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1:21 pm, April 24, 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 - 04/22/2014, 07:56am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 22, 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, GAO says budget cuts have led to staff shortages and uneven performance at the IRS, and FDA will decide how to regulate "E-Cigs."

Monday - 04/21/2014, 10:21am EDT
Lauren Larson, Host, Agency of the Month

The Defense Health Agency is on a mission to improve health, wellness and readiness across the DoD workforce. It wants to fight obesity and destructive behaviors like smoking and alcohol abuse. Capt. Kim Elenberg is deputy director of population health at DHA. On this week's episode of our Agency of the Month radio show, she tells Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson about Operation Live Well. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 10:05am EDT
Jamie Johnson, Homeland Security Department

The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology National Labs play a big role in defending the United States against threats anywhere and at anytime. The labs conduct research and tests to evaluate new technologies. Jamie Johnson, director of the Office of National Labs at DHS, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the latest findings from the labs.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 09:59am EDT
Edward Elliott, Attorney Adviser, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Patent and Trademark Office is making an annual program out of a successful one-year initiative. It wants to find and reward inventors whose products and services benefit humanity. Competitors in the "patents for humanity" program can win several prizes, including a fast track for their patent application. The 2013 awards recognized 10 recipients in five different categories. The agency is now accepting applications for this year. Edward Elliott, an attorney adviser at USPTO, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the program.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 09:53am EDT
David Barno, Center for a New American Security

In the military, combat experience helps you climb the career ladder. The lack of it can set you back. As the United States enters what is believed to be an era of peace, what does that mean for young cadets' job prospects? Will they be relegated to second-tier jobs behind those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan? Army Lt. Gen. David Barno (Ret.), a senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, explained the promotion system to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 08:22am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 21, 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, the State Department will build a new training center, and the Navy refuses to let dozens of transportation workers onto bases.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:53am EDT
Eric Engquist, United Service Automobile Association

Sometimes the hardest thing about the military is leaving it. Both the federal government and companies are trying hard to find jobs for new veterans. The Military Times has released its annual list of the best employers for vets. Insurer United Service Automobile Association has topped that list for the past three years. Eric Engquist, executive director for military transitions for USAA, gave Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some statistics about veteran employees.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:46am EDT
Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History

The federal government is the biggest buyer in the world. Some items are harder to come by than others. A T-Rex dinosaur skeleton just arrived at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The purchase is a case study in government acquisition. It will be a centerpiece of the museum's new dinosaur hall in 2019. Sant Director Kirk Johnson told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the museum acquired the skeleton from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Curnutt, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training

From Fort Hood to Naval Station Norfolk, recent shootings have prompted some to question whether the Defense Department provides enough training for active-shooter situations. The department requires first responders to follow the standard "run, hide, fight" guidance. But some say potential victims should be trained, too. Police officer John Curnutt is director of training for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program (ALERRT) in San Antonio, Texas. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the best practice in any active shooter situation is a layered system.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:33am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Michael O'Connell, Federal News Radio

The National Museum of American History celebrates a big birthday this year. It's now 50 years old. Federal News Radio takes a look at the museum's past and present. Web Manager Julia Ziegler and Web Editor Michael O'Connell share details with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 08:18am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 18, 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, four Navy officials are now charged in a bribery scheme, and the Commerce Department will open a new office in Myanmar.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:24pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is developing an agile workforce to embrace "crisis as the new normal." Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, describes some of the workforce challenges facing the Intelligence Community and the threats they're preparing for. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has the story.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Intelligence Community is building a system of shared IT services for all 17 of the nation's intelligence agencies. The Pentagon is doing the same for the military services. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu has this report on DoD's plan to tie those two efforts together.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:12am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

When you download an app or update your software, do you read those fine-print licensing agreements? Few people, including federal employees, do. The Office of Management and Budget says those agreements essentially don't apply for government purchases. Instead, new regulations call for a standard clause in nearly every contract. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo breaks down the new provision with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:09am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board is fishing for ideas. It asks for help from the public as it refreshes its research agenda. The board is mandated by Congress to conduct studies on issues in the federal workforce. Recent reports have focused on workplace violence and perceptions of favoritism. Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the board strives to make an impact with its research.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:04am EDT
Daniel Schuman, Congressional Data Coalition

A new Congressional Data Coalition launches to push Capitol Hill into the big data era. The group says Congress could run better, give its staffers fewer headaches and provide a big public service if it changes its approach to data. Already, it has scored an initial victory. The House Appropriations Committee said by the beginning of the next Congress, information about the disposition of bills will be published in a way that computers can easily process, and thus can be easily reused by apps and websites. Daniel Schuman, a founding member of the coalition and policy director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what a digital Congress will look like.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 08:08am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 17, 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, the IRS steps up work on identity theft and refund fraud, and the Navy pitches in to help rescue efforts in South Korea.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is making a new push to lower the prices of its acquisition programs by asking contractors to scrub their supply chains for unnecessary costs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service thinks it's made some progress, but that it's still paying more than it should.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:56am EDT
Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute

Federal cybersecurity officials are in knots over the Heartbleed threat. The vulnerability potentially affects a common data encryption system used on internet servers. Homeland Security says federal web servers are OK. Qualys has a free online SSL Server Test that can analyze a web server. Alan Paller, director of research at the cybersecurity education firm SANS Institute, explained the threat to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:52am EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health agency is streamlining healthcare. It's standardizing the clinical process across its 57 hospitals and 300 clinics and cutting back on excess medical supplies, with the help of the Defense Logistics Agency. Dave Bowen is director of health care IT and chief information officer of the Defense Health Agency. Navy Capt. James Poindexter is acting division chief of Medical Logistics Shared Services. In this week's edition of Agency of the Month, they tell Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson how the new processes save the agency money. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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