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12:25 am, October 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.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:21pm EDT
Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Supreme Court has dealt a victory for federal whistleblowers. It recently ruled that anything government employees say in court under oath is protected by the First Amendment. They cannot be fired for testifying. The ruling breaks with past decisions. Tom Devine is the legal director at the Government Accountability Project. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss details of the Supreme Court case.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:25am EDT
Elise Viebeck, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The new Health and Human Services Secretary is revamping management of HealthCare.gov. Sylvia Burwell has appointed a new operations manager to closely supervise the website, and she plans to fill more management positions. The goal is to make sure this year's open season doesn't mirror the fiasco of when HealthCare.gov first opened for business last year. Elise Viebeck covers health care issues for The Hill Newspaper. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new moves.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:18am EDT
Corey Rindner, Procurement Executive, State Department

The State Department stands out among agencies cracking down on bad contractors. In 2009, it took just eight suspension or debarment actions. Last year, it reported 96. Corey Rindner is the procurement executive and suspension and debarment official at the State Department. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what debarment and suspension are and are not.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:14am EDT
Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Defense acquisition may be squeezed, but a larger percentage of Pentagon dollars are going to foreign contractors. That is according to a new compilation of the numbers by Bloomberg Government. Senior Defense Analyst Rob Levinson joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to go through the numbers from the top 10 foreign contractors.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 08:14am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - June 24, 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, fewer people get fired from the government compared to private sector, and new House leader Kevin McCarthy wants to phase out Import-Export bank.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:45am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) into law just over a month ago. Now the Office of Management and Budget is sketching out how to implement the law over the next three years. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with an exclusive look inside OMB's plan. Read Jason's related article.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:43am EDT
J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

The House and Senate have appointed members to a conference committee on legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs health care system. Regardless of how Congress ends up changing the structure to address long wait times for patients, the system will need more money for emergencies. That is one request from the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many front-line VA employees. J. David Cox is the union's president and a former VA nurse. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the problems at the VA are affecting the front-line employees.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:39am EDT
Doug Norton, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. As a senior scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, Doug Norton has led projects to protect the nation's waterways for more than two decades. His colleagues call him a can-do person who uses the latest technology to communicate with environmental officials and the public. Now, he is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the importance of the public understanding the local waterways. Read a related story.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 08:03am EDT
Monday federal headlines - June 23, 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, VA struggles to provide health care to female vets, and DHS releases its quadrennial review.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:32am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

After a decade of growth, the number of federal employees has begun a slight decline. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 63,000 fewer feds on the government's payroll today than there were a year ago. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what this means for agencies as they try to complete their missions.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:27am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Like the fast food chain, agencies have it their way when developing their strategic review processes. The Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the Burger King approach to strategic reviews. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 07:51am EDT
Friday federal headlines - June 20, 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 Veterans Affairs Department has contacted about 70,000 veterans to get them off of wait lists and the Supreme Court hands public employee whistleblowers a victory by overturning the firing of an Alabama community college professor.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:27am EDT
Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to Iraq

Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:22am EDT
Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The IRS keeps revealing more instances of lost emails of employees in its tax exempt division. This week's revelation from the House Ways and Means Committee follows Friday's disclosure that a computer crash eliminated thousands of emails from former division chief Lois Lerner. Investigators now say another six division employees had their computers crash. Two Republican lawmakers call on the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Commissioner John Koskinen faces skeptical members of Congress today. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the records management side of this issue.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:19am EDT
Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

Between budget ups and downs, Congressional fiddling with procurement, and fast-changing technology, the federal market has been rough lately. A related business, associations and trade groups representing technology contractors, has also had a bit of turmoil and change. Now the Professional Services Council has announced a reorganization. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the change.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:16am EDT
Jill James, Director of ED.gov, Education Department

The Education Department has two ambitious goals to reach by 2020: see the U.S. become the nation with the highest percentage of college graduates in the world, and see low income and minority students find the same successes as their peers in graduating from high school and having access to college education. The department's Open Government Plan is key to achieving these goals. Jill James is director of ED.gov in the Office of Communications and Outreach. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the plan and how Education is communicating with the public.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:37am EDT
Ines Mergel, Associate Professor, Syracuse University

Today, agencies are expected to maintain a social media presence, not just a website. A new Manager's Guide from the IBM Center for the Business of Government looks at social media efforts across the government and how they support the strategic goals of the administration. Ines Mergel is associate professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and author of the report. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what it means to be effective with social media.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:34am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

The trial of four former U.S. security contractors in the deaths of Iraqi civilians is just getting underway. The former Blackwater employees allegedly opened fire at a busy Baghdad intersection in 2007. Now, seven years later, prosecutors are sorting out if they can be held criminally responsible. In this week's legal loop segment, employment attorney Debra Roth joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She explained why the case has taken so long to go to trial.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 08:18am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - June 19, 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 new billaims to increase contracting for women-owned small businesses, and the FTC works on a new weapon to fight robocalls.

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