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9:02 am, March 31, 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 - 03/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 16, 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 Treasury Department won't invest in the Thrift Savings Plan's G-Fund until the debt limit is resolved, the Obama administration abandons plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy tries podcasting.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:35am EDT
Bill Beyer, Partner, Deloitte

Shared services may be the biggest unrealized efficiency move the government can make. The principle is simple: Rather than duplicating the same function in every agency, use a common service provider. So why is the idea so slow to take off? That's what Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service tried to find out. Deloitte director Bill Beyer, co-author of their new report, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the findings.

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Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:28am EDT
David Sella, Program Manager, Warriors to Workforce, VA Acquisition Academy

Veterans Affairs' Warriors to Workforce program seems to work. It was one of the 124 programs recently honored by Harvard University's Ash Center with a Bright Ideas award. The VA program is designed to help wounded veterans transition into a new career. David Sella, the program manager of the Warriors to Workforce program, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program.

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Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:06am EDT
Retired Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch, National Commissioner, CyberPatriot

Students are gathered in Washington to show off their chops in defending virtual networks and mobile devices. They're facing off against teams of professional aggressors. Middle and high-school aged finalists make up 28 teams in the seventh CyberPatriot National Finals. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch is the Commissioner of CyberPatriot National. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on the finals.

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Friday - 03/13/2015, 09:19am EDT
Friday federal headlines - March 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, some recently introduced bills in Congress could affect feds' jobs and salary, Americans' confidence in the federal government has reached new lows and thieves posing as IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 10:10am EDT
Michael Allen, Managing Director, Beacon Global Strategies

Plans to overhaul the CIA are getting mixed reviews. Director John Brennan's plan, announced Friday, would bring operatives and analyticals together to work side-by-side. Critics say objectivity is at risk, while those in favor say the collaboration will produce a more powerful product. Michael Allen, the managing director of Beacon Global Strategies and former majority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explore the changes and what they mean.

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Thursday - 03/12/2015, 10:01am EDT
Tim Fullerton, Director of Digital Strategy, Interior Department

At last, spring is almost here. And to celebrate, the Interior Department, together with the Agriculture Department, wants to help people locate their nearest national park or maybe some other federally-managed property they might not know about. They're hosting a hackathon in April, and hope Web developers will create apps for travelers. Tim Fullerton, the director of digital strategy at Interior, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the hackathon.

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Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:57am EDT
Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

For more than 20 years, a driving principle behind federal procurement is a simple one: To the extent possible, the government should buy regular commercial items under regular commercial terms and conditions. That idea is enshrined in law and regulation. So when it doesn't happen, companies protest. In a dispute between contractor CGI Federal and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals reaffirmed that commercial principle. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why the ruling is so important.

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Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:04am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 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, Two Secret Service employees are under investigation by the Homeland Security Department inspector general, Defense Secretary Ash Carter urges Congress to pass President Obama's request for new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State and the IRS says it has a billion dollars in unclaimed tax refunds from the 2011 filing season.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:54pm EDT
Nancy Potok, Chief Operating Officer, Census Bureau

The White House is putting enterprise risk management front and center as it updates a key policy on internal controls. That should be out later this year, but some agencies already have embraced the concept. The Census Bureau did so after a crisis several years ago that was embarrassing and costly. Nancy Potok was the Bureau's chief financial officer back in 2000. She left the agency but returned in 2012 as its deputy director and chief operating officer. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp spoke to Potok after a presentation on enterprise risk management.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:11am EDT
Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The debate over the defense budget needs some fresh ideas. That's according to Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. He says too much attention is focused on cutting costs. Instead, the priority should be ensuring the military is buying the right things in the first place. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain further.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:10am EDT
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Pre-judging an opponent is a sure path to making a mistake in contract negotiating. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn. He's also authored the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the 10th and final commandment: You shall not stereotype your opponent. That's one of the biggest mistakes a contractor can make.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:08am EDT
Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Last year was a record-setting one for the National Park Service, with visitation at an all time high. More than 290 million people traipsed through the National Parks last year the highest total since 1987. And with 2016 marking the parks' centennial celebration, that number might rise. How is the Park Service coping with all the wear and tear? Jonathan Jarvis, the 18th director of the National Park Service, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the parks, and the new push to attract visitors.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:06am EDT
Bobby Smart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Air Force

Military contractor requirements seem simple enough: Get the right material to the right location on time. Some contractors are better at it than others. It's true that you get what you measure, which is why the military branches have the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). They use it to create an incentive program to spur on suppliers. Bobby Smart, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for Acquisition Integration, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the system works.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:03am EDT
Mike Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department couldn't provide reliable data on many of its current Acquisition Category II and III programs. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Those programs include everything from a multi-billion dollar radar modernization program to soldier clothing. Mike Sullivan, the director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 08:51am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - March 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,a bipartisan bill would build on programs to reduce veteran homelessness; the American Civil Liberties Union, Wikipedia and eight other groups are suing the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives backs off a plan to block a popular type of ammunition

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 06:20am EDT
David Mader, Controller, Office of Management and Budget

After a few years of declines, the government's improper payment rate jumped 14 percent in 2014. The Government Accountability Office said the increase came from major programs including Medicare fee for service, Medicaid, the earned income tax credit, unemployment insurance and supplemental security income. David Mader is the White House controller. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Executive Editor Jason Miller about some new steps to move the needle in the right direction.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 10:16am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Managers across the federal government know they have a big challenge when it comes to recruiting and maintaining a workforce of the future. A good one, that is. So, the Office of Personnel Management is going back to the basics in order to get the job done. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look inside OPM's latest strategy.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:51am EDT
Steve Jurczyk, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

Last Monday was the first day on the job for Steve Jurczyk. He was recently appointed as the associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA. He served as the deputy center director before this new assignment. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the center does, and what he hopes it will accomplish under his tenure.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:50am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Ever since the Veterans Affairs scheduling scandal broke, Congress has been heckling the department to fire more people. Robespierre might have resorted to the guillotine to secure the French Revolution. But is simply rolling heads the best strategy for getting the performance you want from your staff? John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with why firing is just one small piece of the performance puzzle.

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