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10:23 am, September 18, 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 - 08/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Government Accountability Office lists the Defense Department's supply chain management practices on its high risk list, as it has every year since 1990. GAO says DoD can't say for sure what it already owns, so it can't prove it's buying the right amount of goods. DoD has plans in place to fix that problem, but the Army thinks it has a way to speed things up. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:26am EDT
Col. Margaret Yacovone, Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network

While doctors continue to combat the spread of Ebola overseas, that's not the only concern to military medical personnel. The Military Health System reminds people of the importance of vaccinations and immunizations. Col. Margaret Yacovone, director of the Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network for the Army, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's mission.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:20am EDT
Duncan Amos, Quanatitive Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The world of small business federal contractors is always changing. One reason is that companies enrolled in the 8(a) program eventually have to graduate. Graduating can be a great opportunity for companies losing their protected status. Duncan Amos, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:13am EDT
Maj. Gen. Gale Pollack, Former Acting Surgeon General, Army

More than 15,000 transgender personnel secretly serve in the military. In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed to review the rules that prohibit transgender service members from serving openly. Now, three retired General Officers release a road map for a new policy. Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, former acting Surgeon General of the Army and the Commission report co-chair, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 08:49am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - August 27, 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, FBI and other agencies face a turf battle on violent crime, and NOAA's satellite program is plagued with cyber flaws.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:13pm EDT
Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, Right Wing, Blue Angels

If you've been to an air show, you've seen them: The Blue Angels. They're the Navy's flight demonstration squadron zooming in formation in meticulously painted F-18s. Tom Temin caught up with Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, number 2 pilot and right wing, on the Federal Drive as the Angels prepare to receive new recruits. He told Tom about the crew of 130 that make the show happen day in and day out.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is crowdsourcing its next set of research areas. Reggie Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at DHS, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about this effort to reach a broader set of minds to help secure the homeland. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The VA Inspector General finds dozens of veterans in the Phoenix VA medical system endured waits that may have had medical consequences. But investigators say they can't conclude any veterans' deaths were directly caused by inappropriate scheduling practices. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more details.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:31am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Life after the military can be a hard transition. Many veterans seek jobs in the civilian sector but to no avail. A new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board finds that part of the problem is that the rules governing veterans' job preferences are byzantine and need improvement. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the process can be tweaked.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:22am EDT
Kristina Wong, Staff Writer, The Hill

The Obama administration is widening the assault on the Islamic State bit by bit. Pressure is mounting as the highly organized terror group takes over more and more territory. Kristina Wong, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for a situation report.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:53am EDT
Sokwoo Rhee, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicks off the Global City Teams Challenge in September. Tech-savvy members from the federal government and private sector will come together to address issues including air quality, traffic management and emergency services coordination, all through the use of smart technology. Sokwoo Rhee, associate director for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the agency hopes to accomplish.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:52am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The percentage of Defense Department contract dollars the Pentagon awards via competitive bids has been falling every year since 2008. And its self-imposed goals for contract competition have been missed every year since then. Now Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, issues a set of orders to Pentagon leaders. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - August 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, President Barack Obama will issue executive orders to tackle access to mental health care for veterans, and a DoD space tracking website gets a facelift.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 09:13am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Defense Information Systems Agency are preparing for a significant restructuring of the organization. They hope it will make the IT agency more agile, and more able to cope with its increasing responsibilities in a time of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 08:59am EDT
Monday federal headlines - August 25, 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 warns retailers they might be infected with malicious software, and drone-flying companies hit the FAA with lawsuits.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 06:31am EDT
Dan Epstein, Executive Director, Cause of Action

A government transparency group has sued 10 departments for withholding documents it requested under the Freedom of Information Request Act. Cause of Action also sued the Office of Management and Budget and the IRS on the same grounds. Executive Director Dan Epstein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the whys and wherefores of the lawsuits.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 06:17am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

NASA becomes the second large agency to tell its contracting officers not to trust the prices under the General Services Administration schedules. Instead, the space agency's contracting experts must analyze prices before signing on the task order on the dotted line. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about this growing trend in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
Greg Kutz, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

By not following agency protocols, the IRS put more than a million taxpayers at risk for fraud and identity theft. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discovered security lapses during a routine compliance check. It found contractors didn't have the required background investigations before handling Sensitive But Unclassified Information. Assistant Inspector General, Greg Kutz, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the audit and how he thinks IRS should fix the situation.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:45am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Right now, the Navy has more than 630 network baselines on its ships at sea. A contract the service awarded this week aims to change that. The Navy is committing up to $2.5 billion to five vendors who will replace that IT mishmash with a single, standards based network architecture. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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