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11:57 pm, November 26, 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.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:38am EST
Rick Holgate, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Around federal information technology circles, Rick Holgate's name is roughly synonymous with mobile computing. As CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Holgate is an early and enthusiastic adopter of mobile technologies. But what's new eventually gets a little dated. Now ATF is about to undergo a pretty big technology refresh. Rick Holgate joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:31am EST
Randy Tharp, Director of Business Development, Five 9 Group

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. He's a wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, and he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five 9 Group. Tom Temin spoke to Tharp on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:30am EST
Tim Sullivan, Thompson Coburn and Public Contracting Institute

Subcontractors live in a sort of netherworld. They often don't deal directly with the government, and they're subject to capriciousness by the primes. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. In today's installment, Sullivan tackles myth number four: It's better to work as a subcontractor because our company won't be exposed directly to the government the way a prime is. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:39am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 11, 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, more details emerge about the VA's restructuring, PTO employees face allegations of telework abuse and fraud, hackers broke into the USPS systems and compromised data on 800,000 employees and more.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:11am EST
Ellen Herbst, Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Ellen Herbst is the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Commerce Department. She's also one of the newly elected NAPA fellows. Herbst joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she can contribute to the academy's work.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:06am EST
Dick Stapleton, Health and Human Services Department

Everyone's on smartphones and tablets these days and lots of websites are becoming more mobile-friendly. This year, the Health and Human Services Department moved HHS.gov to a responsive design template. That lets users more easily read, pan and scroll on a website regardless of the viewing device. Now HHS is sharing its design code so other agencies can make their own websites more responsive. Dick Stapleton, deputy director of the HHS Digital Communications Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:02am EST
Sharon Roth, Senior Research Analyst, Merit Systems Protection Board

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board has issued fresh guidance for federal managers on the topic of veterans hiring preferences. Two laws underpin the myriad of veterans preference regulations. Sharon Roth, a senior research analyst at the Merit Systems Protection Board, was the project manager of the report. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the new guidance.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:04am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 10, 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, the VA considers disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees, the AP reports that employees and contractors are responsible for at least half of federal cyber attacks and Open Season begins today, allowing federal employees to change their health, dental or vision insurance.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 08:16am EST
Friday federal headlines - November 7, 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, the inspector general says a Justice Department student hiring program was marred by nepotism, GAO says the FDA needs to be more thorough in how it samples imported food for pesticide testing and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says wait times at VA hospitals are down 18 percent since May.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:50am EST
Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance

It's no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:47am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is having success with a new data transparency effort designed to drive better business deals on sole-source contracts. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain that the initiative is designed to track all of DoD's business arrangements with a given vendor, allowing individual contracting officers to learn from past deals.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:44am EST
Judith Douglas, Hewlett-Packard

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Judith Douglas, a former division director at the General Services Administration and former adviser for management operations, information systems design and modernization at the IRS. Now she's a client industry executive in the global government industry group at Hewlett-Packard. Douglas joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her career and induction into NAPA.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 06:56am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's goal is straightforward: rebuild the trust in the VA. In his first 100 days as secretary, McDonald met with dozens of employees, lawmakers and other key stakeholders to both listen and understand how best to do that. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the steps McDonald has taken and plans to take.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 09:29am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

When it comes to retirement savings and other benefits, federal employees have better options than many in the private sector. That's one of the findings from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which presented its findings yesterday. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 09:20am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies should expect more coordinated and aggressive oversight of government programs now that Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress. That's one of several changes federal employees and contractors should expect with the turnover in the House and Senate. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the election means for government management issues.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:37am EST
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

The campaigning is done and the votes are in. Republicans will soon gain control of the Senate for the first time since 2007, and they've widened their lead in the House. So what can feds expect from their newly elected officials? Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share her perspective.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:00am EST
Andrew Ceresney, Co-Director, Division of Enforcement, SEC

Big changes continue at the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is deep into an investigation into whether Centers for Medicare and Medicaid employees leaked information to stock traders. At the same time, the agency is dealing with an uptick in its caseload over the last year to nearly 700 enforcement actions. Some experts say the numbers represent only a partial success because the SEC hasn't launched many blockbuster investigations. Andrew Ceresney, director of enforcement at the SEC, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive and explained the agency's priorities.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 07:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - November 6, 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 appropriators are trying to agree on a 12-part omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2015, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of retirement claims grows for the first time in three months and President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for new war powers to fight Islamic State militants.

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