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4:23 am, August 23, 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.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:43am EDT
Holly Vineyard, International Trade Administration

The Commerce Department's International Trade Administration will open an office in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The country's economy, once virtually closed, is now growing at more than 6.5 percent a year. The decision to open an office is part of an effort to help U.S. businesses navigate emerging markets in Asia and Africa. Holly Vineyard, deputy assistant secretary for Asia at the International Trade Administration, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why Commerce picked Myanmar for the first new office.

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Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:36am EDT
Amanda Simpson, Executive Director for Energy Initiatives Task Force, Army

The Army breaks ground Friday on a giant solar array at sunny Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Once built, it will provide about a quarter of the energy needed to power the mid-sized base. It will be the largest solar project in the military's portfolio for a while. Amanda Simpson, executive director for the U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force, described the scope of the project to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:14am EDT
Rod Pyle, Author, Innovation the NASA Way

So you don't think the federal bureaucracy is so creative? A new analysis of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows innovation in government is on the wane. Just one-third of federal employees say their agencies reward outside-the-box thinking. The Partnership for Public Service and its partners in the analysis find some bright spots, however. At the top is NASA. Author Rod Pyle has written a new book on the agency, called Innovation the NASA Way. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about his book.

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Friday - 04/25/2014, 08:12am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 25, 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 former background investigator pleads guilty to falsifying work, and military suicides fall 15 percent.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 05:34pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Government leaders expect small business contracting to hit the 23 percent goal of all prime contracts going to small businesses when they get the results for fiscal 2013. That would happen for the first time in seven years. But some in the contracting community see warning signs of bigger problems for small firms. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explains why some want to rain on the small business success parade.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 05:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon and its suppliers have made it through defense spending downturns before. But they say this one's different because it poses risks they've never seen before - both for the companies themselves, and for future military capabilities. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:41am EDT
Steve Lord, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

Navy bases are stopping dozens of transportation workers at their gates. All of these workers have criminal records. But a few weeks ago, before a truck driver shot and killed a sailor at Naval Station Norfolk, they would have been allowed on base without question. That's because all hold credentials from the Transportation Security Administration. The cards are known as TWICs. Steve Lord, managing director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service at the Government Accountability Office, fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the TWIC program.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:24am EDT
Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Millenium Challenge Corporation

Agencies are supposed to embrace data: Put it out there, hold datapaloozas so clever entrepreneurs can build useful apps with government information, collect it or use data to drive policy decisions. But you need to trust that data is accurate. Reliability is a major concern at the Millenium Challenge Corporation, which uses data to make decisions on international development. Alicia Phillips Mandaville, the agency's managing director for development policy, is part of a new effort to close data gaps. She tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp agencies are supposed to embrace data, but first that data has to be right.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:11am EDT
Steve Ryan, Corporate Litigator at McDermott, Will and Emery

The Defense Department is not keeping track of all the senior officials who leave for jobs with contractors. Congress requires those officials, including flag officers and generals, to get written legal opinions before moving on. Lots of paperwork involved. But at DoD, the inspector general says the database that tracks the moves is incomplete. In this week's Legal Loop, Steve Ryan, an experienced corporate litigator and head of the government strategies practice at McDermott, Will and Emery, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the revolving door at the Pentagon.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 08:54am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 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, postal workers nationwide stage protests at Staples stores, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel seeks to deepen the U.S. relationship with Mexico.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:40pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's top officer says Congress needs to allow his service to make the painful decision to retire entire fleets of aircraft in order to cope with budget cuts. Gen. Mark Welsh says if the money has to come from somewhere else, all the alternatives would jeopardize the Air Force's core missions. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new procurement ombudsman is closing the communications gap between the General Services Administration and its vendors. Creating the ombudsman job is one of several ways GSA is trying to be more responsive to its government and industry customers. Jeff Koses is GSA's senior procurement executive. In part two of executive editor Jason Miller's interview with GSA looking at industry communications, Koses discusses the new initiatives.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
Budget pressures shrink federal contract spending by 11 percent

Following a year of widespread budget uncertainty, federal contract spending fell by 11 percent, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg Government. All told, agency contract spending tumbled from $516.3 billion in fiscal 2012 to $462.1 billion last year, the report found.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:41am EDT
Dr. Willie Taylor, Department of the Interior

President Barack Obama wants the government to lead by example. He asks agencies to triple their use of renewable electricity sources by 2020 and get at least one-fifth of their energy from renewables. Willie Taylor, director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance at the Interior Department, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how his agency plans to meet the goal.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:36am EDT
Evan Croen, Bloomberg Government

It's that time of year again, when Bloomberg Government ranks the top 200 federal contractors. Which ones made it through 2013's ups and downs intact? Which ones thrived? Evan Croen, director of government sales research with Bloomberg Government, explained the 2013 contracting environment to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:26am EDT
Sarah Jane Staats, Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a young, small agency with a big mission. It seeks to help countries climb out of poverty. Its principles should sound familiar: Use evidence, focus on results, be transparent. Time and again, the White House has asked all agencies to apply those principles to their own work. But putting them into practice can require tradeoffs. Sarah Jane Staats, senior policy adviser for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the agency applies its principles day to day.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:19am EDT
Jim White, Director of Tax Issues, Government Accountability Office

Budget cuts have left the IRS high and dry. The Government Accountability Office says the agency has absorbed $900 million in cuts over the past four years. At the same time, the agency is failing to keep up with a growing source of tax revenue: large partnerships. Congress has raised concerns about the extent to which the IRS is able to audit these entities. Jim White, director of tax issues at the GAO, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the partnerships.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 08:19am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 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, Director of Intelligence James Clapper orders employees to avoid the media, and the administration reopens the flow of foreign aid to the Egyptian military.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new effort at the General Services Administration will try to keep contracting decisions in the hands of contracting officers and keep management in the right oversight role. A report by the GSA Inspector General's office in 2013 said management interfered with decisions by contracting officers. Tom Sharpe is the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller in an exclusive interview about the steps he's taking to strike the right balance between management and contracting officers.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy says it will move forward this year to create two new acquisition vehicles to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service says it won't be any more expensive than petroleum products.

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