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10:54 am, September 23, 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.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:34am EDT
Debra Roth, partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

Perhaps nowhere in the federal workforce is trust more frail than in the intelligence community. It is still reeling from the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Director of National Intelligence recently issued two policies to clamp down on employees' speech. The first says only a few authorized officials can talk with journalists. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom and Emily looked at the policy's impact on trust in the intelligence community as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Employment lawyer Debra Roth said on The Federal Drive the new policy stands out because it covers unclassified information.

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Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:29am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief human capital officers are starting to say that working within the current federal HR system may not be the answer to improving hiring, firing and other personnel processes. Instead, they say it's time to make wholesale changes to the increasingly unwieldy human resources system. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to discuss ideas on how to fix the federal HR system. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:20am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has dozens of projects in the pipeline that it says could help the federal government move forward on cybersecurity. It displayed some of them in the Pentagon courtyard yesterday with hopes of drawing in more expertise to build those projects. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related story.

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Thursday - 05/22/2014, 08:52am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 22, 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 - 05/21/2014, 04:59pm EDT
Bill Henderson, President, FCAS

More than 5 million federal employees and contractors have security clearances. To keep track of them all, the government relies on periodic re-investigations and incident reports. But as the shootings at Fort Hood and the Navy Yard showed, the system doesn't catch all the red flags. In our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Bill Henderson on the Federal Drive. He's a former federal background-check investigator now president of Federal Clearance Assistance Services. He says the government is developing a better way to keep tabs on clearance holders.

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Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:08pm EDT
Analysis: Trust doesn't exist without employee engagement

Bob Tobias, director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation, sees trust as a symptom of whether employee engagement exists or not.

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Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 02:55pm EDT
Michael Gelles, Director, Deloitte

Throughout our special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, we've used the word trust repeatedly. But what is trust exactly? Rather than turn to a dictionary, Tom and Emily spoke with Michael Gelles, a former chief psychologist at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and now a director at Deloitte. He explains his definition of trust on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 02:52pm EDT
John Palguta, Vice President, PPS

Millions of federal employees show up for work day after day. But are they all fully engaged? The evidence says no, and the problem is getting worse. People who run HR in agencies, the Chief Human Capital Officers, have a lot of the responsibility for helping ensure an engaged and enthusiastic workforce. Each year, Grant Thornton and the Partnership for Public Service survey federal CHCOs. John Palugta, vice president for policy at the partnership, joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to discuss the highlights of the survey.

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Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 10:31am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Trust but verify. President Ronald Reagan used that phrase when discussing relations with the former Soviet Union. Now it's taking on a new meaning in government. Agencies are developing insider threat programs and creating a new culture of "trust but verify." As part of Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees,executive editor Jason Miller explores what it takes to create an insider threat program that equally protects the government, its employees and contractors. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 10:20am EDT
Max Snell, Program Manager, AACUS

The Navy has developed an unmanned helicopter that brings a new meaning to special delivery. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo System makes it easier for helicopters to fly in supplies to Marines in the field. It's all coordinated through swipes and taps on a tablet. Max Snell, program manager for AACUS, joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to explain what makes the system unique.

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Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 08:36am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 21, 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.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:34pm EDT
Román uses satellite data to detect wildfires, monitor effects of climate change

While many people may think NASA is focused on space and looking at the stars alone, NASA research physical scientist Miguel O. Román is using satellite data to monitor changes in the Earth's environment.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:13pm EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, MSPB

Many federal offices took a hit last year, when agencies furloughed employees because Congress couldn't agree on a budget and brought the government to a halt. Now, nearly a year later, the Merit Systems Protection Board is still reviewing complaints from some of those furloughed employees. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Board chairman Susan Tsui Grundman on the Federal Drive. From where she sits, she says it looks as if the federal workforce hasn't quite recovered yet.

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Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:52pm EDT
Carolyn Lerner, Office of Special Counsel

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 is one tool that is helping to build federal employees' trust in their agencies. More employees are reporting waste, fraud and abuse to the Office of Special Counsel. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Carolyn Lerner on the Federal Drive. She says the new law lets her office more aggressively defend both whistleblowers and the federal government's merit system.

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Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:50pm EDT
Paula Coughlin, Board Member, Protect Our Defenders

The Defense Department received more than 5,000 reports of sexual abuse last year, an increase of 50 percent over 2012. Leaders say the numbers show victims have more faith that the military will take their cases seriously. Not everyone is so optimistic. In our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Paula Coughlin on Federal Drive. She blew the whistle on the Navy's Tailhook scandal in the 1990s. Today she is a board member of the victims advocacy group Protect Our Defenders.

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Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 11:54am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 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.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:29am EDT
Despite increased reporting of sexual assaults, DoD still struggles to tackle issue

It's been 23 years since the Tailhook scandal rocked the Navy, and the Pentagon is still struggling to eliminate sexual assaults from the military. The number of reported cases is on the rise, but is counting cases alone solving the problem?

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Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:27am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotlines in agency inspectors general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information to investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has that story as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
Agency budget squeeze eroding trust between employees, management

Susan Tsui Grundmann, chair of the Merit Systems Protection Board, said many federal employees filed furlough appeals last year because they said they didn't trust that their managers were making the right spending decisions that could have fended off the need to furlough employees. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.

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Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:27pm EDT
Marion Royal, Director of Data.gov, GSA

A signature open-government initiative of the Obama administration is turning five years old this week. The website Data.gov is home to more than 100,000 individual agency data sets. It's also the destination of app developers hoping to turn federal data into useful information. Marion Royal is the director of Data.gov, which is run by the General Services Administration. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the website has progressed over the years.

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