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6:51 am, August 31, 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.

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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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:40pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Four years after President Barack Obama signed an executive order telling agencies to settle on one standard for handling unclassified information, agencies are still applying their own labels and their own rules to withhold information from the public. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:27pm EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Phased retirement, the idea of easing into it rather than leaving work altogether is one of the biggest unresolved issues for federal employees. Federal News Radio got some clarification this week from Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to discuss what she found out.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:26pm EDT
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

Following complaints of discrimination, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is giving some employees retroactive pay. And it's overhauling the way it evaluates employees. To make an analogy, it's dropping letter grades and going to pass-fail system . The National Treasury Employees Union negotiated the changes on behalf of agency employees. Union President Colleen Kelley joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss some of the complaints they were hearing from employees.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 11:34am EDT
Joe Cione, Hurricane Researcher, NOAA

Federal scientists hope to get the first inside look at hurricanes, thanks to new drones. This hurricane season the National Hurricane Center in Miami will send small-unmanned aircraft into the eyes of the storms. Joe Cione is a hurricane researcher at the center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what scientists hope to accomplish.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 11:28am EDT
Michelle Sager, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Agencies make lots of regulations. And then they change them, even pare them down, sometimes get rid of them altogether. The White House has encouraged the government to trim the red tape. But the Government Accountability Office tried to find the data to justify the choices agencies made. It was hard. Michelle Sager is director of strategic issues at GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 07:55am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 30, 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, tensions are growing between the U.S. and China over accusations of cyber-spying and a little green button that will tell federal building managers if they are wasting energy.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:47am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency information security staff are supposed to monitor their agency networks, looking for cyber threats. It's called the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. Success depends on a simple question: Will the right people use the data to head off cyber threats or will the information languish with the wrong people? The Homeland Security Department is taking steps to ensure the right people have the right data. John Streufert is the director of federal network resilience at DHS. He spoke with Executive Editor Jason Miller about how DHS is making sure continuous monitoring pays off. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:40am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Cyber Command says it cannot do the whole job all by itself. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency are in talks to give DISA more of the day-to-day responsibilities for defending Defense networks from cyber threats. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 07:49am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 29, 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, a break in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet and the dispatching of 1,000 Marines to Libya.

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