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2:27 am, September 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.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:36am EDT
Col. Deborah McDonald, Director of Admissions, West Point Military Academy

As the military opens more key roles to women, there's one glaring problem: the pipeline. Military academies don't have a lot of female students. West Point has struggled more than the others, but change is on the horizon. Of the nearly 1,200 cadet candidates reporting next week, 22 percent will be women. That's a record number. Col. Deborah McDonald is director of admissions at West Point. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the latest numbers.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:34am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How much should contractors charge the government for labor for a project? Perhaps not surprisingly, it depends on the type of contract and what the government instructed the contractor to do. It gets murkier when subcontractors are involved. In a long running case between QinetiQ and the General Services Administration, GSA is asking for millions it says the company overcharged. The company sued, saying it was doing what the government asked for. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out this highly-watched case.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:26am EDT
Tom Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service

The Postal Service's financial crunch means that it is delivering mail with some very old trucks. Nearly all of its 190,000 vehicles are gas guzzlers from the 1990s. This is the type of problem that keeps Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day up at night. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the problems with the service's delivery fleet.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:36am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has cleared his first hurdle on the way to becoming director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave him the nod, even though some members weren't thrilled with his answers to their questions. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap the drama, and share details on everything else the busy committee did yesterday that could impact federal agencies. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 08:31am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - June 26, 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 Senate committee passes a bill to overhaul the overtime pay system at Border Patrol, and the White House wants to cut or consolidate reports.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:13pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon will release a multi-billion dollar solicitation to buy a new commercial IT system to manage its health records. And officials say they will resist DoD's usual urge to customize the system so much that it doesn't look like a commercial product any more. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:40am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators are proposing legislation to give federal chief information officers more control over information technology investments. A draft bill would let CIOs have budget authority and approval over all IT contracts. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will offer up this version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act today at a meeting of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the draft copy of the bill. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:34am EDT
Robert Anderson, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

The Justice Department has rewritten the playbook on catching cyber criminals. It recently led an international effort to disrupt a global cybertheft ring. A Russian-led gang allegedly stole millions of dollars by infecting computers with malware known as Gameover Zeus. Robert Anderson is the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber Response and Services Branch at the FBI. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the sting operation worked.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:31am EDT
Cheri Cannon (pictured), Valerie Riviello

The Veterans Affairs Department is reeling from allegations, made by its own staff, that it has mistreated patients. More employees are coming forward to report what they see as systemic wrongdoing. The Office of Special Counsel is looking at 50 cases right now, and one of them is the case of Valerie Riviello. She is a nurse at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tulley Rinckey is handling her case. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why Riviello decided to blow the whistle.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 08:04am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - June 25, 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 Senate bill would strengthen FOIA, and President Obama nominates the military commanders for key positions.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:38pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Intelligence Agency is set to formally roll out its new Open Innovation Gateway, one key pillar in the agency's push to move away from big, monolithic technology acquisitions and bring new innovations on board in short, small cycles. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu explains what it means for DIA. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT
EPA's Norton builds online tools to help public protect watersheds

For two decades, Douglas James Norton, senior environmental scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, has been spearheading projects to help maintain the health of America's rivers, streams and lakes.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 02:41pm EDT
Is your agency getting the most out of its social media efforts?

Is your agency getting as much value out of its social media efforts as it could be? A new report offers tips for agencies looking to take advantage of the data that can be mined from Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:21pm EDT
Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Supreme Court has dealt a victory for federal whistleblowers. It recently ruled that anything government employees say in court under oath is protected by the First Amendment. They cannot be fired for testifying. The ruling breaks with past decisions. Tom Devine is the legal director at the Government Accountability Project. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss details of the Supreme Court case.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:25am EDT
Elise Viebeck, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The new Health and Human Services Secretary is revamping management of HealthCare.gov. Sylvia Burwell has appointed a new operations manager to closely supervise the website, and she plans to fill more management positions. The goal is to make sure this year's open season doesn't mirror the fiasco of when HealthCare.gov first opened for business last year. Elise Viebeck covers health care issues for The Hill Newspaper. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new moves.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:18am EDT
Corey Rindner, Procurement Executive, State Department

The State Department stands out among agencies cracking down on bad contractors. In 2009, it took just eight suspension or debarment actions. Last year, it reported 96. Corey Rindner is the procurement executive and suspension and debarment official at the State Department. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what debarment and suspension are and are not.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:14am EDT
Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Defense acquisition may be squeezed, but a larger percentage of Pentagon dollars are going to foreign contractors. That is according to a new compilation of the numbers by Bloomberg Government. Senior Defense Analyst Rob Levinson joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to go through the numbers from the top 10 foreign contractors.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 08:14am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - June 24, 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, fewer people get fired from the government compared to private sector, and new House leader Kevin McCarthy wants to phase out Import-Export bank.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:45am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) into law just over a month ago. Now the Office of Management and Budget is sketching out how to implement the law over the next three years. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with an exclusive look inside OMB's plan. Read Jason's related article.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:43am EDT
J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

The House and Senate have appointed members to a conference committee on legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs health care system. Regardless of how Congress ends up changing the structure to address long wait times for patients, the system will need more money for emergencies. That is one request from the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many front-line VA employees. J. David Cox is the union's president and a former VA nurse. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the problems at the VA are affecting the front-line employees.

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