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4:23 am, July 31, 2014

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring 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 - 05/16/2014, 10:35am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he's angry and saddened. But, he told Congress yesterday he has no plans to resign over reports that delayed medical care may have led to the deaths of dozens of veterans. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 07:11am EDT
Friday federal headlines -- May 16, 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,divorcees are cheating the IRS out of alimony and the first DOD report on sexual harrassment shows 500 employees have been fired or disciplined.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:16pm EDT
Ron Ross, Computer Scientist, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a four-part plan to help agencies build more secure IT systems. NIST Computer Scientist Ron Ross, who guided a new publication on the issue, tells the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the same engineering principles that apply to bridges and buildings should apply to IT. That is, security should be built in, not added later.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:05pm EDT
Kevin Kampschroer, Deputy Senior Sustainability Officer, GSA

Old electronics are filling up landfills. The EPA estimates only 25 percent of dead electronics, by weight, get recycled. As the largest consumer of electronics, the federal government can set an example for how to do better. The guidance for e-recycling issued by the General Services Administration is about to become a regulation. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability officer at GSA, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss its details.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 01:09pm EDT
Victoria Hartke, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration is undertaking renovations of federally-owned buildings across the country. The modernized structures will save money, in part by reducing energy and water consumption. Locally, the agency has completed a makeover of the Parklawn Building in Rockville, Maryland. The once homely behemoth has gotten more than a face-lift. Victoria Hartke, director of the Office of Leasing at the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service, spoke about the renovation with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 12:24pm EDT
Rear Adm. Dave Titley (Ret.)

A group of retired military officers is urging the Pentagon to beef up plans for dealing with the impact of climate change. The advice comes in the form of a 68-page report published yesterday by the CNA Corporation. It says the risk has accelerated and that climate change is a catalyst for conflict. Rear Adm. Dave Titley (Ret.) is a member of the CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board and a former Navy Oceanographer and Navigator. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive what CNA is recommending to current military leaders.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 12:16pm EDT
Secretary Penny Pritzker, Commerce Department

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says people and customer service are the leading priorities for her agency. She says she is paying close attention to how every one of her initiatives supports them. Secretary Pritzker sat down with Executive Editor Jason Miller for an exclusive interview about Commerce's progress in meeting her strategic vision. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:35am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The Pentagon has issued a final rule for dealing with counterfeit parts. Officials believe too many of them make their way into crucial electronic systems, threatening their reliability or compromising their security. The rule has been a long time coming. It affects both government buyers and industry suppliers. Joe Petrillo, a procurement attorney with the law firm Petrillo & Powell, spoke about some of the main aspects of the rule with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:17am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it's jumping with both feet into the Defense Department's future Joint Information Environment. The service says it is positioned to influence the program as it takes shape. The Air Force has just gone through a major network consolidation of its own. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 08:09am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 15, 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, the Pentagon deploys Marines to Italy to respond quickly to threats in North Africa, and the Postal Service releases the most dangerous cities for dog attacks.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:48am EDT
Matt Boehmer, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program

It's estimated that between 1 and 7 million Americans live overseas. That's admittedly a pretty broad range, and the lack of precise data is causing consternation at a small Defense Department office. The Federal Voting Assistance Program helps all U.S. citizens overseas, regardless of their military affiliation, to vote. But first, it has to find them. Matt Boehmer, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, explained FVAP's challenges to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:43am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Air Force claims the most progress in helping the military improve financial management. But government auditors say the Defense Department's effort to get an unqualified financial audit is at risk. One reason is the shortcomings in IT systems. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp where DoD stands as the first of two financial management deadlines approach. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:35am EDT
Chris Voss, Former Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator, FBI

The search for hundreds of abducted school girls heats up in Nigeria. The U.S. has sent a team of experts to assist with search efforts, including personnel from the departments of State and Defense and four FBI officials with expertise in safe recovery and negotiations. Chris Voss, former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the process behind a hostage negotiation strategy.

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Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:15am EDT
Bill Shear, Government Accountability Office

The federal government celebrates Small Business Week with great fanfare. Thursday and Friday, there will be panels, speeches and award ceremonies. But on a day-to-day basis, agencies have had mixed success in helping entrepreneurs. Bill Shear, director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues at the Government Accountability Office, has written many reports about ways to improve federal services for small businesses. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the challenges to helping small businesses.

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Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 08:22am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 14, 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, St. Louis VA hospital comes under fire, and retired military officials urge the Pentagon to deal with climate change.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 06:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department and the intelligence community are each in the process of building their own enterprise IT initiatives, and in many ways, they're on their own separate paths. But officials say they're also trying to avoid reinventing the wheel wherever possible. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:37am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill

The House is close to considering a bill to drastically change the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The bill was approved by the Judiciary and Intelligence committees last week. It would end the NSA's practice of storing telecommunications meta-data in its own data centers. For what to expect next, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Julian Hattem, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:30am EDT
Tom Karl, Director, National Climatic Data Center

The White House recently put out what it calls "the loudest and clearest alarm bell to date" on climate change. Its new report says global warming is a factor in changing weather from heat waves to bad allergy seasons. Much of the data supplying the national climate debate is housed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Tom Karl, director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, spoke with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the work his agency is conducting and the data its collecting.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
Harry Hallock, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement

After more than a decade of high-tempo work aimed at getting equipment to the battlefield as quickly as possible, the Army official in charge of contracting says it's time for his workforce to slow down and think. Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu the Army took contracting shortcuts during wartime and not all of them were smart decisions.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
Karen Evans, Former e-Government and IT Administrator, OMB

The Office of Management and Budget has released its budget guidance for 2016. It sets up a complicated regime so managers tie program performance to their budget requests. For advice on how managers can get started, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Karen Evans, former e-Government and IT administrator at OMB.

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