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12:13 pm, October 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.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 10:07am EDT
Todd Grams, Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Few things are as basic to the operation of federal agencies than the budget process. Circular A-11, published by the Office of Management and Budget, is the guiding document for all things budgetary. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, here come the revisions. A-11 has received some important revisions this year you need to know about. Todd Grams is a director in Deloitte's Federal consulting practice, and a long-time federal executive. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the significance of A-11 and what changes to expect.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:59am EDT
Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Like many agencies, the Defense and Homeland Security departments have been challenged to get the security clearances needed by their employees. Yet equally challenging is what happens when officials need to revoke someone's clearance. The Government Accountability Office found the departments have work to do there. Auditors found inconsistencies in both agencies' data on employees eligible to access classified information. Brenda Farrell is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the GAO study and its recommendations.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:26am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Senate has confirmed Anne Rung on a voice vote as the next administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The office has gone since January without a confirmed leader. Yet the administration has a number of procurement reforms in the oven. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what Rung faces as she tries to improve the federal acquisition environment.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department's new science and technology chief, Reginald Brothers, said he's got a plan to turn around an organization that's taken criticism for overlapping projects, poorly-tracked investments and rock-bottom workforce morale. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

This week marked 13 years since Islamic terrorists steered airliners into buildings in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It's a day that no American witness will ever forget. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and Web Manager Julia Ziegler shared some of your stories on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 08:09am EDT
Friday federal headlines - September 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, the IRS can recoup tax debts from employees' retirement savings, and a retired Marine Corps general will coordinate efforts against the Islamic State group.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 10:19am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Probably every contracting officer has been tempted to do it. Lowball the size of an acquisition so that it falls under small business rules. Or accept a lowball bid from a contractor that knows better. A part of the Transportation Department tried this with a contractor that was about to graduate from the 8(a) program. Oops. The deal ended up in court. Lots of egg splatter to go around. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the case in this week's legal loop segment.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:46am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Within the next few weeks, the Navy said it will finally finish its transition to a new operating structure for its IT network. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, all of the Navy's 300,000 users will be operating under a contract structure known as NGEN by the end of this month.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:44am EDT
Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Navy's on track to meet its small business contracting goals for 2014. One way it's doing that is by using its gigantic Seaport-e multiple award contract vehicle. Seaport-e has turned into something of a bonanza for small businesses. Kevin Brancato, senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:41am EDT
Jim Ghiloni, OASIS Program Director, GSA

Federal agencies now have a one-stop shop for purchasing professional services. Actually, two one-stop shops. The General Services Administration gave the go-ahead for its newest governmentwide, multiple award contract, known as OASIS. That's the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services. OASIS and its sister GWAC, OASIS Small Business, aim to minimize duplication and increase efficiency for the purchase of services. Jim Ghiloni is the OASIS Program Director at GSA. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how OASIS can help your agency.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:59am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shrinking agency budgets and the widespread use of cloud computing is starting to address a longstanding problem for agencies, Shadow IT. Shadow IT is when employees deploy hardware and software without the permission or knowledge of the agency's CIO. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained how agencies are starting to shine the light on this rogue IT on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:31am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 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, the House proposed spending bill doesn't block feds' pay raise, and the Army activatives a new Cyber Protection Brigade.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 09:59pm EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Things are calmer on the southwest border now that the flood of illegal immigrants has declined. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the worst is over. This comes after DHS Inspector General John Roth's investigation into alleged mistreatment of child immigrants at detention centers. The accusations were made by an advocacy group in June. Inspector General Roth joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on the investigation.

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Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 10:01am EDT
Claire Giordano, Senior Director, Quantum

These days, it's only a matter of time before the next data breach occurs. Just ask Home Depot, it could also be your agency. Hackers recently breached HealthCare.gov and installed malicious software. Although the attack took place in July, it took the Health and Human Services Department more than a month to detect it. Claire Giordano is a senior director at Quantum. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how network forensics can play a critical role in protecting agencies' data.

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Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 08:29am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 10, 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, the House votes no on an EPA proposed rule, and the FCC awaits a flood of traffic on its website today as part of a protest supporting net neutrality.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:15am EDT
Neil Fretwell, Operations Director, ISS Global

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have a new tool to help them zero-in on terrorists. Dfuze is a software application that helps investigators link bomb fragments to bomb makers. The software has been adopted by the U.S. Special Operations Command, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other organizations in 20 countries. Neil Fretwell is operations director at ISS Global and former lead investigator at the United Kingdom Police National Bomb Data Centre. He joined Tom Temin via skype on the Federal Drive to talk about the software.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:11am EDT
Irma Westmoreland, Chairwoman, National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has ramped up referrals to private doctors in order to get patients the care they need more quickly. But several unions that represent VA employees argue, the uptick in referrals could signal a shift toward privatizing the VA. This all comes as Secretary Robert McDonald aims to fix how the VA treats its veterans following major reform legislation passed by Congress this past summer. Irma Westmoreland is a registered nurse and chairwoman of National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with her take on changes at the VA.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:08am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Nobody likes Congress, at least that's the conventional wisdom. One group of people especially peeved these days is technology executives. Many of those in Silicon Valley have opened their wallets to politicians. But they don't like the legislation, or lack of legislation, they're getting. Julian Hattem, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:07am EDT
Chris Zinner, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services

Just when you thought airlines and cable companies could do no worse, American consumers say the federal government is even worse when in comes to customer service. That's according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The Partnership for Public Service and Accenture say in a report that agencies should work together if they want to get better. Chris Zinner, managing director at Accenture Federal Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the report. Read related article.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 08:15am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 9, 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, air strikes against ISIS will widen, and fewer military recruits are testing positive for HIV.

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