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2:08 pm, July 24, 2014

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 - 06/20/2014, 09:27am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Like the fast food chain, agencies have it their way when developing their strategic review processes. The Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the Burger King approach to strategic reviews. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 07:51am EDT
Friday federal headlines - June 20, 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 Veterans Affairs Department has contacted about 70,000 veterans to get them off of wait lists and the Supreme Court hands public employee whistleblowers a victory by overturning the firing of an Alabama community college professor.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:27am EDT
Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to Iraq

Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:22am EDT
Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The IRS keeps revealing more instances of lost emails of employees in its tax exempt division. This week's revelation from the House Ways and Means Committee follows Friday's disclosure that a computer crash eliminated thousands of emails from former division chief Lois Lerner. Investigators now say another six division employees had their computers crash. Two Republican lawmakers call on the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Commissioner John Koskinen faces skeptical members of Congress today. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the records management side of this issue.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:19am EDT
Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

Between budget ups and downs, Congressional fiddling with procurement, and fast-changing technology, the federal market has been rough lately. A related business, associations and trade groups representing technology contractors, has also had a bit of turmoil and change. Now the Professional Services Council has announced a reorganization. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the change.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:16am EDT
Jill James, Director of ED.gov, Education Department

The Education Department has two ambitious goals to reach by 2020: see the U.S. become the nation with the highest percentage of college graduates in the world, and see low income and minority students find the same successes as their peers in graduating from high school and having access to college education. The department's Open Government Plan is key to achieving these goals. Jill James is director of ED.gov in the Office of Communications and Outreach. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the plan and how Education is communicating with the public.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:37am EDT
Ines Mergel, Associate Professor, Syracuse University

Today, agencies are expected to maintain a social media presence, not just a website. A new Manager's Guide from the IBM Center for the Business of Government looks at social media efforts across the government and how they support the strategic goals of the administration. Ines Mergel is associate professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and author of the report. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what it means to be effective with social media.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:34am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

The trial of four former U.S. security contractors in the deaths of Iraqi civilians is just getting underway. The former Blackwater employees allegedly opened fire at a busy Baghdad intersection in 2007. Now, seven years later, prosecutors are sorting out if they can be held criminally responsible. In this week's legal loop segment, employment attorney Debra Roth joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She explained why the case has taken so long to go to trial.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 08:18am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - June 19, 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 new billaims to increase contracting for women-owned small businesses, and the FTC works on a new weapon to fight robocalls.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is testing what cybersecurity in the cloud would look like for certain mission critical systems. DoD's pilots come as the agencies leading the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, are just beginning to explore what the future state of cloud security would look like. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Kevin Dulany, DoD's chief of the risk management oversight division in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Maria Roat, FedRAMP director. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:24am EDT
Jonathan Addleton, Ambassador, U.S. Agency for International Development

Recent headlines suggest federal agencies do not always look kindly on whistleblowers in their ranks. Most recently, the Veterans Affairs Department stands accused of tamping down dissent over mismanagement of its health care system. But an awards ceremony at the State Department today is honoring some federal employees for sticking out their necks and challenging their leaders. The American Foreign Service Association is giving four career diplomats the Constructive Dissent Award. Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, currently regional USAID mission director for the Central Asian Republics, is one of the honorees. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what led to his nomination.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:06am EDT
Brenna Isman, National Academy of Public Administration

Data-driven strategic reviews are to your agency what an annual physical is to you. They may not be fun, but they help agencies know what's working and what's not. The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) releases a report today to help agencies get the most out of their annual check-ups. Brenna Isman is the project director and senior adviser at NAPA. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why NAPA and the Office of Management and Budget worked together on this topic.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:01am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The director of the Phoenix VA hospital and two other employees are on administrative leave following allegations that the hospital delayed medical treatment to veterans. Note: they have not been fired. Legislation moving through Congress would make it easier for the VA secretary to give the boot to senior executives. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, which hears appeals from federal employees on personnel issues. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how the law could change. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 08:06am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - June 18, 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, tech giants go to court to stop the federal government from accessing data outside the U.S., and A Navy ship is now home to a suspect in the Benghazi attacks.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 06:01pm EDT
Laura Furgione, Deputy Director, National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is recruiting federal agencies to be ambassadors as part of its Weather-Ready Nation initiative. NWS says ambassadors are helping citizens and businesses prepare for weather emergencies. Laura Furgione, deputy director for the National Weather Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new ambassadors program and how agencies can get involved. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal contract spending by the Department of Homeland Security is at its lowest level ever. It's the result of a continued decline during the first year of sequestration. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains what the numbers mean. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:43am EDT
USDA shares 'secret weapon' in Feds Feed Families donation campaign

Federal employees at the Department of Agriculture donated more food during the 2013 Feds Feed Families campaign than any other large agency. USDA is now sharing its secret weapon with other agencies in the hope it will help the government, as a whole, reach its goal of 10 million pounds of donated food in 2014.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:17am EDT
Bob Cusack, Managing Editor, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is digging in this week to pass a bevy of bills. On the to-do list, appropriations and an overhaul of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. Bob Cusack, managing editor of the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what else Congress has on its agenda this week.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:11am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The problems at the Veteran Affairs Department continue to unfold. Meanwhile, the largest civilian agency lacks a Senate confirmed leader. We've seen this pattern before: troubled agency, departed leadership. Some come roaring back, some limp along. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the VA can shape a more promising future.

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