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7:19 pm, August 28, 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.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:32am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

What implications will the VA scandal have on other federal agencies? Many feds and management groups are asking that question as Congress considers legislation that would allow the VA to fire poor-performing employees. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the Senate might not pass its version of the bill today.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 07:57am EDT
Friday federal headlines - June 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, Senators reach a deal on the Veterans Affairs crisis, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel taps top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford, as next Marine Corps commandant.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:00am EDT
Eric Young, American Federation of Government Employees

Federal prisons are becoming more violent and dangerous for the guards who work in them. But the guards have a new tool that can help: a contract. It took 16 years to negotiate and ratify. Eric Young is president of American Federation of Government Employees' Council of Prison Locals. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 11:10am EDT
Dr. Mark Reger, National Center for Telehealth and Technology

Defense health officials are testing a tool to give service members a mental health boost on demand. It's a mobile app called the Virtual Hope Box. Each user can customize it. Mark Reger is the deputy director and chief of research at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, which is part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. He explained the app's purpose when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 09:00am EDT
John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary the right to fire senior executives almost at will. It's understandable — members of Congress are outraged over long waiting times and falsification of records at VA hospitals, compounded by the fact that VA managers have received millions of dollars in bonuses. But it's not clear whether the proposal is legal. In our weekly legal loop segment, federal employment attorney John Mahoney spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained exactly what the House approved and who the bill affects.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 08:21am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - June 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, Sloan Gibson visits the VA health center in Phoenix, and Hagel prepares for a hearing on Bergdahl.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 01:26am EDT
Anthony Principi, former VA secretary

Investigators have yet to get to the bottom of care delays and falsified records at Veterans Affairs. Yet at least four reform bills are percolating in Congress. Anthony Principi has some ideas for how Congress and the department might proceed for the long term. He is a former Veterans Affairs secretary and now a consultant with a long career in the public and private sectors, and spoke with Tom Temin on Federal Drive.

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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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