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3:01 am, September 19, 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.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 12:56pm EDT
Report finds blind spots in DoD's view of global science and technology

New study by the National Research Council says DoD needs to develop a new strategy to better understand what's happening in a world of more globalized defense research. By 2050, the authors note, more than four-fifths of R&D activity will be happening outsize the U.S.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 10:06am EDT
Sharon Franklin Bradford, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The National Security Agency's collection of Internet data may be massive, but it's constitutional. An independent agency, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, has released a thorough report on how federal agencies track foreigners' communications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law has come under fire since Edward Snowden leaked documents on NSA programs a year ago. Sharon Bradford Franklin, executive director of the PCLOB, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the board's investigation.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:56am EDT
Kathy Helmick and Dr. Therese West, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

We should all probably get more sleep. But patients suffering from concussions or traumatic brain injury really need to get more sleep. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is releasing new recommendations and products for doctors to use to help their patients with brain injuries get enough rest. It's a critical problem for the Defense Department, which estimates that 300,000 troops have suffered from TBI since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. DVBIC Deputy Director Kathy Helmick and Dr. Therese West, a subject-matter expert at the center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:50am EDT
Stephen Ryan, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

A Texas businessman wasn't content when federal charges against him were dismissed. William Moore, Jr., spent 25 years trying to get back at prosecutors and Postal Service inspectors. Now he's getting his day in court. Steve Ryan, head of the government strategies practice at McDermott Will & Emery, told Tom Temin on the Federal Drive the implications of the case against Moore.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:45am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new study by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the U.S. can't take its current technological superiority for granted. By 2050, the U.S. will only account for 18 percent of global R&D spending. Its share has already fallen to less than a third of what the world collectively spends. Dr. Arden Bement co-chaired the research project and spoke to Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Read Jason's related story.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:44am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Health and Human Services Department tech staff is saying, there's got to be a better way when it comes to technology projects. It's not just the sour taste of HealthCare.gov, but also the long history of failed IT programs. Federal News Radio's executive editor, Jason Miller, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:33am EDT
Carole Watson, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is investing in war. Its Standing Together Initiative aims to help Americans understand the experiences of service members as they return to civilian life. As part of the initiative, NEH seeks grant proposals to explore the aftermath of war through advanced research in the humanities. Acting Chairman Carole Watson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the initiative.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 08:10am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - July 3, 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, CBO has some ideas on how to reduce military pay and benefits, and USIS wins another contract.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:32am EDT
Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Combat in Afghanistan may be winding down for American troops, but requests for supplemental war money keep on rolling. In fact, the Pentagon is asking for no less than $58.6 billion for 2015. Officials say they've got plenty of contingency needs all around the globe. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the request.

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Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:30am EDT
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

Congress is waiting for President Barack Obama to sign legislation to make it easier for intelligence agency employees and contractors to blow the whistle. Some advocates say this is landmark legislation that would close a major loophole. Right now, intelligence workers have little job or legal protection when they report waste, fraud or abuse. Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Bernabei has represented federal whistleblowers. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the law really helps.

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Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 08:26am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - July 2, 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 privacy board says NSA's collection of data is legal, and State's representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan retires.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts under the $6 billion continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. Jim Piche, a group manager at GSA's FEDSIM office, oversees the management and administration of the CDM contract. He tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller what's on tap for the CDM program. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal officials say they're making changes to a program that was designed to let agencies use commercial hardware and software in national security systems. Until now, it hasn't moved nearly as quickly as commercial technology. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:53am EDT
Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary, Agriculture Department

The Agriculture Department is trying to bring new and younger blood into farming and ranching. It has launched a website to serve as a one-stop resource for new farmers. That's just the latest move. Krysta Harden is deputy secretary at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said a lot of initiatives are needed, considering the average U.S. farmer or rancher is 58 years old.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:49am EDT
Cristina Marcos, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The pictures are both heartbreaking and maddening. Thousands of minors pouring over the Mexican border into the United States, and causing havoc for guards and other federal employees. A new House bill would let the President appoint dozens of new immigration judges to help keep up with the flow of humanity. Cristina Marcos, a staff writer for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the bill's prospects and potential benefits.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:47am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

When federal agencies have a job opening, they tend to horde their candidates. And there's little sharing of candidate evaluation when someone does apply for a job at more than one agency. A new bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would change that by having agencies pool their candidates. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the bill is a good idea.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 09:55am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration has waited until now to submit its overseas contingency operations budget to Congress. That's because the President had yet to determine how many troops would stay in Afghanistan. Now, the request for fiscal 2015 is $58.6 billion. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu told Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the Pentagon's request is well below what many observers had expected. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 09:41am EDT
Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Director, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program

The Defense Department is shaking up the $380 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Yesterday, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bodgan, the program director, explained how the Pentagon was asking major contractors to put skin in the game and invest in cost-reduction measures. In the second part of his interview with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive, Bogdan takes a long-term view on the Pentagon's sometimes rocky relationship with Lockheed Martin and other key players.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 07:59am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - July 1, 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, SSA creates a plan to help the White House cut red tape, and the Pentagon will send more troops to Iraq.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:02pm EDT
Postal Service searches for solutions to its gas-guzzler problem

The U.S. Postal Service is looking at greener, more efficient vehicle options while waiting for funds to replace its outdated fleet.

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