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4:28 pm, November 22, 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.

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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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
J. David Cox, President, AFGE

New leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department has its union, the American Federation of Government Employees, are hoping for better times ahead. VA is just one agency working to repair relations between unionized employees and their managers. Some unions within the National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations say agencies are shutting them out their meetings before making decisions. J. David Cox, president of AFGE, tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp why pre-decisional involvement is important to unions and employees.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:23am EDT
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Nothing like a good scandal to rouse Congress into spending money and enacting reform. The latest example is the Veterans' Affairs Department. Blame for the scheduling problems and cover up is scattered everywhere. Congress singled out the Senior Executive Service, giving the VA Secretary summary dismissal authority. Now a House bill would double the probation period for new SES managers, and take back salary if an SESer is demoted. Cheri Cannon, partner at Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update on these developments.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:17am EDT
Deborah Lee James, Secretary, Air Force

The Air Force has a list of priorities for fiscal year 2015. They include eliminating 21 general officer billets, addressing the problems with an aging fleet of aircraft and dealing with a budget designed to shrink the force. Still, Secretary Deborah Lee James says the service is in good shape. As the Air Force celebrates its 67th birthday, James gave Tom Temin a status report on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing to be the next undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. Deyo, former Johnson & Johnson executive, says getting DHS to have standard financial data will be among his top priorities if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained what to expect from Deyo's management plans on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 08:50am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 18, 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, the House votes in favor of training and arming Syrian rebels, and the Veterans Affairs Department will increases salaries for doctors and nurses.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army and Air Force take a big step forward in their plan to build a shared cybersecurity infrastructure for their bases in the continental U.S. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the first base is now up and running under that joint security architecture. Several more are expected to follow suit in rapid fashion.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:17am EDT
Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

The Defense Department Education Activity, or DODEA, is probably the most widely spread-out school disctrict in the world. It educates more than a million children of service members each year, all over the globe. On the job since March, DODEA director Tom Brady has completed a 100 day analysis of his school system. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what he's found and what he hopes to do.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:06am EDT
Col. Russell A. Muncy, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command

The Air Force plans to slash its ranks to fewer than 328,000 by the end of the year. Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserves, says the cutbacks are actually a good opportunity to keep many of its active duty Airmen in blue. Here's an example of how it can work. Col. Russell Muncy is commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Force Reserve Base in California. His unit has received the Air Force Association Reserve Unit award. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why his unit has been recognized. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:02am EDT
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center

You can't teach an old dog new tricks. But you can take an old plane and modernize its systems and software to make it efficient for duty. At Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma they're breathing new life into older equipment. Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker. He spoke with Tom Temin at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and gave the Federal Drive an update on the ongoing efforts to modernize the fleet and the software behind it all. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 08:04am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 17, 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, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services still has a number of security holes to plug, and NASA chooses vendors to build a vehicle headed to the International Space Station.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The IRS is stopping fraud and improper payments, but it's not doing it by gathering new or better data. Rather, the tax agency is using data as a strategy of change. Dean Silverman, senior advisor to the Commissioner for compliance analytics initiatives at the IRS, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the IRS is going beyond predictive analytics to improve its business outcomes.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is on a path to become unaffordable within the next 10 years. To fix that problem, its leaders say it needs a new strategy that's more predictable, more transparent and more realistic about the budgets it's likely to see in the future. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 07:44am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 16, 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, the White House names the third round of Presidential Innovation Fellows, and troops are headed overseas to help battle Ebola.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:42am EDT
David Zavada, Partner, Kearney & Company

It's the job of an inspector general to take a critical look at the programs within an agency and point out areas that need improvement. When data is unreliable or inaccessible, that critical oversight suffers, and IGs are forced to do too many routine audits. These are just two of the concerns voiced by IGs in a survey just released by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company. David Zavada, partner at Kearney & Company, directed the survey and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:41am EDT
Ed Bersoff and Jonathan Aberman

The government looks far and wide for answers to its most challenging problems. Yesterday, the White House hired 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows from around the country to come in and help. But sometimes, solutions are no farther away than your back yard. A new Virginia non-profit called Tandem NSI aims to link the government with technology entrepreneurs without a lot of red tape. Jonathan Aberman is managing partner of Amplifier Ventures and Ed Bersoff is a veteran in federal contracting. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss why the federal government should adopt new technologies.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:39am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is making strides in professionalizing its cyber workforce. Last week, the service announced a new cyber brigade with the mission of defending its computer networks. The new branch could be up and running by October. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu spoke to Emily Kopp about his Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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