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9:22 am, October 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.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 08:26am EDT
Monday federal headlines - October 13, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the State Department gets rid of transgender exclusion from its largest health program, U.S. and coalition forces gain access to a Turkish base near Syria, and the Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's (D-Mont.) master's degree thesis.

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:38pm EDT
Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

Contractors are casting a wary eye on President Barack Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. It seems innocuous because most contractors already comply with labor laws. Still, the EO could cause a lot of mischief. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the EO affects contractors.

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Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:34pm EDT
Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Big changes are coming to one corner of the General Services Administration in January. GSA's Federal Acquisition Service plans to overhaul its professional contracts by consolidating several multiple award contracts into one big schedule. The new vehicle could generate more than $5 billion in sales. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Friday - 10/10/2014, 10:24am EDT
Friday federal headlines - October 10, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Ebola aid money gets stalled in Congress, VA breaks records in processing disability and pension claims and the Pentagon wants to station American aircraft at a Turkish air base near the Syrian border.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 10:23am EDT
Ted Pestorius, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ebola outbreak has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into overdrive. About 100 staff members are in West Africa. Hundreds of other employees are working at the agency's emergency operations center in Atlanta. Still more are working stateside to protect Americans from Ebola or just picking up extra work so their colleagues can focus on the disease. Ted Pestorius is a management officer for the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, where his focus is on the center's employees. Emily Kopp caught up with him at NIH this week, at a conference where he was speaking about ways supervisors can support their employees. She asked Pestorius how is the CDC supporting these employees, and what concerns he hears the most about their well-being?

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Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House still holds out hope for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation from Congress, but not a lot of hope. Instead, the administration's more likely expectation is a series of smaller bills that address challenges everyone can agree on. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the White House's new approach.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:44pm EDT
Dr. Steven Simon, National Cancer Institute

The first atomic explosion took place seven decades ago, but there's still fallout. The National Cancer Institute has embarked on a new study to examine cancer risks from that early detonation. Researchers want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may have been induced by the explosion called Trinity. Dr. Steven Simon, head of Dosimetry Unit of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:43pm EDT
Nayantara Hensel, Former Chief Economist, Navy

President Richard Nixon once joked with Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. He said he'd give her three U.S. generals in exchange for the legendary Moshe Dyan. Meir answered, sure, I'll take General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics. Today's Defense Industrial Base is operating in a changing and uncertain economy. In the last few years, it's been hit by Defense spending cutbacks. Nayantara Hensel, former chief economist for the Navy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describes what this means to the Defense Industrial Base and to the Defense enterprise.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 08:05am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - October 9, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Obama administration unveils a new version of HealthCare.gov, the federal budget deficit shrinks to $486 billion and two congressmen say they want to look into moving the Secret Service out of the Homeland Security Department.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:50pm EDT
Bill Zielinski, Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has found a new home for all of its data. The agency recently unveiled its new National Support Data Center in Urbana, Maryland. The 300,000 square foot facility replaces the 30-year-old Woodlawn facility that couldn't adapt to changing technology or meet electricity requirements. Chief Information Officer Bill Zielinski joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:45pm EDT
Patrick Redling, Homeland Security Investigations

When it comes to catching child predators, speed is often law enforcement's most important requirement. That's why a mobile app can help. The Operation Predator App, developed at the Homeland Security Department, has already proved successful. One suspect was apprehended less than 36 hours after its launch. Now it's available in Spanish and on Android phones. Patrick Redling is the unit chief for child exploitation investigations at Homeland Security Investigation's Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the app.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:42pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How's this for a bid protest case? Two companies bid and both have the same price for the project. One company gets higher ratings for what the source selection authority called a multitude of highly innovative processes and insightful technology trends. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the case unfolded.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 08:49am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - October 8, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the White House gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 06:44am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal employees' health care premiums are going up once again by 3.8 percent on average. That's less of an increase than what feds saw in 2014 and below the industry average. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the changes to federal employees' 2015 health care coverage.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:30pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DoD and DHS acquisition officials say they're making a concerted effort to address a criticism that's been at the center of decades' worth of GAO reports and blue ribbon panels: The government puts off the testing of its new systems until after it's already agreed to buy them. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:01pm EDT
Scott Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

This month a wealth of data detailing stimulus and Hurricane Sandy spending disappeared from the website recovery.gov. The Recovery Accountability Transparency Board says it can't afford to renew its contract with Dun & Bradstreet for use of its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Yet, businesses that receive federal funds are identified solely by DUNS. There is no alternative for where the government gets that data and Dun & Bradstreet controls how it is used. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the matter.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 01:59pm EDT
Afzal Bari, Senior Technology Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman Meg Whitman has announced plans to split the tech giant into two separate, publicly traded companies. One of the resulting companies will make and market PCs and printers. The other will focus on enterprise hardware, software and services. HP is the sixth largest federal IT contractor on the Washington Technology list of the top one hundred. So the split could have implications for agencies that buy HP products and services. Afzal Bari, senior technology analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:59am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - October 7, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the VA uses its new legal authority to remove members of the senior executive service, DoD spending on fighting ISIS exceeds $1 billion and the Obama administration tightens screening protocols for airline passengers in light of Ebola fears.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:20am EDT
Paula Pedene, Veterans Health Administration

The Office of Special Counsel has persuaded the Veterans Affairs Department to settle with three whistleblowers from the Phoenix medical center. One is Paula Pedene, a former chief spokeswoman at the center. She blew the whistle about financial mismanagement by former leadership. Pedene is now a national program specialist in the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Communications. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what it's like to become a whistleblower and what got her through the ordeal.

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Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:26pm EDT
Capt. Tom Chaby, Special Operations Command

Members of the special forces and their families need a lot of resilience. Combat is hard and dangerous, and service members may be away for long periods. Special Operations Command is embarking on a new initiative to help ease the pressure on members of the elite force and their families. It's called the The Preservation of the Force and Family Task Force. Task Force Director, Capt. Tom Chaby, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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