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1:28 am, May 6, 2015

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.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 11:01am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The departments of Commerce and Labor have quietly reconfigured the position of their respective Chief Information Officers. In many respects, the agencies are headed in opposite directions. In his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, executive editor Jason Miller tells us about the changes. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 10:58am EST
Kevin Plexico, Vice President of Information Solutions, Deltek

Federal budgets may not be growing much, but contractors can still make a good living. They're looking at $122 billion in the top 10 prime contracting opportunities from civilian agencies this year. According to Deltek, that's more than double the number from last year. Kevin Plexico is the vice president of information solutions at Deltek. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on civilian contracting opportunities in 2015.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 08:35am EST
Monday federal headlines - January 5, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Congress returns to Washington tomorrow with some new faces, the Office of Personnel Management addresses changes to veterans preference and most funds in the Thrift Savings Plan return in the negative in December.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 11:48am EST
Training military doctors from enlisted ranks, program gives soldiers a boost in science

A new program through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine will give men and women in the enlisted ranks of the military two years of undergraduate-level science coursework meant to prepare them for the rigorous Medical College Admission Test (MCATs).

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Friday - 01/02/2015, 10:24am EST
Art Kellermann, Dean, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine

Enlisted Navy and Marine Corps service members have a new, easier route to medical school. It's called the Enlisted-to-Medical Degree Preparatory Program. It puts them on equal footing with counterparts in the Army and Air Force. Dr. Art Kellermann is Dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the new program works.

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Friday - 01/02/2015, 10:23am EST
Kevin Brancato, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The new year will bring new contracting initiatives throughout government. A big case in point: The Army's forthcoming Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services, or RS3. It's one of several big, multiple-award contracts that will drive consolidation of professional services. Many more service contracts are likely to flow through vehicles like RS3 and the Navy's SeaPort E. Kevin Brancato, Senior Defense Analyst at Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to provide a broader outlook on RS3 and defense contracting in 2015.

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Friday - 01/02/2015, 10:21am EST
Deborah Gibbs Tschudy, Deputy Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue

Revenues from the sale of natural resources collected on federal lands totaled more than $125 billion between 2003 and 2013. These revenues are made up mainly of royalties, bonuses and rents. Anyone can see all the data thanks to a new portal. It allows the public to see money made from the lease of federal lands for natural resource exploration and development. Deborah Gibbs Tschudy is the Deputy Director of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how it all works.

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Friday - 01/02/2015, 08:03am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 2, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Postal Service will start a round of plant closures next week, the FBI plans to add some new experts to its investigative teams cyber agents and leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee want answers about how federal law enforcement uses technology for sweeping up cell phone data.

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 01:39pm EST
Communications gap is putting DoD test ranges at risk, GAO says

A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department needs to close a gap in interagency communications to reduce the risk of foreign observation of its testing facilities.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 10:15am EST
5,500 women apply to join border patrol

Customs and Border Protection received more than 5,000 applications from women to join the border patrol. The hiring surge is part of a CBP effort to bring more women into all levels of the agency, CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:31am EST
Dhiren Khona, Principal Investigator, Army Geospatial Center

Geospatial intelligence tools have become critical to the military when it heads into unfamiliar landscapes around the globe. The Army's Situational Awareness Geospatially Enabled (SAGE) tools help intelligence analysts quickly identify terrain that could help or hinder a mission. Dhiren Khona is a principal investigator for the SAGE Team at the Army Geospatial Center. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what the system is, and what advantages it offers.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:28am EST
Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabiliies and Management, GAO

Pentagon and Congressional defense leaders worry military bases, especially large test ranges, are potential targets for spying by foreign governments. That's why they want to know who their neighbors are and what they are doing so close to DOD camps and bases. Brian Lapore is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why it's important to understand who owns and occupies the land surrounding training ranges.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:23am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies haven't quite found the right balance between cybersecurity and accessibility when it comes to their data. It's been two years since the White House issued its strategy on information sharing and safeguarding. And the Information Sharing Environment continues to steer efforts to achieve the administration's goals. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the ISE. In part 2 of his interview with executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive, Paul says there is movement on the security and ease of access question.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 08:17am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 30, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the IRS says it will launch the 2015 tax filing season on time, the Navy assists in the recovery of a downed Indonensian airliner and a special inspector general will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:31am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The improved sharing of law enforcement and homeland security information is having the intended effect — 10 years after Congress created a new office to lead the effort. The impact of all the changes can now be understood more than a year after the tragic and deadly attack at the Boston Marathon. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. He told executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about how the response to the Boston Marathon attack, and other examples, shows just how much progress has been made over the last decade.

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Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:24am EST
Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has been steadily increasing its number of agents. But recently the agency commissioned a recruitment drive aimed at boosting the ranks of female agents. Only about 5 percent of CBP's 21,000 agents are women. But with more and more women trying to cross the Mexican border, CBP officials think having more women agents could help. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the agency's push to hire more female agents, starting with the results of its recruitment drive.

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Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:22am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 29, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Veterans Affairs sustains another data breach, the Merit Systems Protection Board upholds the firing the director of the VA's Phoenix medical center and hundreds of New Englanders are sounding off about a Coast Guard plan to update its coastal foghorns.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:15am EST
Courtney O'Callaghan, Chief Digital Officer, Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery — the Smithsonian's museums featuring Asian art — will ring in the new year by releasing their entire collections online to the public on Jan. 1. The majority of the 40,000 pieces have never been seen before by the public. Most will be available in high resolution. Courtney O'Callaghan is the galleries' chief digital officer. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about this digital transition and the collection itself.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 08:55am EST
Tim Blades, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

A Defense Department team was recently honored by a British chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear industry group. DOD was the first organization outside the United Kingdom to get top honors from the group known as CBRN UK. The team received its award for developing and operating the ship-mounted system that destroyed tons of Syrian chemical weapons last year. The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System was housed on the converted container ship MV Cape Ray. Tim Blades is the deputy director of program integration at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, which had a major hand in developing the technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the technology and the challenges the team faced.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 07:53am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 23, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) wants the next Congress to make Postal Service reform a top priority, a former Pentagon official gets five years in prison for sex offense charges and construction has restarted on the stalled Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colorado.

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