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6:56 am, December 20, 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 - 10/07/2014, 04:30pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DoD and DHS acquisition officials say they're making a concerted effort to address a criticism that's been at the center of decades' worth of GAO reports and blue ribbon panels: The government puts off the testing of its new systems until after it's already agreed to buy them. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:01pm EDT
Scott Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

This month a wealth of data detailing stimulus and Hurricane Sandy spending disappeared from the website recovery.gov. The Recovery Accountability Transparency Board says it can't afford to renew its contract with Dun & Bradstreet for use of its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Yet, businesses that receive federal funds are identified solely by DUNS. There is no alternative for where the government gets that data and Dun & Bradstreet controls how it is used. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the matter.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 01:59pm EDT
Afzal Bari, Senior Technology Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman Meg Whitman has announced plans to split the tech giant into two separate, publicly traded companies. One of the resulting companies will make and market PCs and printers. The other will focus on enterprise hardware, software and services. HP is the sixth largest federal IT contractor on the Washington Technology list of the top one hundred. So the split could have implications for agencies that buy HP products and services. Afzal Bari, senior technology analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:59am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - October 7, 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 VA uses its new legal authority to remove members of the senior executive service, DoD spending on fighting ISIS exceeds $1 billion and the Obama administration tightens screening protocols for airline passengers in light of Ebola fears.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:20am EDT
Paula Pedene, Veterans Health Administration

The Office of Special Counsel has persuaded the Veterans Affairs Department to settle with three whistleblowers from the Phoenix medical center. One is Paula Pedene, a former chief spokeswoman at the center. She blew the whistle about financial mismanagement by former leadership. Pedene is now a national program specialist in the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Communications. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what it's like to become a whistleblower and what got her through the ordeal.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:26pm EDT
Capt. Tom Chaby, Special Operations Command

Members of the special forces and their families need a lot of resilience. Combat is hard and dangerous, and service members may be away for long periods. Special Operations Command is embarking on a new initiative to help ease the pressure on members of the elite force and their families. It's called the The Preservation of the Force and Family Task Force. Task Force Director, Capt. Tom Chaby, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:24pm EDT
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Acting Secret Service Director Joe Clancy has a tough road ahead. Employee satisfaction and commitment hit an all-time low last year. That's according to the 2013 Best Places to Work rankings. Those numbers came out before the fence-jumper embarrassment that's got the whole world wondering about the Secret Service. Turning things around will take patience, determination and strong leadership. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget's technology shop is getting some new people and brain power after the recent exodus of several long-time executives and policy folks. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller covers this and more inside his Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

A new law signed by the President last month gives the Veterans Affairs secretary lots of discretion to fire or demote members of the Senior Executive Service. The law came in response to management problems resulting in long wait times for admittance to VA facilities. The law means SESers at VA work under a different set of civil service rules than those in the rest of government. It also imposes new burdens on the Merit Systems Protection Board. The board issued an interim final rule on how the agency will carry out the new mandate. Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the comments the board received about the rule and what the law does require of the board.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:00am EDT
Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

One of the longest running governmentwide procurement contracts (GWACs) is about to enter its fifth generation. Solutions for Enterprise-wide Procurement (SEWP) has been a mainstay offering of NASA since 1993. Back then, it was known as the Scientific and Engineering Work Station Procurement. The SEWP team has awarded contracts for SEWP V. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:30am EDT
Monday federal headlines - October 6, 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 gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 10:08am EDT
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is the leading force behind a bill that would reduce redundant or unnecessary reports by federal agencies. The 2014 Government Reports Elimination Act would modify or eliminate more than 50 reports that agencies produce annually for Congress. That bill has made its way through both the House and the Senate. Warner spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the bill and the pressing issues Congress faces when it comes back after the November midterm elections.

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Friday - 10/03/2014, 10:03am EDT
Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, Navy Regional Maintenance Centers

Navy ship crews encounter a reoccurring problem with something as routine as maintenance requests. It takes 89 administrative steps to turn a request into actual work. Ordinary tasks like laying a non-skid surface on a weather deck get bogged down in paperwork. Now, there is a plan to fix that. Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, Commander of the Navy Regional Maintenance Centers, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the Navy's plans to improve the process.

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Friday - 10/03/2014, 09:21am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Phased retirement, diversity initiatives, and employee morale are among the top priorities for the Office of Personnel Management. In an exclusive Q & A with Federal News Radio, OPM answered your questions about the topics that matter most. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler shared details with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 10/03/2014, 07:41am EDT
Friday federal headlines - October 3, 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 Obama administration fights veteran homelessness, acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy starts work on Monday, and lawmakers support a former Air Marhsal's whistleblower case against the TSA.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:55pm EDT
Andy Ozment, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

The 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks off this week, and it's much different than the previous 10. The main reason is because agencies have finally moved beyond the need to understand why cybersecurity is important. Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Homeland Security Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why needing cybersecurity isn't a foreign concept to most within government anymore.

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Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department believes deterrence is its best cyber defense strategy. The Pentagon is organizing that deterrence strategy around four pillars, starting with the idea that it needs to be more transparent about the strategy itself. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:46am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief financial officers say financial management shared services make a lot of sense, as long as it's for someone else. A new Federal News Radio survey of CFOs and deputy CFOs finds a majority of respondents aren't likely to move to a shared services provider in the next five years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details about the survey results.

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Thursday - 10/02/2014, 07:58am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - October 2, 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 appoints a new Secret Service director, U.S. soldiers to fight Ebola in Liberia, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launch flawed website.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 06:58am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Filling the cyber talent pipeline. That's one of the challenges experts in the government and contracting community describe when they talk about the future of the cyber workforce. Yet the skill set hiring managers look for might be changing. Four federal IT leaders talked about their perfect IT hires at an event hosted by ACT-IAC. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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