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6:23 am, April 27, 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.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 10:41am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures, and Congress has rejected each one. But with or without lawmakers' approval, military bases are getting smaller. DoD may even close some of them without Congress' explicit permission. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:55am EDT
Jorge Uquillas, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Information technology companies are looking for new business in places they may not have looked before, such as the federal market. That's been driving some important mergers and acquisitions lately. So has the expanding health IT market. Bloomberg Government has examined several of these recent takeovers. Jorge Uquillas is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more of what's going on in the federal supplier base.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:52am EDT
Dr. Steve Howell, Kepler Mission Project Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has given its highest award to NASA's Kepler mission team. The 2015 Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding work in aerospace science and technology. Kepler was the first to detect Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars at distances such that those planets might harbor life. Since its launch in March 2009, Kepler has discovered more than 4,000 of these exoplanets. Dr. Steve Howell, a Kepler Mission scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this work.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:48am EDT
Nick Bristow, 18F Innovation Specialist, GSA

Online security and online access for people with disabilities have collided. Many of the most common Web practices for ensuring a user is actually human can be very difficult to use if you've got a disability. For example, Techniques like CAPTCHA, which requires users to type in a distorted word or symbol, can be impossible for the blind. To remedy that, the General Services Administration's 18F tech team recently held an "Accessibility Hackathon." They want to find a way to keep dot-gov sites secure and make them more accessible. Nick Bristow is an 18F innovation specialist working on this problem. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain some of the team's ideas.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:46am EDT
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

A number of changes to USASpending.gov took effect on April 1, and they've already got people irked. The site is supposed to provide easy public access to data on federal contracts, grants and financial assistance. Treasury Fiscal Assistant Secretary David Lebryk says in a blog post that the changes were supposed to help improve site navigation, and make the data it tracks easier to understand. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the site changes and the blowback they've already generated.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy's cyber command has reached the grand old age of five. To celebrate, it's finalizing a new strategy. The new document outlines the concept of integrating the cyber domain into the broader warfighter domain. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where the Navy, and the rest of DoD, is heading toward with cyber as a tool for warfighters.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:02am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 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, a power outage sends home several federal employees in Washington, D.C.,

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:49am EDT
Ann Amrhein, Deputy Associate Commissioner, SSA

A group of Social Security Administration employees developed a Web application that lets analysts sift through terabytes of data. They can use a nearly infinite number of search criteria. That's enabled the agency to detect and prevent a lot of fraud and abuse. The application has gotten some attention. It was one of 30 finalists for ACT-IAC's 2015 "Igniting Innovation" awards. Ann Amrhein, the deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumerations and Administrative Systems, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the award-winning program.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:46am EDT
Doug Criscitello, Executive Director, Center for Finance & Policy, MIT

The federal budget development process for 2016 is looking a lot like the last decade's worth of budget work: Messy and potentially demanding on federal managers. Doug Criscitello was the chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now he's executive director of MIT's Center for Finance and Policy. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with advice on coping with the process.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:57am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 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,

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 05:43am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

By publicizing stories from IRS workers in the field, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is trying to change the minds of many in Congress and reverse the five-year trend of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how NTEU is making its case in the heart of tax filing season.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT
Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT
David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:54am EDT
Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

It will be several more years, at least, until first responders can access a nation-wide broadband network being built exclusively for them. It's called the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. Even with a $7 billion budget, the project has encountered a number of obstacles. Alan Tilles is the chairman of telecommunications at the law firm Shulman Rogers. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on FirstNet's struggles.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 07:33am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 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, Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads East, Chelsea Manning tweets from prison and the Energy Department trains servicemembers for jobs in the solar industry.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has made clear in at least two federal laws that it thinks military members should be able to vote in state, local and federal elections no matter where they are. But a large group of the House of Representatives is still worried that's not the case. They want GAO to take a fresh look at the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office that facilitates overseas voting programs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu shares this and other news in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's notebook.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:43am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees across the government have been watching the IRS and the challenges it has with its workforce. Commissioner John Koskinen said this year will be the last year for a hiring freeze, as the agency has to replenish a staff that's aging in place with thousands eligible to retire. This sounds like good news for IRS employees. But is it? Federal News Radio's Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share with some of your comments.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:27am EDT
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

The Small Business Administration is reopening the comment period for a rule proposed late last year. The SBA is trying to bring small business contracting rules in line with what was mandated by the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. But critics say the SBA's approach is unfair to small businesses. Many of them would qualify as large businesses, while several large businesses could qualify as small. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and a long-time procurement attorney. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 08:26am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 2, 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 Veterans Affairs Department appoints four new members to the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, A senator says Congress might spare the National Institutes of Health from sequestration and it's good news, bad news for the Postal Service.

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