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11:19 pm, January 24, 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.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:28am EST
Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabiliies and Management, GAO

Pentagon and Congressional defense leaders worry military bases, especially large test ranges, are potential targets for spying by foreign governments. That's why they want to know who their neighbors are and what they are doing so close to DOD camps and bases. Brian Lapore is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why it's important to understand who owns and occupies the land surrounding training ranges.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:23am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies haven't quite found the right balance between cybersecurity and accessibility when it comes to their data. It's been two years since the White House issued its strategy on information sharing and safeguarding. And the Information Sharing Environment continues to steer efforts to achieve the administration's goals. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the ISE. In part 2 of his interview with executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive, Paul says there is movement on the security and ease of access question.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 08:17am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 30, 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 IRS says it will launch the 2015 tax filing season on time, the Navy assists in the recovery of a downed Indonensian airliner and a special inspector general will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:31am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The improved sharing of law enforcement and homeland security information is having the intended effect 10 years after Congress created a new office to lead the effort. The impact of all the changes can now be understood more than a year after the tragic and deadly attack at the Boston Marathon. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. He told executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about how the response to the Boston Marathon attack, and other examples, shows just how much progress has been made over the last decade.

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Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:24am EST
Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has been steadily increasing its number of agents. But recently the agency commissioned a recruitment drive aimed at boosting the ranks of female agents. Only about 5 percent of CBP's 21,000 agents are women. But with more and more women trying to cross the Mexican border, CBP officials think having more women agents could help. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the agency's push to hire more female agents, starting with the results of its recruitment drive.

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Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:22am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 29, 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 Veterans Affairs sustains another data breach, the Merit Systems Protection Board upholds the firing the director of the VA's Phoenix medical center and hundreds of New Englanders are sounding off about a Coast Guard plan to update its coastal foghorns.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:15am EST
Courtney O'Callaghan, Chief Digital Officer, Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery the Smithsonian's museums featuring Asian art will ring in the new year by releasing their entire collections online to the public on Jan. 1. The majority of the 40,000 pieces have never been seen before by the public. Most will be available in high resolution. Courtney O'Callaghan is the galleries' chief digital officer. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about this digital transition and the collection itself.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 08:55am EST
Tim Blades, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

A Defense Department team was recently honored by a British chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear industry group. DOD was the first organization outside the United Kingdom to get top honors from the group known as CBRN UK. The team received its award for developing and operating the ship-mounted system that destroyed tons of Syrian chemical weapons last year. The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System was housed on the converted container ship MV Cape Ray. Tim Blades is the deputy director of program integration at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, which had a major hand in developing the technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the technology and the challenges the team faced.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 07:53am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 23, 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, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) wants the next Congress to make Postal Service reform a top priority, a former Pentagon official gets five years in prison for sex offense charges and construction has restarted on the stalled Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colorado.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:52am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government-issued contracts usually include pages of boilerplate. Contractors ignore it at their peril. Buried in all that fine print might be clauses that can burn you. Contracting legal expert Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." He's been exploring these myths on the Federal Dive with Tom Temin. Today, Sullivan tackles the 10th and final myth: Solicitations are filled with standard provisions that don't require careful reading. Sullivan says, to the contrary. Make sure someone combs over all that boilerplate.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:49am EST
Jim Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

With each passing week, the stakes in the cybersecurity game get higher. Now Sony is reeling from a cyber attack U.S. officials believe originated in North Korea. This incident got Tom Temin wondering if the average federal agency has sufficient defenses against an attack like this. Or if it has enough resilience to recover. Jim Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined the Federal Drive with an update on the government's cybersecurity status.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:13am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

As winter settles in with its icy bite, the Office of Personnel Management is just warming up. The agency announced some updates to its dismissal and closure procedures for feds in the D.C. area. Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss these changes what's new this year, and what feds think of the additions.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 07:42am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 22, 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 Veterans Affairs Department tries to cater to a growing number of female veterans, federal employees under the General Schedule will receive a 1 percent pay increase in 2015 and the Army is a step closer to deciding the final fate of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:57am EST
David Dye, Director, Federal Human Capital Services, Deloitte

Some days, it's not easy being a senior career executive in the Federal Government. Ill will reached a peak last summer at the height of scandal in the Veterans Affairs Department. That led to Congress enacting legislation cutting the civil service protection of SESers at the VA. A couple of weeks ago, President Obama gave the SES a pat on the back, promising to make the service into how it was originally envisioned. So what will 2015 bring? David Dye, the director of Federal Human Capital Services at Deloitte and a former official at the Office of Personnel Management, offered some answers on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:54am EST
Lori Walsh, Chief, Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics, SEC

For years the Securities and Exchange Commission has been seen as perhaps a step behind the securities fraudsters it's charged with stopping. But at least one branch is embracing the technological future, using the latest electronic tools to spot potential wrongdoing. Lori Walsh is the chief of the SEC's Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics. It houses some of the agency's brightest minds, all focused on stopping new forms of Wall Street crime. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how they're going about it.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52am EST
Mike Kucharek, Spokesman, NORAD

It's that most wonderful time of the year again. And as Santa gears up for his annual flight, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) prepares to track his progress. That will happen, as it always has, on Dec. 24, and Santa's location will be available to all the little and not-so-little prying eyes who can't wait for those shiny boots to drop down through their chimneys. Mike Kucharek is a spokesman for NORAD. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight into this annual event, starting with how it began.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:21am EST
Wendy Taylor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Workers on the front lines battling Ebola face a lot of dangers. One of the biggest? Simply taking off their protective suits at the end of the day. It's a multi-step process with no margin for error. To combat this and other logistical problems, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched what it calls the "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge." It solicited designs and innovations from all over the world. Wendy Taylor, director of USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to parse the challenge's results.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:14am EST
Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

If recent events on the cybersecurity front have scared the heck out of you, well, good. There's a lot you can do. How about start by reading the latest version of the government's premier publications on how to assess whether your security and privacy controls are adequate for today's hacker-plagued world? Dr. Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project and Joint Task Force Leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the newest revision of Special Publication 800-53-A.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:05am EST
Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Dept. of Justice

A new cybersecurity unit at the Justice Department will offer itself as a legal advisor for cyber crime investigations worldwide. It will be operating under the department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. And its doors are already open. Michael Stawasz, the deputy chief for computer crime in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why this unit was needed, as well as what sets it apart from DOJ's existing cyber crime departments.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:04am EST
Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama's wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.

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