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10:51 pm, April 17, 2014

Federal Drive

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Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring 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.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:21am EDT
Marcia Smith, Editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com

U.S. tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis have spilled over into space. NASA has suspended all joint activities with Russia, except for the International Space Station. Employees cannot email or hold teleconferences with Russian counterparts. Marcia Smith, editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com discussed the situation with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read the Associated Press' related article.

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Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:07am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

House Republicans have released their 2015 budget plan. Plenty of provisions would affect federal employees, if they were to become law. Among them, feds would have to contribute more toward their own retirement. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler tells Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the plan and shares comments on the issue. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 04/04/2014, 08:06am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 4, 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, two senators want to eliminate NTIS, and the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum gets a huge donation from Boeing.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:26am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The next version of cloud security standards is under development, even as agencies race to comply with current ones. The General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are kicking off FedRAMP 2.0 by incorporating new NIST guidance. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain how the agencies are keeping different standards aligned. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:04am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The great thing about federal contracting is that the rulemakers never rest. Just when you are sure you've got it all figured out, things change. The latest rules are just out from the Labor Department. They concern affirmative action programs required of federal contractors. In Federal Drive's weekly legal loop segment, hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp turned to procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo & Powell for an explanation.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 09:43am EDT
Jim Cochrane, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Postal Service

Nearly 250,000 letter carriers will get handheld devices that let them track packages in real time. It's part of a major technology upgrade at the Postal Service that the agency hopes will give it an edge over competitors like UPS and FedEx. Chief Information Officer Jim Cochrane has called the deal a "billion-dollar bet on the future of the shipping business." He joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain the new device that enhances delivery infrastructure.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 09:31am EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

Defense officials hope a new era in military medicine has arrived. The centerpiece is the seven-month-old Defense Health Agency. It replaced TRICARE Management Activity as part of efforts to streamline the delivery of medical services. Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas is the Chief Medical Officer and director of DHA's Operations Command. As part of Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month, he tells Coordinating Producer Lauren Larson how the agency is streamlining delivery and cutting healthcare costs.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 08:00am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 3, 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, OPM says its training website has saved $100 million, and the U.S. Mint has already sold out of gold coins to commemorate the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

After trying and failing for the past several years to get Congress to raise health care premiums for military retirees, the Defense Department says it focuses its current plan on creating the right incentives for the people its health plan covers. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD thinks it can discourage the most expensive care options and still provide top-notch health care.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Two fellows in the Presidential Innovation Fellows program are leveraging technology and crowdsourcing to make disaster response faster and more efficient in order to help save lives. Federal News Radio's Web Editor Shefali Kapadia has taken an in-depth look at the fellows program as part of a special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows. She joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss her special report and the individual projects making a difference.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Ron Sanders, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Today's General Schedule system is a "relic of a bygone era," according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. It says the government needs to be more attuned to the private sector. At least one federal union is criticizing the plan. Ron Sanders, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, discussed the details of the report with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The U.S. government wants to offload old military equipment in Afghanistan and nearby countries so it doesn't have to pack it up and take it home. Pentagon officials say selling 800 mine-resistant armored vehicles, for example, could make hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and save $500 million in shipping. For more on the ins and outs of selling military hardware, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst for Bloomberg Government.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:12pm EDT
Jack London, Chairman, CACI International

As the military's nuclear force suffers from a widespread cheating scandal, leaders promise to crack down on ethics. Not just for the rank-and-file but also for their commanders. CACI International Chairman Jack London has written a new book, "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor." In it, he reflects on the ethics lessons his company learned from being implicated in one of the biggest scandals of the Iraq War.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 08:18am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 2, 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, NTEU asks Congress to restore full mass transit benefits for feds, and Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says she won't tolerate misbehavior by agents.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00pm EDT
Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Telework and a strong technology infrastructure could be the best way to find and keep talented employees at your agency. That's according to a Federal News Radio survey of chief human capital officers across the federal government. Jeri Buchholz, NASA's chief human capital officer, joined Federal News Radio's Jason Miller and Francis Rose to discuss the results of the survey and NASA's new culture strategy to tackle those challenges. Read Jason's related article and view the full survey results.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:40am EDT
Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Better disaster response could save lives. A streamlined buying process could save time and money for the government. The public and private sectors are working together to find solutions to these challenges. It's all part of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Federal News Radio's Web editor Shefali Kapadia has taken an in-depth look at the fellows program.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:35am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

FedRAMP cloud security standards aren't enough for the Defense Department. A new policy details more requirements for vendors. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller writes about DoD's cloud security requirements in Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:30am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill

President Barack Obama aims to stop the National Security Agency from collecting bulk telephone metadata. Instead, he wants phone companies to store the data and make it available to the NSA with a judge's permission. He's asked Congress for a legislative fix to NSA surveillance within 90 days. The whole program expires next year, so there's pressure to do something. Julian Hattem, staff writer for The Hill newspaper, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the prospects are for a new law now.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:20am EDT
Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department promises to be "digital by default." The new initiative seeks to provide better and faster service to veterans. The department is hiring experts from outside the government to build the technology to streamline offerings. Marina Martin, VA's chief technology officer, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp the effort goes beyond simply tackling the persistent backlog of disability claims.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:54am EDT
Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, GAO

The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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