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10:52 pm, July 13, 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.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:26am EDT
Sarah Jane Staats, Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a young, small agency with a big mission. It seeks to help countries climb out of poverty. Its principles should sound familiar: Use evidence, focus on results, be transparent. Time and again, the White House has asked all agencies to apply those principles to their own work. But putting them into practice can require tradeoffs. Sarah Jane Staats, senior policy adviser for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the agency applies its principles day to day.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:19am EDT
Jim White, Director of Tax Issues, Government Accountability Office

Budget cuts have left the IRS high and dry. The Government Accountability Office says the agency has absorbed $900 million in cuts over the past four years. At the same time, the agency is failing to keep up with a growing source of tax revenue: large partnerships. Congress has raised concerns about the extent to which the IRS is able to audit these entities. Jim White, director of tax issues at the GAO, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the partnerships.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 08:19am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 23, 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, Director of Intelligence James Clapper orders employees to avoid the media, and the administration reopens the flow of foreign aid to the Egyptian military.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new effort at the General Services Administration will try to keep contracting decisions in the hands of contracting officers and keep management in the right oversight role. A report by the GSA Inspector General's office in 2013 said management interfered with decisions by contracting officers. Tom Sharpe is the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller in an exclusive interview about the steps he's taking to strike the right balance between management and contracting officers.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy says it will move forward this year to create two new acquisition vehicles to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service says it won't be any more expensive than petroleum products.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:06am EDT
Pamela Baker-Masson, Smithsonian National Zoo

In celebration of Earth Day, the Smithsonian National Zoo releases the Endangered Song. Only 400 people get a copy, because there are just 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Pamela Baker-Masson, associate director of communications for the zoo, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why the song is so important to the zoo's mission. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:02am EDT
Kate Tummarello, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The Federal Communications Commission has released a plan for auctioning off radio spectrum next year, but it still has tough decisions to make. The tech industry wants the FCC to set aside more free, unlicensed airwaves, but that won't help the government generate more revenue. Kate Tummarello, a staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the FCC plans to do.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:58am EDT
Ensign Jean-Pierre Spence, U.S. Coast Guard

Criminals on the waterway know no boundaries. The Coast Guard has signed an agreement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which will let the two work side-by-side as they enforce laws in the waters. Ensign Jean-Pierre Spence joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss the Shiprider program.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:55am EDT
Dr. Kenton Gregory, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, RevMedX

A new medical device is coming to aid soldiers on the battlefield. XSTAT is an expandable, multi-sponge dressing that controls bleeding in areas where tourniquets cannot. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the device. Dr. Kenton Gregory is chairman and chief technology officer at RevMedX, the company that makes XSTAT. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the device works.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:51am EDT
Diane Chalfant, Deputy Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service is developing a bison management plan. In the late 1990s, bison began moving to Grand Canyon National Park and staying there. Now they are taking a toll on the park's resources. Diane Chalfant, deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the management plan.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:56am EDT
Agencies celebrate Earth Day with hashtags, 'selfies'

From selfies to hashtags, agencies have asked Americans to actively participate in Earth Day by using social media.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 07:56am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 22, 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, GAO says budget cuts have led to staff shortages and uneven performance at the IRS, and FDA will decide how to regulate "E-Cigs."

Monday - 04/21/2014, 10:21am EDT
Lauren Larson, Host, Agency of the Month

The Defense Health Agency is on a mission to improve health, wellness and readiness across the DoD workforce. It wants to fight obesity and destructive behaviors like smoking and alcohol abuse. Capt. Kim Elenberg is program manager for Population Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. On this week's episode of our Agency of the Month radio show, she tells Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson about Operation Live Well. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 10:05am EDT
Jamie Johnson, Homeland Security Department

The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology National Labs play a big role in defending the United States against threats anywhere and at anytime. The labs conduct research and tests to evaluate new technologies. Jamie Johnson, director of the Office of National Labs at DHS, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the latest findings from the labs.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 09:59am EDT
Edward Elliott, Attorney Adviser, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Patent and Trademark Office is making an annual program out of a successful one-year initiative. It wants to find and reward inventors whose products and services benefit humanity. Competitors in the "patents for humanity" program can win several prizes, including a fast track for their patent application. The 2013 awards recognized 10 recipients in five different categories. The agency is now accepting applications for this year. Edward Elliott, an attorney adviser at USPTO, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the program.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 09:53am EDT
David Barno, Center for a New American Security

In the military, combat experience helps you climb the career ladder. The lack of it can set you back. As the United States enters what is believed to be an era of peace, what does that mean for young cadets' job prospects? Will they be relegated to second-tier jobs behind those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan? Army Lt. Gen. David Barno (Ret.), a senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, explained the promotion system to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 08:22am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 21, 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 State Department will build a new training center, and the Navy refuses to let dozens of transportation workers onto bases.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:53am EDT
Eric Engquist, United Service Automobile Association

Sometimes the hardest thing about the military is leaving it. Both the federal government and companies are trying hard to find jobs for new veterans. The Military Times has released its annual list of the best employers for vets. Insurer United Service Automobile Association has topped that list for the past three years. Eric Engquist, executive director for military transitions for USAA, gave Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some statistics about veteran employees.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:46am EDT
Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History

The federal government is the biggest buyer in the world. Some items are harder to come by than others. A T-Rex dinosaur skeleton just arrived at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The purchase is a case study in government acquisition. It will be a centerpiece of the museum's new dinosaur hall in 2019. Sant Director Kirk Johnson told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the museum acquired the skeleton from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Curnutt, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training

From Fort Hood to Naval Station Norfolk, recent shootings have prompted some to question whether the Defense Department provides enough training for active-shooter situations. The department requires first responders to follow the standard "run, hide, fight" guidance. But some say potential victims should be trained, too. Police officer John Curnutt is director of training for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program (ALERRT) in San Antonio, Texas. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the best practice in any active shooter situation is a layered system.

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