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9:03 am, December 20, 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.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 09:06am EST
Vicki Schmanske, Lockheed Martin

It's been a little over a year since Lockheed Martin opened the doors to its continuous diagnostics and mitigation lab. Since then, Lockheed has been conducting workshops with chief information security officers, security operations center managers, and cyber analysts. Vicki Schmanske is the vice president of IT and Security Solutions at Lockheed Martin. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained the threat landscape and what the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program can do for agencies looking to secure their enterprise networks.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:49am EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Education Department is giving potential managers a chance to walk in their supervisors' shoes. A program called "A Day in the Life" lets those on the rise see what it's like to be a manager by shadowing a current one over a few days. Quay Crowner is the Education Department's acting deputy chief administration officer and HR director. She told Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller about how the program is part of a broader employee engagement effort going on across the department.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:38am EST
Jim Talent, American Enterprise Institute

After at least two leading candidates took their names out of contention for Defense Secretary, the President turned to Ashton Carter, a former deputy secretary. Carter first worked as a civilian analyst in the 1970s, and holds degrees in physics and medieval history. He held policy positions in both the Clinton and Obama adminsitrations. What can the military expect from a Secretary Carter? Former Senator Jim Talent, now a senior fellow and director of the National Security 2020 Project at the American Enterprise Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:33am EST
Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health announced a vaccine they've been testing for the Ebola virus appears to be safe so far, and that a clinical study in West Africa could happen in early 2015. Is it too good to be true? Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of NIH's National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why the latest study's finding of the vaccine's safety is an important step forward.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 07:59am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - December 3, 2014

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, House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a $585 billion defense policy bill for 2015, official word on the nomination of Ashton Carter for Defense Secretary is expected this week and a multi-billion-dollar defense bill proposed by Congress includes more steps to combat military sexual assaults.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:41am EST
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

We'll soon find out which agencies made the 2014 Best Places To Work in the Federal Government list. The Partnership for Public Service is scheduled to release the annual survey next Tuesday (Dec. 9). As anticipation builds, John Palguta, vice president for public policy at the Partnership joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some action items for agency managers in advance of the release.

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Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:33am EST
Jason McNamara, Senior Technical Advisor, HHS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid wants to change how it delivers and measures Medicaid. It launched the Medicaid Accelerator Program back in July. The goal is to get Medicaid services and payments to its beneficiaries faster than ever before. It's crowdsourcing best practices for payment and services delivery from states and other health providers. Jason McNamara is one of the leaders behind IAP and a senior technical advisor for CMS in the Health and Human Services Department. He spoke with Emily Kopp and Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how CMS wants to pass its improvements onto the states.

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Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:25am EST
Leslie Steele, President, AFCEA Bethesda Chapter

A simple question is being answered in sundry ways this morning. How can information technology assist in the mission to deliver the most effective health care? Innovators and practitioners assembled this morning for AFCEA Bethesda's annual Health IT day at the Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center. Leslie Steele is the resident of AFCEA's Bethesda Chapter and helped form the agenda for the seventh annual conference. She spoke with Emily Kopp and Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what's changed since the first iteration.

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Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:34am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 2, 2014

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, DHS secretary Jeh Johnson says he doens't want to be the next DoD secretary, the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will remain open for at least another year and all funds in the Thrift Savings Plan return in the black for November.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:32am EST
Michael Tinsley, CEO, NeoSystems Corporation

Doing business with the federal government can be lucrative, but no one ever said it was easy. Contractors have always had hoops within hoops to jump through to get and then maintain their federal business. Now a few new challenges are popping up. Michael Tinsley is the CEO of NeoSystems Corporation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about a few near-term issues for government contractors.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:56am EST
Darci Marchese, Reporter, WTOP

Returning from war can be difficult for service members. Those who leave with physical and mental wounds often face long recovery times. The Warrior Canine Connection is trying to make that process a bit easier. Reporter Darci Marchese, from Federal News Radio's sister station WTOP, reports on the extraordinary journey that's helping to turn dogs into healers.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:55am EST
Joshua Kneifel, Research Economist, NIST

When architects and engineers design buildings, they have to meet local building codes. But, simply meeting those codes won't ensure you have the most efficient design for the long haul. Joshua Kneifel is a research economist in the engineering laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson about a new tool NIST engineers developed that lets builders measure the economic and environmental impacts of everything from the floor to the roof.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 08:24am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 1, 2014

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, Congress returns to work today, Researchers say a new vaccine against Ebole appears safe after tests on 20 healthy people and Syrian activists say Islamic State militants were pounded by as many as 30 airstrikes Sunday by U.S. led coalition warplanes on Sunday.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:37am EST
Tisha Thompson, Investigative Reporter, NBC 4 Investigative Team

The U.S. Postal Service is never more in demand than now, the year-end holiday season. But Postal employees face more than a heavy workload. Year-round, they're dealing with the threat of assaults as they make their rounds, sometimes in the dark. Then there's this: Postal Service employees who have faced sexually assault by their coworkers. In a new report by the NBC News-4 Investigative Team, two Postal workers told investigative reporter Tisha Thompson what they said happened to them and the retaliation they faced after speaking out. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her investigation.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:32am EST
Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Agencies spend more and more each year on professional services. Now the General Services Administration is hatching a plan to round up all of the professional services contractors and herd them into one big multiple award schedule. It'll be called the Professional Services Schedule. Miguel Garrido, a quantitative analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the impetus for the move, how it will work, and who the new schedule will benefit.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:25am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Selling to the federal government is a unique occupation. In no other industry do marketing and sales people face the dauting set of laws and regulations they face here. Yet, personal relationships matter in government contracting just like they do in the commercial world. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 6: We contractors don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 07:54am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 26, 2014

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 leading candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary has reportedly taken herself out of the running, Congressional Republicans are considering a hybrid approach to avoiding a government shutdown and a new bill would allow the Veterans Affairs Department to recommend medical marijuana for some patients.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:09am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is on the street with a new procurement to replace its patient scheduling system. The department has used the current system since 1986. It's the one scheduling staff used to manipulate data on patient waiting times in Phoenix and several other locations across the country. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about this RFP and more in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:08am EST
Jim Thomas, Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments

The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is bringing the administration's military and foreign policies into a new light. The next secretary will have to deal with the lingering issues of pay and benefits reform, sequestration, and the new technology offset strategy. Jim Thomas, vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, analyzed what Hagel's resignation means for the agency's present and future on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act appeared to sail through the Senate. The goal is to hold agencies more accountable for disclosing records and create a more uniform system for the public to file FOIA requests. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously. Sean Vitka, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the bill would do.

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