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9:12 am, October 20, 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.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Cyber operations is about the only area of the DoD budget that hasn't been subject to cuts. But the new leader of the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence says that doesn't mean the Army can grow its newest military discipline in isolation. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:47pm EDT
Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The STOCK Act, the revolving door, the reverse revolving door: these are the reasons why the Office of Government Ethics is being more aggressive in its training of federal employees. Over the last year, OGE has offered 238 percent more training courses and hours then the year before. In part two of their interview, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how OGE is managing through this volatile environment.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:45pm EDT
Silvia Inéz Salazar, National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is trying to connect with its audience in new ways. Scientists in a user-experience lab are designing technologies and collecting data on customers' experiences to understand the needs of cancer patients and researchers. Silvia Salazar is the Informatics Research Lab Manager at NCI. She shared details about the lab on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 08:21am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 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, an FBI report finds active shooter situations on military bases are rarer but more deadly, and US-CERT issues a warning on the Bash bug.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next summer, the Defense Department plans to make an award for a new off-the-shelf electronic health record system that meets modern health IT standards. But the system won't be a silver bullet for DoD's challenges in exchanging medical data with VA, or within the department itself. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has details on the legwork DoD will be doing over the next couple years to make its existing data more interoperable.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:20am EDT
Col. Paul Reese, Center for Army Lessons Learned

The Center for Army Lessons Learned is calling for soldiers who want to serve a yearlong tour in a hot spot such as Afghanistan, Kuwait or Africa. As an Embedded Liaison Officer, they would report back on what they observed. Colonel Paul Reese, director of the Center for Army Lessons Learned, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the Army is calling a great opportunity.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:14am EDT
Joseph Campbell, Criminal Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Public corruption is a top priority for the FBI. Agents look for everything from local motor vehicle officials fudging things for a case of whiskey to federal officials who might be on the take. That includes keeping resources on the southern border, watching border patrol agents. Joseph Campbell is assistant director for the Criminal Division at the FBI. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how public corruption cases are generated.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 08:03am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 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 U.S. leads airstrikes against Islamic State militants, and the Defense Department asks service members to fill out a survey about sexual assault.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The Office of Government Ethics is stepping out from behind the legal and policy curtain to help build a broader community, and it wants agency ethics officials and others to do the same. Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, says a month-long series of seminars and summits is part of a broader effort to change the view of ethics oversight across government. He spoke to Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller in part one of their interview.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon is about a month away from rescinding a 2012 policy that made the Defense Information Systems Agency the only outlet for DoD agencies to buy cloud services from commercial providers. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, department IT leaders think the current approach is taking too long.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:33am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Tech companies are moving to block everyone from accessing people's data, including law enforcement. More products from Apple and Google automatically encrypt and protect people's data from both police and thieves. Critics say the changes will hamper law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Julian Hattem, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:30am EDT
Marco Conners, Chief of the Army Games for Training Program, National Simulation Center

The Army is experimenting with a new type of interactive software to train its young leaders. It's called the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment software (ELITE). The training tool teaches soldiers to deal with a range of problems including disagreements with their platoon sergeant, driving under the influence and sexual harassment. Marco Conners is chief of the Army Games at the National Simulation Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:28am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Last night's Service to America Medals awards gala celebrated federal employees who went above and beyond the call of duty. The Federal Employee of the Year was Dr. Rana Hajjeh, director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a recap.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:06am EDT
Col. Donald Bray, Commander, Cyber Protection Brigade

The Army has activated a new brigade, a cyber brigade, its first ever. The brigade is part of the Army's Cyber Command. The brigade will be divided into teams consisting of both soldiers and civilians. Their primary mission will be to conduct defensive cyberspace operations. Army Col. Donald Bray is commander of the Cyber Protection Brigade in Fort Gordon, Georgia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the brigade's structure and mission.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:01am EDT
Dr. Rana Hajjeh, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

From cracking down on Medicare fraud to giving paralyzed veterans the ability to walk, over the past several months we've been telling you about the great work of this year's Service to America Medals nominees. The winners were recognized at a gala in Washington last night. Tom Temin spoke with this year's Federal Employee of the Year. Dr. Rana Hajjeh is director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She told Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her work and what's next.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Teeter, Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG

Health care is a major concern of the federal government. That's one reason why health IT and health informatics are growth industries. Now the long standing American Council for Technology Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has formed a Federal Healthcare Working Group. Its initial focus will be on informatives. John Teeter is managing director in the Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he's helping the ACT-IAC effort.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 08:48am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 23, 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, U.S. forces launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, and the Postal Service adds 9,000 jobs.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
Greg Wilshusen, Government Accountability Office

Open enrollment for health care insurance through the federal exchange is coming around again. Congress, among others, is wondering if the exchange and its website HealthCare.gov are secure. The Government Accountability Office took a look. It found some issues. Greg Wilshusen is the information security issues at GAO. He testified last week about what auditors say need to be done. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:28am EDT
Reginald France, Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General, Miami Regional Office

Each year, fake Medicare claims filed by medical equipment suppliers, home health care agencies and pharmacies bill the federal government out of billions of dollars. Florida is considered ground zero for health care fraud. One reason is a big portion of its residents are over the age of 65. Reginald France is an assistant special agent in charge at the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General office in Miami. He and his team led Medicare fraud investigations resulting in nearly 700 convictions in South Florida. For their work, team members are winners of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal in this year's Service to America Medals. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss his role in the investigations.

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