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9:49 pm, December 21, 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.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:06am EDT
Col. Russell A. Muncy, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command

The Air Force plans to slash its ranks to fewer than 328,000 by the end of the year. Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserves, says the cutbacks are actually a good opportunity to keep many of its active duty Airmen in blue. Here's an example of how it can work. Col. Russell Muncy is commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Force Reserve Base in California. His unit has received the Air Force Association Reserve Unit award. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why his unit has been recognized. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:02am EDT
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center

You can't teach an old dog new tricks. But you can take an old plane and modernize its systems and software to make it efficient for duty. At Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma they're breathing new life into older equipment. Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker. He spoke with Tom Temin at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and gave the Federal Drive an update on the ongoing efforts to modernize the fleet and the software behind it all. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 08:04am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 17, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services still has a number of security holes to plug, and NASA chooses vendors to build a vehicle headed to the International Space Station.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The IRS is stopping fraud and improper payments, but it's not doing it by gathering new or better data. Rather, the tax agency is using data as a strategy of change. Dean Silverman, senior advisor to the Commissioner for compliance analytics initiatives at the IRS, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the IRS is going beyond predictive analytics to improve its business outcomes.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is on a path to become unaffordable within the next 10 years. To fix that problem, its leaders say it needs a new strategy that's more predictable, more transparent and more realistic about the budgets it's likely to see in the future. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 07:44am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 16, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the White House names the third round of Presidential Innovation Fellows, and troops are headed overseas to help battle Ebola.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:42am EDT
David Zavada, Partner, Kearney & Company

It's the job of an inspector general to take a critical look at the programs within an agency and point out areas that need improvement. When data is unreliable or inaccessible, that critical oversight suffers, and IGs are forced to do too many routine audits. These are just two of the concerns voiced by IGs in a survey just released by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company. David Zavada, partner at Kearney & Company, directed the survey and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:41am EDT
Ed Bersoff and Jonathan Aberman

The government looks far and wide for answers to its most challenging problems. Yesterday, the White House hired 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows from around the country to come in and help. But sometimes, solutions are no farther away than your back yard. A new Virginia non-profit called Tandem NSI aims to link the government with technology entrepreneurs without a lot of red tape. Jonathan Aberman is managing partner of Amplifier Ventures and Ed Bersoff is a veteran in federal contracting. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss why the federal government should adopt new technologies.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:39am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is making strides in professionalizing its cyber workforce. Last week, the service announced a new cyber brigade with the mission of defending its computer networks. The new branch could be up and running by October. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu spoke to Emily Kopp about his Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:36am EDT
Melvyn Smith, Centre for Machine Vision, Bristol Robotic Laboratory

A British research team aims to prove that 3-D technology could help Homeland Security discover more suspicious activity. Surveillance systems usually rely on 2-D images. Now, a team from England's Centre for Machine Vision is building a system to extract high resolution 3-D video from a distance of several hundred feet. Professor Melvyn Smith is director of the Centre for Machine Vision in the Bristol Robotic Laboratory. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what prompted him to conduct this research.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 12:46pm EDT
Monday federal headlines - September 15, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Patent and Trademark Office acknowledges problems with its telework program, the top concerns on the minds of inspectors general, and Customs and Border Protection will further investigate over 100 cases of alleged misconduct and use of excessive force.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:16am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are testing out ways to attract and hire technology experts for mission-critical programs. The Office of Management and Budget is overseeing these pilots, steps toward fixing long-standing federal IT challenges. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:11pm EDT
Maj. Johan Lee, Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Airmen of the Year represent the best of the Air Force. Maj. Johan Lee is a space operator and flight commander for the Air Force Reserve who watches for problems that could develop anywhere on earth. He's being recognized along with his employer Booz Allen. Lee joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at this year's Air Force Association conference and expo at National Harbor.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:06pm EDT
Ret. Gen. Craig McKinley, President, Air Force Association

If you like things that fly fast and zoom through space, the annual Air Force Association conference and exposition is the place to be. It's also the place to catch the technology and policy trends for the Air Force. Retired Gen. Craig McKinley is president of the Air Force Association. He joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin talk about this year's conference.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:02pm EDT
Maj. Kelly Barton, Chief, Airman and Family Services

Behind many of today's soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are spouses and children. That's also the case for the Air National Guard. The Air Force provides its guardsmen with a variety of programs to ensure the quality of family life. Maj. Kelly Barton, Chief of Airman and Family Services for the Air National Guard , joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Air Force Association conference to discuss the program.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:55pm EDT
Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, Air Force Reserve Command

If the last 13 years of foreign wars have shown anything, it's the importance of reserve forces. Brig. Gen. John Flournoy is commander of the 4th Air Force within the Air Force Reserve Command. He's based out of March Air Reserve Base, California. He joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Air Force Association conference and expo at National Harbor.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:47pm EDT
Ariel Rabkin, AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy

The Obama Administration wants to avoid a repeat of the technical glitches it experienced with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. One way is through a White House effort called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service will consist of a small team of experts that will serve as consultants to agencies on IT projects. Ariel Rabkin is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why many IT projects fail in the first place.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 01:05pm EDT
McFadden spins many plates in Hurricane Sandy relief effort

Marion Mollegen McFadden of HUD helps coordinate the work of numerous government agencies in providing relief to the survivors of the Hurricane Sandy.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 10:07am EDT
Todd Grams, Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Few things are as basic to the operation of federal agencies than the budget process. Circular A-11, published by the Office of Management and Budget, is the guiding document for all things budgetary. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, here come the revisions. A-11 has received some important revisions this year you need to know about. Todd Grams is a director in Deloitte's Federal consulting practice, and a long-time federal executive. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the significance of A-11 and what changes to expect.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:59am EDT
Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Like many agencies, the Defense and Homeland Security departments have been challenged to get the security clearances needed by their employees. Yet equally challenging is what happens when officials need to revoke someone's clearance. The Government Accountability Office found the departments have work to do there. Auditors found inconsistencies in both agencies' data on employees eligible to access classified information. Brenda Farrell is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the GAO study and its recommendations.

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