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8:26 am, May 5, 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.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:49am EDT
Ann Amrhein, Deputy Associate Commissioner, SSA

A group of Social Security Administration employees developed a Web application that lets analysts sift through terabytes of data. They can use a nearly infinite number of search criteria. That's enabled the agency to detect and prevent a lot of fraud and abuse. The application has gotten some attention. It was one of 30 finalists for ACT-IAC's 2015 "Igniting Innovation" awards. Ann Amrhein, the deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumerations and Administrative Systems, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the award-winning program.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:46am EDT
Doug Criscitello, Executive Director, Center for Finance & Policy, MIT

The federal budget development process for 2016 is looking a lot like the last decade's worth of budget work: Messy and potentially demanding on federal managers. Doug Criscitello was the chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now he's executive director of MIT's Center for Finance and Policy. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with advice on coping with the process.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:57am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 7, 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,

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 05:43am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

By publicizing stories from IRS workers in the field, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is trying to change the minds of many in Congress and reverse the five-year trend of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how NTEU is making its case in the heart of tax filing season.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT
Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT
David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:54am EDT
Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

It will be several more years, at least, until first responders can access a nation-wide broadband network being built exclusively for them. It's called the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. Even with a $7 billion budget, the project has encountered a number of obstacles. Alan Tilles is the chairman of telecommunications at the law firm Shulman Rogers. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on FirstNet's struggles.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 07:33am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 6, 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, Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads East, Chelsea Manning tweets from prison and the Energy Department trains servicemembers for jobs in the solar industry.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has made clear in at least two federal laws that it thinks military members should be able to vote in state, local and federal elections no matter where they are. But a large group of the House of Representatives is still worried that's not the case. They want GAO to take a fresh look at the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office that facilitates overseas voting programs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu shares this and other news in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's notebook.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:43am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees across the government have been watching the IRS and the challenges it has with its workforce. Commissioner John Koskinen said this year will be the last year for a hiring freeze, as the agency has to replenish a staff that's aging in place with thousands eligible to retire. This sounds like good news for IRS employees. But is it? Federal News Radio's Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share with some of your comments.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:27am EDT
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

The Small Business Administration is reopening the comment period for a rule proposed late last year. The SBA is trying to bring small business contracting rules in line with what was mandated by the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. But critics say the SBA's approach is unfair to small businesses. Many of them would qualify as large businesses, while several large businesses could qualify as small. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and a long-time procurement attorney. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 08:26am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 2, 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 Veterans Affairs Department appoints four new members to the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, A senator says Congress might spare the National Institutes of Health from sequestration and it's good news, bad news for the Postal Service.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 05:33am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal agencies have adopted mobile computing with the same fervor as the private sector. Yet securing smartphones and tablets is still a challenge for most agencies. Federal security experts are still trying to find the right balance between mobile access and security of data and applications. The Defense Department may have the answer for many of these challenges. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on how DoD and others are taking on the quest for mobility and security.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 05:14pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force thinks it's done a good job of making sure its IT networks are protected from cyber threats, but that's only 20 percent of the cyber problem. A brand new task force will try to take an enterprise approach to protecting the other 80 percent of Air Force systems that are vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and critical base infrastructure. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:34am EDT
David Dye, Director, Federal Human Capital Services, Deloitte

The latest snapshot of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" comes out later today. As it is every year, it's developed by the Partnership for Public for Service, Deloitte and the Hay Group. This year the number crunchers have ranked agencies in terms of how innovative they are. David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain just how to measure something like that and how important it is.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:22am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Federal contractors are taking a magnifying glass to the fine print in their contracts with the government. Or they should be. The General Services Administration has proposed a set of rules known as class deviation. In a nutshell, it wants all contracts expunged of boilerplate clauses that run against the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Joe Petrillo is a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell. In this morning's Legal Loop, he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what GSA hopes to do.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:20am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House wants to hit cyber attackers where it hurts in their wallets. President Barack Obama adds one more piece to the tricky cybersecurity puzzle in the form of a new executive order. The biggest missing piece, legislation, could still come from Congress by Memorial Day. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on the latest White House gambit, and how it fits into the broader strategy of cyber information sharing.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 08:30am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 2, 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, five veterans organizations have sued the Veterans Affairs Department, only three of the Thrift Savings Plan's ten funds made positive returns in March and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he'll keep mid-level career employees out of direct congressional inquiries.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:42am EDT
Dr. Chris Jones, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have a new deal in place. They're calling it a public-private partnership, and it will enable Northrop Grumman to provide the Air Force with sustainment of future weapon systems. Air Force officials say they hope the deal will improve efficiency, both in negotiations and in implementing future projects. Dr. Chris Jones, the president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the partnership and how it works.

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