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7:22 pm, August 27, 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 - 06/05/2014, 01:19am EDT
Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

The White House has asked for $1.4 billion more for the Health and Human Services program that serves child migrants. President Obama calls the flood of child migrants crossing the Mexican border illegally and alone an "urgent humanitarian situation." Authorities at the southwest border have stopped 47,000 children in the past eight months. Shawn Moran is vice president and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the scene at the border.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 01:16am EDT
Tim Callaghan, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID

The military has an old saying. Plan the work, then work the plan. That's what the U.S. Agency for International Development is doing. It's got a five-point plan for the approaching hurricane season. Tim Callahan is senior regional advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. He spoke to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. He's got a musical way to try to get young people involved in disaster preparedness.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is moving from "connect-the-dots" to sharing some or all of the picture created by connecting those dots. As part of this effort, a working group is creating data standards to ease the burden of understanding the picture the dots created. Dirk Rankin is the chief technology officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. Paul Reynolds is the other co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about the progress the DAWG is making.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 11:32am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Remember the Pathways program? It was the highly-touted replacement for the Presidential Management Fellows. Agencies are unhappy with the limitations under the new Pathways internships. It's almost two years since the program was launched, and agency use of Pathways is underwhelming. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller has the details on why some are saying Pathways needs to be fixed. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 09:49am EDT
Leadership, modernization key to fixing the VA

Amid the scandal over patient delays and falsified records at Veterans Affairs health facilities, numerous bills are circulating in Congress. But former VA Secretary Anthony Principi says strong leadership and modernization offer the best long-term solution for the agency.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 07:52am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - June 4, 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 White House considers a replacement for Shinseki, and Obama plans to support NATO forces in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 07:06pm EDT
Hakeem Basheerud-Deen, Director of Veterans Services, Office of Personel Management

A new guide from the Office of Personnel Management lays out the next chapter in the government's efforts to employ veterans. Back in 2009, President Barack Obama told agencies to be model employers of vets. Veterans made up about a quarter of new hires. Today, they are at about 31 percent. Hakeem Basheerud-Deen directs veterans services at OPM. He's also an Air Force vet. He tells Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive that some agencies are doing well at hiring vets.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:57pm EDT
Taha Kass-Hout, Chief Health Informatics Officer, FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has launched openFDA. It's a new data initiative making for easier access to large public health datasets. OpenFDA is in line with the President's open data executive order and the Health and Human Service Department's Health Data Initiative. Taha Kass-Hout is chief health informatics officer at the FDA. He explains the main focus of the project to Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:53pm EDT
Erik Wasson, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Congress may seem consumed by hot-button issues like the Veterans Affairs scandal, but it is moving forward on the nitty-gritty. The House has passed a few fiscal 2015 budget bills. It's moving forward on others. In the Senate, Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) pledges: no more government on auto-pilot. Her committee will approve spending bills too. For an update on all the appropriations, Erik Wasson, a staff writer at The Hill, spoke with Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:47pm EDT
Camsie McAdams, Deputy Director, Office of STEM, Department of Education

The government is in the biggest drive to promote STEM since the Sputnik era. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The country needs more students to become interested in these vital fields. Now the Education Department and NASA have teamed up in a novel approach attract students to STEM. Camsie McAdams is the deputy director of the STEM office at Education. She spoke with Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:46pm EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The problems at Veterans Affairs, and the unsuccessful rollout of healthcare.gov could be evidence of something systemic. Some call it a 'civil service crisis'. Whatever it is, it's claimed jobs at both the career and political appointee levels. John Palguta is the Vice President for Policy at the Partnership. He spoke with Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 08:22am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - June 3, 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, Reid promises a quick vote on the VA health bill, and foreign banks will share their tax information with the IRS.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 11:22am EDT
Len Moodispaw, CEO, KEYW

Maryland has declared itself the epicenter of cybersecurity. At least Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has. She helped establish the Maryland Cybersecurity Roundtable. That move was recommended by the Federal Facilities Advisory Board last year. Tom and Emily spoke with Len Moodispaw on the Federal Drive. He's CEO of KEYW Corporation and President of the newly-formed Maryland Cybersecurity Roundtable.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 11:16am EDT
Mike Hettinger, senior VP for Public Sector, TechAmerica

You may think you've heard enough advice on cloud computing. But there's always something new to learn. That's the idea behind the just-published Cloud Buyer's Guide for Government. It was produced by the Tech America Foundation. Tom and Emily spoke with Mike Hettinger of TechAmerica on the Federal Drive about this update in cloud computing.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 11:10am EDT
Shawn McCarthy, research director, IDC Government

The White House is looking for new ways to stay ahead of the technology curve. One consideration is to upgrade its smart phones from blackberries to Androids or other smartphones. But making the switch is not that easy. There are things to consider such as security issues, effectiveness, and cost. For perspective, Tom and Emily spoke with Shawn McCarthy research director at IDC Government on the Federal Drive. He explains why the White House is not switching from using the blackberry in the near future.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 10:41am EDT
Thomas Browne, deputy director of the Office of Anti-Crime Programs, State Department

The Service to America medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to finalists. A colleague describes him as the world's leading expert on drug-addiction treatment and prevention. As the deputy director of the State Department's anti-crime programs, Thomas Brown has helped shape drug treatment in 70 countries. He's a finalist in the career achievement category of the 2014 Sammies awards. Read a Q&A with Thomas Browne.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 10:29am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Rob Carey spent 31 years in federal technology, but his "wow" moment came toward the end of his tenure. Carey recently retired from the Defense Department, becoming at least the ninth senior technology official to leave government since November. Carey is the former principal deputy CIO at the Defense Department and now is the vice president and general manager for cybersecurity at CSC. He tells executive editor Jason Miller on Ask the CIO about the moment when he knew technology had changed government. Listen to the full show.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 08:00am EDT
Monday federal headlines - June 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, it's Sloan Gibsono's first day as acting head of VA, and the Pentagon puts on hold a plan to allow some illegal immigrants to enlist.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:09pm EDT
CFPB, union go back to the drawing board on performance ratings

Following complaints of widespread discrimination, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is overhauling its system for evaluating employee performance. The financial watchdog's performance-appraisal system resulted in "systematically lower ratings" for black and Hispanic employees, employees over the age of 40, employees located in field offices and those employed at lower pay scales, according to report on the performance-appraisal system published by the agency earlier this month.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:42pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Marines Corps is making it harder for cyber viruses to sneak from computers and laptops onto its networks. It's new approach to cybersecurity goes beyond continuous monitoring. Ray Letteer is the chief of the Marine Corps' cybersecurity division. He tells Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about the initiative called comply-to-connect. Read Jason's related story.

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