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8:52 pm, September 21, 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.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:41am EDT
Jim Ghiloni, OASIS Program Director, GSA

Federal agencies now have a one-stop shop for purchasing professional services. Actually, two one-stop shops. The General Services Administration gave the go-ahead for its newest governmentwide, multiple award contract, known as OASIS. That's the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services. OASIS and its sister GWAC, OASIS Small Business, aim to minimize duplication and increase efficiency for the purchase of services. Jim Ghiloni is the OASIS Program Director at GSA. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how OASIS can help your agency.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:59am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shrinking agency budgets and the widespread use of cloud computing is starting to address a longstanding problem for agencies, Shadow IT. Shadow IT is when employees deploy hardware and software without the permission or knowledge of the agency's CIO. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained how agencies are starting to shine the light on this rogue IT on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:31am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 11, 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 proposed spending bill doesn't block feds' pay raise, and the Army activatives a new Cyber Protection Brigade.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 09:59pm EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Things are calmer on the southwest border now that the flood of illegal immigrants has declined. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the worst is over. This comes after DHS Inspector General John Roth's investigation into alleged mistreatment of child immigrants at detention centers. The accusations were made by an advocacy group in June. Inspector General Roth joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on the investigation.

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Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 10:01am EDT
Claire Giordano, Senior Director, Quantum

These days, it's only a matter of time before the next data breach occurs. Just ask Home Depot, it could also be your agency. Hackers recently breached HealthCare.gov and installed malicious software. Although the attack took place in July, it took the Health and Human Services Department more than a month to detect it. Claire Giordano is a senior director at Quantum. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how network forensics can play a critical role in protecting agencies' data.

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Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 08:29am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 10, 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 no on an EPA proposed rule, and the FCC awaits a flood of traffic on its website today as part of a protest supporting net neutrality.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:15am EDT
Neil Fretwell, Operations Director, ISS Global

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have a new tool to help them zero-in on terrorists. Dfuze is a software application that helps investigators link bomb fragments to bomb makers. The software has been adopted by the U.S. Special Operations Command, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other organizations in 20 countries. Neil Fretwell is operations director at ISS Global and former lead investigator at the United Kingdom Police National Bomb Data Centre. He joined Tom Temin via skype on the Federal Drive to talk about the software.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:11am EDT
Irma Westmoreland, Chairwoman, National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has ramped up referrals to private doctors in order to get patients the care they need more quickly. But several unions that represent VA employees argue, the uptick in referrals could signal a shift toward privatizing the VA. This all comes as Secretary Robert McDonald aims to fix how the VA treats its veterans following major reform legislation passed by Congress this past summer. Irma Westmoreland is a registered nurse and chairwoman of National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with her take on changes at the VA.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:08am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Nobody likes Congress, at least that's the conventional wisdom. One group of people especially peeved these days is technology executives. Many of those in Silicon Valley have opened their wallets to politicians. But they don't like the legislation, or lack of legislation, they're getting. Julian Hattem, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:07am EDT
Chris Zinner, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services

Just when you thought airlines and cable companies could do no worse, American consumers say the federal government is even worse when in comes to customer service. That's according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The Partnership for Public Service and Accenture say in a report that agencies should work together if they want to get better. Chris Zinner, managing director at Accenture Federal Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the report. Read related article.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 08:15am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 9, 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, air strikes against ISIS will widen, and fewer military recruits are testing positive for HIV.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:47pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Bob McDonald, new secretary of Veterans Affairs, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports McDonald is promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages constructive dissent. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 10:58am EDT
DoD's strategy doesn't match its budget

An analysis from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the Defense Department will need between $200 billion to $300 billion more than budget caps allow to move forward with its current strategy.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 09:51am EDT
Marion Mollegen McFadden, Housing and Urban Development

When Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast in 2012, Marion Mollegen McFadden came to the rescue. As the executive director of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, she led the interagency effort to provide support to communities affected by the storm. Now, she's a finalist in the Management Excellence category for this year's Service to America Medal. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her nomination. View a gallery of the Sammies finalists.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 09:45am EDT
Tom Berger, Vietnam Veterans of America

The Pentagon says it will consider upgrading discharges to Vietnam-era veterans who received other than honorable discharges, and can show proof of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Proving their cases could get tricky though. PTSD wasn't an official medical diagnosis until the 1980s and many records have been destroyed. But the Pentagon has promised liberal consideration. The guidance comes after a lawsuit earlier this year from a group of veterans who claim their applications for discharge upgrade were wrongfully denied. Tom Berger is executive director of the Veterans Health Council at the Vietnam Veterans of America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new the effort.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 09:44am EDT
Rear Adm. Mat Winter, Naval Air Systems Command

The Navy has made an important step in advancing its aerial strike and surveillance technology. It's found a way to blend unmanned and manned jets on the same aircraft carrier. Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt off of the Virginia coast, the Navy successfully completed a test. A self-guided plane took off, landed and then maneuvered out of the way for a manned jet to land. Rear Adm. Mat Winter is the program executive for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons at Naval Air Systems Command. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why the test runs are important to the Navy.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:50am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Labor Department's leap of faith in putting its financial management system in the cloud and that effort is troubled. Labor's inspector general recently found the agency's back up plans to take over from its contractor running the financial system to be lacking. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Labor's challenges in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why Labor's financial management system is at risk.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:18am EDT
Monday federal headlines - September 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, the White House asks for millions to cope with immigrant children, and Obama says he will outline his strategy regarding ISIS on Tuesday.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 09:15am EDT
Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

U.S. surveillance flights are buzzed by Chinese fighter jets armed to the teeth. The Air Force conducts more than 150 bombing raids on the ISIS army in Iraq. President Barack Obama sends 1,000 troops to protect the embassy in Baghdad. NATO leaders wonder if they'll have to mobilize to defend against Russian aggression. Everywhere you look, there's military activity or the potential for more of it. How does all this play out when the U.S. defense budget is flat or shrinking? And the military's technical leadership eroding? Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with answers. Read the related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 08:14am EDT
Mark Reinhold, Associate Director for Employee Services, Office of Personnel Management

The White House is restarting its Senior Executive Service reform effort. The Office of Personnel Management will launch several new initiatives in the coming months, including a new SES onboarding framework. Mark Reinhold is OPM's associate director for employee services. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about the revitalized efforts to improve the SES program. Read Jason's related article.

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