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7:57 pm, May 24, 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.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 07:56am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 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, a reprogramming request to pay for an unfinished VA hospital gets a firm 'no' from the Senate Armed Services Committee, thousands of federal employees could get bargaining rights under a House bill and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has a plan for making service in the Navy more family friendly.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:17am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 12, 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 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants ideas to build stronger telescopes, a former CIA officer is sentenced to three and a half years in prison for leaking classified information and

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:12am EDT
Cathy Ventrell-Monses, Senior Counsel to Chairman Yang, EEOC

Just days ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began a pilot program called ACT Digital. It's the first step in the agency's move toward an online charge system, and designed to streamline the submission of discrimination charges to the EEOC. Officials there hope ACT Digital will cut paperwork and improve customer service. Cathy Ventrell-Monses, senior counsel to EEOC chairwoman Jenny Yang, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress update on ACT Digital.

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:08am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board wants federal managers and Congress to know exactly what it takes to fire a federal employee and why you can't do so arbitrarily or capriciously. That's the subject of the agency's just-released report on due process. It outlines how the government handles adverse personnel actions in the civil service, and examines the laws and constitutional protections on due process employees enjoy. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairwoman of the MSPB. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the report. She said it should clear up some misconceptions that have been circling in the press.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:17pm EDT
Bryce Pippert, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

The Treasury Department and White House have issued long-awaited guidance for agencies to fulfill the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The law was enacted a year ago, and requires agencies to use standard formats for financial information so they, and the public, can more easily track spending on contracts, grants and loans. Bryce Pippert, a financial data expert and principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain on what this all means, and how it's different from current agency practices.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:07pm EDT
Sydney Heimbrock, Chief Learning Officer, OPM

Federal chief learning officers are gaining a higher profile across the government. A majority of the respondents to an exclusive Federal News Radio survey of federal chief human capital officers and CLOs say agencies highly value these executives. Sydney Heimbrock, chief learning officer at the Office of Personnel Management, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the CLO is more important ever, even though the job has been around for a least a decade.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 11:07am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Now the hard work really begins for agencies to make their spending data more transparent. The Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance and other tools to begin the implementation of the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller writes about the new policy in his biweekly feature "Inside the Reporter's Notebook." He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what agencies have to do over the next two years.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:30am EDT
Frank Webb, Deputy Manager, Earth System Science Formulation Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has joined the relief effort in Nepal, which was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake several weeks ago. Using satellite data, NASA is compiling maps that show areas with the most movement and the most damage. It's information the Nepalese would have no other way to get on their own. Frank Webb is the deputy manager of the Earth System Science Formulation Office in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On the Federal Drive, he told Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia more about the relief efforts.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:26am EDT
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

A new piece of legislation would help ensure a smoother transition between presidential administrations. The bill would put a senior-level, White House-led interagency transition council in place at least six months before Election Day to help with the move. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He's also one of the bill's two sponsors, along with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Johnson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how he perceives the transition process today.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:00am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 11, 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, new rules from the National Archives and Records Administration seek to bring some order to how agencies handle controlled, unclassified information, Attorney General Loretta Lynch moves forward on plans to investigate the police department in Baltimore and the Postal Service loses $1.5 billion in the first three months of this year.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:56am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is reconsidering how it can use cloud computing services. Three years after deciding this new approach to technology delivery wasn't for the agency, VA is having second thoughts. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on where VA is heading.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:44am EDT
Maggie Hahn, Military Affairs Relationship Director, USAA's Military Advocacy Group

Summer is approaching, and that means it'll soon be peak moving season for thousands of military families. For the average military family, a permanent change in station occurs every two to three years 2 1/2 times more frequently than civilian families. Maggie Hahn is the Military Affairs Relationship Director for the United States Automobile Association's Military Advocacy Group. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some advice for military families headed to a new home.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:43am EDT
Tony Capaccio, Reporter, Bloomberg News

The House Armed Services Committee is busy at work on the 2016 National Defense Authorization bill. In a 700-page report accompanying the bill, the committee is asking for a list of reports. Bloomberg News reporter Tony Capaccio joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with what the committee wants and the major policy provisions in the bill.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 08:47am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 8, 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, officials tell the Senate Judiciary Committee, there's a good reason the FOIA backlog across the government grew so much last year, GAO finds Defense has a long way to go when it comes to settling whistleblower reprisal cases and the board running the Thrift Savings Plan gets more questions about cybersecurity.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 03:43am EDT
Do feds really receive regular evil-tongue lashings?

Commentary: Federal Drive host Tom Temin wonders what qualifies as "fed-bashing" these days, and what that means for workforce morale.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:25am EDT
Van Hitch, Senior Adviser, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Office of Management and Budget released its draft guidance for agency compliance with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act last week. FITARA gives federal CIOs greater budgetary responsibility, and a larger say in IT decisions. OMB's draft guidance attempts to help agencies navigate these new waters. Van Hitch is a senior adviser at Deloitte Consulting, and a former Justice Department CIO. As part of the Partnership for Public Service's SAGE Program, he was part of a team of former government officials who volunteered their time to review and comment on these draft guidelines at the request of OMB. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in it.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:18am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It's not complicated to avoid patent infringement. But even federal agencies sometimes do it sometimes even when they helped the company that developed the patented technology. In the case of Liberty Ammunition and the lead-free bullet, the government learned an expensive lesson. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this cautionary tale.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 08:37am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 7, 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 inspector general questions whether the IRS is tough enough on its own employees who don't pay their taxes, the FAA teams up with industry to find solution for safe drone usage and a State Department officials tells Senators that former secretary Clinton's private server was unacceptable.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy marks the five-year anniversary of its Fleet Cyber Command today by rolling out a new cyber strategy to carry it through the next five. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the plan is organized around five big-picture priorities. Each priority has tasks the Navy needs to complete within the next 18 months.

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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:58am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 6, 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, OPM authorizes agencies to use speedy hiring authority to build their teams of digital whiz kids, the White House guidance to agencies on 2017 budgets calls for holding the line on discretionary spending and a pending Senate bill shows how frustrated some members are with the progress in service improvement at the Veterans Affairs Department.

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