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5:19 am, January 29, 2015

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 - 01/16/2015, 08:10am EST
Rich Buetel, IT Acquisition Expert & Policy Adviser

After nearly three years on the job, Dan Tangherlini announced yesterday that he will be stepping down as administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). His last day is Feb. 13. The agency today, however, is very different from the one he took over in 2012. Rich Buetel, a longtime Hill staff member and an IT acquisition expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on those changes, as well as what might be next for GSA.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 07:57am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 16, 2015

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, President Barack Obama hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House today to talk about cybersecurity, the Army opens up its Ranger School to women for the first time and contractor at the center of a Navy bribery scandal pleads guilty.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 05:46am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced a bill this week that could have a significant impact on government employees. Instead of the usual, and sometimes forgotten, 1 percent pay increase, Connolly's bill proposes a 3.8 percent pay raise. The question now is will it ever pass? Soon after, federal employees began to speak out about the bill. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of your comments.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:26pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel. Casey Coleman, Todd Park. Bernie Mazer. Simon Szykman. These were just five of the 23 federal chief information officers and other senior IT leaders who left their positions in 2014. Turnover at the CIO position is not uncommon. But the data and analysis of this exodus show a combination of encouraging and disturbing trends. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller has been tracking the turnover of CIOs.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:49am EST
Dr. Neil Cheatwood, Senior Engineer, NASA Langley

NASA is aiming to send humans deeper into space than ever before. Maybe to an asteroid, maybe to Mars. The mission presents a whole new set of technical challenges. Engineers are hopeful that an inflatable heat shield, shaped like a stack of doughnuts, will be the key to landing a large, manned spacecraft on Mars. Dr. Neil Cheatwood is NASA Langley's Senior Engineer for Advanced Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing Systems. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the heat shield will hopefully kick off the next age of space travel.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:45am EST
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth P.C.

The Office of Special Counsel recently blocked the removal of a TSA inspector in South Carolina. The inspector was also a whistleblower. Kimberly Barnett alleges her supervisor violated agency safety rules and falsified the amount of time he worked and spent in training. The supervisor retaliated unsuccessfully. Debra Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin for this week's Legal Loop segment to discuss the significance of this case.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:43am EST
Jim Demetriades, Veterans Health Administration

You might only know it from "Jeopardy!" but IBM's famous Watson technology has found a new use. Veterans Affairs plans to use it as part of a pilot program to quickly search electronic medical records. If it works as planned, it'll allow VA doctors to spend more time with their patients. Jim Demetriades is the director of emerging health technologies at the Veterans Health Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 08:02am EST
Thursday federal headlines - January 15, 2015

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, FBI arrests a man who was plotting to blow up the Capitol building, four of the highest-ranking Secret Service executives have been axed and a Veterans Affairs hopsital in Wisconsin earns the nickname "Candy Land" because it prescribes so many narcotic painkillers.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 10:12am EST
Scott McIntyre, U.S. Public Sector Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector Practice has won a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. It's the first services provider to win a Baldridge in 15 years. Since 1987, the Commerce Department has been authorized by Congress to make up to 18 awards each year across six categories. PwC's U.S. Public Sector practice leader, Scott McIntyre, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to provide with more on what it takes to make it through the selection process.

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Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 09:13am EST
Robert Anderson, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

Even before recent swell of cyber attacks, the FBI was looking to beef up its cyber division to help better handle such threats. The agency is in the midst of a drive to find and hire more cybersecurity experts and turn them into special agents. Applications are due Jan. 20. Robert Anderson is executive assistant director of the FBI. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the push for new cyber agents.

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Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 07:46am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - January 14, 2015

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, a woman who died in a Washington metro train malfunction was a government contractor, federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework and the Obama Administration dusts off some old cybersecurity ideas and adds a few new ones.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:35am EST
Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

When President Barack Obama issued his executive action on immigration, a lot of the work fell to the Homeland Security Department. Customs and Border Protection certainly received its share thanks to new rules for deferred actions on parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents (DAPA). Part of that work means making sure illegal or undocumented immigrants understand the rules and who they apply to. Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how CBP is handling the executive action.

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Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:33am EST
Jose Arrieta, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Treasury

The Treasury Department wants to make sure small players aren't left out of potential contracting opportunities. That's why it put out a guide for small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses. The guide gives them tips for pursuing Treasury contractings. Jose Arrieta is the director of Treasury's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the guide.

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Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:29am EST
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Some save lives by fighting disease, developing vaccines or rescuing children from sexual predators. Others save money by fighting fraud. Still others save human dignity by pursuing justice, no matter how long it takes or how far they have to go. They are the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medalists. You've only got until the end of the week to nominate an outstanding federal employee for the 2015 awards. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the criteria and what the Sammies mean.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:20am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A contracting negotiation is supposed to be a win-win. But your chances of a good outcome increase the more you know about your opponent. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a Partner at the law firm Thomspon Coburn, and author of the new blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled Commandment 2: Thou shalt study thy adversary. He says it's wise to arm yourself with knowledge before a negotiation.

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Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 08:24am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - January 13, 2015

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, Metro is suspending all yellow line service today after smoke filled a train near L'Enfant Plaza station, leaving one dead and many injured, President Obama's nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury Department withdraws after facing opposition in the Senate and the Homeland Security Department boosts security after the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:23pm EST
2015 challenge to agencies: Get the right people for the job

Thanks to big data, agencies are learning where their skills gaps are. To close them, they'll have to get around some archiac personnel regulations, according to a panel of experts on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 11:02am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is trying to make a systemic change to how federal agencies complete IT projects. GSA's 18F and Integrated Technology Services issued a request for information from industry last week that could lead to basic changes in how the government contracts with vendors and buys technology. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the RFI and reaction to the approach.

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Monday - 01/12/2015, 10:59am EST
Brenna Isman, National Academy of Public Administration

The 2015 budget came with more than money for federal agencies. You got some homework, too. Namely 15 Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goals important to the White House. They cover everything from cybersecurity to climate change. Brenna Isman is a project director at the National Academy of Public Administration. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some of the CAP goals agencies will be working toward over the next year or so.

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Monday - 01/12/2015, 10:53am EST
Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

Before leaving office, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a thorough study of the cybersecurity mission at the Homeland Security Department. Coburn says DHS is struggling to protect federal networks from intrusion. And he says its efforts at working with the private sector on cyber protection are sketchy. Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies, a former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force during the Bush Administration and a member of the National Security Council for President Barack Obama, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with reaction and some ideas for where DHS should go next.

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