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12:24 pm, December 18, 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.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:42am EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

It even sounds complicated: making information resources assessible, discoverable, and usable by the public, and making open and machine readable the new default for government information. But that's what the White House ordered in May of 2013. Now agencies are finally getting their heads around how best to meet the requirements of the open data policy. Several agencies realize what's needed is a combination of policy and action. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details about the plans of some agencies to meet this 18-month-old policy.

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Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:30am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Each year, agency leaders scan the list of best places to work in the federal government with either anticipation or anxiety. If you're at the top, you've got a great selling point for employees and recruits. But if you're at the bottom, you've got hard work to do. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp was at the awards ceremony to speak with those who know what it's like to be up and down. First, she spoke with Jeri Buchholz, the chief human capital officer at NASA, the large agency that tops the list.

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Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:25am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Feds are not holding back when it comes to sharing their thoughts on the President's plans to reform the Senior Executive Service. Federal News Radio's web team put out a questionnaire, asking them what they think of the SES proposals. We've collected some of their comments. Tom Temin, host of the Federal Drive, spoke with web manager Julia Ziegler about the varying opinions.

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Friday - 12/12/2014, 08:38am EST
Friday federal headlines - December 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, tension between the executive and legislative branches took a new twist, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says farewell to his colleagues and Congress approves a bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's lifecycle funds.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:30pm EST
Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force

The Air Force recently completed a test launch of one of its Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 5,000 mile flight test was supported by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and several other contractors. So how does the Air Force maintain readiness of the ICBM fleet? How can it assure the Commander-in-Chief that in the unlikely event of a real launch, the 40-year-old missiles would go where they're supposed to? Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander of the 20th Air Force, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the test flight and the ICMB program.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:26pm EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

When awarding a competitively-bid contract on past performance, you better make sure you look carefully at references the bidders provide. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found this out the hard way. It lost a protest when a services contractor complained ICE didn't do its due diligence on past performance. The Government Accountability Office agreed. In this week's Legal Loop Segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the lessons learned from the case.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:21pm EST
Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Telehealth and mobile health technology will become more common as the federal government moves into a new phase of Health IT priorities. The new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 lays out five goals for collecting, using, and disseminating interoperable information. 35 agencies contributed to the plan. Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the strategic plan.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 08:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - December 11, 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 White House wants to withhold documents on a Justice Department investigation into the CIA's torture program, construction of a giant new Veterans Affairs near Denver has come to a grinding halt and a bill to address cyber attacks at agencies heads to the President's desk.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 10:08am EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The White House has launched three reforms to the Senior Executive Service. But the message President Barack Obama delivered to about 3,000 SESers at the Washington Hilton may actually have more long-term meaning than the reforms themselves. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller attended the President's speech and spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about his message and the attendees' reaction.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 09:56am EST
Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer, Qualys

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but connected electronic medical devices really can be dangerous if someone is able to hack into them. Jonathan Trull is the Chief Information Security Officer at Qualys. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why these devices can be vulnerable and what to do about it.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 08:46am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - December 10, 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, House and Senate negotiators agree to a $1.1 trillion, 2015 spending bill, Secretary of State John Kerry asks Congress for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State and Customs and Border Protection is in the midst of a drive to recruit women to become agents.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:52am EST
DoD aims for more consistent decisions on ‘commercial' items

The Defense Contract Management Agency is creating a new team of dedicated pricing experts, looking for more consistent decisions within DoD about what constitutes a commercial product.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:14am EST
Obama announces series of SES reforms

During a meeting with thousands of federal managers today, President Barack Obama announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service. They include creating an SES advisory group, developing a leadership program for future career executives, and forming a new customer service awards program.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:14am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Agency for International Development has tapped a former senior engineer at Google to run its new Global Development Lab. Ann Mei Chang will start later this month. She spent eight years at the Silicon Valley powerhouse before stints at the State Department and the nonprofit Mercy Corps. From her San Francisco home, Chang spoke with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the lab and her intentions for it.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:07am EST
Bruce Foucart, Acting Director, Intellectual Property Rights Center, ICE

The end-of-year holiday shopping season always seems to suck in a torrent of counterfeit merchandise, everything from faux Louis Vuitton baggage to fake car tires. It's also when federal agencies charged with stopping trade in counterfeits swing into high gear. A group of federal partners team up with industry and nonprofit organizations to warn consumers of holiday shopping scams. Bruce Foucart is the Acting Director of the Intellectual Property Rights Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why they've stepped up their effort.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:02am EST
Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

As the Duke of York used to say, "When you're up, you're up. And when you're down, you're down." The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released this year's version of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" Tuesday. The news is, as the Duke of York also said, "When you're halfway up, you're neither up nor down." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the big takeaways from this year's list.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 09:57am EST
Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte

President Barack Obama will have his first meeting Tuesday with more than 1,000 senior executives and other career federal managers. The President oversees a vast workforce that, according to surveys, is less than thrilled with federal service. Jitinder Kholi is a director in the public sector practice at Deloitte. He received a preview of what Obama will tell the senior managers, and shared his analysis of what to expect on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 08:57am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 9, 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, President Obama will meet with members of the Senior Executive Service and other federal career managers today, fast passage of the 2015 spending bill has hit a snag and American embassies are preparing for backlash from today's release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:44am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

How a company's business systems are organized sets it up for success or endless trouble when it comes to doing business with the federal government. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 8: We can treat our government customers the same way we treat our commercial customers.

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Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:36am EST
Tim Fullerton, Director of Digital Strategy, Department of the Interior

If you're searching for ways to improve your agency's social media game, look no further than the Interior Department. The DOI has racked up 247,000 Twitter followers and 382,000 Instagram followers. It's finding creative ways to use other platforms. Interior's photos of Alaskan bears and Texan bobcats don't hurt, but there's more to it than fuzzy animal pictures. Tim Fullerton, Interior's director of digital strategy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his agency's social media success.

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