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5:35 am, September 15, 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.

Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:42pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Marines Corps is making it harder for cyber viruses to sneak from computers and laptops onto its networks. It's new approach to cybersecurity goes beyond continuous monitoring. Ray Letteer is the chief of the Marine Corps' cybersecurity division. He tells Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about the initiative called comply-to-connect. Read Jason's related story.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:40pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Four years after President Barack Obama signed an executive order telling agencies to settle on one standard for handling unclassified information, agencies are still applying their own labels and their own rules to withhold information from the public. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:27pm EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Phased retirement, the idea of easing into it rather than leaving work altogether is one of the biggest unresolved issues for federal employees. Federal News Radio got some clarification this week from Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to discuss what she found out.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:26pm EDT
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

Following complaints of discrimination, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is giving some employees retroactive pay. And it's overhauling the way it evaluates employees. To make an analogy, it's dropping letter grades and going to pass-fail system . The National Treasury Employees Union negotiated the changes on behalf of agency employees. Union President Colleen Kelley joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss some of the complaints they were hearing from employees.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 11:34am EDT
Joe Cione, Hurricane Researcher, NOAA

Federal scientists hope to get the first inside look at hurricanes, thanks to new drones. This hurricane season the National Hurricane Center in Miami will send small-unmanned aircraft into the eyes of the storms. Joe Cione is a hurricane researcher at the center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what scientists hope to accomplish.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 11:28am EDT
Michelle Sager, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Agencies make lots of regulations. And then they change them, even pare them down, sometimes get rid of them altogether. The White House has encouraged the government to trim the red tape. But the Government Accountability Office tried to find the data to justify the choices agencies made. It was hard. Michelle Sager is director of strategic issues at GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 07:55am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 30, 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, tensions are growing between the U.S. and China over accusations of cyber-spying and a little green button that will tell federal building managers if they are wasting energy.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:47am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency information security staff are supposed to monitor their agency networks, looking for cyber threats. It's called the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. Success depends on a simple question: Will the right people use the data to head off cyber threats or will the information languish with the wrong people? The Homeland Security Department is taking steps to ensure the right people have the right data. John Streufert is the director of federal network resilience at DHS. He spoke with Executive Editor Jason Miller about how DHS is making sure continuous monitoring pays off. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:40am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Cyber Command says it cannot do the whole job all by itself. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency are in talks to give DISA more of the day-to-day responsibilities for defending Defense networks from cyber threats. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 07:49am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 29, 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, a break in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet and the dispatching of 1,000 Marines to Libya.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jason Weller, USDA

You've seen it on 10,000 license plates: Save The Bay. Now the Agriculture Department is joining in the fight to save not only the Chesapeake Bay, but also seven other major watersheds coast to coast. Jason Weller is Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. He discussed the new initiative when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:25pm EDT
Linda Cook, Weir Farm National Historic Site

Calling all artists! The National Park Service is offering an unique opportunity to inspire creativity. The Artist In Residence program provides artists with opportunities to create works of art in natural and cultural settings. Artists get a chance to participate in park programs while sharing their work with the public. Linda Cook is the Superintendent of the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the program.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Mark Goldstein, Government Accountability Office

The Homeland Security Department says it will stop using the Federal Protective Service to secure its Washington headquarters. That's notable because the service is part of DHS. The irony caught Congress' eye. A recent hearing examined the problems facing the Federal Protective Service. Mark Goldstein was called to testify. He is director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what the Federal Protective Service is supposed to do.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 04:03pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Petrillo & Powell

New statistics suggest agencies are taking a tougher stance with errant contractors. The Government Accountability Office charts a doubling of suspensions and debarments at six agencies in a single year. The numbers are even more dramatic when you look at the past five fiscal years. From 2009 to 2013, suspensions and debarments rose from 19 to 271. GAO says the agencies have addressed staffing issues, made it easier to report fraud or misconduct related to grants, and centralized their processes. In this week's legal loop segment, Tom and Emily spoke with procurement attorney Joe Petrillo. He explained the rise in numbers on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 10:42am EDT
Col. Lee Ellis, Author, Leadership Expert

Isolated, exploited and tortured for years on end at the Hoa Loa prison in Vietnam--the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Alongside the late Adm. Denton and Sen. John McCain, Col. Lee Ellis was a prisoner of war for more than five years. He tells Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson about his time as a POW and what it taught him about leadership.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 09:41am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 28, 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.

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:44am EDT
Janine Clayton, NIH

At one time, medical researchers conducted their studies only on men. That started changing more than 20 years ago. Now, the National Institutes of Health says more than half of human research subjects are women. But when it comes to research on animals, or even cells, most continues to be done on males. Janine Clayton wants to change that. She's the Associate Director for Research on Women's Health at NIH. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the new research policy.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:33am EDT
Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists

Federal officials have zeroed in on the cause of the radiation leak at the government's nuclear dump in New Mexico. It's kitty litter! Los Alamos National Lab packed hundreds of barrels with the stuff. Some made it to the dump. Others went to storage in Texas. And still more are at the lab. It's thrown the nation's nuclear waste system into chaos. Edwin Lyman is a Senior Scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with an update on the situation in New Mexico.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:31am EDT
Dave Wennergren, Professional Services Council

The Professional Services Council has launched a new initiative to focus on technology policy. It's picked a defense insider to lead it. Dave Wennergren served in the Defense Department until 2013 when he joined the contractor CACI. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the latest chapter in his career.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says its claims backlog is far below its peak of three years ago. VA credits its progress to several changes under the Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and described how VA is reducing the claims backlog. Read Jason's related article.

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