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3:01 pm, October 21, 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.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is on pace to issue about $1 billion in improper payments this year. SSA's Inspector General says that's actually a good rate considering the agency expects to award more than $860 billion in benefit claims this year. Federal News Radio's special report, "Rainmakers and Money Savers," takes inspiration from programs and people working to keep the Treasury coffers where the need to be. SSA OIG helps save money in more ways than just identifying improper payments. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reports. Read Sean's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:36am EDT
Brian Hitson, Office of Science and Technical Information, Energy Department

Following a White House directive, the Energy Department is putting the research it funds on a fast track to the public. It has launched a web portal it calls the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). It will provide free public access to accepted peer reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. Brian Hitson, acting director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained why DoE launched the portal.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A report on employees' abuse of telework is damaging a Patent and Trademark Office program long held as a model for other agencies. PTO's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to update the rules that define what work means. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful. Read Jason's related article .

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:19am EDT
Ciera Crawford, Producer, Federal News Radio

Who in the federal government saves Uncle Sam money? Who makes money for him? Federal News Radio's special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, answers these questions. You know about the IRS and and Medicaid Fraud Control Units. But many other programs also keep an eye on federal coffers. In part one of our report, Ciera Crawford profiles three modern day federal Robin Hoods who redistribute the wealth. Read Ciera's related article .

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 08:32am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - Aug. 13, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, HHS warns Americans that their health insurance may run out in September, and ICE releases detainees because it doesn't have enough funds to keep them.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 10:15am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Congress and Obama Administration leaders have drummed it into our heads: Telework is a good thing. Employees like it, it saves money on real estate and it helps agencies operate during emergencies. But now one program that's held up as a model is under scrutiny. The inspector general says Patent and Trademark Office managers looked the other way as their employees repeatedly abused the agency's telework program. Will this make others skeptical about work from home setups? John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a few ideas.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 09:30am EDT
Lt. Col. Jason Borg, Base Engineer, Army

Closing an operating base in Afghanistan isn't as simple as packing up and moving out. The Army is taking care to leave the land as it was before soldiers found it. Army Lt. Col. Jason Borg works as a base engineer at the International Security Assistance Force joint command. He spoke via satellite from Afghanistan with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the logistical ballet.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 08:26am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - Aug. 12, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, a top housing official leaves government, and the Energy secretary vows to reopen a nuclear waste dump.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 07:06am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One of the top outside experts brought in to fix HealthCare.gov earns a permanent job with the White House. He'll help the Obama Administration make the concept of an IT rescue team a long term fixture. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the Office of Management and Budget's new approach to improving federal technology programs. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 02:21am EDT
Danielle Kehl, Policy Analyst, Open Technology Institute

It's been more than a year since Edward Snowden first leaked news of the National Security Agency's collecting metadata on Americans. While the jury is still out on whether Snowden is hero or villain, one thing is clear: The episode has changed how Americans see the NSA and the technology companies that help it gather information. A new report from the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation aims to tally the costs to both federal agencies and contractors. Policy Analyst Danielle Kehl joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:40am EDT
Ramona Trovato, Environmental Protection Agency

Ramona Trovato helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on children. She is the associate assistant administrator for Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency and a finalist in the Career Achievement category of this year's Service to America Medals. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she changed the EPA's approach to pollution. Read a Q&A with Trovato.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:38am EDT
Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to know how it can improve the way it buys information technology. It has released a request for information as it plans the next version of its $12 billion T4 contract. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:36am EDT
Robert Parker/David Roberts, NASA's Langley Research Center

Astronauts recently honored two engineers from NASA's Langley Research Center. They sent Robert Parker and Dave Roberts Silver Snoopy lapels flown on board a space shuttle mission. Parker helped develop Orion flight hardware used in that spacecraft's first mission. Roberts was honored for his technical expertise and leadership in unique research hardware. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss their accomplishments.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:14am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is losing two senior technology executives. Another senior cyber executive at the Homeland Security Department is heading to the private sector, and a leader in the federal cloud computing community is switching agencies. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller is keeping score in his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 08:12am EDT
Monday federal headlines - Aug. 11, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, agencies fail to keep their email safe, and the Air Force is proactive in protecting the environment.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 10:07am EDT
Friday federal headlines - August 8, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, OPM's phased retirement final rules, federal involvement in the Ebola crisis.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 08:55am EDT
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

A career in the federal workforce might not be the coolest thing to kids. That's one finding from a new survey by the National Treasury Employees Union. It found only 37 percent of parents polled encourage their kids to go into government. Now, NTEU is starting a campaign to change that. President Colleen Kelley joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new survey.

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Friday - 08/08/2014, 08:40am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management releases rules on how federal employees can phase in their retirement. They've been two years in the making. But OPM is leaving key decisions up to agencies. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read related article.

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Friday - 08/08/2014, 08:33am EDT
Dan Dellinger, National Commander, American Legion

President Obama has signed a big Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law. No group will be watching what happens next more than the nation's military veterans. Dan Dellinger is national commander of the American Legion. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what they're looking for when it comes to the new law.

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Friday - 08/08/2014, 07:30am EDT
Lauren Oleksyk, Army NSRDEC

Move over MRE's, the Army is developing 3D food printers for soldiers in the field. If successful, soldiers will instantly have access to their food of choice by pressing the print button. The new technology could save money, avoid wasted food and give soldiers more food choices. Lauren Oleksyk is the food leader at the Army's Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new project.

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