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4:44 pm, May 27, 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 - 04/28/2015, 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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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:40am EDT
Blane Dessy, Acting Executive Director, FEDLINK

What does it take to run a federal library these days? You could look to the Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox, or the small medical library at Walter Reed in Bethesda. Both are winners of this year's Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) awards. Blane Dessy is the acting executive director of FEDLINK. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the awards.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:08am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The top acquisition officials from each of the military branches told Congress this week that when it comes to the next round of acquisition reform, less is more. They asked lawmakers to help thin the layers of oversight in the procurement process, empower program managers to make decisions and hold them accountable when they fail. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:07am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor, FederalNewsRadio.com

Want to grouse about your agency? You've got a new outlet. Congressman Mark Meadows, who heads the House panel that oversees the federal workforce, has opened an email tip line. Just send a note to TellMark@mail.house.gov. But will feds use it? FederalNewsRadio.com managing editor Julia Ziegler debated that on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:04am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The House made it two-for-two this week by passing another cyber information-sharing bill. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. They also approved the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. With the passage by the House, and at least initial support from the White House, these two bills are closer to becoming law than any previous attempts to improve public-private cyber information sharing. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details and analysis.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 08:39am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 24, 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 former Pentagon spokesman will become the spokesman for the State Department, two senators ask the Defense Department to investigate possible retaliation against a whistleblower and lawmakers introduce a bill to stop improper payments to the deceased.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:46am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal cyber experts are raising the prospect that tens of thousands more federal employees could be at risk of identity theft from a corporate cyber breach than first reported. At issue is the U.S. Investigative Services breach in August. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on these new concerns, and what is being done to shore up contractor systems.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:44am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will unveil a new Pentagon cyber strategy today. It's expected to revise his department's approach to cyberspace to account for a number of technological and policy changes over the last several years. Officials say Carter also will announce several new initiatives intended to make DoD more capable of adopting cutting-edge commercial technologies for the protection of its networks, and build tighter linkages between the department and Silicon Valley. DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further preview the plan.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:06am EDT
Steve Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Workhorse Group, Inc.

The Postal Service is planning to buy 180,000 new vehicles over the next three years. It wants those new trucks to have better safety equipment and fuel mileage than the current fleet. Mail-carriers driving the new trucks will need more room, with parcel business up 20 percent over the past five years. Steve Burns is chief executive officer at Workhorse Group, Inc. That's one of several companies bidding on the new Postal truck. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on his company's design, which includes a drone to lighten the load.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:03am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

An employee with the Transportation Security Administration gets her job back after being fired for being pregnant. TSA ruled Amanda Kincannon's pregnancy made her "unfit for duty" and subsequently fired her. The decision was eventually overruled by TSA's internal review board, and she was recently reinstated. The incident was made public by the American Federation of Government Employees. Debra Roth, a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some more insight into this case. She said it's not exactly unheard of.

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