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5:47 am, March 5, 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.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 08:26am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

When if comes to cybersecurity, who's your daddy? In your case, it's the White House. Federal agencies should expect a cybersecurity revival of sorts from the Office of Management and Budget this year. OMB is reasserting its cyber oversight role with a new group of experts. Grant Schneider is a federal cybersecurity advisor at OMB. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told executive editor Jason Miller about what agencies should expect in the coming months.

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Thursday - 02/12/2015, 07:31am EST
Thursday federal headlines - February 12, 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 former Postal Service contracting officer and a mail delivery contractor are charged in a bribery scheme, a new bill would prevent federal employees from watching pornography on government-issued devices, and what's former Secret Service official A.T. Smith doing now? It's a mystery.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:54am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House announces a new cyber threat intelligence center to better understand and coordinate the response to the threats the nation faces. The approach the administration is taking is not new. In fact, it's modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more about the new center and why many experts say this approach seems like the right one.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:52am EST
Stephen Shih, Office of Personnel Managment

After a one year hiatus thanks to tight budgets, the Office of Personnel Management has reinstated the Presidential Rank Awards in all their glory. The program recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for extraordinary service with cold, hard cash. Steve Shih is a deputy associate director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management at OPM. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the awards' return.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:46am EST
Justin Herman, Social Media Program Lead, GSA

Cyber-vandalism presents a serious threat to agencies. Just ask U.S. Central Command. As several attacks over the past year proved, users need ways to prevent or at least counter intrusions of social media accounts. That's where the Social Media Cyber-Vandalism Toolkit comes in. It's a new "living document" from the General Services Administration. Justin Herman, the Social Media Program Lead in the Office of Innovative Technologies at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what's in the guide.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:42am EST
Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

As it does every two years at the start of a new Congress, the Government Accountability Office will release its "High Risk List" today. The list calls attention to agencies and programs GAO auditors believe are vulnerable to "fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement." Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland's School for Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the guide, and what's different from the 2013 version.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 08:32am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - February 11, 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 Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approves Ash Carter to be the next Defense Secretary

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:53am EST
Laura Miller, Senior Military Sociologist, RAND Corporation

The Defense Department provides a number of programs to support military families. One program focuses on spouses, who face a number of challenges in developing a career. The My Career Advancement Account is designed to help military spouses further their education, and secure better employment. But a new study shows only one in five spouses uses the program. Laura Miller, a senior military sociologist at the RAND Corporation, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on MyCAA, and why it's not more widely used.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:47am EST
Lynn Martin, Vice President of U.S. Public Sector, VMWare

A new cloud computing provider has gotten the go-ahead to sell its services to the federal government. Software vendor VMWare, partnering with hardware infrastructure provider Carpathia, now has approval under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Lynn Martin is the Vice President of the U.S. Public Sector at VMWare. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on the new partnership.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:36am EST
Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Good help is hard to find. That's especially true at federal agencies looking for smarts in cybersecurity and financial auditing. The latest look-see by the Government Accountability Office shows a number of mission-critical skills gaps in federal agencies. What can agencies do to fill the gaps? Robert Goldenkoff, the director of Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:33am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Contractors hate rejection when they've spent time and money preparing bids. Sometimes they're tempted to go to Congress and complain. Bad idea. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the sixth commandment: Thou shalt avoid political intervention. Companies who try to get their Congressman involved may find that move will come back to bite them.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 08:31am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's been working for the past several years on a more "comprehensive" approach to fitness instead of one that measures how many pushups a soldier can do or how quickly she can run a mile. But when it comes to the overall health of the force, the Army's surgeon general says her biggest concern is how much sleep soldiers are getting each night. It's not enough. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of inside the reporter's notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 07:35am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - February 10, 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, President Obama asks Germany for the benefit of the doubt on National Security Agency surveillance, the second-highest ranking official at the Secret Service is stepping down and the Fish and Wildlife Service will spend $3.2 million dollars to help save the monarch butterfly.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:15am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Members of the Senior Executive Service have had a rough year or two. Now political leaders from both the White House and Congress offer up ways to improve the SES. There's the mundane, such as the White House is launching a candidate development program. And the punitive legislation that would make it easier to fire SES members when things go wrong. Today, Federal News Radio launches a special series called "Fixing the SES." We'll bring you the voices of those who know the system best current and former SES members. We start with former acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. He was an SES member before becoming a political appointee. He's now an outside consultant. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Werfel told reporter Emily Kopp that SES members are older and under more stress than ever before.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:08am EST
Dr. Paul Howard, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Food and Drug Administrator Dr. Margaret Hamburg is stepping down at the end of March after nearly six years on the job. Chief Scientist Dr. Stephen Ostroff will serve as interim commissioner until a full-time replacement is found. What sort of legacy is Hamburg leaving behind? Dr. Paul Howard, a health policy expert and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:02am EST
Steve Anderson, Principal Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center

A Navy scientist won the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to aerospace science and technology or aerospace systems applications. The winner was Steve Anderson, a Principal Scientist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to detail how he won.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:59am EST
Dr. Jeff Norris, OnSight Program Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up on a project to let scientists and astronauts walk virtually on Mars. Project OnSight employs new, wearable technology just released last month. For more on the program and its possibilities, Jeff Norris, NASA's OnSight program manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:01am EST
Monday federal headlines - February 9, 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 Senate committee approves legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, Homeland Security officials are starting to warn about the consequences of a lapse in funding and the Postal Service sees a 4.3 percent boost in revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 06:59am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Right out of a science fiction novel, the Navy and Marine Corps are investing millions of dollars in unmanned helicopters, jeeps and boats. The scientists and technologists were in full geek mode as they discussed the next generation of vehicles and weapons at the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller visited the expo. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he shared some of the descriptions the experts behind these technology innovations gave him.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 10:11am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

The 2016 budget calls for a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees. That's assuming it passes. But what do you and your colleagues think about it? And, how are you responding to the President's plan overall? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments.

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