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3:56 pm, October 23, 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 - 07/15/2014, 09:22am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

About 1.5 million white collar federal employees get paid according to the General Schedule. But the system predates the personal computing era. Today, a Congressional panel dares to raise the question: Is the general schedule viable in 2014? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the current system is not viable.

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Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:44am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - July 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, Air Force is restructuring its headquarters, and the Commerce Department will hire a chief data officer.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:47am EDT
Jennifer Keister, Visiting Research Fellow, Cato Institute

The U.S. cannot be the world's policeman. But it can advise, train and equip friendly nations facing conflicts of their own. It's doing that in Iraq right now, in the country's fight against the military group ISIS. And it's doing that in Nigeria, where hundreds of schoolgirls remain missing. This type of defense aid will be pondered, debated and questioned at an event today hosted by the Cato Institute. Visiting Research Fellow Jennifer Keister joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the event she is moderating today.

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Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:20am EDT
Judge Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell spent much of the weekend trying to rally support among governors for the administration's efforts to cope with a surge of migrants coming across the Southwest border. The Justice Department issued regulations to name at least 15 temporary immigration judges. That will help the overloaded courts a smidgen. For a first-hand look at the immigration court system, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Judge Dana Leigh Marks on the Federal Drive. She is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, and she likens her job to deciding death-penalty cases with traffic-court resources.

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Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:10am EDT
Monday federal headlines - July 14, 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, President Obama nominates a new U.S. ambassador to Russia, and Senators tell the military to give its unwanted trucks to firefighters.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 07:00am EDT
Calvin Scovel III, Matthew Hampton, Transportation Department

The Federal Aviation Administration will not meet its deadline for safely integrating all drones in the U.S. An inspector general report finds that the FAA has failed to establish a regulatory framework for training and certification of drone pilots. Cal Scovel is the inspector general for the Transportation Department, and Matt Hampton is the assistant inspector general for aviation. Scovel explained the Congressional mandate that FAA has to meet when he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:34am EDT
Jonathan Gandomi, Former Field Representative, State Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. As a diplomat, you don't seek out the easy life. Jonathan Gandomi was the State Department's field representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission. He spent two years on an assignment that has frustrated the world, ridding Africa of one of its oldest and most brutal extremist groups. Gandomi joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his experience in Africa that led to his 2014 Sammies nomination. View a photo gallery of all the Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

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Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:29am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

When it comes to the contractors working for your federal agency, how do they stack up? Are they trained and ready to hit the ground running when they walk in the door? Or, are their skills sub-par, frustrating the feds they've been hired to work with? There are lots of answers to these questions. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss some of your answers.

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Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:18am EDT
Friday federal headlines - July 11, 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, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says the immigration crisis is making the agency run out of money, and the Selective Service apologizes to 14,000 men for mistakenly sending them reminders to register for the draft.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 06:48am EDT
Hal Chrisman, Vice President, ICF International

The military is trying to figure out why an F-35 engine caught fire, leading the Pentagon to ground the fledgling fleet. Meanwhile, program office planners are looking long term. They're thinking about how to control maintenance costs on a fleet that will eventually reach more than 2,000 aircraft and fly for the next 40 years. Defense News reported that planners are considering a worldwide competition for maintenance. Hal Chrisman, vice president of ICF International, has 25 years experience in the aviation industry. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what sustainment work entails.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 09:59am EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The federal government is hiring more veterans than ever before. But overall, the picture is grim. Hiring across agencies has dropped by 46 percent since 2009. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He told Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia about his new analysis of the numbers. Read Shefali's related article.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 08:21am EDT
Anthony Robbins, Vice President of Federal, Brocade

Ready or not, here it comes. The Internet of Things, that is. The idea is simple: when all sorts of objects have IP addresses and access to wireless networks, you can measure almost anything. As a practical matter, the Internet of Things creates very big data sets that are hard to handle from a network, management and analytics perspective. Anthony Robbins, vice president of federal for Brocade, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with advice.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 08:15am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - July 10, 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, IRS officials may have communicated via instant message, and the House moves to block Fish and Wildlife rules on the sale of ivory.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 07:35am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

A major war contractor is expecting a $45 million check from the U.S. government. A military appeals board has sided with Kellogg Brown & Root in its quest to get the government to reimburse it for security in Iraq. KBR paid out of its own pocket for private guards to protect convoys carrying supplies to the U.S. military. Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at the five-year battle in this week's Legal Loop.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:48am EDT
Mark Cohn, Chief Technology Officer, Unisys Federal Systems

When it comes to critical infrastructure cybersecurity, White House policy has federal agencies and the private sector joined at the hip. So it matters to the federal government how good the private sector is at cyber. Unisys and the Poneman Institute surveyed companies who operate critical infrastructure. The picture isn't great. Mark Cohn, the chief technology officer of Unisys Federal Systems, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the results of the survey.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:20am EDT
Janet Woodcock, Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to harness the data in electronic health records to help develop better medicine. In a pilot program, it regularly surveys 18 large health care organizations. Right now, it's mining records and claims data from more than 150 million patients nationwide. Janet Woodcock is director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluations and Research. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the pilot, known as Mini-Sentinel, works.

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Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:20am EDT
Russ Hereford, Deputy Regional Inspector General, Health and Human Services

Year two of the Affordable Care Act is underway with open enrollment starting Oct. 1. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is already working to fix a big problem with the federal health insurance marketplace. The Health and Human Services inspector general found problems in verifying the data people used to enroll, producing inconsistencies that slowed down enrollment. Russ Hereford is deputy regional inspector general for HHS. He explains to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how extensive the problem is.

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Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:18am EDT
Ted Davies, Executive Vice Chairman, ACT-IAC

ACT-IAC is a potent force in the federal information technology market. With hundreds of companies and thousands of people, it's been sponsoring conferences, seminars, studies and even charity events for nearly a quarter century. Ted Davies is the new executive vice chairman of ACT-IAC. His day job is president of Unisys Federal. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his new role.

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Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:06am EDT
Peter Swire, Georgia Tech

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has released a thorough report on how federal agencies, mainly the National Security Agency, track foreigners' internet communications. The board found the surveillance, under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to be legal. Former White House Privacy Chief, Peter Swire, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his perspective on its findings.

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Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:04am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - July 9, 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, President Obama asks for $3.7 billion for the Mexican border crisis, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will distribute $43 million for conservation projects.

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