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12:09 pm, October 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 - 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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Friday - 08/08/2014, 07:22am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

The size of cubicles and offices at federal buildings is shrinking and feds have a lot to say about it. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read the related story.

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Thursday - 08/07/2014, 09:43am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - August 7, 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 releases phased retirement rules, Obama to sign VA overhaul bill.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It looks like congressional reform of how agencies buy technology won't happen. Industry experts hold little hope that any of the multiple bills attempting to fix long-standing problems with IT acquisition will pass before the end of the year. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on why all the pessimism. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 06:00pm EDT
Scott Cameron, Executive Advisor, R3 Government Solutions, LLC

Chief information officers have a foot on two logs. They have to deal with the fast-changing technology that underpins so many government operations. At the same time, they need good management skills as high-level executives. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has a new study of what skills and duties future CIOs should have. Scott Cameron is executive advisor at R3 Solutions. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why they conducted the study.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Brian Bouffard, Former Navy JAG Lt. Commander

Pretrial hearings are underway in the case against the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S Cole 14 years ago. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri could receive the death penalty for charges including terrorism and the killing of 17 soldiers. A new judge, Colonel Vance Spath, has just taken over the case at a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp speak with Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Bouffard on the Federal Drive. He takes them inside the world of military commissions.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:33am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - August 6, 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, IGs warn the nature of their job is in danger, former NSA chief under scrutiny says his actions were legal.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its own voice to a growing list of associations and members of Congress with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what DoD is looking to change. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:47pm EDT
Will Levy, Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey, in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Will Levy, associate director for management and chief information officer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how he tackled the problems with employee engagement at the bureau. View more about our 2014 Causey Award winners.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:40pm EDT
Ben Goad, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Federal contractors are gearing up to fight a new executive order. President Barack Obama last week signed the directive to protect contractors' employees. The businesses, though, say it goes too far and infringes on their rights. Some are threatening to sue the government. Ben Goad, staff writer for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the battle.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT
Bob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

One of the toughest jobs in the State Department these days might be ambassador to Russia. That job was conferred just days ago on veteran career diplomat John Tefft. He arrives in Moscow when tensions between Russia and the United States are as high as they've been since the Cold War. Bob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Tefft will have to go about his job.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:29pm EDT
Dr. John Grant, Geologist for Earth and Planetary Studies, NASA

NASA is celebrating the two year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover's landing on Mars. The robot has used its six wheels to tour the red planet, searching for signs that something once lived there. John Grant is a geologist for Earth and Planetary Studies at NASA. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap what the rover has accomplished in the past two years.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 01:06pm EDT
Sammies finalist puts FCC 'on the map' -- literally

Michael Byrne provided comprehensive data about nationwide broadband coverage to citizens, activists, policymakers and industry, helping them to make better informed decisions.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 09:34am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - August 5, 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, two senators say MSHA failed their state, Army plans hefty layoffs.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 03:28pm EDT
Mika Cross, Work/Life and Wellness Program Manager, Agriculture Department

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey, in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year, judges have selected four winners. One is Mika Cross, the work-life and wellness program manager at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how she convinced USDA to use telework as a strategic tool. View more about our 2014 Causey Award winners.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:59pm EDT
Glenn Delgado, Associate Administrator Office of Small Business Programs, NASA

For the first time in nearly a decade, the government earned an 'A' for meeting its small business contracting goals. That's 23 percent of contracting dollars across the government. NASA got the equivalent of an 'A+'. Nearly 30 percent of its contracts went to small and disadvantaged businesses. How did they do it? Glenn Delgado is associate administrator of NASA's Office of Small Business Programs. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the commitment starts at the top.

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