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3:51 pm, July 26, 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 - 05/08/2014, 09:32am EDT
Julie Peeler, director, (ISC) 2 Foundation

The government needs more information security professionals. The USA Cyber Warrior Scholarship program trains veterans to meet the need and is expanding this year. Julie Peeler, director of the (ISC) Foundation, which runs the program explained the details of the program to Federal Drive host Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 05/08/2014, 09:19am EDT
Rob Watkins, associate attorney,Tully Rinckey

A lawsuit in Kentucky could force the Veterans Affairs Department to make radical changes to its health care system. A Marine, Cameron Anestis, killed himself after returning from Iraq. His family says he sought a mental health evaluation and treatment at two VA facilities but was turned away. A federal appeals court recently said his wife could sue the VA for negligence. Rob Watkins, a former Air Force lawyer and Veterans Affairs policy analyst now an associate attorney at Tully Rinckey, discussed the case with Federal Drive host Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 05/08/2014, 08:15am EDT
Thursday Federal Headlines -- May 8, 2014

The Morning 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.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:58pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community, like the rest of government, is coping with a sudden budget decrease. But leaders say they're committed to not repeating the serious workforce mistakes policymakers made during the last budget cut two decades ago, when new hiring ground to a halt. Read the related story by Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 10:42am EDT
Julia Phillips, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Sandia National Laboratories

Although it dates back to World War II, Sandia National Labs continues to make important contributions to national security today. Sandia's research and development aid the Pentagon in its nuclear mission and civilian agencies in energy, climate and infrastructure security. Julia Phillips, vice president and chief technology officer of Sandia National Laboratories, discussed Sandia's research agenda with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 10:36am EDT
Mike Hettinger, Senior Vice President for Public Sector, TechAmerica

The White House has issued six recommendations for protecting privacy in the era of big data. It's the result of a 90-day review of big data policies and practices. One of the top recommendations was to pass a National Data Breach bill, similar to the cybersecurity bill the administration proposed in 2011. Mike Hettinger, vice president for Public Sector at TechAmerica, gave industry's take on the recommendations to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 10:30am EDT
Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation Management, U.S. Forest Service

The Forest Service is bracing for a bad wildfire season. Drought and warm weather are a recipe for disaster. But that's not the agency's only issue. Last year it ran out of money to fight fires. It's hampered by old equipment, and replacements seem hard to come by. Tom Harbour, the Forest Service's director of Fire and Aviation Management, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what preventative measures the service is taking.

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Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 08:18am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 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, EPA asks some employees to return their bonuses, and Rep. Adam Smith wants to keep BRAC alive.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 12:01pm EDT
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

The DATA Act is the nation's first legislative mandate for data transparency in nearly five years. It will have a huge impact on financial and performance data. It requires the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget to transform federal spending from disconnected documents into open, standardized data, and to publish that data online. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, spoke to Executive Editor Jason Miller at the 2014 Government Performance Summit.

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Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:47am EDT
Lisa Danzig, Office of Management and Budget

Effectiveness is the latest buzzword spreading across the federal performance community. Lisa Danzig is charged with building an effectiveness culture to go with the efficiency focus that has emerged over the last few years. Danzig took over the day-to-day management of governmentwide performance just about two months ago. She is the associate director for personnel and performance at the Office of Management and Budget. Danzig spoke with Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Government Performance Summit in Washington.

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Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:36am EDT
Jon Desenberg, Director of Policy, Performance Institute

How do you build a culture of performance and accountability linked to financial realities? That's a question being asked at the Government Performance Summit at the Marriott Metro Center today. Jon Desenberg, director of policy for the Performance Institute, which is hosting the conference, spoke to Executive Editor Jason Miller about how performance standards change with the fiscal climate.

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Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:23am EDT
Relmond Van Daniker, Executive Director, Association of Government Accountants

The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department are designating four shared-service providers for financial management. They will provide core accounting and other services to federal agencies. Relmond Van Daniker, executive director of the Association of Government Accountants, met Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Government Performance Summit to discuss the announcement.

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Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:21am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 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, the American Legion calls for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down and GAO says the Pentagon needs to do a better job of fostering competition.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:09am EDT
Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The House Armed Services Committee releases a blueprint of the National Defense Authorization Act. The $601 billion measure hardly resembles the Pentagon's wish list. It rejects most of the department's ideas for saving money. Staff writer Martin Matishak has been following this closely for the Hill Newspaper. He provided insight for Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 05:10am EDT
2014 Service to America Medal finalists announced

The Partnership for Public Service announced 33 finalists for this year's Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. The list includes federal employees both new and experienced, who are making "high-impact" contributions on a domestic and global scale.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 11:27am EDT
Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies

The Homeland Security Department re-issues asylum rules to immigration officials. This follows concerns that asylum officers have been misinterpreting decisions about which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. Donald Kerwin, executive director of the Center for Migration Studies, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has had an uptick in credible fear claims.

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Monday - 05/05/2014, 11:21am EDT
Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer, Xceedium

Agencies are getting smarter about cyber. The Homeland Security Department and General Services Administration are fine-tuning a contracting vehicle for tools that let agencies not only monitor their computer networks 24/7, but also fix things that go wrong. The umbrella term for the tools is continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM). Xceedium is a supplier of CDM software products. Ken Ammon, the chief strategy officer of Xceedium, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what's in store for phase two of CDM.

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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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