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9:59 am, December 22, 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 - 09/08/2014, 10:58am EDT
DoD's strategy doesn't match its budget

An analysis from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the Defense Department will need between $200 billion to $300 billion more than budget caps allow to move forward with its current strategy.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 09:51am EDT
Marion Mollegen McFadden, Housing and Urban Development

When Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast in 2012, Marion Mollegen McFadden came to the rescue. As the executive director of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, she led the interagency effort to provide support to communities affected by the storm. Now, she's a finalist in the Management Excellence category for this year's Service to America Medal. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her nomination. View a gallery of the Sammies finalists.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 09:45am EDT
Tom Berger, Vietnam Veterans of America

The Pentagon says it will consider upgrading discharges to Vietnam-era veterans who received other than honorable discharges, and can show proof of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Proving their cases could get tricky though. PTSD wasn't an official medical diagnosis until the 1980s and many records have been destroyed. But the Pentagon has promised liberal consideration. The guidance comes after a lawsuit earlier this year from a group of veterans who claim their applications for discharge upgrade were wrongfully denied. Tom Berger is executive director of the Veterans Health Council at the Vietnam Veterans of America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new the effort.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 09:44am EDT
Rear Adm. Mat Winter, Naval Air Systems Command

The Navy has made an important step in advancing its aerial strike and surveillance technology. It's found a way to blend unmanned and manned jets on the same aircraft carrier. Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt off of the Virginia coast, the Navy successfully completed a test. A self-guided plane took off, landed and then maneuvered out of the way for a manned jet to land. Rear Adm. Mat Winter is the program executive for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons at Naval Air Systems Command. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why the test runs are important to the Navy.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:50am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Labor Department's leap of faith in putting its financial management system in the cloud and that effort is troubled. Labor's inspector general recently found the agency's back up plans to take over from its contractor running the financial system to be lacking. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Labor's challenges in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why Labor's financial management system is at risk.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:18am EDT
Monday federal headlines - September 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, the White House asks for millions to cope with immigrant children, and Obama says he will outline his strategy regarding ISIS on Tuesday.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 09:15am EDT
Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

U.S. surveillance flights are buzzed by Chinese fighter jets armed to the teeth. The Air Force conducts more than 150 bombing raids on the ISIS army in Iraq. President Barack Obama sends 1,000 troops to protect the embassy in Baghdad. NATO leaders wonder if they'll have to mobilize to defend against Russian aggression. Everywhere you look, there's military activity or the potential for more of it. How does all this play out when the U.S. defense budget is flat or shrinking? And the military's technical leadership eroding? Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with answers. Read the related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 08:14am EDT
Mark Reinhold, Associate Director for Employee Services, Office of Personnel Management

The White House is restarting its Senior Executive Service reform effort. The Office of Personnel Management will launch several new initiatives in the coming months, including a new SES onboarding framework. Mark Reinhold is OPM's associate director for employee services. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about the revitalized efforts to improve the SES program. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 08:12am EDT
Friday federal headlines - September 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, DoD's housing website is plagued by glitches, and USAID will spend $100 million on ebola aid in West Africa.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:22am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health Agency is nearing its one year anniversary. Its officials say they're serious about finding the savings they promised through the reorganization of DoD's healthcare activities. One way they hope to save money is through more strategic sourcing. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, that includes a new multiple award contract for IT services. Read Jared's related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:18am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

A 1 percent pay raise is in the works for federal employees and military members. But are people happy about it? The answer is yes and no, depending on who you ask. We asked, and you answered at Federal News Radio.com. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 09:19am EDT
Capt. Jim Loper, Navy Warfare Development Command

The Navy has built an unmanned undersea vehicle that mimics the motions of the fish it resembles. The robotic fish is packed with acoustic sensors and cameras. Navy developers hope it will carry out a range full of missions like undersea mine detection or prolonged surveillance of ships, ports and submarines. Capt. Jim Loper is the concepts and innovation department head at the Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on Robo Tuna.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 09:08am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

A former special agent in charge of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used extremely poor judgment in a disability lawsuit. That's according to the Justice Department's inspector general. It looked into the case of Justin Slaby, a service-disabled Iraq veteran who was kicked out of the FBI training academy. The IG found that Teresa Carlson improperly tried to influence the deposition of the agent responsible for training Slaby. You might call it a lesson learned the hard way. In this week's legal loop, Attorney Debra Roth tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how supervisors should treat employees who are being deposed.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 08:36am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 4, 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, USIS is forced to furlough thousands of employees, and the Pentagon will send 200 troops to Ukraine next week.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 07:35am EDT
Vincent Micone, Chairman, Combined Federal Campaign, National Capital Region

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign is taking a page from the ALS Foundation's ice bucket challenge. This comes after what might be called an off year for the federal charitable campaign in 2013. The CFC formally kicked off yesterday with plans to use social media to reach a new generation of donors. Vincent Micone is the chairman of the CFC for the national capital region. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the CFC plans to rebound from a tough 2013. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 06:43am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is rolling out a series of initiatives that it says will respond to a problem its leaders have been worried about for years. The U.S. military still has the best technology in the world, but that advantage is shrinking fast. It's got DoD leaders alarmed. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:52am EDT
Meghan Ferriter, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian wants to unlock the detailed stories behind many of its exhibits, and it needs the public to make this feat possible. Smithsonian's Transcription Center website features more than 39,000 digitized documents that it wants to use the power of the crowd to transcribe. Meghan Ferriter, project coordinator for the Smithsonian's Transcription Center, explained her group's crowdsourcing goals when she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:10am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 3, 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 DHS IG finds no evidence to substantiate claims of poor treatment of illegal child immigrants, and Jenny Yang becomes the first Asian-American chair of EEOC.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:47am EDT
Bob Behn, Author, PerformanceStat Potential

Using a data-driven approach to performance analysis is not a suggestion. It's included in the Government Performance and Results Act modernization law. And while it's something that the Office of Management and Budget expects, it doesn't give you an instruction manual. Bob Behn is the author of PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. He's been researching a book on the movement for since 2001. He told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp how the Stat movement began and why he calls it a leadership strategy.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans will soon be able to pull up their medical records on their smartphones or tablet computers. The Veterans Affairs Department will launch several mobile applications in the coming months to further the use of telehealth at its facilities across the country. Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of Connected Health at the Veterans Health Administration, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new apps and the growing use of telehealth services across VA. Read Jason's related article.

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