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10:52 pm, October 1, 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 - 04/24/2014, 11:24am EDT
Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Millenium Challenge Corporation

Agencies are supposed to embrace data: Put it out there, hold datapaloozas so clever entrepreneurs can build useful apps with government information, collect it or use data to drive policy decisions. But you need to trust that data is accurate. Reliability is a major concern at the Millenium Challenge Corporation, which uses data to make decisions on international development. Alicia Phillips Mandaville, the agency's managing director for development policy, is part of a new effort to close data gaps. She tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp agencies are supposed to embrace data, but first that data has to be right.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:11am EDT
Steve Ryan, Corporate Litigator at McDermott, Will and Emery

The Defense Department is not keeping track of all the senior officials who leave for jobs with contractors. Congress requires those officials, including flag officers and generals, to get written legal opinions before moving on. Lots of paperwork involved. But at DoD, the inspector general says the database that tracks the moves is incomplete. In this week's Legal Loop, Steve Ryan, an experienced corporate litigator and head of the government strategies practice at McDermott, Will and Emery, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the revolving door at the Pentagon.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 08:54am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 24, 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, postal workers nationwide stage protests at Staples stores, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel seeks to deepen the U.S. relationship with Mexico.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:40pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's top officer says Congress needs to allow his service to make the painful decision to retire entire fleets of aircraft in order to cope with budget cuts. Gen. Mark Welsh says if the money has to come from somewhere else, all the alternatives would jeopardize the Air Force's core missions. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new procurement ombudsman is closing the communications gap between the General Services Administration and its vendors. Creating the ombudsman job is one of several ways GSA is trying to be more responsive to its government and industry customers. Jeff Koses is GSA's senior procurement executive. In part two of executive editor Jason Miller's interview with GSA looking at industry communications, Koses discusses the new initiatives.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
Budget pressures shrink federal contract spending by 11 percent

Following a year of widespread budget uncertainty, federal contract spending fell by 11 percent, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg Government. All told, agency contract spending tumbled from $516.3 billion in fiscal 2012 to $462.1 billion last year, the report found.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:41am EDT
Dr. Willie Taylor, Department of the Interior

President Barack Obama wants the government to lead by example. He asks agencies to triple their use of renewable electricity sources by 2020 and get at least one-fifth of their energy from renewables. Willie Taylor, director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance at the Interior Department, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how his agency plans to meet the goal.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:36am EDT
Evan Croen, Bloomberg Government

It's that time of year again, when Bloomberg Government ranks the top 200 federal contractors. Which ones made it through 2013's ups and downs intact? Which ones thrived? Evan Croen, director of government sales research with Bloomberg Government, explained the 2013 contracting environment to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:26am EDT
Sarah Jane Staats, Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a young, small agency with a big mission. It seeks to help countries climb out of poverty. Its principles should sound familiar: Use evidence, focus on results, be transparent. Time and again, the White House has asked all agencies to apply those principles to their own work. But putting them into practice can require tradeoffs. Sarah Jane Staats, senior policy adviser for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the agency applies its principles day to day.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:19am EDT
Jim White, Director of Tax Issues, Government Accountability Office

Budget cuts have left the IRS high and dry. The Government Accountability Office says the agency has absorbed $900 million in cuts over the past four years. At the same time, the agency is failing to keep up with a growing source of tax revenue: large partnerships. Congress has raised concerns about the extent to which the IRS is able to audit these entities. Jim White, director of tax issues at the GAO, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the partnerships.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 08:19am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 23, 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, Director of Intelligence James Clapper orders employees to avoid the media, and the administration reopens the flow of foreign aid to the Egyptian military.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new effort at the General Services Administration will try to keep contracting decisions in the hands of contracting officers and keep management in the right oversight role. A report by the GSA Inspector General's office in 2013 said management interfered with decisions by contracting officers. Tom Sharpe is the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller in an exclusive interview about the steps he's taking to strike the right balance between management and contracting officers.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy says it will move forward this year to create two new acquisition vehicles to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service says it won't be any more expensive than petroleum products.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:06am EDT
Pamela Baker-Masson, Smithsonian National Zoo

In celebration of Earth Day, the Smithsonian National Zoo releases the Endangered Song. Only 400 people get a copy, because there are just 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Pamela Baker-Masson, associate director of communications for the zoo, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why the song is so important to the zoo's mission. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:02am EDT
Kate Tummarello, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The Federal Communications Commission has released a plan for auctioning off radio spectrum next year, but it still has tough decisions to make. The tech industry wants the FCC to set aside more free, unlicensed airwaves, but that won't help the government generate more revenue. Kate Tummarello, a staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the FCC plans to do.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:58am EDT
Ensign Jean-Pierre Spence, U.S. Coast Guard

Criminals on the waterway know no boundaries. The Coast Guard has signed an agreement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which will let the two work side-by-side as they enforce laws in the waters. Ensign Jean-Pierre Spence joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss the Shiprider program.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:55am EDT
Dr. Kenton Gregory, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, RevMedX

A new medical device is coming to aid soldiers on the battlefield. XSTAT is an expandable, multi-sponge dressing that controls bleeding in areas where tourniquets cannot. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the device. Dr. Kenton Gregory is chairman and chief technology officer at RevMedX, the company that makes XSTAT. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the device works.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:51am EDT
Diane Chalfant, Deputy Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service is developing a bison management plan. In the late 1990s, bison began moving to Grand Canyon National Park and staying there. Now they are taking a toll on the park's resources. Diane Chalfant, deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the management plan.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:56am EDT
Agencies celebrate Earth Day with hashtags, 'selfies'

From selfies to hashtags, agencies have asked Americans to actively participate in Earth Day by using social media.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 07:56am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 22, 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, GAO says budget cuts have led to staff shortages and uneven performance at the IRS, and FDA will decide how to regulate "E-Cigs."

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