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7:39 am, April 19, 2015

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.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 08:49am EST
Dr. Nancy Merritt, Senior Policy Advisor, National Institute of Justice

Criminal justice agencies collect a variety of information and use it in multiple ways. Their datasets are often large and complex. And many crime analysts find it difficult to present this data in an easy-to-understand way. That's the problem the National Institute of Justice is tackling with its new Data Visualization Challenge. Dr. Nancy Merritt, senior policy advisor at NIJ, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on the challenge.

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Friday - 01/09/2015, 08:37am EST
Robert MacLean, Chief, U.S. Park Police

After more than two decades of service and a year acting in the role, our next guest is leading the National Park Police as its new chief. With an operating budget of more than $100 million and a workforce that exceeds 700 employees, the Park Service maintains jurisdiction in Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco. Chief Robert MacLean joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to outline his vision for the agency,

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Friday - 01/09/2015, 08:01am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 9, 2015

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, members of Congress have introduced more than 350 pieces of legislation this week, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno says eliminating sexual assault in the Army is a top priority for the incoming sergeant major and lawmakers want to step up efforts against terrorism after an attack in Paris killed 12 people.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:43am EST
Rep. Mark Meadows, Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new Congress has lots of new committee and subcomittee chairs. That's especially true of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Its subcommittee on government operations has a new chairman with new priorities. On the Federal Drive, Rep. Mark Meadows (R, N.C.) spoke with Tom Temin and outlined what the subcommittee wants to achieve this session and where it plans to start.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:39am EST
Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Members of Congress from both parties have signaled they're ready to consider privatizing air traffic control, or at least changing how it's funded. One reason is the FAA's struggle to modernize the systems that support safe flight. Many in Washington are wondering whether the system would function more efficiently as a commercial entity. Trish Gilbert, executive vice-president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain NATCA members' concerns over the proposed switch.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:34am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. If you tell contractors bidding on a big procurement you're going to use Plan X for evaluating prices, you better use Plan X. Otherwise you could lose a protest. That's what happened to the Navy in a $2.5 billion program. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more of what happened and the lessons learned in this week's Legal Loop.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:27am EST
Matt Stuck, First Coast Guard District Aids to Navigation Manager

Hundreds of New Englanders are sounding off about a Coast Guard plan to update its coastal foghorns. It wants to replace 1970s technology, which the Coast Guard says has gotten more expensive than replacement. They'll be activated via radio signals by users of marine radios. That will mean fewer soundings. Matt Stuck, the First Coast Guard District Aids-to-Navigation Manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the modernization efforts.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 07:55am EST
Thursday federal headlines - January 8, 2015

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, a former HUD employee is sentenced for stealing more than $800,000 dollars from the government, the Postal Service breaks an agency record for parcel deliveries and Chuck Hagel might be secretary of Defense a month longer than he and President Obama anticipated.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 10:06am EST
Marcia Smith, Founder & Editor, Space Policy Online

The SpaceX mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station was scrubbed just 81 seconds before launch yesterday. It was the first delivery attempt since the Antares cargo rocket operated by Orbital Sciences crashed just after launch back in October at Wallops Island, Va. Marcia Smith is the founder and editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on the SpaceX launch and an update on Orbital Sciences' recovery plan for the failed mission.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 10:03am EST
Jamison Cush, Chief Editor, TechTarget's Technology Guide

It may be called the Consumer Electronics Show, but the annual Las Vegas event has a lot to offer the government. From smart watches to faster phones to the Internet of things, there's plenty for enterprise CIOs to keep an eye on. Jamison Cush is the Executive Editor at Tech Target. He took a break from perusing the CES showroom floor to join Tom Temin on the Federal Drive and explain what's caught his eye.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 08:40am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - January 7, 2015

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 Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog drops to its lowest point in more than a year, a Navy commander pleads guilty to federal bribery charges and two people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting at a Veterans Affairs medical clinic in Texas.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 12:17pm EST
What feds should know about the 114th Congress

Tuesday marks the first day of the 114th Congress, which mostly serves as a day of ceremony for freshman members. But once the fanfare is over, experts on the Hill say Republicans and Democrats will get right back to settling some old scores left over from 2014.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:46am EST
Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill Reporter, Bloomberg Government

Embassy security, the Secret Service and the Postal Service are on the fix-it list for the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). His first move is reorganizing the subcommittees. Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill reporter for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the road ahead for Oversight and Government Reform in the 114th Congress.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:44am EST
Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Today is the opening day of the 114th Congress. It's got a lot to consider, and a lot to accomplish. But what can federal employees expect from this new Washington? Especially with all the new faces joining the floor later this morning. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some analysis and predictions.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:42am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

To cope with the complexity of government procurement, contractors tend to develop habits and rules by which they cope. The best ones echo the Boy Scouts: Be prepared. Tim Sullivan is a partner at Thompson Coburn and has authored the new blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the first commandment: Thou shalt do thy homework.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 07:42am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - January 6, 2015

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 CIA says its inspector general will resign at the end of the month, hackers who breached Postal Service systems may have taken medical records of nearly a half million people and federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:06am EST
Tom Suder, President, MobileGov

The Consumer Electronic Show is happening this week in Las Vegas. Despite its name, the annual show, one of the biggest in the world, has plenty of new technology of interest to the enterprise. It's also the 10th anniversary for the CES Government program, with the agenda focusing on Security, Innovation and Acquisition. Tom Suder is the president of MobileGov and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about federal mobility trends, security best practices and what it's like at the Las Vegas Convention Center as more than 100,000 people descend on the city to see 50 football fields worth of gadgetry.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:05am EST
Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

CyberCompEx. It sounds like a new medicine. Actually it's a social network site just for cybersecurity people in and out of government. The Homeland Security Department's Research and Development Division recently announced CyberCompEx. Developed in conjunction with Monster Government Solutions, CyberCompEx will serve as a portal for students, professionals, employers and others interested in the cybersecurity. Karen Evans is the National Director of U.S. Cyber Challenge and one of the architects of the site. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new site.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:01am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The departments of Commerce and Labor have quietly reconfigured the position of their respective Chief Information Officers. In many respects, the agencies are headed in opposite directions. In his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller tells us about the changes. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 10:58am EST
Kevin Plexico, Vice President of Information Solutions, Deltek

Federal budgets may not be growing much, but contractors can still make a good living. They're looking at $122 billion in the top 10 prime contracting opportunities from civilian agencies this year. According to Deltek, that's more than double the number from last year. Kevin Plexico is the vice president of information solutions at Deltek. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on civilian contracting opportunities in 2015.

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