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12:09 am, July 23, 2014

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

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.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 08:30am EDT
Monday federal headlines - June 30, 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, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will meet with VA secretary nominee Robert McDonald, and special forces arrive in Baghdad.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:50am EDT
Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte

The Obama administration has set a bunch of new performance goals for individual agencies and for cross-agency priorities. They've come out as part of the 2015 budget preparations. Cross-agency goals concern missions such as cybersecurity, insider threats, job creation and STEM education. Agency goals involve each department. And then come the overarching goals, like open government, customer service and strategic sourcing. Jitinder Kohli, a director in Deloitte Consulting's public sector practice, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the 115 goals spread across government.

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Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:45am EDT
John Elwood, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

The Supreme Court has ruled to curb the President's power to make recess appoints. Basically, the court says the Senate has to really be in recess. And even if it's only keeping the lights on for light business and blocking appointments, that means it is open. John Elwood is a partner at the law firm Vinson & Elkins. As a former Justice assistant solicitor general and White House Counsel, he's argued seven cases before the Supreme Court. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the ruling means for future appointees.

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Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:42am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees are singing the President's praises this week. He is calling on agency managers to expand workplace flexibilities. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the President's new memo.

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Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:27am EDT
VA nurse claims retaliation for blowing the whistle on patient practices

When a nurse manager at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albany, New York, saw a patient being unnecessarily kept in restraints for seven hours, she couldn't remain silent. But little did Valerie Riviello know that her actions as a whistleblower would start her down on a path of retaliation from her coworkers.

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Friday - 06/27/2014, 07:17am EDT
Friday federal headlines - June 27, 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, a new bill allows agencies to share information on job candidates among each other, and the FAA wants to lower the maximum building height around airports.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:51pm EDT
Agency blunders put spotlight on risk management

A series of management blunders and agency misbehavior in recent years ranging from the General Services Administration to the Veterans Affairs Department, haven't only put agency leaders in the hot seat and sometimes out of work. They've also highlighted the importance of better risk-management planning by agencies, current and former federal officials told Federal News Radio as part of a special discussion on risk management.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is putting up almost $100 million to fund the next generation of cybersecurity technologies. DHS issued a broad agency announcement that lists the first four areas in which DHS wants to know the art of the possible. Doug Maughan, director of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's cybersecurity division, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the initial set of cybersecurity research areas. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers says the nationwide network of civil works infrastructure his agency manages is falling apart. The Corps doesn't have enough money coming from Congress to fix the problems, so it's looking for new ways to pay for the work it needs to do. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:36am EDT
Col. Deborah McDonald, Director of Admissions, West Point Military Academy

As the military opens more key roles to women, there's one glaring problem: the pipeline. Military academies don't have a lot of female students. West Point has struggled more than the others, but change is on the horizon. Of the nearly 1,200 cadet candidates reporting next week, 22 percent will be women. That's a record number. Col. Deborah McDonald is director of admissions at West Point. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the latest numbers.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:34am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How much should contractors charge the government for labor for a project? Perhaps not surprisingly, it depends on the type of contract and what the government instructed the contractor to do. It gets murkier when subcontractors are involved. In a long running case between QinetiQ and the General Services Administration, GSA is asking for millions it says the company overcharged. The company sued, saying it was doing what the government asked for. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out this highly-watched case.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:26am EDT
Tom Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service

The Postal Service's financial crunch means that it is delivering mail with some very old trucks. Nearly all of its 190,000 vehicles are gas guzzlers from the 1990s. This is the type of problem that keeps Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day up at night. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the problems with the service's delivery fleet.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:36am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has cleared his first hurdle on the way to becoming director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave him the nod, even though some members weren't thrilled with his answers to their questions. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap the drama, and share details on everything else the busy committee did yesterday that could impact federal agencies. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 08:31am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - June 26, 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, a Senate committee passes a bill to overhaul the overtime pay system at Border Patrol, and the White House wants to cut or consolidate reports.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:13pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon will release a multi-billion dollar solicitation to buy a new commercial IT system to manage its health records. And officials say they will resist DoD's usual urge to customize the system so much that it doesn't look like a commercial product any more. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:40am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators are proposing legislation to give federal chief information officers more control over information technology investments. A draft bill would let CIOs have budget authority and approval over all IT contracts. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will offer up this version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act today at a meeting of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the draft copy of the bill. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:34am EDT
Robert Anderson, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

The Justice Department has rewritten the playbook on catching cyber criminals. It recently led an international effort to disrupt a global cybertheft ring. A Russian-led gang allegedly stole millions of dollars by infecting computers with malware known as Gameover Zeus. Robert Anderson is the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber Response and Services Branch at the FBI. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the sting operation worked.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:31am EDT
Cheri Cannon (pictured), Valerie Riviello

The Veterans Affairs Department is reeling from allegations, made by its own staff, that it has mistreated patients. More employees are coming forward to report what they see as systemic wrongdoing. The Office of Special Counsel is looking at 50 cases right now, and one of them is the case of Valerie Riviello. She is a nurse at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tulley Rinckey is handling her case. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why Riviello decided to blow the whistle.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 08:04am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - June 25, 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, a Senate bill would strengthen FOIA, and President Obama nominates the military commanders for key positions.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:38pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Intelligence Agency is set to formally roll out its new Open Innovation Gateway, one key pillar in the agency's push to move away from big, monolithic technology acquisitions and bring new innovations on board in short, small cycles. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu explains what it means for DIA. Read Jared's related article.

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