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6:26 pm, 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.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:02am EST
Sharon Roth, Senior Research Analyst, Merit Systems Protection Board

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board has issued fresh guidance for federal managers on the topic of veterans hiring preferences. Two laws underpin the myriad of veterans preference regulations. Sharon Roth, a senior research analyst at the Merit Systems Protection Board, was the project manager of the report. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the new guidance.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:04am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 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 VA considers disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees, the AP reports that employees and contractors are responsible for at least half of federal cyber attacks and Open Season begins today, allowing federal employees to change their health, dental or vision insurance.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 08:16am EST
Friday federal headlines - November 7, 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 inspector general says a Justice Department student hiring program was marred by nepotism, GAO says the FDA needs to be more thorough in how it samples imported food for pesticide testing and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says wait times at VA hospitals are down 18 percent since May.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:50am EST
Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance

It's no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:47am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is having success with a new data transparency effort designed to drive better business deals on sole-source contracts. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain that the initiative is designed to track all of DoD's business arrangements with a given vendor, allowing individual contracting officers to learn from past deals.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:44am EST
Judith Douglas, Hewlett-Packard

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. One of those fellows is Judith Douglas, a former division director at the General Services Administration and former adviser for management operations, information systems design and modernization at the IRS. Now she's a client industry executive in the global government industry group at Hewlett-Packard. Douglas joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her career and induction into NAPA.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 06:56am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's goal is straightforward: rebuild the trust in the VA. In his first 100 days as secretary, McDonald met with dozens of employees, lawmakers and other key stakeholders to both listen and understand how best to do that. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the steps McDonald has taken and plans to take.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 09:29am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

When it comes to retirement savings and other benefits, federal employees have better options than many in the private sector. That's one of the findings from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which presented its findings yesterday. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 09:20am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies should expect more coordinated and aggressive oversight of government programs now that Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress. That's one of several changes federal employees and contractors should expect with the turnover in the House and Senate. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the election means for government management issues.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:37am EST
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

The campaigning is done and the votes are in. Republicans will soon gain control of the Senate for the first time since 2007, and they've widened their lead in the House. So what can feds expect from their newly elected officials? Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share her perspective.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:00am EST
Andrew Ceresney, Co-Director, Division of Enforcement, SEC

Big changes continue at the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is deep into an investigation into whether Centers for Medicare and Medicaid employees leaked information to stock traders. At the same time, the agency is dealing with an uptick in its caseload over the last year to nearly 700 enforcement actions. Some experts say the numbers represent only a partial success because the SEC hasn't launched many blockbuster investigations. Andrew Ceresney, director of enforcement at the SEC, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive and explained the agency's priorities.

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Thursday - 11/06/2014, 07:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - November 6, 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, House and Senate appropriators are trying to agree on a 12-part omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2015, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of retirement claims grows for the first time in three months and President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for new war powers to fight Islamic State militants.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:30pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy's top IT acquisition official says he takes it as a given that the Navy will migrate its email services to the cloud. The only question is how. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on pilot programs that are designed to provide answers.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:56am EST
Dan Blair, President, National Academy of Public Administration.

Federal workforce issues could face challenges as a result of yesterday's elections. Republicans beginning in January will regain a majority in Senate while adding 14 seats to their lead in the House. What will this all mean to federal employees and agencies? Dan Blair is president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:46am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is closer than ever to becoming law. Key Senate and House lawmakers have reached an agreement on the bill. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what has to happen next for FITARA to reach the President.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:40am EST
Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

Recently the White House established what it calls the Digital Service Group. It's job: To help federal agencies with troubled, public facing technology projects. Well, the Veterans Affairs Department has established its own Digital Service group. Marina Martin, chief technology officer at VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the new group will work.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:34am EST
Ira Goldstein, National Director for Federal Services, Deloitte

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. One of those fellows is Ira Goldstein. He's had a long public management career, starting as a charter member of the Senior Executive Service during the Carter Administration. Goldstein is now national director for Federal Services at Deloitte. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective on federal management .

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:27am EST
Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration has set aside 1.5 percent of its personnel budget for training and reinvestment in skills for the next fiscal year. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the focus will be on customer relations and evolving with technology. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller caught up with Tangherlini at the National Contract Management Association's annual government symposium. Tangherlini described his relationship with the Office of Management and Budget's Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert and some of the things they're working on together on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 07:50am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 5, 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, newly elected officials could have a big impact on workforce issues, including pay and benefits, the President will nominate David Berteau as assistant secretary of defense, a homeless assistance program is flawed, an IRS employee is cleared of any wrongdoing following a security breach and more.

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