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5:19 pm, August 27, 2014

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring 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 - 03/31/2014, 08:10am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 31, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, Senators say OPM is stuck in the past when it comes to processing retirement claims, and AFGE continues to push for armed TSA agents.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says its early analyses of its excess base infrastructure show it's spending at least a half billion dollars per year on facilities it no longer needs. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, that figure is very likely to climb as the Army gets smaller in the coming years.

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Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:22am EDT
Lauren Augustine, legislative associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

An influential veterans organization is demanding action from Congress on a number of legislative fronts, including the growing number of veteran suicides. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America introduced its 2014 policy agenda to Congress this week. It's all a part of the 10th annual IAVA Storms the Hill. Lauren Augustine, legislative associate for IAVA, talked to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what's being asked of Congress.

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Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:05am EDT
Larry Meinert, mineral resources program coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

As the United States prepares to leave Afghanistan, officials want to make sure the Middle Eastern nation's economy has a fighting chance. The Defense Department and the U.S. Geological Survey have teamed up to provide Afghanistan investors with maps showing where extraction wealth might be located. For more on this program we turn to the head of the Mineral Resources Program at U-S-G-S, Larry Meinert, mineral resources program coordinator at U.S.G.S, explained on the Federal Drive how the mapping will go.

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Friday - 03/28/2014, 08:44am EDT
Friday federal headlines -- March 28, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, an outside review dubs the National Nuclear Security Administration a failure and the FBI is fixated on finding corrupt politicians.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The next generation of cybersecurity professionals needs more than just the obvious math or computer class. As part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, students are getting practical advice on things like how to conduct yourself on social media. They also get hands on experience. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has more from the CyberForce Summit in Arlington.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:51pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As if there weren't enough uncertainty in the Pentagon's budget future, officials are wrestling with another looming threat: When the war in Afghanistan formally ends, there's no guarantee DoD will hold onto the overseas contingency account that's funded that operation since 2001. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, military leaders say losing those funds would create a huge problem.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:21am EDT
Chris Cate, Vice President of Research, Student Veterans of America

Just over half of veterans are using the post-9/11 GI Bill to earn a college degree -- 51.7 percent.to be exact. The data comes from a newly-released study by the Student Veterans of America. Vice President of Research Chris Cate spoke about the findings on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:05am EDT
Marcus Owens, Caplin and Drysdale

The IRS is reorganizing its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division.That's the office at the center of a controversy about whether it targeted conservative groups' applications. Under the new move, technical law specialists and support staff will shift to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Marcus Owens, the former head of the Exempt Organizations Division, now with the law firm Caplin and Drysdale, spoke to Federal Drive about how fundamental a change the move is.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 09:37am EDT
Joshua Rose, Senior Associate, Tully Rinckey

House and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is accusing the White House of violating the Hatch Act. He is demanding that the Obama administration turn over documents related to the re-opening of its Office of Political Outreach and Strategy during an election year. In this week's legal loop, Joshua Rose, senior associate at the law firm Tully Rinckey, spoke with the Federal Drive about the do's and don'ts of the Hatch Act.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 08:04am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 27, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news,the Peace Corps diversifies its volunteers and donations to the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign are down 19 percent.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

Keeping industry engaged and expanding and improving the federal cyber workforce were hot topics in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has more.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:51pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon leaders say the reductions to military personnel spending they're proposing as part of the 2015 budget weren't easy decisions, but Congress needs to OK them this year, or the overall budget picture will get far worse over the next five years. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:18pm EDT
John Palguta, Partnership for Public Service

Federal employees will soon get their annual chance to speak out about how they're feeling about their workplace, morale and management within agencies. The Office of Personnel Management will soon roll out this year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Federal Drive host Emily Kopp spoke with John Palguta, vice president of public policy at the Partnership for Public Service, who offered some tips for agency managers prepping for the survey.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:12pm EDT
Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine

The Food Safety Modernization Act passed three years ago boosted the Food and Drug Administration's power to keep our food supply safe. But like any new law, the devil is in the details and they've been a long time coming. The FDA is still working on the major rules. Mike Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine, spoke with Federal Drive host Emily Kopp about what comes next with the rules.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:59pm EDT
Rob Coen, Acting Director, NIH IT Acquisition and Assessment Center

Proponents of government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) say agencies are starting to understand their value. They are optimistic even though less than 15 percent of all federal IT spending goes through GWACs now. Rob Coen, acting director of NIH's Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, spoke with Federal Drive host Emily Kopp about the GWAC programs NIH manages. Kopp caught up with Coen at the recent Acquisition Excellence Conference.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:49pm EDT
Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The most expensive defense program ever, the F-35 fighter plane, is running into more problems. The Government Accountability Office says software delays could force the Marine Corps to push back its roll out scheduled for next year. What's more, the auditors say the Defense Department will have to spend more than $12 billion annually on the program for the next 22 years. For more on the future of the F-35 program, Federal Drive host Emily Kopp spoke to Rob Levinson, a senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government. Read our related story.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 11:47am EDT
Costliest defense program in history faces further problems, delays

A new Government Accountability report finds that the DoD will have to spend $12 billion annually over the next 22 years on the F-35 program. Rob Levinson, Bloomberg Government senior defense analyst, explains the impact.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 08:18am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - March 26, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta defends her agency after an article in the Washington Post, and the IRS says bitcoin is property, not money.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 06:34pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The National Institute of Standards and Technology brought agency and industry experts to its Gaithersburg headquarters to discuss cloud computing this week. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson was there. She spoke with NIST Cloud Technical Program Manager Robert Bohn about the key word of the event — interoperability. Read Lauren's related story.

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