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6:04 pm, July 22, 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.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 11:16am EDT
Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The military is putting more resources into covert programs. The Pentagon asks Congress for nearly $54 billion for classified, special access and intelligence programs. That would be an increase of 2.2 percent at a time when most other spending would be flat. Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, explained the "secret spending" to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Monday - 05/05/2014, 11:06am EDT
Mike Causey, Lauren Larson, Federal News Radio

Public Service Recognition Week kicked off yesterday with a 5K run in Anacostia Park and a social media campaign to say thank you in 140 characters. This year's theme is "Proud to Serve." Director of the Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta told Federal News's Radio's Mike Causey and Lauren Larson why she thinks this week is important. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 05/05/2014, 10:51am EDT
Max Stier, President, Partnership for Public Service

Once a year, the federal government celebrates its employees' achievements in Oscar-like fashion. The Service to America Medals recognize the most innovative federal employees or teams that are making a difference for the public. The Partnership for Public Service has just released the list of 33 finalists. President Max Stier , told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the categories for this year's Sammies nominations.

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Monday - 05/05/2014, 08:40am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 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, a major deal merges CompTIA and TechAmerica, and drones are seen in Yosemite National Park.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:56am EDT
Bryan Gibb, National Council for Behavioral Health

Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment. That percent amounts to about 730,000 men and women, according to the National Council for Behavioral Health. The council has just launched a class called Mental Health First Aid for those who work with military personnel, families and veterans. Bryan Gibb, public education director for the National Council for Behavioral Health, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the class works.

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Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:46am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is putting his own stamp on the OneDHS concept. Johnson issues a new memo calling for a "unity of effort" across all of DHS. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp the details in the memo. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:40am EDT
Dorothy Robyn, Former Commissioner, General Services Administration

Shrinking the federal government's real estate holdings is the goal of seemingly every administration. But "the budgetary rules that govern investment in these assets are a blunt instrument that does serious collateral damage," Dorothy Robyn, former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the General Services Administration, wrote in an article for the Brookings Institution. Robyn gave her insight to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on what she sees as the biggest problems in federal property management.

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Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:35am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Michael O'Connell, Federal News Radio

Imagine cleaning out your closets and finding something more than 100 years old that you never knew existed. That's exactly what happened to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C. Hidden on a closet shelf were two boxes filled with artifacts from the Spanish-American War. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler and Web Editor Michael O'Connell told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the glass plate photos found in the boxes. Read Federal News Radio's related article and view photos.

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Friday - 05/02/2014, 08:16am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 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, GSA chooses a contractor to construct a diplomacy center, and three executes at a VA hospital are on administrative leave for allegations of corruption.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 06:59pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense officials report an unprecedented increase in reported cases of sexual assault in the military during 2013. Those cases are up 50 percent more than the year before. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more on what the Pentagon thinks the statistics mean. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:39am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

CERCLA sounds like a 1960s television character made out of a rug. It's actually an environmental law that can have a big effect on federal contracting. One recent CERCLA case shows how a gasoline contract from World War II can affect a procurement today. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:34am EDT
Matt Hummer, Senior Transportation Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Congress is trying to be a good citizen this month. By passing the easy bills first, it hopes to get some real work done before arguing about the contentious stuff. That means it's tackling things like the construction budgets for Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department. Matt Hummer, senior transportation analyst with Bloomberg Government, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what's in some of the bills Congress has already passed.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:25am EDT
TJ Kennedy, Deputy General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

The time it takes for emergency personnel to respond to a crisis is crucial. And as we witnessed in the Navy Yard shootings, the miscommunication between law enforcement and emergency personnel can slow efforts to get things under control. The First Responder Network Authority is planning to build an interoperable wireless network for federal, state and local first responders. TJ Kennedy, the deputy general manager for FirstNet, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the network came to be.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 08:04am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 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, two Senators want to stop agencies from paying bonuses to employees with discipline problems, and GSA honors buildings in its Design Awards.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:46pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Six months later, government contractors are still recovering from the shutdown. Lost revenue, delayed contract awards and the trickledown effect to programs are among the main aftershocks. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller connects with several vendors he talked to during the shutdown in October and some new ones to find out about the lingering impacts.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

It's still far too early to celebrate, but there are some signs that the reforms may be paying off five years after Congress passed its most recent attempt to fix the Defense Department's acquisition system. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:21am EDT
Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler, U.S. Army

The military has doubled-down on efforts to prevent sexual assault. They've labeled this month "Sexual Assault Awareness Month." It's a topic Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray Chandler brings up whenever he visits soldiers. He says "Take back your Army" from those who commit sexual assault. Chandler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the most recent statistics about sexual assault in the Army.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:16am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

In a win for open-government advocates, President Barack Obama plans to sign the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act into law. Big changes are ahead for federal agencies. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why getting the bill to the President's desk may have been the easy part of this nearly three-year effort. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:10am EDT
Lt. Tim Hawkins, Spokesperson, Navy Submarine Force

A few hours change in sleep patterns might not seem like a big deal. But for members of the Navy's silent service, it could have major implications. The Navy has given commanders the green light to change submariners' sleep schedules, so that they more closely resemble life above the ocean's service. Now, sailors' work days will begin every 24 hours, instead of every 18 hours. Lt. Tim Hawkins, a spokesman for the submarine force, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what prompted the changes.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:07am EDT
Rachel Canty, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deploying Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) employees to schools. They will monitor international students up close. The agency says the field representatives are integral to protecting national security. Rachel Canty, deputy director of the SEVP at ICE, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the SEVP employees will accomplish.

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