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10:16 am, December 21, 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.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:03am EST
Linda Kohn, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operate websites meant to help Medicare patients navigate the tangled world of health care providers. But the sites often fail at basic tasks. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office found some don't provide enough information to compare prices, while others don't give adequate information about quality of care. Linda Kohn is director of Healthcare Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what GAO found.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:02am EST
Brian Krenzien, Science & Technology Transportation Security Lab, DHS

When things go boom, often the Homeland Security Department wants to know what it was. To do that it requires sophisticated explosives detection equipment. In fact, the idea is to detect the presence of explosives before they can be detonated. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has just broken ground on a new lab for evaluating explosives detection equipment. Brian Krenzien, acting executive director of the Transportation Security Lab, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:01am EST
Barbara Helland, Department of Energy

New supercomputing technology under development at the Energy Department carries a price tag of $425 million. An explosion in data and in computing power requirements are among the challenges. Secretary Ernest Moniz says the two projects, Coral and FastForward 2, will foster what he calls "transformational advancements in basic science, national defense, environmental and energy research." Barbara Helland is facilities division director for Advanced Scientific Computing Research program at Energy. She just returned from a Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 08:03am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 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, the Veterans Affairs Department has fired the head of its Phoenix Health Care System, former Defense undersecretary Michele Flournoy is a top contender to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel and the U.S. and Turkey come to an agreement over opposition fighters in Syria.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:59am EST
Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief, State Department

Two years after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, training for the Diplomatic Security Service has undergone a thorough overhaul. The training course for high threat posts is now 10 weeks instead of five, and it's so realistic trainees might forget they're actually on a military base in Virginia. Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief for High Threat Training at the State Department, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:48am EST
Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Everyone with a stake in the federal budget is looking toward Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out, and Congress will have to decide what to do next. Beyond that, federal agencies are looking at two long years of a Republican Congress and Democratic White House. Will it be the immoveable rock facing the irresistible force? Or can good things still happen? Don Kettl, professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and long-time watcher of all things federal, offered some insight on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

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Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:09am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 24, 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, the Postal Service gets high marks from Americans, the White House names a new dessert honcho and up to 30,000 missing emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner have been recovered.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:35am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Members of the Senior Executive Service have been invited to a meeting with President Barack Obama, or at least a few thousand of you. On the Federal Drive, Tom Temin discussed this and other developments this week with Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:33am EST
Bob Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for a fresh round of technology innovation to ensure America's military superiority. The push is part of what Hagel described as a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen the nation's military edge, even with tight budgets. Bob Martinage is former Navy under-secretary and technology aide to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He's now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the initiative.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:20am EST
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

The government should be smaller, the Postal Service's finances need to be addressed once and for all, and it may be time to rethink the civil service system. This is all according to Senator Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican will replace Delaware Democrat Tom Carper as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Senator Johnson discussed his priorities.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:16am EST
Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

Two Treasury agencies have managed to make big gains in hiring veterans. In 2014, half of new hires at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint were veterans. Now, veterans make up about one-third of employees at each of the two agencies. How'd they do it? Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States, shared details with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 10:48am EST
Friday federal headlines - November 21, 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, the Justice Department has a record year for money collected in civil and criminal cases, the Merit Systems Protection Board upholds the firing of the director of the Veterans Affairs Alabama health care system and a petition to make Dec. 26 a federal holiday this year comes up short.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:50am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But yesterday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov never did get to the bottom of the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, what he knew and when leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explained the hearings highlights on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:48am EST
Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered top-to-bottom changes for the nation's nuclear missile force. He wants to spend billions of dollars to fix problems with leadership, security and morale. The move comes after an exam-cheating scandal revealed numerous personnel problems among those entrusted with the country's 450 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. What's the future for this mission? Tom Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at Naval War College and a nuclear arms expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:40am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

An energy inspector general investigation has found several problems with the way Sandia National Laboratories awarded billions of dollars in maintenance and operations contracts to Lockheed Martin. The IG found a lack of competition and violation of at least one important statute. In this week's legal loop, attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Driveto explain what this investigation means for Sandia Martin.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 08:09am EST
Thursday federal headlines - November 20, 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, members of the Senior Executive Service get an invitation to meet with President Obama in person, federal government and critical infrastructure operators in the private sector have a new cybersecurity challenge and the Labor Department cites a shipyard in Norfolk for health and safety violations.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:39am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says it managed to pinch off the paths foreign hackers used to steal data from its systems. But that isn't enough to offset a series of disturbing reports by government auditors on the state of VA's cybersecurity. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest details on VA's cybersecurity problems.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:35am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A subcontractor has to protect its own interest and read the fine print. If not, a company could be exposed to a minefield of problems with the prime. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." In this installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle myth number five: Not to worry, my prime contractor will tell me what should be in our subcontract.

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