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5:26 pm, July 29, 2014

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring 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 - 04/15/2014, 08:18am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 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, NTEU worries about its IRS employees, and a Russian aircraft repeatedly flew close to U.S. guided missile fire.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:47am EDT
Michael Weiner, Director of Healthcare Strategic Services, IBM

Electronic health records have been a priority of the Obama administration since the get-go. Defense and VA are still trying to work out a unified electronic health records system. Health and Human Services has been working with the private sector on the EHR puzzle. IBM has some technology ideas that might help speed things along. The company is also sponsoring a Federal Healthcare Forum in D.C. on April 24. Dr. Michael Weiner, retired Navy Captain and now director of healthcare strategic services at IBM, shared the ideas with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:40am EDT
Joe Thompson, National Academy of Public Administration

A House panel recently held back-to-back hearings: one with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's budget request, and the other with the authors of a report on security at NASA centers. NASA is under pressure to show Congress it's tightening security following a high-profile case of a Chinese spy and other cybersecurity breaches that have flown under the radar. NASA requested a review of its security procedures after spotting some red flags. Joe Thompson, project director of the National Academy of Public Administration, organized the review. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the study. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:33am EDT
Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

The Obama administration says discrimination is partly to blame for a pay gap between men and women. But Congressional Republicans are skeptical. They have balked at a bill to address pay inequality. In the meantime, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order for federal contractors. They will have to report to the Labor Department detailed salary information broken down by race and gender. They also won't be able to retaliate against employees who discuss salary. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for the public sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how contractors are reacting to the executive order. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 04/14/2014, 07:56am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 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, NASA goes ahead with a visit to the International Space Station despite a dead computer, and OPM makes changes to the Combined Federal Campaign.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

NASA's administrator told Congress this week that his agency has already taken significant steps to fix major problems with its oversight of foreign nationals who work with the U.S. space program. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes follow an outside report that found serious security lapses.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:06am EDT
Bea Disman, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is assembling a team of disability examiners. They will use big data as one tool to spot fraud and, they hope, prevent it. Based in Jamaica, N.Y., the team is currently reviewing disability medical decisions in two cases one in New York and the other in Puerto Rico. Bea Disman, the New York regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the specialized unit.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:02am EDT
Cristina Boccuti, Senior Associate, Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare made millionaires out of a small group of doctors in 2012. A politically-connected Florida ophthalmologist got nearly $21 million in reimbursements. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It released information on more than 880,000 health care providers, but the American Medical Association says the data dump will do more harm than good. Cristina Boccuti, senior associate on Medicare policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the database and how someone can use, or misuse, it.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:28am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In the years that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal agencies made it a priority to create an integrated intelligence community. But one of the IC's top leaders says it's time to move to a new model, from "Integrated Intelligence" to "Immersive Intelligence." Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, previewed some of the agency's priorities in a conversation with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Long will offer more details about NGA's plans at the annual GEOINT conference in Tampa next week.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:25am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's been a tough few years for federal employees. From pay freezes to furloughs and a government shutdown, can it get any worse? Federal News Radio asked readers on the website, what if this is as good as it gets? Web Manager Julia Ziegler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what readers had to say. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 08:04am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 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, the Senate passes their own version of the DATA Act, and more information from Russia could have helped prevent the Boston Marathon bombing.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:22pm EDT
Richard Levi, General Counsel, General Services Administration

The federal government market has provided a great living for a large number of contractors for a long time. But doing business with the government also comes with a heavy dose of regulation and oversight. That was the topic of a panel discussion Thursday at the Coalition for Government Procurement spring training conference. Richard Levi, counsel to the inspector general at the General Services Administration, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, which broadcast live from the conference. View photos and listen to interviews from our coverage.

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:19pm EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 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 employees are in hot water for violating the Hatch Act and Virginia Congressman Jim Moran loses his bid to give members of Congress a $25 per diem.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:10pm EDT
Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

It's one thing to know the government spends a few hundred billion dollars a year on goods and services. It's a lot harder to capitalize on the opportunities. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government spoke Thursday about which agencies are buying, and what they need. He also spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, which broadcast live from the Coalition for Government Procurement Spring Training Conference. View photos and listen to interviews from our coverage.

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:01pm EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford and Roth

How much control can agencies exert over employees' behavior when they are on work trips? And in social-work situations, what are the hard-and-fast rules that employees should follow? Two recent incidents make us ask. The Secret Service recently recalled three agents from an overseas trip after they were caught drunk. On the other hand, the Veterans Affairs Department has rehired an employee who admitted to drinking and driving on a business trip. A passenger fell out of his van and died. In this week's, Legal Loop, federal employment attorney Debra Roth discusses these thorny issues with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:40am EDT
Debbie Hersman, Chairwoman, National Transportation Safety Board

The long-time leader of the National Transportation Safety Board is stepping down at the end of the month. Chairwoman Debbie Hersman says it's been "a great ride." Under her leadership, the board has challenged the transportation industry and other government agencies in the name of passenger safety. Hersman told Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp she is moving on to what she calls a second "dream job" as the head of a safety advocacy group.

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:18am EDT
Shelley Metzenbaum, President, Volcker Alliance

The Obama Administration has tried to infuse a love of data and evidence into the federal bureaucracy with mixed success. It's also pledged to give agencies more flexibility in hiring to bring people with fresh ideas into the government. For perspective on the management agenda, Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Shelly Metzenbaum, who served as Office of Management and Budget assistant director for performance. She now is president of the Volcker Alliance. Metzenbaum recently testified on Capitol Hill about the problems she sees in federal management and performance.

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:10am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Pressing questions about federal financial management shared services must be answered in the next few months. The Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department and the CFO Council are trying to plug the holes in the shared services process that thwarted the effort a decade ago. In part three of his special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller speaks with Beth Angerman, director of Treasury's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation. She says the administration is ensuring success this time.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:26pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The leader of the Naval Air Systems Command says his service needs to make dramatic changes to the way it acquires planes, helicopters and other aviation systems. Otherwise, he says, the Navy faces a future in which it can't afford the weapons systems it needs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports on the upcoming changes at NAVAIR.

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