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10:31 am, May 28, 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.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:30am EDT
Frank Webb, Deputy Manager, Earth System Science Formulation Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has joined the relief effort in Nepal, which was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake several weeks ago. Using satellite data, NASA is compiling maps that show areas with the most movement and the most damage. It's information the Nepalese would have no other way to get on their own. Frank Webb is the deputy manager of the Earth System Science Formulation Office in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On the Federal Drive, he told Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia more about the relief efforts.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:26am EDT
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

A new piece of legislation would help ensure a smoother transition between presidential administrations. The bill would put a senior-level, White House-led interagency transition council in place at least six months before Election Day to help with the move. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He's also one of the bill's two sponsors, along with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Johnson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how he perceives the transition process today.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:00am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 11, 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, new rules from the National Archives and Records Administration seek to bring some order to how agencies handle controlled, unclassified information, Attorney General Loretta Lynch moves forward on plans to investigate the police department in Baltimore and the Postal Service loses $1.5 billion in the first three months of this year.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:56am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is reconsidering how it can use cloud computing services. Three years after deciding this new approach to technology delivery wasn't for the agency, VA is having second thoughts. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on where VA is heading.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:44am EDT
Maggie Hahn, Military Affairs Relationship Director, USAA's Military Advocacy Group

Summer is approaching, and that means it'll soon be peak moving season for thousands of military families. For the average military family, a permanent change in station occurs every two to three years 2 1/2 times more frequently than civilian families. Maggie Hahn is the Military Affairs Relationship Director for the United States Automobile Association's Military Advocacy Group. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some advice for military families headed to a new home.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:43am EDT
Tony Capaccio, Reporter, Bloomberg News

The House Armed Services Committee is busy at work on the 2016 National Defense Authorization bill. In a 700-page report accompanying the bill, the committee is asking for a list of reports. Bloomberg News reporter Tony Capaccio joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with what the committee wants and the major policy provisions in the bill.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 08:47am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 8, 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, officials tell the Senate Judiciary Committee, there's a good reason the FOIA backlog across the government grew so much last year, GAO finds Defense has a long way to go when it comes to settling whistleblower reprisal cases and the board running the Thrift Savings Plan gets more questions about cybersecurity.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 03:43am EDT
Do feds really receive regular evil-tongue lashings?

Commentary: Federal Drive host Tom Temin wonders what qualifies as "fed-bashing" these days, and what that means for workforce morale.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:25am EDT
Van Hitch, Senior Adviser, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Office of Management and Budget released its draft guidance for agency compliance with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act last week. FITARA gives federal CIOs greater budgetary responsibility, and a larger say in IT decisions. OMB's draft guidance attempts to help agencies navigate these new waters. Van Hitch is a senior adviser at Deloitte Consulting, and a former Justice Department CIO. As part of the Partnership for Public Service's SAGE Program, he was part of a team of former government officials who volunteered their time to review and comment on these draft guidelines at the request of OMB. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in it.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:18am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It's not complicated to avoid patent infringement. But even federal agencies sometimes do it sometimes even when they helped the company that developed the patented technology. In the case of Liberty Ammunition and the lead-free bullet, the government learned an expensive lesson. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this cautionary tale.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 08:37am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 7, 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 inspector general questions whether the IRS is tough enough on its own employees who don't pay their taxes, the FAA teams up with industry to find solution for safe drone usage and a State Department officials tells Senators that former secretary Clinton's private server was unacceptable.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy marks the five-year anniversary of its Fleet Cyber Command today by rolling out a new cyber strategy to carry it through the next five. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the plan is organized around five big-picture priorities. Each priority has tasks the Navy needs to complete within the next 18 months.

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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:58am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 6, 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, OPM authorizes agencies to use speedy hiring authority to build their teams of digital whiz kids, the White House guidance to agencies on 2017 budgets calls for holding the line on discretionary spending and a pending Senate bill shows how frustrated some members are with the progress in service improvement at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:53am EDT
Chris Smith, Vice President, Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

Fleet management solutions help agencies cut costs and improve logistics using real-time information on the status of deployed vehicles and equipment. AT&T might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of fleet management. But it's gained experience managing its own fleet of tens of thousands of vehicles. Chris Smith is the vice president for technology at AT&T Government Solutions. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how it all works.

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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:51am EDT
Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), American University

President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When confirmed, he'll succeed retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. But what can we expect from the man nicknamed "Fighting Joe?". Retired Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now a visiting scholar at American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to outline some of the challenges Dunford will be facing.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:47am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

If the nation is thinking about the next presidential election, it might as well be thinking about the next presidential transition. A bipartisan Senate bill is aimed at ensuring smoother transitions in part by giving career officials the job of ensuring continuity. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some commentary on the bill.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:41am EDT
Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

Everyone wants to prepare their child for life after school, whether that means college or something else. That's where College and Career Readiness standards come into play. They outline what a child should know and be able to do from kindergarten through the end of high school. Tom Brady is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the CCR standards.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT
Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:34am EDT
Capt. Andrew Tucci, Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard unveiled a new cybersecurity strategy earlier this month. It doesn't just focus on protecting Coast Guard networks and systems. It also includes the country's 3,600 ports. That's because so many ports are nearly fully automated, and therefore vulnerable to cyber attacks. Capt. Andrew Tucci is the chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Compliance. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said cyber attacks comprise the fastest growing risk, even at the ports.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 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, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

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