strongly encourages agencies to use it and it alone. At the moment, your chief financial officer is commenting on the draft guidance. It's all part of OMB's more aggressive push to shared services in 2015. Executive Editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what he's found out about the draft guidance, and where OMB is heading with shared services.

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Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 09:08am EST
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairwoman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board recently released its annual report card for 2014. It summarizes the agency's performance in the last year, and lays out some targets to try and hit in the current year. Susan Tsui Grundmann, chairwoman of the MSPB, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report card as well as what's hopefully in store for 2015.

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Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 09:07am EST
David North, Senior Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies

U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have new orders for dealing with illegal immigrants. Under the President's immigration plan, agents are supposed to ask illegal immigrants if they might qualify for deferred deportation. And now Homeland Security has furnished immigrants with three complaint hotlines they can call if they feel they're treated unfairly. There's one for Customs and Border Protection, one for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and one for Citizenship and Immigration Services. David North, a senior fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how this can all possibly work.

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Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 07:54am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - February 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,

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 04:39pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is celebrating $2 billion of savings. The concept of "should cost" management was a key component of the first version of DoD's Better Buying Power program when it was first rolled out almost five years ago. But the Air Force's acquisition chief says the concept of "should-cost" has helped his department cut program costs by about $2 billion over the last several years. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:41am EST
Eric Mill, Technologist, 18F Team, General Services Administration

A handful of government websites are taking at least one step toward making themselves more secure. They're hardcoding a security protocol that would make it more difficult for outsiders to intercept a visitor's connection. That's according to 18F, the General Services Administration's tech team. Eric Mill, a technologist and member of the 18F team, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the upgrade.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:36am EST
Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

President Barack Obama has petitioned Congress for new authority to conduct military force against Islamic State militants. He's asking for a three-year authorization to fight them, or their successors, without regard for international borders. Nora Bensahel, a national defense expert and distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further analyze the President's request.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:31am EST
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director and Chairman, Amplifier Ventures

President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit and pushed for greater sharing of information with an Executive Order. And, the Federal Aviation Administration published rules for the use of small drones over the weekend. Jonathan Aberman is chairman of the venture capital firm Amplifier Ventures and founder of TandemNSI, a non-profit. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss the news.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:29am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Dealings between contractors and the government can get difficult and contentious. Yet it's important to keep discussions from getting overly nasty or personal. It may be tempting at times, but it will cost you in the long run. That's according to 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 seventh commandment: Thou shall avoid hostilities. Even though there are processes for protests, disputes and appeals, a contractor should exercise caution and restraint when pursuing these avenues.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 07:31am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - February 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, the Army considers easing its policy on transgender soldiers, federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area are closed today and Health and Human Services extends the open enrollment for health care insurance until Feb. 22.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 09:54am EST
Jacob Stokes, Bacevich Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The White House has released its 2015 National Security Strategy. It highlights America's recovery from the financial crisis and the importance of leading in a challenged world. It also focuses on how the Defense Department will execute the rebalance to Asia and the Middle East. Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer more analysis, as well as explain what separates this version from 2010's.

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