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3:16 pm, May 22, 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.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:17am EDT
Tom Grzymski, Associate Commissioner, Telecommunications & Systems Operations, Social Security Administration

Social Security has been operating its new data center for about a year now. The badly needed facility was funded back in 2009 by the economic stimulus bill. It took several years to find a site and build the new data center. Perhaps the hardest part was migrating data and other assets to the new data center. After all, it's not as if Social Security can shut things down for a week or so. Overseeing this effort was associate commissioner Tom Grzymski. He and his team won a project management award at the recent GITEC conference. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review SSA's efforts.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 09:54am EDT
Lynne Bernabei, Partner, Bernabei & Watchel

A Defense comptroller reported wrongdoing at the Defense Information Systems Agency and was removed from his position. Now, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mark Warner want Defense Secretary Ash Carter to launch a full investigation. They say Jimaye Sones' demotion from comptroller to working on accounting software is a clear case of whistleblower retaliation. As part of this week's Legal Loop, Lynne Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explore this case.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 09:40am EDT
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

Nearly 40 defense think-tank experts urge the Pentagon to consider a long list of reforms. They agree that base closures, changes to the DoD civilian workforce and military compensation reform are essential to maintaining a strong national defense over the long term. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for Defense studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He coordinated the latest letter, and joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate on what's inside it.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 08:34am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 30, 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 FAA says the gyrocopter that landed on the Capitol lawn two weeks ago looked no different on the radar from a bird, a bill to strengthen the patent system gets high marks from Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and two whistleblowers at the TSA won't face more retaliation.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 10:03am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service is trying to move into the world of data analytics. Its goal is to make better management decisions. The analytics drive part of a four-pronged effort to stay relevant to vendors and customer agencies alike. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on FAS' efforts to transform itself.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 09:26am EDT
John Horrigan, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

Most of the public doesn't think open government data lives up to that moniker. That's according to the Pew Research Center. In a nationwide survey, Pew measured people's opinions of government data sharing efforts, and whether those efforts improved public perceptions of government accountability. John Horrigan, a senior researcher at Pew, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what Pew found.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 09:17am EDT
Zachary Goldstein, Chief Information Officer, NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has teamed up with several tech companies on a big data project to establish five Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). The goal is to migrate NOAA's vast data reserves to the cloud and make that data more accessible to the public. Zach Goldstein is the chief information officer of NOAA. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this effort.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 08:47am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 29, 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 President nominates the vice commandant of the Coast Guard to be the next TSA administrator, a long-term veteran of intelligence community technology has retired from government and even before it's debated, the House version of 2016 Defense spending draws fire from the White House.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years ago, Congress ordered DoD start exploring the possibility of letting servicemembers earn civilian skill credentials while they're still in uniform. Military officials say they've done much more than study the issue: civilian credentialing programs have seen a dramatic expansion over the last several years, giving servicemembers tens of thousands of new skill certifications that are recognized by private sector employers. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:34am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

There's some familiar language lurking in this year's National Defense Authorization Act. Once again the House Armed Services Subcommittee seems poised to explicitly bar DoD from even considering another BRAC round. But Congress' attitude seems to have softened from "never," to "maybe later." Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about it this week's edition of "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook."

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Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:11am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 28, 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 Architect of the Capitol has a new project on his plate, an inspector general finds Army families' sensitive information may be at risk and the Social Security Administration wants to make customer service, employees and innovation some of its top priorities.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:07am EDT
Rob Coen, Director, IT Acquisition and Assessment Center, NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a new governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC). The $20 billion contract, Chief Information Officers-Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS) was divided among 65 total companies. It'll help provide the entire federal government with IT solutions. Rob Coen is the director of the agency's IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to further examine the GWAC.

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Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:05am EDT
Kenneth Myers, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is beefing up its nuclear support mission to meet the expectations of DoD's 2014 Nuclear Enterprise Review. A new nuke-focused directorate will tackle oversight, investment, personnel and training, as recommended in the review. Director Kenneth Myers announced the directorate last week at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. It'll be fully operational in just a few days. On the Federal Drive, Myers told Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson why a nuclear directorate is needed.

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Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:01am EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security

The politics that surround illegal immigration are thorny, but so are the logistics. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general has chastised the department for sending detainees home on nearly empty flights and failing to record critical information about those detainees, like whether or not they belong to gangs. IG John Roth says the department could have saved more than $40 million through better planning. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer a solution.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:34am EDT
Rebecca Richards, Privacy and Civil Liberties Director, NSA

The National Security Agency went into crisis mode after contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of its massive spying enterprise. One of the things it did was hire a privacy and civil liberties officer. Rebecca Richards got that job, and says it's more than just words on paper. She's determined to implement effective safeguards. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained more about her mission.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:27am EDT
Jason Olsen, President, Federal Employees with Disabilities

The federal government aims to be a model employer, welcoming diversity and fostering an inclusive environment. To that end, it's hiring people with disabilities at the fastest clip in decades. Eighteen percent of new hires in 2013 reported they had some sort of disability. But problems remain. Today, Federal Employees with Disabilities, a grassroots organization, has paired with a group representing Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual and Transgendered feds. They're holding a training program with some big speakers lined up. Jason Olson is the group's president. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a glimpse behind the conference curtain.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:23am EDT
Jack Harrington, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

The Super Bowl of cyber competitions just wrapped up this weekend. Ten teams competed in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas. Showcases like this one, in which teams show off the skills to protect cyber networks from intruders, are becoming a popular way for companies to scout new and sorely needed talent. But the government needs those people too. Jack Harrington is the vice president of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon, which hosted last weekend's event. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what agencies are taking away from competitions like this.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 08:42am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 27, 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 construction expert joins the VA team investigating its Denver hospital project, four veterans will climb Mount McKinley in a Memorial Day tribute and three Senators urge the Postal Service to make big changes to its fleet.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:36am EDT
Todd Akers, Vice President of Public Sector, Acquia

A lot of people today have their heads in the cloud the digital cloud that is. And if open-cloud providers like Acquia have their way, more in the government will follow suit. Acquia itself had some progress on that front recently, securing deals with the Justice Department and other government entities to use its Drupal open-cloud software. Todd Akers is the vice president of public sector at Acquia. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how Drupal came to be.

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