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1:18 am, October 2, 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 - 09/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
Greg Wilshusen, Government Accountability Office

Open enrollment for health care insurance through the federal exchange is coming around again. Congress, among others, is wondering if the exchange and its website HealthCare.gov are secure. The Government Accountability Office took a look. It found some issues. Greg Wilshusen is the information security issues at GAO. He testified last week about what auditors say need to be done. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:28am EDT
Reginald France, Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General, Miami Regional Office

Each year, fake Medicare claims filed by medical equipment suppliers, home health care agencies and pharmacies bill the federal government out of billions of dollars. Florida is considered ground zero for health care fraud. One reason is a big portion of its residents are over the age of 65. Reginald France is an assistant special agent in charge at the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General office in Miami. He and his team led Medicare fraud investigations resulting in nearly 700 convictions in South Florida. For their work, team members are winners of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal in this year's Service to America Medals. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss his role in the investigations.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:22am EDT
Monday federal headlines - September 22, 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, Gen. Ray Odierno says sequestration will significantly degrade the Army's ability to carry out its mission, and a bill passed in the Senate would remove administratively uncontrollable overtime pay for border patrol agents.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 06:27am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel has decided to move out of the federal chief information officer's position. He'll be taking a more operational role for the U.S. Agency for International Development. That decision caught most people by surprise. Some who know him think VanRoekel was attracted to the challenge of fighting the Ebola virus. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about VanRoekel's legacy in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what some are saying about Steve VanRoekel's impact on federal technology.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:14pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department unveiled the latest version of its Better Buying Power initiative Friday. It shifts its emphasis toward the need to drive more advanced technologies into the products DoD buys. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:25am EDT
Carlton Hadden, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal agencies are too quick to dismiss employee discrimination charges, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC reversed a third of all cases dismissed by agencies between 2008 and 2012 without investigations or hearings. The agency received more than 1,500 dismissal appeals in fiscal 2012, and remanded nearly 700 back to agencies. Carlton Hadden is director of the Office of Federal Operations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what federal managers can do to avoid having decisions overturned.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:23am EDT
Jordan Sims, Organization Relations & Programs, Project Management Institute

Modernizing the Defense Department acquisition system is a tall order. Sequestration has put extra strain on the process. Pentagon officials and even contractors say improvements in requirements management could help. Jordan Sims is the director of Organization Relations and Programs at the Project Management Institute. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his prescription for fostering the skills and relationships needed to boost the acquisitions system.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:22am EDT
Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

Cybersecurity is emerging as a major business risk. USIS, the government's main contractor for security background checks, had a big contract canceled. A security breach exposed personal information about 25,000 Homeland Security employees. It doesn't matter that the company discovered and reported the breach itself. Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey are former feds and now principals of Liberty Group Ventures. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss strategies for not becoming the next USIS or Home Depot.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:54am EDT
Friday federal headlines - September 19, 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, NIST wants programmers to think about cyber from the get-go, and Health and Human Services releases $71.5 million in withheld funds.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:24am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close real and potential holes in the HealthCare.gov website. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised House lawmakers the site would be improved when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on CMS' plans and some lawmakers' concerns over the security of HealthCare.gov.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years after intelligence community leaders agreed it was time to consolidate their IT systems into a shared infrastructure, the project has moved from a planning and piloting phase. IC officials say they're well on their way toward implementation. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
J. David Cox, President, AFGE

New leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department has its union, the American Federation of Government Employees, are hoping for better times ahead. VA is just one agency working to repair relations between unionized employees and their managers. Some unions within the National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations say agencies are shutting them out their meetings before making decisions. J. David Cox, president of AFGE, tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp why pre-decisional involvement is important to unions and employees.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:23am EDT
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Nothing like a good scandal to rouse Congress into spending money and enacting reform. The latest example is the Veterans' Affairs Department. Blame for the scheduling problems and cover up is scattered everywhere. Congress singled out the Senior Executive Service, giving the VA Secretary summary dismissal authority. Now a House bill would double the probation period for new SES managers, and take back salary if an SESer is demoted. Cheri Cannon, partner at Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update on these developments.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:17am EDT
Deborah Lee James, Secretary, Air Force

The Air Force has a list of priorities for fiscal year 2015. They include eliminating 21 general officer billets, addressing the problems with an aging fleet of aircraft and dealing with a budget designed to shrink the force. Still, Secretary Deborah Lee James says the service is in good shape. As the Air Force celebrates its 67th birthday, James gave Tom Temin a status report on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing to be the next undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. Deyo, former Johnson & Johnson executive, says getting DHS to have standard financial data will be among his top priorities if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained what to expect from Deyo's management plans on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 08:50am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 18, 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 House votes in favor of training and arming Syrian rebels, and the Veterans Affairs Department will increases salaries for doctors and nurses.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army and Air Force take a big step forward in their plan to build a shared cybersecurity infrastructure for their bases in the continental U.S. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the first base is now up and running under that joint security architecture. Several more are expected to follow suit in rapid fashion.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:17am EDT
Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

The Defense Department Education Activity, or DODEA, is probably the most widely spread-out school disctrict in the world. It educates more than a million children of service members each year, all over the globe. On the job since March, DODEA director Tom Brady has completed a 100 day analysis of his school system. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what he's found and what he hopes to do.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:06am EDT
Col. Russell A. Muncy, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command

The Air Force plans to slash its ranks to fewer than 328,000 by the end of the year. Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserves, says the cutbacks are actually a good opportunity to keep many of its active duty Airmen in blue. Here's an example of how it can work. Col. Russell Muncy is commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Force Reserve Base in California. His unit has received the Air Force Association Reserve Unit award. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why his unit has been recognized. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:02am EDT
Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center

You can't teach an old dog new tricks. But you can take an old plane and modernize its systems and software to make it efficient for duty. At Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma they're breathing new life into older equipment. Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker. He spoke with Tom Temin at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and gave the Federal Drive an update on the ongoing efforts to modernize the fleet and the software behind it all. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

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