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4:53 am, May 29, 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 - 05/15/2015, 11:07am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to overhaul the military's compensation system, shifting it slightly away from a defined benefit structure. The committee would also add a government-matched investment plan similar to a 401k. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the vote puts both the House and Senate on the same page. But the White House is still studying the issue.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 10:59am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor, FederalNewsRadio.com

President Obama is planning a one percent pay raise for federal employees next year. So don't go out and put a down payment on that new Lexus just yet. One percent? The House Progressive Caucus says phooey. It's proposing a 4 percent raise, and has garnered support of a few other members. Wishful thinking or a real possibility? Managing Editor Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to shares some of your thoughts.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 10:57am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy Department isn't making as much progress on data center consolidation and moving to the cloud as the brass want it to. So it's moving both initiatives, consolidation and cloud under a new owner, and training some big guns on those who are standing in the way. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how the Navy wants to kick-start its data center and cloud efforts.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:13am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 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,

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:11am EDT
John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Inspectors General exist to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. They save and recover money for the government. But how do your measure the effectiveness of the IGs themselves? Researchers at the Brookings Institution think they've found a way to figure out the return on investment agencies get from their inspectors general. John Hudak is a fellow at Brookings, and co-authored the research report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the findings and the methodology behind them.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:02am EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The Defense Department wants to build tighter connections with Silicon Valley, as part of a new technology offset strategy. In fact, Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the plan in Silicon Valley, at Stanford University. Homeland Security announces also plans to establish a Silicon Valley satellite office. The move west isn't a bad idea, but local venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman argues, the government might be overlooking innovation talent right in its own back yard. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 11:54am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One thing federal agency managers have learned over the past year, is that cybersecurity isn't just an IT problem. It impacts every part of an organization. That's why the National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing a new publication to help managers embed cybersecurity thinking throughout their organizations. Ron Ross is a fellow at NIST. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about how the agency is borrowing a page from an international standard.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 10:58am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced a series of overhauls to the Navy and Marine Corps' personnel system, saying it needs more flexibility to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes will impact everything from how service members are promoted to physical fitness tests and military uniforms.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:21am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 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, the Defense Secretary nominates two officers to the top military positions in the Army and Navy, the House appropriations committee not only rejects a budget increase for Amtrak, it votes for a big cut, Homeland Security's inspector general issues a tough report on the latest Secret Service incident.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:11am EDT
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

You never know what can come up in a psychiatric session. At the Veterans Affairs medical center in Louisville, two patients complained that Dr. Patricia Kinne revealed her sexual orientation. They requested another doctor, and she received a warning from center management. But management's case didn't prevail at the Office of Special Counsel. Federal employment attorney Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tully Rinckey joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lessons learned in this case.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:09am EDT
Marilyn Park, Legislative Representative, AFGE

A bill introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) would restore collective bargaining rights to health care providers at the Veteran's Affairs Department. Under the current system, nurses, doctors and dentists, among others, do not have the same bargaining rights as other federal employees. Marilyn Park is a legislative representative at the American Federation of Government Employees. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk more about the VA Employee Fairness Act.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:05am EDT
Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.)

One rookie member of Congress is getting serious about bringing government waste to light. He's just released the first issue of Waste Watch. The report kicks off an ongoing series to track waste and mismanagement in government. It identifies 10 specific instances from recent years, totaling more than $117 million. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) represents Oklahoma's fifth district. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said his efforts to highlight wasteful spending are inspired by a fellow Oklahoman.

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Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 12:23pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The FBI provided a host of new capabilities for federal and local law enforcement officials to improve how they identify suspects. The Next Generation Identification System replaced a 15-year-old fingerprint system with advanced biometrics. Jim Preaskorn is the program manager for the I-D system. He told Executive Editor Jason Miller about and why AFCEA Bethesda recognized it with an award.

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Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:41am EDT
Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has named winners of this year's Federal Green Challenge, which prompts agencies to help reduce the entire government's environmental footprint. More than 400 agencies participated this year. Mathy Stanislaus, the assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the challenge, and this year's winners.

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Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:39am EDT
Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice

Aging inmates are putting a strain on the Bureau of Prisons. That's according a new report from the Justice Department's Inspector General. The IG found older inmates incur greater medical costs, and that many prisons aren't properly equipped to handle a geriatric inmate population. Michael Horowitz is the Justice IG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more from the report and how the Bureau of Prisons might respond.

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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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