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6:44 pm, August 30, 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 - 08/26/2014, 08:53am EDT
Sokwoo Rhee, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicks off the Global City Teams Challenge in September. Tech-savvy members from the federal government and private sector will come together to address issues including air quality, traffic management and emergency services coordination, all through the use of smart technology. Sokwoo Rhee, associate director for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the agency hopes to accomplish.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:52am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The percentage of Defense Department contract dollars the Pentagon awards via competitive bids has been falling every year since 2008. And its self-imposed goals for contract competition have been missed every year since then. Now Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, issues a set of orders to Pentagon leaders. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - August 26, 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 Barack Obama will issue executive orders to tackle access to mental health care for veterans, and a DoD space tracking website gets a facelift.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 09:13am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Defense Information Systems Agency are preparing for a significant restructuring of the organization. They hope it will make the IT agency more agile, and more able to cope with its increasing responsibilities in a time of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 08:59am EDT
Monday federal headlines - August 25, 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, DHS warns retailers they might be infected with malicious software, and drone-flying companies hit the FAA with lawsuits.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 06:31am EDT
Dan Epstein, Executive Director, Cause of Action

A government transparency group has sued 10 departments for withholding documents it requested under the Freedom of Information Request Act. Cause of Action also sued the Office of Management and Budget and the IRS on the same grounds. Executive Director Dan Epstein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the whys and wherefores of the lawsuits.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 06:17am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

NASA becomes the second large agency to tell its contracting officers not to trust the prices under the General Services Administration schedules. Instead, the space agency's contracting experts must analyze prices before signing on the task order on the dotted line. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about this growing trend in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
Greg Kutz, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

By not following agency protocols, the IRS put more than a million taxpayers at risk for fraud and identity theft. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discovered security lapses during a routine compliance check. It found contractors didn't have the required background investigations before handling Sensitive But Unclassified Information. Assistant Inspector General, Greg Kutz, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the audit and how he thinks IRS should fix the situation.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:45am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Right now, the Navy has more than 630 network baselines on its ships at sea. A contract the service awarded this week aims to change that. The Navy is committing up to $2.5 billion to five vendors who will replace that IT mishmash with a single, standards based network architecture. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has an emerging, new vision for its Federal Acquisition Service. That could affect every federal agency that buys anything. In the next six weeks, GSA will launch the first set of initiatives under what officials call category management. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the Hallways project. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:37am EDT
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Customs and Border Protection has been called a corrupt, narcissistic, paramilitary security force. The man leveling these charges is the former head of internal affairs. James Tomsheck was recently transferred after saying the agency has been untruthful about circumstances involving fatal shootings by Border Patrol agents. Lynne Bernabei is a civil rights attorney with the law firm Bernabei & Wachtel. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case of a high level whistleblower.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:30am EDT
Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Feds are breaking records when it comes to their Thrift Savings Plan. Enrollment in the TSP is at an all-time high of 87.5 percent. That's among employees under the Federal Employee Retirement System. But it's not all good news for the TSP. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board held its monthly meeting. Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a recap of the meeting. Read Shefali's related article .

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:25am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees aren't typically known as members of the millionaires club. But, if you play your cards right, it is possible. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 08:19am EDT
Friday federal headlines - August 22, 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 Pentagon looks at more options in battling the Islamic State, and the General Services Administration asks feds to rate their buildings.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 06:16pm EDT
Trovato's efforts lead to new policies at EPA, healthier schools

E. Ramona Trovato has been an agent of change at the Environmental Protection Agency when it comes to health policy in terms of the impact of pollutants on children.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:01pm EDT
Jonathan Bell, Federal Employment Attorney

The government is on the hook for violating its own labor laws. A federal judge ruled this week that the government failed to provide on-time pay to federal employees who worked during last year's 16-day shutdown. Federal Employment Attorney Jonathan Bell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the complaint.

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Thursday - 08/21/2014, 01:52pm EDT
Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Wikipedia, for all its faults, is supposed to give fair and unbiased information. Only objective experts are supposed to have access to its articles for editing. So, why would someone want congressional staff members to come anywhere near Wikipedia? Cato Institute Senior Fellow Jim Harper joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a list of good reasons.

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Thursday - 08/21/2014, 10:15am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - August 21, 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, Congress looks into telework abuse at PTO, MSPB clarifies veterans hiring preferences for agencies and dozens of sailors are kicked out of the Navy.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 09:32am EDT
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A few weeks ago, you may never have heard of the Ebola virus. Now you can't stop hearing about it. Although only a few Americans have been infected, the virus' potential has several federal agencies working to better understand, treat and find a cure for this deadly disease. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss NIH's efforts to combat the Ebola virus.

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