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5:26 am, November 21, 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.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:22am EST
Dr. John Dye, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

The pace of new Ebola infections appears to have leveled off, but its too early declare victory. A lot of work is going on behind the scenes, on the research front. Army scientists are working on a vaccine for Ebola. With troops being deployed to West Africa to help control and treat the outbreak, Army scientists are taking the most advanced vaccines forward as quickly as possible. Dr. John Dye is the viral immunology branch chief at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the Army, research into infectious diseases has a long history.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 08:19am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 17, 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, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announces his retirement, the State Department shuts off its unclassified e-mail after a cyber attack and the Pentagon looks for fresh ideas on how to keep military superiority.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:44am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration has been trying to measure and benchmark the costs and best practices of back-office functions that all agencies do. The Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration say it's the first step toward long-term and meaningful improvements in efficiency and effectiveness. Their efforts are starting to impress even skeptical agency managers. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how some agencies are doing an about face when it comes to understanding the value of this benchmarking initiative.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:30am EST
Julia Ziegler, Mike O'Connell, Federal News Radio

From working at orphanages to helping injured dogs, federal employees and their families stationed overseas are going above-and-beyond by volunteering. Six individuals have been recognized for their exemplary service with Secretary of State Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad. Web Editors Mike O'Connell and Julia Ziegler attended the ceremonies and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 07:00am EST
Friday federal headlines - November 14, 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, another head rolls at the Veterans Affairs Department, the Justice Department comes under fire for a cell phone data collection program, and the Pentagon warns the fight against ISIS may need more American troops.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:11pm EST
Tim Peplaw, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is helping with Ebola civilian relief efforts in Africa. The agency launches a new public website featuring maps showing power grids, roads and other infrastructure that might be useful to civilian workers. Tools will let users pinpoint Ebola cases by location. Tim Peplaw is director of NGA's Readiness, Response and Recovery group. Peplaw points out to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the NGA, support for humanitarian causes is nothing new.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:05pm EST
Col. Jeremy Martin, Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign is underway for 2014. This year charity-minded federal employees have a new option that lifts the geographical restrictions on the charities they can choose. The goal for the Chesapeake Bay Area is an ambitious seven-million dollars. There are over 24,000 approved charities to choose from. Col. Jeremy Martin is commandant of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and campaign chairman for the Chesapeake Bay Area CFC program. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new options for this season.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:46am EST
Thursday federal headlines - November 13, 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, an investigation by the Energy Department's Inspector General finds that Sandia National Labs illegally extended a contract, President Obama nominates several people to important posts, and a request for Ebola funding finds bipartisan support.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:05pm EST
Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill Reporter, Bloomberg Government

Congress has returned to Washington for two days, and already things are crabby. But the lame duck session has a lot of work to do. First and foremost, pass spending bills because the continuing resolution expires Dec. 11. The Senate and House appropriations committee chairs have been working on it, but the coming change in the make-up of Congress complicates things. Erik Wasson, who covers Capitol Hill for Bloomberg, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look ahead.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:59pm EST
Eileen Larence, Government Accountability Office

Fighting domestic terrorism, natural disasters and cyber attacks is a multi-agency effort. The Homeland Security Department's fusion centers foster information sharing among all levels of government and in the private sector. But auditors at the Government Accountability Office find problems with how DHS accounts for funding to the centers. Eileen Larence, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:53pm EST
Patrick Choquette, Director of the Office of Innovation, Peace Corps

The Peace Corps has been working hard on streamlining its processes. Just a couple of weeks ago, we spoke with director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on how a simplified form pushed volunteer applications into the stratosphere. Now the Peace Corps has streamlined the way its volunteers around the world resupply their medical kits. An internal study showed that medical staff spent up to eight hours a week responding to volunteers requests. PC Medlink is supposed to fix all of that. Patrick Choquette, director of the Office of Innovation at the Peace Corps, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 11:13am EST
Stacia Hylton, Director, U.S. Marshals Service

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They're tasked with examining and reporting to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Stacia Hylton is director of the U.S. Marshals Service at the Justice Department. Her law enforcement career spans more than three decades, where she's held positions such as Chief for the Judicial Security Programs and the Emergency Response Incident Commander for Ground Zero after 9-11. Director Hylton joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how she got started.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 08:35am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Small Business Administration has received more than 200 comments on a proposed change to just one sub set of the size standards for small businesses. The change would apply to information technology companies known as value-added resellers (VARs). Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the proposal and why some small companies are concerned.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:03am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 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, NASA has reduced its real estate footprint and Uber is finding unexpected support on Capitol Hill -- from congressional staffers who use the service.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:55pm EST
Ted Okada, Federal Emergency Management Agency

The White House has been telling agencies to used shared services for the better part of two, two-term administrations. The idea is to save cost and effort by pooling things agencies all do in common. But in practice it's not so easy. Ted Okada is the chief technology officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He's taking a slightly different view of shared service. He contends sharing should be at least as much about data as about operations. Okada joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 08:09am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy and Marine Corps peg 2017 as the date they'll integrate their public internet connections into a shared cybersecurity architecture. But the services say they still have some unanswered questions about who pays for what. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this and more in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:40am EST
John Grant, General Services Administration

Although many have retired, the later wave of Vietnam veterans are still active in the federal workforce, including John Grant, the Region Eight customer accounts and research director in the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. At one time in special forces, Grant worked in the technology industry before joining the federal government. He's also active in the ACT-IAC group. Grant spoke with Tom Temin at the recent ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg.

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