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6:32 pm, September 20, 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.

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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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:26am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Senate has confirmed Anne Rung on a voice vote as the next administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The office has gone since January without a confirmed leader. Yet the administration has a number of procurement reforms in the oven. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what Rung faces as she tries to improve the federal acquisition environment.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department's new science and technology chief, Reginald Brothers, said he's got a plan to turn around an organization that's taken criticism for overlapping projects, poorly-tracked investments and rock-bottom workforce morale. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

This week marked 13 years since Islamic terrorists steered airliners into buildings in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It's a day that no American witness will ever forget. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and Web Manager Julia Ziegler shared some of your stories on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 08:09am EDT
Friday federal headlines - September 12, 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 IRS can recoup tax debts from employees' retirement savings, and a retired Marine Corps general will coordinate efforts against the Islamic State group.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 10:19am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Probably every contracting officer has been tempted to do it. Lowball the size of an acquisition so that it falls under small business rules. Or accept a lowball bid from a contractor that knows better. A part of the Transportation Department tried this with a contractor that was about to graduate from the 8(a) program. Oops. The deal ended up in court. Lots of egg splatter to go around. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the case in this week's legal loop segment.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:46am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Within the next few weeks, the Navy said it will finally finish its transition to a new operating structure for its IT network. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, all of the Navy's 300,000 users will be operating under a contract structure known as NGEN by the end of this month.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:44am EDT
Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Navy's on track to meet its small business contracting goals for 2014. One way it's doing that is by using its gigantic Seaport-e multiple award contract vehicle. Seaport-e has turned into something of a bonanza for small businesses. Kevin Brancato, senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

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