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7:45 am, 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.

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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Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:30am EST
Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is still attached to the 2015 Defense authorization bill the House passed and the Senate will debate this week. The latest version of FITARA looks a bit different than the original. Still, the new bill would hand civilian agency CIOs more authority, prioritize hiring of specialty IT experts and maximize use of data centers. Trey Hodgkins is Senior Vice President of Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, a division of the Information Technology Industry Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what we can expect from the compromise version of FITARA.

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Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:20am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 8, 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, more than 10,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan early next year, a Navy civilian engineer is indicted on charges that he tried to steal aircraft carrier schematics and have them sent to Egypt and the number of federal employees filing for retirement dips in November.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:27am EST
Friday federal headlines - December 5, 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, It's take two for NASA today to launch its Orion spacecraft, Veterans Affairs has a new mess on its hands and the new United States ambassador to Iraq says a sticking point between the two countries is resolved.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:14am EST
Jan Hamby, Chancellor, NDU'S iCollege

Many senior IT managers fight an uphill battle. Too often, they're seen just as the tech guy by senior level peers. Enter the National Defense University's Information Resources Management College or iCollege. For many years, it's been offering high-level, strategic education to both military and civilian IT and acquisition career employees. Navy Rear Adm. Jan Hamby is the new Chancellor of NDU's iCollege. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss where she hopes to take a venerable institution.

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