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12:46 am, September 21, 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.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:35am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Michael O'Connell, Federal News Radio

Imagine cleaning out your closets and finding something more than 100 years old that you never knew existed. That's exactly what happened to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C. Hidden on a closet shelf were two boxes filled with artifacts from the Spanish-American War. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler and Web Editor Michael O'Connell told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the glass plate photos found in the boxes. Read Federal News Radio's related article and view photos.

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Friday - 05/02/2014, 08:16am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 2, 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, GSA chooses a contractor to construct a diplomacy center, and three executes at a VA hospital are on administrative leave for allegations of corruption.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 06:59pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense officials report an unprecedented increase in reported cases of sexual assault in the military during 2013. Those cases are up 50 percent more than the year before. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more on what the Pentagon thinks the statistics mean. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:39am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

CERCLA sounds like a 1960s television character made out of a rug. It's actually an environmental law that can have a big effect on federal contracting. One recent CERCLA case shows how a gasoline contract from World War II can affect a procurement today. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:34am EDT
Matt Hummer, Senior Transportation Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Congress is trying to be a good citizen this month. By passing the easy bills first, it hopes to get some real work done before arguing about the contentious stuff. That means it's tackling things like the construction budgets for Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department. Matt Hummer, senior transportation analyst with Bloomberg Government, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what's in some of the bills Congress has already passed.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:25am EDT
TJ Kennedy, Deputy General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

The time it takes for emergency personnel to respond to a crisis is crucial. And as we witnessed in the Navy Yard shootings, the miscommunication between law enforcement and emergency personnel can slow efforts to get things under control. The First Responder Network Authority is planning to build an interoperable wireless network for federal, state and local first responders. TJ Kennedy, the deputy general manager for FirstNet, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the network came to be.

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 08:04am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 1, 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, two Senators want to stop agencies from paying bonuses to employees with discipline problems, and GSA honors buildings in its Design Awards.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:46pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Six months later, government contractors are still recovering from the shutdown. Lost revenue, delayed contract awards and the trickledown effect to programs are among the main aftershocks. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller connects with several vendors he talked to during the shutdown in October and some new ones to find out about the lingering impacts.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

It's still far too early to celebrate, but there are some signs that the reforms may be paying off five years after Congress passed its most recent attempt to fix the Defense Department's acquisition system. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:21am EDT
Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler, U.S. Army

The military has doubled-down on efforts to prevent sexual assault. They've labeled this month "Sexual Assault Awareness Month." It's a topic Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray Chandler brings up whenever he visits soldiers. He says "Take back your Army" from those who commit sexual assault. Chandler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the most recent statistics about sexual assault in the Army.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:16am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

In a win for open-government advocates, President Barack Obama plans to sign the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act into law. Big changes are ahead for federal agencies. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why getting the bill to the President's desk may have been the easy part of this nearly three-year effort. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:10am EDT
Lt. Tim Hawkins, Spokesperson, Navy Submarine Force

A few hours change in sleep patterns might not seem like a big deal. But for members of the Navy's silent service, it could have major implications. The Navy has given commanders the green light to change submariners' sleep schedules, so that they more closely resemble life above the ocean's service. Now, sailors' work days will begin every 24 hours, instead of every 18 hours. Lt. Tim Hawkins, a spokesman for the submarine force, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what prompted the changes.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:07am EDT
Rachel Canty, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deploying Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) employees to schools. They will monitor international students up close. The agency says the field representatives are integral to protecting national security. Rachel Canty, deputy director of the SEVP at ICE, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the SEVP employees will accomplish.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 09:47am EDT
John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Corruption and instability in Afghanistan threaten to derail billions of dollars of U.S. aid. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko recounts the problems in a new report to Congress. His team investigated $31 billion worth of programs and projects during the first three months of this year. Sopko told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the mistakes discovered through the report.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 08:10am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 30, 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, AFGE asks OMB to forgive back payments from new feds, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asks services to review their hairstyle policies.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:51am EDT
Bob Cusack, Managing Editor, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is back in town after a two-week recess. The House managed to knock out two good-government bills: the DATA Act and the Government Reports Elimination Act. But what about the big stuff? The divided House and Senate have a lot to accomplish in the coming months. Bob Cusack, managing editor at The Hill Newspaper, laid out the Congressional to-do list for Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:47am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management is teaming up with the General Services Administration to re-imagine its multi-billion dollar training contract. OPM and GSA signed an agreement yesterday to use each agency's expertise to develop the new contract. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the new plans for the training and management assistance (TMA) contract. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:44am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army broke ground last week on what will become the Defense Department's largest solar energy project ever. The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Army sets aside dozens of acres of southern Arizona land for the solar panels. In exchange for the land, a local utility company will build and operate them. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:37am EDT
Dan Madrzykowski, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Homes and buildings aren't built the way they used to be, and when they catch fire, they don't burn the same way either. Newer buildings have more open floor plans and much more use of plastics and synthetic materials. Now the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Underwriters Laboratory have teamed up to educate firefighters on the modern fire. The course is based on a series of controlled burn experiments, performed with the help of the New York City Fire Department. Daniel Madrzykowski, a fire protection engineer and leader of the Fire Fighting Technology Group at NIST, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what firefighters learn through the course.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 08:14am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 29, 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 House passes the DATA Act, and TSP operators are boosting security at data centers.

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