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12:17 pm, April 28, 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 - 04/17/2015, 08:54am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 17, 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, talking about low morale at DHS is only making it worse, a new Congressional tip mailbox gives federal employees a place to sound off about their agencies and the Senate confirms a new undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM) is spreading to eight agencies, including some big ones. It's all the result of a big new contract award. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where CDM is headed over the next year.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:39am EDT
Col. Joseph Dupont, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare, U.S. Army

The Army's electronic warfare capabilities have been an important tool during the war in Iraq. They've taken a big evolutionary step with the new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. It's designed to give soldiers more options in dealing with improvised explosive devices, and it won't necessarily destroy local infrastructure when deployed. Col. Joseph Dupont, the Project Manager of the Electronic Warfare office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the tool.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:14am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 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, the IRS has a very bad tax day on Capitol Hill, a congressional panel calls for the resignation of Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart and Homeland Security is asking for a big boost in cybersecurity spending next year.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:58am EDT
Dr. Rob Smith, Vice President of C4ISR, Lockheed Martin

Tracking munitions is a costly and time-consuming process for military units. They can't afford to waste cartridges, missiles or grenades. Lockheed Martin has developed a new system that works around many of the challenges of tracking RFID tags remotely. It's called the Rubee Weapon Shot Counter, and it could potentially save the Defense Department millions. Dr. Rob Smith, the vice president of C4ISR Systems for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to dive deeper into the Rubee's uses.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:36am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are wasting billions of dollars because they're consistently duplicating efforts. The Government Accountability Office's latest report identifies dozens of federal functions marked by duplication, overlap and fragmentation. GAO says reducing it all could save $80 billion. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on why, when it comes to information technology, a new law could help cut waste and deliver more savings.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:23am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Marine Corps is in the process of developing its first set of cyber doctrines. They're designed to help commanders build cyberspace operations into their battle plans, better defend their own networks and help integrate cyber with the more-mature field of electronic warfare. More details from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:20am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 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, NIH awards dozens of vendors spots on its latest governmentwide technology acquisition vehicle, GAO lays out its annual duplication and waste list and the remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor will be identified More then seven decades later, remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor more than seven decades later.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:00am EDT
Anthony Robbins, Vice President of Federal, Brocade

FITARA, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, can help agencies save money. But what about contractors? They've also got to live with the new law. Anthony Robbins, the vice president of federal at Brocade, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to provide one view of how FITARA is affecting them.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 11:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 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 new study finds agencies are falling behind in the race to attract cyber talent, President Obama sends nine nominations to the Senate and Veterans Affairs Department tells Congress it has a plan to pay for its Denver hospital.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The case of Neustar versus the federal government provides one of this year's most important cautionary tales. It's risky to become overly dependent on a single federal contract, even a long-term one. Eventually, everything comes up for recompete. Neustar, which manages cell phone number portability under an FCC contract, lost its recompete last year to Ericsson. It's been protesting ever since. Jonathan Aberman, the managing director of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the Neustar case.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:18am EDT
Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, Director, Air Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy and Air Force contemplate partnering up to develop the next generation of fighters, which are currently due out in 2030. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir is the director of Air Warfare for the Navy. He says the goal is to develop a successor that fits both services' goals. On the Federal Drive at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference at National Harbor, Manazir gave Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp his vision for the future of naval aviation.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:14am EDT
Sergio Fernandez, Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Agencies have been using the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to get feedback since 2002. It's one of the main tools used by the Office of Personnel Management to monitor agencies' human capital management efforts. Now a group of researchers says the survey itself could stand some touching up. After reviewing more than 40 research articles based on Viewpoint survey data, they say there's room for improvement in survey data quality. Dr. Sergio Fernandez is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. He is also one of the authors of the report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what the research team found.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:54am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is creating a new commodity technology shared service provider to serve the Pentagon and other locations in the Washington, D.C. area. DoD will issue a memo in the coming weeks to merge the Army's IT agency and other IT service providers into the Defense Information System Agency. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller has exclusive details of this new shared services set up. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review them.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:36am EDT
Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:27am EDT
Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

When we last checked in with Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the service was operating under a continuing resolution. Zukunft told us that funding was not keeping pace with the Coast Guard's need for better infrastructure, and that meant the Coast Guard wasn't keeping pace in some of its most important missions like stopping drug-runners because of its funding problems. Now, at least one thing is different: The service has a full budget for the remainder of the year. Zukunft joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the Sea Air Space 2015 conference at National Harbor with more on how things are operating now.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:23am EDT
Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, Director, Undersea Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy says its aging fleet of nuclear-armed submarines can't last much longer. The Ohio-class subs now doing the job were supposed to be retired years ago. But replacing them is complicated and costly. It's also the Navy's top shipbuilding priority. Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, the Navy's director of undersea warfare, spoke about the Ohio replacement program at Sea-Air-Space 2015. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a preview.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 08:58am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 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, funds in the Thrift Savings Plan reach a record high of $451 billion, agencies are looking for millions of dollars to fund their digital services teams and activists call on the Senate to immediately confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

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