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6:54 am, August 20, 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 - 05/20/2014, 09:27am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotlines in agency inspectors general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information to investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has that story as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
Agency budget squeeze eroding trust between employees, management

Susan Tsui Grundmann, chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, said many federal employees filed furlough appeals last year because they said they didn't trust that their managers were making the right spending decisions that could have fended off the need to furlough employees. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:27pm EDT
Marion Royal, Director of Data.gov, GSA

A signature open-government initiative of the Obama administration is turning five years old this week. The website Data.gov is home to more than 100,000 individual agency data sets. It's also the destination of app developers hoping to turn federal data into useful information. Marion Royal is the director of Data.gov, which is run by the General Services Administration. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the website has progressed over the years.

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:09pm EDT
Col. Mark Maxwell, Judge Advocate General

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 rewrote the Uniform Military Code of Justice as it applies to sexual assault cases. Congress stopped short of stripping military commanders of their authority over the process, as many victims' advocates wanted. But it gave the military's legal corps more control over investigations and prosecutions. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Col. Max Maxwell on The Federal Drive. He is the strategic initiatives officer for the Army Judge Advocates General Corps.

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 10:03am EDT
Teresa McHenry, Justice Department

The Justice Department is trying out a new strategy when it comes to human-rights abuse cases. Prosecutors are asking refugees to help by telling on abusers who may have fled to the United States, only to be hiding in plain sight. With new outreach efforts and incentives, the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section hopes to spur cooperation that will bring in more cases. Teresa McHenry is chief of the Justice Department's Human Rights unit. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new strategy.

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:56am EDT
Miguel Roman, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio will be speaking to many of the finalists. On today's Federal Drive, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Miguel Roman, a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His studies of thermal infrared imaging technology have helped authorities detect and fight wildfires. He's also used satellite imagery to quantify electricity use worldwide and map the impact of storms on the power grid. View photos and read more about each of this year's 33 finalists. In addition, read a Q&A with Miguel Román.

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:42am EDT
Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

Security breaches in government and the private sector show that no network is completely safe. Now with funding from the State Department and USAID, the New America Foundation is promoting the idea of what it calls mesh networks — small, home-built communications systems that don't rely on the Internet. Sascha Meinrath is the founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said the networks can support things like phone service, file sharing, and instant messaging.

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:39am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress is in its first round of writing an annual Defense authorization bill. Lawmakers are determined to protect certain weapons systems even though the Pentagon says it can't afford them. While parochialism is hardly new on Capitol Hill, DoD thinks it spells big trouble while there's no new money coming its way. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss this topic and others from his biweekly feature, Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook .

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:16am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 19, 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,

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:52pm EDT
Kathy Frisbee, Veterans Health Administration

Veterans Affairs officials want veterans to be able to access their services on mobile devices. They also want to boost employee productivity with mobility. But developing business-grade apps is no simple matter. Kathy Frisbee, co-director of Connected Health in VA's Office of Informatics and Analytics, has developed a rigorous app methodology that any agency could use. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the first fleet of apps the agency has developed.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:15pm EDT
Dorothy Robyn, Former GSA

The White House wants agencies to double their use of renewable energy. Agencies have until 2016 to come up with $2 billion in energy savings performance contracts above and beyond what they've already committed to. Dorothy Robyn is the former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the General Services Administration. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what agencies can do to take on this new push.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 01:52pm EDT
Andy Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa, USAID

Nearly a year ago, the White House promised it would help sub-Saharan Africa turn the lights on. More than two-thirds of people there live without electricity. The Power Africa initiative includes a dozen federal agencies, six African countries and corporate partners. Andy Herscowitz coordinates the effort on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the initiative.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 12:12pm EDT
Meredith Knopp, VP of Programs, The Mission Continues

New veterans from around the country come to Washington this weekend to launch a new mission. They have pledged to spend at least six months volunteering, starting with a community service project at a Southeast DC middle school. Meredith Knopp is vice president of programs for Mission Continues. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the veteran's volunteer work on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 11:52am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

After years of budget constraints, fed bashing and gridlock on Capitol Hill, some say the relationship between government and its employees has changed. The result is mutual suspicion and even distrust between federal managers and their employees. Federal News Radio will examine the level of trust between the government and its employees in a special report May 20-22. Web Manager Julia Ziegler spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the series and how you can participate.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 10:41am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy updated the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting policy earlier this week. Federal contracting officers now have a consistent set of certification requirements no matter where they work. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the new requirements. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 10:35am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he's angry and saddened. But, he told Congress yesterday he has no plans to resign over reports that delayed medical care may have led to the deaths of dozens of veterans. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 05/16/2014, 07:11am EDT
Friday federal headlines -- May 16, 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,divorcees are cheating the IRS out of alimony and the first DOD report on sexual harrassment shows 500 employees have been fired or disciplined.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:16pm EDT
Ron Ross, Computer Scientist, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a four-part plan to help agencies build more secure IT systems. NIST Computer Scientist Ron Ross, who guided a new publication on the issue, tells the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the same engineering principles that apply to bridges and buildings should apply to IT. That is, security should be built in, not added later.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:05pm EDT
Kevin Kampschroer, Deputy Senior Sustainability Officer, GSA

Old electronics are filling up landfills. The EPA estimates only 25 percent of dead electronics, by weight, get recycled. As the largest consumer of electronics, the federal government can set an example for how to do better. The guidance for e-recycling issued by the General Services Administration is about to become a regulation. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability officer at GSA, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss its details.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 01:09pm EDT
Victoria Hartke, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration is undertaking renovations of federally-owned buildings across the country. The modernized structures will save money, in part by reducing energy and water consumption. Locally, the agency has completed a makeover of the Parklawn Building in Rockville, Maryland. The once homely behemoth has gotten more than a face-lift. Victoria Hartke, director of the Office of Leasing at the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service, spoke about the renovation with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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