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12:48 pm, August 1, 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.

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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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 08:24am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 13, 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, 15 House Republicans sign a letter calling for the resignation of three VA officials, and GSA wants to make its cars safer.

Monday - 05/12/2014, 09:59am EDT
Jim Beaupre, Director, ACT-IAC Academy

For more than 20 years, the group now known as ACT-IAC has been a medium of information exchange between government and the information technology industry. More recently, it has formalized the Academy program, which offers training and courses on specific government IT topics. Jim Beaupre, director of the ACT-IAC Academy, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the program.

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Monday - 05/12/2014, 09:51am EDT
Doug Nierle, Bryan Polisuk, Merit Systems Protection Board

Even in 2014, sexual orientation is a touchy subject in the workplace. The Merit Systems Protection Board has just finished taking a comprehensive look at workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and published the results in a report. MSPB's General Counsel Bryan Polisuk and Project Manager Doug Nierle discussed the findings with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Monday - 05/12/2014, 09:47am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Patent and Trademark Office says it may need 18 months to recover from sequestration cuts. PTO offers a rare look inside the real impact of these automatic budget cuts. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how sequestration took a bite out of one of PTO's top technology priorities. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 05/12/2014, 09:39am EDT
Anthony Regalbuto, U.S. Coast Guard

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Anthony Regalbuto, chief of the Coast Guard Office of International and Domestic Port Security, plays a key role in protecting shipping ports from terrorist attacks. He has set up a program to improve security both in the United States and abroad. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about his program.

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Monday - 05/12/2014, 08:12am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 12, 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, President Barack Obama signs the DATA Act into law, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not pleased with Congress' version of the 2015 defense budget.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 10:21am EDT
Bakul Patel, Senior Policy Advisor, FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health

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Friday - 05/09/2014, 10:03am EDT
Reid Wiseman, Flight Engineer, NASA

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Friday - 05/09/2014, 09:42am EDT
Charlie Allen, Senior Intelligence Advisor, Intelligence and National Security Alliance

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