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10:59 pm, November 28, 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.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:26am EDT
Tim Devaney, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The violence in Ferguson, Missouri, has drawn attention to many issues. One is whether local police departments have too many military-style weapons and other equipment originally intended for use on the battlefield. Now, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) plans to introduce a bill to limit what military equipment can be acquired by local police. Tim Devaney, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 09:24am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job with no access to classified information. Last November the Navy announced that Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this story, which he covered in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 07:53am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - August 19, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the government explores cars that talk to one another, and the cost rises for raising a child.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:57am EDT
Terry Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting, LLC

Making websites accessible to people with disabilities is a challenge all federal agencies face. But they've got to do it by law. Now the General Services Administration has been hit by a lawsuit. Three blind contractors say a crucial site, the System for Award Management (SAM), is not accessible to them. GSA wants the suit dismissed. Terry Weaver, former director of IT Accessibility at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the issues.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Just before last year's sequestration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let go hundreds of detainees. Officials believe they didn't have the money to house them, and they neglected to tell the Homeland Security Secretary or the President. The detainee release got out in the press. That led to a political fiasco. Did anything go right? John Roth, the DHS Inspector General, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:29am EDT
David Soo, Office of the Undersecretary, Education Department

The Education Department begins a new round of what it calls experimental sites initiatives. The goal is to give students the opportunity to gain the skills they need for in-demand jobs. David Soo, senior policy adviser in the Office of the Undersecretary for Education, spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the new initiative.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:25am EDT
Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

The fast-growing number of devices connected to the Internet means enterprises need to rethink their approaches to cybersecurity. Cyber expert Melissa Hathaway says we're at a cyber inflection point. She's the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the top concerns for cybersecurity.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 08:13am EDT
Monday federal headlines - August 18, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the shooting in Ferugson prompt lawmakers to rethink a proposal to give military gear to police officers, and the Smithsonian looks to crowdsourcing to digitize documents.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:27am EDT
Tom Staal, U.S. Agency for International Development

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Agency for International Development is managing four major humanitarian crises at the same time. Disaster response experts are in Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and West Africa. Thomas Staal is senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's efforts.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:23am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to find a good way to ensure employees have access to only the information they are supposed to have access to. Now, one could be close to a solution. The Air Force is launching a pilot program to test role-based authentication. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:19am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's summer, and according to some federal employees that means a sudden lack of judgement when it comes to the clothes people choose to wear to work. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share your thoughts.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:13am EDT
Bob Cusack, Editor In Chief, The Hill Newspaper

This summer has been filled with hissy fits between the government and reporters. The latest tussle came just this week. Environment reporters say the EPA is now stopping its independent scientific advisers from speaking out. Agency Chief of Staff Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming wrote a memo telling the science advisory board to refer questions from the public to designated federal officials. Bob Cusack, editor and chief of the Hill Newspaper, has covered policy and politics in Washington for nearly two decades. He spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the relationship between the Obama administration and the press.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 08:20am EDT
Friday federal headlines - August 15, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the IRS puts taxpayer information at risk by failing to conduct background checks, and the Postal Service proposes dramatic reforms.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's uniformed cyber workforce right now is made up of a "potpourri" of occupational specialties. Some of it's drawn from officers and enlisted soldiers who are officially designated as members of the "intelligence" branches. The Army cultivates others through its "signals" branch. The Army hasn't reached a final decision yet, but Army Secretary John McHugh is considering the creation of a new career field that would be completely dedicated to cyber. Col. Carmine Cicalese is the branch chief for cyber and information operations at Army headquarters. He talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the potential benefits of a cyber career field.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Nicole Ogrysko, Producer, Federal News Radio

The Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for billions of financial trade records a day. But it once took the agency weeks and even months to analyze them. The SEC modernization project is speeding up that process and saving the agency $3 million a year. In part four of our special report "Rainmakers and Money Savers," you can meet a few people who are the leading the way. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko had more. Read Nicole's related article.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:35am EDT
Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director, Alliant Group

The IRS may encourage more people to blow the whistle on tax cheats under new rules that went into effect this week. A good tipster could receive up to 30 percent of the taxes and penalties the agency collects. Dean Zerbe, a partner at the law firm of ZFF & J, represents whistleblowers. As a Senate staffer in 2006, he wrote the whistleblower law for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Zerbe joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how he thinks the new guidance will impact whistleblowers.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:24am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Do officials who award contracts really know whom they're giving money to? Agencies are supposed to record past experiences with contractors in a shared database. The Government Accountability Office finds drastically different levels of compliance across government. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss who knows what about whom.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:16am EDT
Lauren Larson, Federal News Radio

Who in the federal government saves Uncle Sam money? Who makes money for him? Federal News Radio's special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, answers these questions. When an engineer from the U.S. Mint and a group of federal scientists teamed up to perfect the way coins were made, the result was anything but pocket change. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has details. Read Lauren's related article.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:11am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department soon will name pilot programs for putting more sensitive data in a cloud that's not run by the military. More broadly, the DoD chief information officer plans to change the way the military uses and manages its network. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where DoD is heading. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army has a new acquisition strategy to guide the way it will buy and modernize its ground based robotics systems in the future. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, it relies heavily on open architectures, open standards and open source software.

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