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4:28 am, January 28, 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.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:40am EST
David Shea, Director, Office of Charge Card Management, GSA

For years federal employees have used credit cards for agency-approved purchases. The current General Services Administration SmartPay 2 master contracts don't expire until 2018. But the agency is wondering if there might be a better way for employees to pay for stuff. David Shea is the director of the Office of Charge Card Management at the Federal Acquisition Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the alternatives GSA is considering.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 09:28am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - January 21, 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 watchdog finds the General Services Administration needs to improve how it manages employees who telework, two Pentagon employees used a fake recruiting website to collect millions of dollars in bonuses and NASA and the White House today will host their third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics event.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:09am EST
Jon Rymer, Inspector General, Department of Defense

A lead Inspector General will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group. That means oversight of programs from the Defense Department, State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The new IG is Jon Rymer. He's the current DoD Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why a separate IG was needed to oversee Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:02am EST
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Defense officials say they want to hear from big and small companies alike as the department hunts for breakthrough technology that will ensure the military's dominance well into the future. It's a grand initiative that resembles ones from the past that led to nuclear weapons and precision-guided munitions. This one the third offset strategy could have more to do with big data, robots or 3-D printers. Jonathan Aberman is the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where the small companies will fit in.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:00am EST
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, HASC, and Jim Talent, AEI

Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight's State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a "congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation's military" at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:55am EST
John Shoraka, Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is proposing a new rule that it says will help small companies get government contracts. Among the changes is that two or more small firms could bid as a joint venture, while not losing their small-business status. To discuss that and more, John Shoraka, SBA's Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:47am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Experienced executives know they can't keep reporting to the same contacts when something goes wrong. They also never lose sight of the fact that most government actions originate with low or mid-level employees. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the new blog, "A Government Contractor's Ten Commandments." He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle his third commandment: Thou shalt start as low as possible &mdash: not at the top of the ladder.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:15am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - January 20, 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, Federal employees will share a little bit of the spotlight when President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight, Reverse auction host FedBid is splitting into two separate organizations and A California lawmaker wants to make cuts to the Defense civilian workforce.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:44am EST
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Two Justice Department prosecutors were briefly suspended for withholding evidence during the 2008 corruption trial of then-Sen. Ted Stevens. Now they've won their appeals over a technicality in how Justice handled their case. According to the Merit System Protection Board, Justice violated its own procedures in punishing the duo. Lynne Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the case.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:37am EST
Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director, National Weather Service, NOAA

With the help of higher resolution modeling systems, less disruption to daily life and the economy occurred than otherwise might have when hurricane Arthur made landfall last year. That's thanks to a highly accurate landfall prediction made possible by supercomputers. This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration begins the next phase of a $44.5 million upgrade to its supercomputers. Dr. Louis Uccellini is director of the National Weather Service at NOAA. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the strategy behind NOAA's newest upgrade.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:33am EST
Wolf Tombe, CTO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Not a day goes by when working people don't touch high technology in one form or another. Wolfe Tombe is the chief technology officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protections. He was one of the two keynote speakers at the government conference at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. He also spent a lot of time on the show floor. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain exactly what a federal CTO does, and how the position differs from that of a Chief Information Officer.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:23am EST
Mark Papermaster, CTO and Senior VP, AMD

It's a chief technology officer's job to see the big picture, recognize trends, assess threats and anticipate where it's all heading. Mark Papermaster is chief technology officer and senior vice president at computer chip designer AMD. He spoke alongside Customs and Border Protection CTO Wolf Tombe at the government conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how a CTO's job can vary in the private sector.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 07:36am EST
Monday federal headlines - January 19, 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 State Department gives agencies two weeks to comment on the hotly debated Keystone XL pipeline, the Air Force approves a plan to expand a bomber training area over the northern Plains and the federal government will no longer be able to accept assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 08:18am EST
Dr. Stephen Cozza, Uniformed Services University

When someone dies, those left behind each grieve in their own way. Now for the first time a large-scale study is underway to understand the impact that the death of a service member has on his or her family. Dr. Stephen Cozza is Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the National Military Bereavement Study.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 08:17am EST
Alan Raul, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

No enterprise is safe from cyber attacks these days. Federal agencies, critical infrastructure operators, even movie makers. But today, digital pirates have less to fear from the United States than did the Barbary Coast pirates of the 18th century. Alan Raul is a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin and former vice chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 08:10am EST
Rich Buetel, IT Acquisition Expert & Policy Adviser

After nearly three years on the job, Dan Tangherlini announced yesterday that he will be stepping down as administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). His last day is Feb. 13. The agency today, however, is very different from the one he took over in 2012. Rich Buetel, a longtime Hill staff member and an IT acquisition expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on those changes, as well as what might be next for GSA.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 07:57am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 16, 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, President Barack Obama hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House today to talk about cybersecurity, the Army opens up its Ranger School to women for the first time and contractor at the center of a Navy bribery scandal pleads guilty.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 05:46am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced a bill this week that could have a significant impact on government employees. Instead of the usual, and sometimes forgotten, 1 percent pay increase, Connolly's bill proposes a 3.8 percent pay raise. The question now is will it ever pass? Soon after, federal employees began to speak out about the bill. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of your comments.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:26pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel. Casey Coleman, Todd Park. Bernie Mazer. Simon Szykman. These were just five of the 23 federal chief information officers and other senior IT leaders who left their positions in 2014. Turnover at the CIO position is not uncommon. But the data and analysis of this exodus show a combination of encouraging and disturbing trends. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller has been tracking the turnover of CIOs.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:49am EST
Dr. Neil Cheatwood, Senior Engineer, NASA Langley

NASA is aiming to send humans deeper into space than ever before. Maybe to an asteroid, maybe to Mars. The mission presents a whole new set of technical challenges. Engineers are hopeful that an inflatable heat shield, shaped like a stack of doughnuts, will be the key to landing a large, manned spacecraft on Mars. Dr. Neil Cheatwood is NASA Langley's Senior Engineer for Advanced Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing Systems. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the heat shield will hopefully kick off the next age of space travel.

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