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7:26 am, April 20, 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.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 08:18am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 2, 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, NTEU asks Congress to restore full mass transit benefits for feds, and Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says she won't tolerate misbehavior by agents.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00pm EDT
Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Telework and a strong technology infrastructure could be the best way to find and keep talented employees at your agency. That's according to a Federal News Radio survey of chief human capital officers across the federal government. Jeri Buchholz, NASA's chief human capital officer, joined Federal News Radio's Jason Miller and Francis Rose to discuss the results of the survey and NASA's new culture strategy to tackle those challenges. Read Jason's related article and view the full survey results.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:40am EDT
Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Better disaster response could save lives. A streamlined buying process could save time and money for the government. The public and private sectors are working together to find solutions to these challenges. It's all part of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Federal News Radio's Web editor Shefali Kapadia has taken an in-depth look at the fellows program.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:35am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

FedRAMP cloud security standards aren't enough for the Defense Department. A new policy details more requirements for vendors. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller writes about DoD's cloud security requirements in Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:30am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill

President Barack Obama aims to stop the National Security Agency from collecting bulk telephone metadata. Instead, he wants phone companies to store the data and make it available to the NSA with a judge's permission. He's asked Congress for a legislative fix to NSA surveillance within 90 days. The whole program expires next year, so there's pressure to do something. Julian Hattem, staff writer for The Hill newspaper, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the prospects are for a new law now.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:20am EDT
Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department promises to be "digital by default." The new initiative seeks to provide better and faster service to veterans. The department is hiring experts from outside the government to build the technology to streamline offerings. Marina Martin, VA's chief technology officer, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp the effort goes beyond simply tackling the persistent backlog of disability claims.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:54am EDT
Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, GAO

The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:25am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 1, 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, DoD tries to sell off excess equipment to Afghanistan and Forest Service employees warn of toxic morale at the agency.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 03:26pm EDT
Former acting IRS chief says agency now on right track

The former acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service, who led the agency in the aftermath of the political-targeting scandal and who stepped down in December, says he believes the agency is on the right track. In an interview on on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Danny Werfel, who recently joined the Boston Consulting Group, cited strong leadership at the agency.

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Monday - 03/31/2014, 12:09pm EDT
Marshall Strauss, CEO, Workplace Giving Alliance, CFC

Sequestration, pay freezes and furloughs appear to have taken a toll on the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign. Figures published by the Office of Personnel Management show Donations fell 19 percent compared to a year earlier. Marshall Strauss, CEO of the Workplace Giving Alliance, was a member of a task force on the CFC.

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Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:57am EDT
Ethan McMahon, Project Manager, International Space Apps Challenge, NASA

In just a couple weeks, two science agencies launch a global code-a-thon focusing on coastal flooding. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provide the raw data. Participants will develop mobile apps, software and other solutions that fit with the agencies' goals in space and on Earth. Ethan McMahon, project manager of NASA's International Space Apps Challenge, talked about the code-a-thon with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp

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Monday - 03/31/2014, 08:10am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 31, 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, Senators say OPM is stuck in the past when it comes to processing retirement claims, and AFGE continues to push for armed TSA agents.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says its early analyses of its excess base infrastructure show it's spending at least a half billion dollars per year on facilities it no longer needs. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, that figure is very likely to climb as the Army gets smaller in the coming years.

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Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:22am EDT
Lauren Augustine, legislative associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

An influential veterans organization is demanding action from Congress on a number of legislative fronts, including the growing number of veteran suicides. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America introduced its 2014 policy agenda to Congress this week. It's all a part of the 10th annual IAVA Storms the Hill. Lauren Augustine, legislative associate for IAVA, talked to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what's being asked of Congress.

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Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:05am EDT
Larry Meinert, mineral resources program coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

As the United States prepares to leave Afghanistan, officials want to make sure the Middle Eastern nation's economy has a fighting chance. The Defense Department and the U.S. Geological Survey have teamed up to provide Afghanistan investors with maps showing where extraction wealth might be located. For more on this program we turn to the head of the Mineral Resources Program at U-S-G-S, Larry Meinert, mineral resources program coordinator at U.S.G.S, explained on the Federal Drive how the mapping will go.

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Friday - 03/28/2014, 08:44am EDT
Friday federal headlines -- March 28, 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, an outside review dubs the National Nuclear Security Administration a failure and the FBI is fixated on finding corrupt politicians.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The next generation of cybersecurity professionals needs more than just the obvious math or computer class. As part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, students are getting practical advice on things like how to conduct yourself on social media. They also get hands on experience. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has more from the CyberForce Summit in Arlington.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:51pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As if there weren't enough uncertainty in the Pentagon's budget future, officials are wrestling with another looming threat: When the war in Afghanistan formally ends, there's no guarantee DoD will hold onto the overseas contingency account that's funded that operation since 2001. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, military leaders say losing those funds would create a huge problem.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:21am EDT
Chris Cate, Vice President of Research, Student Veterans of America

Just over half of veterans are using the post-9/11 GI Bill to earn a college degree -- 51.7 percent.to be exact. The data comes from a newly-released study by the Student Veterans of America. Vice President of Research Chris Cate spoke about the findings on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:05am EDT
Marcus Owens, Caplin and Drysdale

The IRS is reorganizing its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division.That's the office at the center of a controversy about whether it targeted conservative groups' applications. Under the new move, technical law specialists and support staff will shift to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Marcus Owens, the former head of the Exempt Organizations Division, now with the law firm Caplin and Drysdale, spoke to Federal Drive about how fundamental a change the move is.

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