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6:29 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.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:46am EST
Thursday federal headlines - November 13, 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 investigation by the Energy Department's Inspector General finds that Sandia National Labs illegally extended a contract, President Obama nominates several people to important posts, and a request for Ebola funding finds bipartisan support.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:05pm EST
Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill Reporter, Bloomberg Government

Congress has returned to Washington for two days, and already things are crabby. But the lame duck session has a lot of work to do. First and foremost, pass spending bills because the continuing resolution expires Dec. 11. The Senate and House appropriations committee chairs have been working on it, but the coming change in the make-up of Congress complicates things. Erik Wasson, who covers Capitol Hill for Bloomberg, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look ahead.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:59pm EST
Eileen Larence, Government Accountability Office

Fighting domestic terrorism, natural disasters and cyber attacks is a multi-agency effort. The Homeland Security Department's fusion centers foster information sharing among all levels of government and in the private sector. But auditors at the Government Accountability Office find problems with how DHS accounts for funding to the centers. Eileen Larence, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:53pm EST
Patrick Choquette, Director of the Office of Innovation, Peace Corps

The Peace Corps has been working hard on streamlining its processes. Just a couple of weeks ago, we spoke with director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on how a simplified form pushed volunteer applications into the stratosphere. Now the Peace Corps has streamlined the way its volunteers around the world resupply their medical kits. An internal study showed that medical staff spent up to eight hours a week responding to volunteers requests. PC Medlink is supposed to fix all of that. Patrick Choquette, director of the Office of Innovation at the Peace Corps, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 11:13am EST
Stacia Hylton, Director, U.S. Marshals Service

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They're tasked with examining and reporting to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Stacia Hylton is director of the U.S. Marshals Service at the Justice Department. Her law enforcement career spans more than three decades, where she's held positions such as Chief for the Judicial Security Programs and the Emergency Response Incident Commander for Ground Zero after 9-11. Director Hylton joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how she got started.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 08:35am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Small Business Administration has received more than 200 comments on a proposed change to just one sub set of the size standards for small businesses. The change would apply to information technology companies known as value-added resellers (VARs). Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the proposal and why some small companies are concerned.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:03am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 12, 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, NASA has reduced its real estate footprint and Uber is finding unexpected support on Capitol Hill -- from congressional staffers who use the service.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:55pm EST
Ted Okada, Federal Emergency Management Agency

The White House has been telling agencies to used shared services for the better part of two, two-term administrations. The idea is to save cost and effort by pooling things agencies all do in common. But in practice it's not so easy. Ted Okada is the chief technology officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He's taking a slightly different view of shared service. He contends sharing should be at least as much about data as about operations. Okada joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 08:09am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy and Marine Corps peg 2017 as the date they'll integrate their public internet connections into a shared cybersecurity architecture. But the services say they still have some unanswered questions about who pays for what. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this and more in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:40am EST
John Grant, General Services Administration

Although many have retired, the later wave of Vietnam veterans are still active in the federal workforce, including John Grant, the Region Eight customer accounts and research director in the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. At one time in special forces, Grant worked in the technology industry before joining the federal government. He's also active in the ACT-IAC group. Grant spoke with Tom Temin at the recent ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:38am EST
Rick Holgate, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Around federal information technology circles, Rick Holgate's name is roughly synonymous with mobile computing. As CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Holgate is an early and enthusiastic adopter of mobile technologies. But what's new eventually gets a little dated. Now ATF is about to undergo a pretty big technology refresh. Rick Holgate joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:31am EST
Randy Tharp, Director of Business Development, Five 9 Group

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. He's a wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, and he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five 9 Group. Tom Temin spoke to Tharp on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:30am EST
Tim Sullivan, Thompson Coburn and Public Contracting Institute

Subcontractors live in a sort of netherworld. They often don't deal directly with the government, and they're subject to capriciousness by the primes. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. In today's installment, Sullivan tackles myth number four: It's better to work as a subcontractor because our company won't be exposed directly to the government the way a prime is. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:39am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 11, 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, more details emerge about the VA's restructuring, PTO employees face allegations of telework abuse and fraud, hackers broke into the USPS systems and compromised data on 800,000 employees and more.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:11am EST
Ellen Herbst, Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Ellen Herbst is the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Commerce Department. She's also one of the newly elected NAPA fellows. Herbst joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she can contribute to the academy's work.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:06am EST
Dick Stapleton, Health and Human Services Department

Everyone's on smartphones and tablets these days and lots of websites are becoming more mobile-friendly. This year, the Health and Human Services Department moved HHS.gov to a responsive design template. That lets users more easily read, pan and scroll on a website regardless of the viewing device. Now HHS is sharing its design code so other agencies can make their own websites more responsive. Dick Stapleton, deputy director of the HHS Digital Communications Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

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