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Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring 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 - 06/13/2014, 10:56am EDT
James Franklin, Branch Chief, NOAA's Hurricane Specialist Unit

One of the most damaging aspects of hurricanes is not the storm itself it is what happens afterwards. Both Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy showed communities were not prepared for the storm surges and flooding. This hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is rolling out new tools to improve forecasts and communication. James Franklin is the branch chief in NOAA's hurricane specialist unit. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the National Hurricane Center.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:46am EDT
Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

The House and Senate have both passed bills to shore up the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they are in conference to reconcile. The final bill would give veterans more opportunities to seek care outside of VA hospitals, while beefing up the VA's own medical staff. The Congressional Budget Office has scored the VA bill and estimates the expense of the additional care would be about $50 billion. Yevgeniy Feyman, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss whether all the money will help.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:45am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal Communications Commission is challenging telecoms to work more closely with it to improve the nation's cybersecurity. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he is not planning more regulations, rather he is asking the companies to share responsibility. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the FCC's plans. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:23am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Navy retakes control over its own IT networks, it is eager to introduce features that improve the experience for end users. At the same time, the Navy is warning vendors that it's not going to buy just bells and whistles. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 09:44am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management says it will not finalize regulations on phased retirement for a few more months. But what happens when it does? Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss federal employees' questions about phased retirement.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 08:24am EDT
Friday federal headlines - June 13, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the Obama administration will provide military help to the Iraqi army, and Jeh Johnson says the government continues to collaborate on the issue of immigrant children.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 10:09am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

Government contractors are feeling pretty good about a recent U.S. Appeals Court decision. It says the government must act in good faith and deal fairly in all government contracts. Believe it or not, this was not always the case. In this week's Legal Loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo examined the ruling and its implications when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:58am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shaun Donovan has big shoes to fill if he is confirmed as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Members of Congress from both parties say they liked the former OMB head, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, now the Health and Human Services Secretary. She is widely recognized for reinvigorating the management side of the House and working more closely with Congress. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Donovan would improve upon Burwell's short-term accomplishments. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:52am EDT
Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Homeland Security Department's approach to purchasing has never been great. Acquisition management programs have been on the Government Accountability Office's high risk list for years. But a bill that passed the House this week takes aim at the management of these faulty acquisition programs. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) says the bill forces DHS to improve its management. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the bill's intended effects.

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Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
Experts propose model to close loopholes in FOIA regulations

Ginger McCall, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says agencies need better FOIA regulations and a cultural change toward transparency.

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Thursday - 06/12/2014, 08:35am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - June 12, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, DHS review policies that have led to free immigrants convicted of crimes, and the FBI investigates employees at the VA.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy has just awarded the first of what it says will be several contracts aimed toward resetting its data center consolidation efforts. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the service wasn't happy with the progress it was making up until now, and the new plan will lean heavily on commercial hosting providers. Read Jared's related story.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 09:34am EDT
Ginger McCall, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Congress is considering a bill to streamline the way agencies respond to the Freedom of Information Act requests. As things stand now, 99 agencies each respond to FOIA requests differently. With the Justice Department leading interagency talks, a plan is underway to fix the inconsistencies FOIA requesters face when dealing with multiple agencies. Advocacy groups like the Electronic Privacy Information Center have their own sets of recommendations. Ginger McCall, associate director of EPIC, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss problems with the administration's recommendations. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 09:01am EDT
Dwayne Grant, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General

For the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at HHS, payment errors are 50 percent more likely to happen in cases of routine visits. At more than $32 billion, so-called E&M services represent about a third of payments under Medicare Part B. The Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General looked at data from 2010. It found that coding errors and lack of documentation led to $6.7 billion in improper E&M payments. Dwayne Grant, regional inspector general for HHS, discussed how this happened when he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 08:52am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department will try to address one major aspect of its patient scheduling scandal by looking to industry for help. VA is planning two major acquisitions in the coming months. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what VA is trying to do. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 08:23am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - June 11, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, a House bill would reform DHS acquisition, and the FAA lets commercial drones fly over land.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department says it's fixed the structural problems that doomed a $6 billion program it killed six weeks ago. DHS designed that program to upgrade biological weapons detectors in American cities. Even if DHS has fixed that program's problems, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu says it's not clear how the department will screen for bioterrorist attacks going forward. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 10:21am EDT
Jon Boyens, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It keeps getting easier to manufacture a counterfeit computer chip. Experts say federal information systems increasingly are at risk because of flaws in their supply chains. It is not just a question of fake parts. Genuine ones that have been tampered with, or are just poorly made, can cause damage. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is revising guidelines for agencies to help them secure their supply chains. Jon Boyens is an IT specialist in the security outreach and integration group at NIST. He spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:47am EDT
Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry is visiting from Australia where he is the ambassador. As one of the most high-profile gay federal employees, he is helping the National Park Service call attention to a new initiative. The agency is embarking on a study of sites important to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the new initiative.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:34am EDT
Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Leaders of both the House and Senate pledge to move quickly on legislation to help the Veterans Affairs Department treat the more than 100,000 vets who are either waiting months for medical appointments or have been unable to see a doctor. At a House hearing late last night, a top VA official apologized for the delays, calling them indefensible. Martin Matishak, staff writer at The Hill, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss prospects for legislation and VA's future.

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