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2:38 pm, April 25, 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.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:15am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Members of the Senior Executive Service have had a rough year or two. Now political leaders from both the White House and Congress offer up ways to improve the SES. There's the mundane, such as the White House is launching a candidate development program. And the punitive legislation that would make it easier to fire SES members when things go wrong. Today, Federal News Radio launches a special series called "Fixing the SES." We'll bring you the voices of those who know the system best current and former SES members. We start with former acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. He was an SES member before becoming a political appointee. He's now an outside consultant. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Werfel told reporter Emily Kopp that SES members are older and under more stress than ever before.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:08am EST
Dr. Paul Howard, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Food and Drug Administrator Dr. Margaret Hamburg is stepping down at the end of March after nearly six years on the job. Chief Scientist Dr. Stephen Ostroff will serve as interim commissioner until a full-time replacement is found. What sort of legacy is Hamburg leaving behind? Dr. Paul Howard, a health policy expert and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:02am EST
Steve Anderson, Principal Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center

A Navy scientist won the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to aerospace science and technology or aerospace systems applications. The winner was Steve Anderson, a Principal Scientist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to detail how he won.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:59am EST
Dr. Jeff Norris, OnSight Program Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up on a project to let scientists and astronauts walk virtually on Mars. Project OnSight employs new, wearable technology just released last month. For more on the program and its possibilities, Jeff Norris, NASA's OnSight program manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:01am EST
Monday federal headlines - February 9, 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 Senate committee approves legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, Homeland Security officials are starting to warn about the consequences of a lapse in funding and the Postal Service sees a 4.3 percent boost in revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 06:59am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Right out of a science fiction novel, the Navy and Marine Corps are investing millions of dollars in unmanned helicopters, jeeps and boats. The scientists and technologists were in full geek mode as they discussed the next generation of vehicles and weapons at the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller visited the expo. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he shared some of the descriptions the experts behind these technology innovations gave him.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 10:11am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

The 2016 budget calls for a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees. That's assuming it passes. But what do you and your colleagues think about it? And, how are you responding to the President's plan overall? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 09:13am EST
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

A call for more transparency in federal spending, the Taxpayers Right To Know Act would create a central database for financial data and performance metrics for every federal program. The bill cleared the House and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last year. But it has yet to have a full vote in the Senate. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer one view on this bill.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 09:09am EST
Sharon Bradford Franklin, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Its original intention was ostensibly to help protect the U.S. from terrorist threats. But Edward Snowden's reveal of the extent of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone records program planted seeds of doubt in many minds. Records indicate the NSA was even monitoring domestic calls. Sharon Bradford Franklin is the executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the bulk data collection program, and whether it should even continue.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 07:22am EST
Friday federal headlines - February 6, 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, five female officers completed the latest Army prep course for Ranger School, the White House names a long time industry technologist as the next federal chief information officer and Senate Democrats block a Republican bid to fund the Homeland Security Department for the third day in a row.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 05:08pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is shedding its reputation as an agency stuck in the 1980s when it comes to IT. SSA cobbled together a few leftover computers and took advantage of an open source platform to develop a new approach to conquering its big data problem. Ann Am-Rhein is SSA's deputy associate commissioner for the Office of Earning, Enumeration and Administrative systems. Ron Sikes is SSA's director of business intelligence and analytics. They tell Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why their new approach earned honors in the Igniting Innovation awards.

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Thursday - 02/05/2015, 05:01pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is planning a significant technical overhaul of the way its headquarters staff commands and controls the missions of soldiers in the field. As Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the next time an division of soldiers goes into combat, a good chunk of them might be telecommuting.

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Thursday - 02/05/2015, 11:04am EST
Dana Leigh Marks, President, National Association of Immigration Judges

President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration have had reverberations throughout the federal government. They've drastically changed the way Border Patrol and Immigration officers do their jobs. The changes also heavily impacted immigration judges, delaying many of their thousands of pending cases by as much as five years. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, explained just how overloaded the court systems already are.

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Thursday - 02/05/2015, 10:20am EST
Thursday federal headlines - February 5, 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, Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter finally gets to Capitol Hill for questioning by the Senate Armed Services Committee, funding for the Homeland Security Department remains held up in the Senate and IRS commissioner John Koskinen tells senators the proposed 2016 budget will help the agency restore service that's been curtailed under its current funding level.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:14pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Ashton Carter said there's more cost-cutting to do at the Defense Department. He promised to end cost overruns in weapons systems and create a leaner Pentagon if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00pm EST
Rear Adm. Mat Winter, Chief, Office of Naval Research

The Office of Naval Research has an update to its strategic plan and a new chief to help to put those priorities in place. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the new chief of Naval Research, has been on the job for about four weeks. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson spoke to the new ONR chief at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology expo. He tells her what ONR looks for when updating its strategic plan.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 10:03am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's 18F has more business than it can handle. The special software development team has agreements with about 17 agencies. That's bringing in a constant stream of work. That demand for development is driving a new blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for agile development services. It needs to offer alternative sources for agencies needing fast turnaround applications. Greg Godbout is the executive director of 18F. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tells executive editor Jason Miller about plans to get the BPA up and running in the coming year.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:25am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

One of the worst mistakes a company can make in performing a government contract is to treat its customer exactly the same way it treats its commercial customers. Because the government is a very different animal. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." This week he explores the fifth commandment: You shall document your actions. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why that concept is more urgent in federal space than the commercial one.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:16am EST
Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

As part of the Obama administration's strategy for dealing with immigration, immigration enforcement and customs and border patrol officers have new orders. They must now ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify to avoid deportation. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release. It means a lot for work and a new change in mind-set for Customs and Border Protection agents. Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how it's going.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 08:29am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - February 4, 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 is at an impasse on funding for the Homeland Security Department, Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter promises to crack down on Pentagon mis-spending and cost overruns and the Army is preparing to destroy the country's largest remaining stockpiles of chemical-laden artillery shells.

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