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10:28 pm, December 18, 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 - 12/08/2014, 08:30am EST
Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is still attached to the 2015 Defense authorization bill the House passed and the Senate will debate this week. The latest version of FITARA looks a bit different than the original. Still, the new bill would hand civilian agency CIOs more authority, prioritize hiring of specialty IT experts and maximize use of data centers. Trey Hodgkins is Senior Vice President of Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, a division of the Information Technology Industry Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what we can expect from the compromise version of FITARA.

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Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:20am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 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, more than 10,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan early next year, a Navy civilian engineer is indicted on charges that he tried to steal aircraft carrier schematics and have them sent to Egypt and the number of federal employees filing for retirement dips in November.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:27am EST
Friday federal headlines - December 5, 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, It's take two for NASA today to launch its Orion spacecraft, Veterans Affairs has a new mess on its hands and the new United States ambassador to Iraq says a sticking point between the two countries is resolved.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:14am EST
Jan Hamby, Chancellor, NDU'S iCollege

Many senior IT managers fight an uphill battle. Too often, they're seen just as the tech guy by senior level peers. Enter the National Defense University's Information Resources Management College or iCollege. For many years, it's been offering high-level, strategic education to both military and civilian IT and acquisition career employees. Navy Rear Adm. Jan Hamby is the new Chancellor of NDU's iCollege. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss where she hopes to take a venerable institution.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:11am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

From budgets to Christmas break, federal employees aren't feeling the love this holiday season. That's because there's a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the entire government. And there's just a week left to clear the air. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:58am EST
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The big national defense authorization bill is moving through Congress. It passed the House yesterday, and the Senate is expected to take it up next week. In purely military spending terms, the bill is a mixed bag. Some programs and platforms get plus-ups, others get cuts. Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's been studying the bill, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the bill's winners and losers.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:55am EST
Adilson Jardim, Senior Sales Consultant, Oracle

The Treasury Department is working toward publishing the first ever Shared Services Catalogue for financial management. It's due out in early 2015. It will list all the services offered to federal agencies, the price range and what's in and out of scope under the financial management shared services program. Adilson Jardim, senior sales consultant for Oracle, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give a few examples of how shared services not only saved billions of dollars for his company but set the stage for immense future growth.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 11:42am EST
Lisa Mendelson, National Park Service

The National Park Service is putting in place 81 energy efficiency and water conservation projects in parks throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Lisa Mendelson is the Acting Regional Director for the National Capital Region at the National Park Service. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details the scope of the project that will install new intelligent bulbs, sprinklers and solar power across the region's hundreds of parks and landmarks in 2015.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:54am EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

Anne Rung is three months into her tenure as head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and it looks like she's been busy. On Dec. 4 she released new marching orders for how agencies must use data to make better procurement decisions. She discussed the details with Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller, starting with where some of the ideas originated.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:49am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three whistleblowers at the Veterans Affairs Department are the "Public Servants of the Year." The Office of Special Counsel awarded the employees, all doctors, with the distinction. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said, "because of these doctors' efforts, veterans are now far more likely to receive the treatment they deserve." Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp was at the ceremony and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss their story.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:04am EST
Fred Hochberg, Chairman & President, Export-Import Bank

Government at the speed of business is a goal the Export-Import Bank hopes to achieve with its latest improvements to their customer contact center. Ex-Im bank's mission supports export financing in order to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad. Fred Hochberg is the Chairman and President of Ex-Im Bank and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to detail the contact center's improvements and what they mean to small businesses who want to enter the global marketplace.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 08:50am EST
Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees deemed essential during the 2013 government shutdown will be receiving a legal notice if they are entitled to join a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the government. To win a settlement, the employee must join the class action suit. Heidi Burkiewicz is a partner with Mehri & Skalet, the law firm handling this case. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the lawsuit and what it means if you are classified as essential.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 08:25am EST
Thursday federal headlines - December 4, 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 is expected to vote today on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, NASA and contractor engineers are busy with last minute preparations for this morning's launch of the Orion space capsule and reports of military sexual assaults rise 8 percent this year.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:48pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's looking far and wide -- not just to its usual suppliers -- as it starts to build a long-range plan to maintain U.S. military superiority in 2025 and beyond. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Pentagon is asking for technology ideas from anyone and everyone, starting today.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 09:12am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Information has commercial value, and contractors doing business with the government need to consider how they communicate information so its proprietary status remains intact. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog "10 Myths of Government Contracting." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 7: Contractors' business information is safe with the government. Sullivan explained why that's a perilous position for contractors to take.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 09:06am EST
Vicki Schmanske, Lockheed Martin

It's been a little over a year since Lockheed Martin opened the doors to its continuous diagnostics and mitigation lab. Since then, Lockheed has been conducting workshops with chief information security officers, security operations center managers, and cyber analysts. Vicki Schmanske is the vice president of IT and Security Solutions at Lockheed Martin. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained the threat landscape and what the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program can do for agencies looking to secure their enterprise networks.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:49am EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Education Department is giving potential managers a chance to walk in their supervisors' shoes. A program called "A Day in the Life" lets those on the rise see what it's like to be a manager by shadowing a current one over a few days. Quay Crowner is the Education Department's acting deputy chief administration officer and HR director. She told Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller about how the program is part of a broader employee engagement effort going on across the department.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:38am EST
Jim Talent, American Enterprise Institute

After at least two leading candidates took their names out of contention for Defense Secretary, the President turned to Ashton Carter, a former deputy secretary. Carter first worked as a civilian analyst in the 1970s, and holds degrees in physics and medieval history. He held policy positions in both the Clinton and Obama adminsitrations. What can the military expect from a Secretary Carter? Former Senator Jim Talent, now a senior fellow and director of the National Security 2020 Project at the American Enterprise Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:33am EST
Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health announced a vaccine they've been testing for the Ebola virus appears to be safe so far, and that a clinical study in West Africa could happen in early 2015. Is it too good to be true? Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of NIH's National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why the latest study's finding of the vaccine's safety is an important step forward.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 07:59am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - December 3, 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, House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a $585 billion defense policy bill for 2015, official word on the nomination of Ashton Carter for Defense Secretary is expected this week and a multi-billion-dollar defense bill proposed by Congress includes more steps to combat military sexual assaults.

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