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9:43 pm, October 1, 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.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:06am EDT
Brenna Isman, National Academy of Public Administration

Data-driven strategic reviews are to your agency what an annual physical is to you. They may not be fun, but they help agencies know what's working and what's not. The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) releases a report today to help agencies get the most out of their annual check-ups. Brenna Isman is the project director and senior adviser at NAPA. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why NAPA and the Office of Management and Budget worked together on this topic.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:01am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The director of the Phoenix VA hospital and two other employees are on administrative leave following allegations that the hospital delayed medical treatment to veterans. Note: they have not been fired. Legislation moving through Congress would make it easier for the VA secretary to give the boot to senior executives. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, which hears appeals from federal employees on personnel issues. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how the law could change. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 08:06am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - June 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, tech giants go to court to stop the federal government from accessing data outside the U.S., and A Navy ship is now home to a suspect in the Benghazi attacks.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 06:01pm EDT
Laura Furgione, Deputy Director, National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is recruiting federal agencies to be ambassadors as part of its Weather-Ready Nation initiative. NWS says ambassadors are helping citizens and businesses prepare for weather emergencies. Laura Furgione, deputy director for the National Weather Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new ambassadors program and how agencies can get involved. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal contract spending by the Department of Homeland Security is at its lowest level ever. It's the result of a continued decline during the first year of sequestration. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains what the numbers mean. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:43am EDT
USDA shares 'secret weapon' in Feds Feed Families donation campaign

Federal employees at the Department of Agriculture donated more food during the 2013 Feds Feed Families campaign than any other large agency. USDA is now sharing its secret weapon with other agencies in the hope it will help the government, as a whole, reach its goal of 10 million pounds of donated food in 2014.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:17am EDT
Bob Cusack, Managing Editor, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is digging in this week to pass a bevy of bills. On the to-do list, appropriations and an overhaul of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. Bob Cusack, managing editor of the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what else Congress has on its agenda this week.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:11am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The problems at the Veteran Affairs Department continue to unfold. Meanwhile, the largest civilian agency lacks a Senate confirmed leader. We've seen this pattern before: troubled agency, departed leadership. Some come roaring back, some limp along. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the VA can shape a more promising future.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:10am EDT
Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The Associated Press reports the government is going to unusual lengths to cloak the use of surveillance technology by local police. Rarely has the federal government interfered in local open-records conflicts. But recently, the FBI told a court in Arizona, releasing information about police surveillance would make it harder for the bureau to protect the public from terrorism. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how often the federal government intervenes in record requests involving non-federal agencies.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:01am EDT
Karen Comfort, National Program Manager, Feds Feed Families

It's time to rummage through your pantry. Feds Feed Families is in full swing. The annual food drive is a collaborative effort led by the Agriculture Department with help from the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and other agencies. Last year federal employees donated nearly 9 million pounds of food. Karen Comfort, national program manager for Feds Feed Families, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about this year's goals. Read a related story.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:00am EDT
Jack Midgley, Director, Deloitte Consulting

Defense spending patterns all over the world are changing. They are driven by each nation's economy, politics and sense of what the threats are. Conflict and unrest seem to spring up everywhere. It is a complicated mix, no less so for the United States, the biggest defense spender. Jack Midgley is a director at Deloitte and principal author of the 2014 Global Defense Outlook. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss defense spending worldwide.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 08:13am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - June 17, 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 Postal Service wants to replace its mail delivery trucks, and the Army's tattoo regulations make it difficult to promote people.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 02:17pm EDT
Crosse shines light on FDA's regulatory challenges overseas

For her efforts in raising awareness of the regulatory challenges the Food and Drug Administration was facing due to globalization, the Partnership for Public recently named GAO's Marcia Crosse as one of the finalists for the 2014 Citizen Services Medal.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:59am EDT
Blaise Misztal, Director, Bipartisan Policy Center's Foreign Policy Project

The militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken over parts of the country and threatens Baghdad. That has forced Washington's national security apparatus into overdrive. The United States is sending some diplomats away from Baghdad. It has moved some military in to help with security. Blaise Misztal, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Foreign Policy Project, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the rise of ISIS and alliances in the Middle East.

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Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:53am EDT
Daniel Patterson, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

For federal rangers in the Southwest, it's been a rough few months with threats of violence and open defiance of their rules. Now a group representing federal employees says their agency, the Bureau of Land Management, isn't being up-front about what it's doing to protect them. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has sued the bureau for documents related to a standoff with a Nevada rancher and armed militia members. Daniel Patterson is the southwest director of PEER and a former Bureau of Land Management employee. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the details of the lawsuit.

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Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:46am EDT
Marcia Crosse, Government Accountability Office

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. As the director of healthcare at the Government Accountability Office, Marcia Crosse has drawn Congress' attention to needs at the Food and Drug Administration. Her boss says she's been at the forefront of her field: identifying needed improvements in the oversight of medical products. In part because of her work, the FDA now has more tools to regulate drugs and medical devices from overseas. Crosse is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the data she analyzes. Read a Q&A with Marcia Crosse.

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Monday - 06/16/2014, 08:18am EDT
Monday federal headlines - June 16, 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, FCC gets involved in an Internet dispute with Netflix, and the State Department reinforces security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:56am EDT
James Franklin, Branch Chief, NOAA's Hurricane Specialist Unit

One of the most damaging aspects of hurricanes is not the storm itself it is what happens afterwards. Both Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy showed communities were not prepared for the storm surges and flooding. This hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is rolling out new tools to improve forecasts and communication. James Franklin is the branch chief in NOAA's hurricane specialist unit. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the National Hurricane Center.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:46am EDT
Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

The House and Senate have both passed bills to shore up the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they are in conference to reconcile. The final bill would give veterans more opportunities to seek care outside of VA hospitals, while beefing up the VA's own medical staff. The Congressional Budget Office has scored the VA bill and estimates the expense of the additional care would be about $50 billion. Yevgeniy Feyman, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss whether all the money will help.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:45am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal Communications Commission is challenging telecoms to work more closely with it to improve the nation's cybersecurity. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he is not planning more regulations, rather he is asking the companies to share responsibility. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the FCC's plans. Read Jason's related article.

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