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8:52 pm, November 25, 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 - 08/06/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Brian Bouffard, Former Navy JAG Lt. Commander

Pretrial hearings are underway in the case against the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S Cole 14 years ago. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri could receive the death penalty for charges including terrorism and the killing of 17 soldiers. A new judge, Colonel Vance Spath, has just taken over the case at a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp speak with Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Bouffard on the Federal Drive. He takes them inside the world of military commissions.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:33am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - August 6, 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, IGs warn the nature of their job is in danger, former NSA chief under scrutiny says his actions were legal.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its own voice to a growing list of associations and members of Congress with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what DoD is looking to change. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:47pm EDT
Will Levy, Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey, in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Will Levy, associate director for management and chief information officer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how he tackled the problems with employee engagement at the bureau. View more about our 2014 Causey Award winners.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:40pm EDT
Ben Goad, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Federal contractors are gearing up to fight a new executive order. President Barack Obama last week signed the directive to protect contractors' employees. The businesses, though, say it goes too far and infringes on their rights. Some are threatening to sue the government. Ben Goad, staff writer for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the battle.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT
Bob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

One of the toughest jobs in the State Department these days might be ambassador to Russia. That job was conferred just days ago on veteran career diplomat John Tefft. He arrives in Moscow when tensions between Russia and the United States are as high as they've been since the Cold War. Bob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Tefft will have to go about his job.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:29pm EDT
Dr. John Grant, Geologist for Earth and Planetary Studies, NASA

NASA is celebrating the two year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover's landing on Mars. The robot has used its six wheels to tour the red planet, searching for signs that something once lived there. John Grant is a geologist for Earth and Planetary Studies at NASA. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap what the rover has accomplished in the past two years.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 01:06pm EDT
Sammies finalist puts FCC 'on the map' -- literally

Michael Byrne provided comprehensive data about nationwide broadband coverage to citizens, activists, policymakers and industry, helping them to make better informed decisions.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 09:34am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - August 5, 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, two senators say MSHA failed their state, Army plans hefty layoffs.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 03:28pm EDT
Mika Cross, Work/Life and Wellness Program Manager, Agriculture Department

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey, in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year, judges have selected four winners. One is Mika Cross, the work-life and wellness program manager at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how she convinced USDA to use telework as a strategic tool. View more about our 2014 Causey Award winners.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:59pm EDT
Glenn Delgado, Associate Administrator Office of Small Business Programs, NASA

For the first time in nearly a decade, the government earned an 'A' for meeting its small business contracting goals. That's 23 percent of contracting dollars across the government. NASA got the equivalent of an 'A+'. Nearly 30 percent of its contracts went to small and disadvantaged businesses. How did they do it? Glenn Delgado is associate administrator of NASA's Office of Small Business Programs. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the commitment starts at the top.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:55pm EDT
Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just awarded one of the biggest multiple award contracts of any civilian agency. It selected 15 companies to participate in the five-year program that could run as high as $7 billion. Bloomberg Government Quantitative Analyst Duncan Amos is tracking developments closely. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:53pm EDT
Levi Gundert, Technical Lead, Cisco

With 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, the rules of cybersecurity are changing. Agencies and more companies are on to the importance of cybersecurity, but they might be watching out for high-profile threats rather than more common and stealthy problems that can do lots of damage. That's what Cisco has found and will release in a report. Levi Gundert is the technical lead for Cisco's Threat Research, Analysis and Communications, or TRAC. He spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:49pm EDT
Carol Cha, Government Accountability Office

USASpending.gov was supposed to be the go-to place for all federal spending. But after a couple of years of operation, it's only halfway there. The Government Accountability Office finds that agencies do a decent job of reporting contract spending. But when it comes to grants and awards, it's another story. Carol Cha is the director of information technology acquisition management issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the chief findings from her agency's audit.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 09:24am EDT
Monday federal headlines - August 4, 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, shotty information on USASpending.gov; a secret U.S. program put young Latin Americans in danger.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 08:24am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Fiscal 2013 was a banner year for small business contractors. For the first time in almost a decade, agencies awarded 23 percent of all available contracts to small firms. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on how the government met its small business contracting goal. Read Jason's related article.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 01:09am EDT
Ed Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General, Justice 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 will speak to the finalists. When the Justice Department has a big case before the Supreme Court there's one man it turns to over and over again. Ed Kneedler has argued 125 cases before the high court, a record among today's lawyers. He's defended the government's positions on the Affordable Care Act, on a controversial Arizona immigration law and even in the Elian Gonzalez case during the Clinton Administration. Deputy Solicitor General Ed Kneedler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his Sammies nomination.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 12:52am EDT
Rear Adm. Peg Klein, Defense Department

Most members of the military become steeped in ethics and professionalism from the outset. But in an organization as large as the Defense Department, bad apples will sometimes turn up. Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appointed Navy Rear Adm. Peg Klein as his senior advisor for military professionalism, looking across all of the armed services. She gives Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive an inside look at her job.

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Friday - 08/01/2014, 09:41am EDT
Friday federal headlines - August 1, 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, Africa Leaders Summit next week brings traffic, Congress narrowly makes deadlines and extends others.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 07:12am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

News this week about Defense Department employees and contractors who have not paid their taxes is causing some buzz in the federal community. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what feds think about their tax-delinquent colleagues.

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