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5:37 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.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 11:13am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration recently hired another contractor to try to integrate 10 disparate acquisition databases. The first time around, the agency struggled both with its contractor and the plan to improve the Integrated Acquisition Environment. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about GSA's latest attempt to straighten it all out

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 11:04am EST
Jenny Yang, Chairwoman, EEOC

About 12 percent of federal employees say they have disabilities. The hiring of more has become a focal point of the Obama administration. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just wrapped up a month of focusing on this issue, during which it published guidance for agencies, hosted a Twitter town hall and launched a new data collection effort. New EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp the agency is trying to help the government be a model employer of people with disabilities, while it does a better job itself.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:41am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government and commercial contracting are two very different beasts. In the government, the buck stops with the contracting officer. Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the third myth in his "10 Myths of Government Contracting" series.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:36am EST
Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

After a gunman opened fire at Canada's National War Memorial and Parliament, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wants to beef up security at federal buildings. But as Mark Goldstein, GAO's director of physical infrastructure issues, explained on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, more security means a greater workload for the Federal Protective Service. Reports from the Government Accountability Office show the small agency isn't always prepared for new threats.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:34am EST
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Today, voters head to the polls hoping to elect people who share their vision of how government should operate. John Palguta, the vice-president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, has been meeting with international leaders who told him the U.S. government's operation serves as a good vision for their own countries. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Palguta explained what the best federal management practices are and which governments want to emulate them.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 07:49am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 4, 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, law enforcement officials say it's hard to track people leaving the U.S. to join the Islamic State, the Air Force has fired two commanders and disciplined a third in the nuclear missile command and funds in the Thrift Savings Plan make a turnaround in October.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:52pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget recently released an update to Circular A-123, a guide for agencies on managing risk at an enterprise level. A new report from the Association of Government Accountants examined the revision. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about why A-123 is a big deal in government accounting circles.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:56pm EST
Doug Maughan, Director of Cybersecurity Division, DHS

First, the Department of Homeland Security had the Car Wash. Now, it has the SWAMP - the latest effort to improve the quality and reliability of apps running on government networks. In part 2 of his interview with Doug Maughan, director of the Cybersecurity Division in DHS' Science and Technology Directorate, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller asked Maughan how SWAMP is improving software assurance.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:17pm EST
GSA puts more category management pieces in place

Kevin Youel Page is named the new deputy commissioner of FAS, replacing Bill Sisk, who shifted to an assistant commissioner position. GSA also publicly unveils the first three hallways under category management.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00pm EST
Mark Borkowski, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske wants his troops to be more innovative. Turning that wish into reality falls squarely on the shoulders of the agency's IT and acquisition executives. Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner and chief acquisition executive in CBP's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, is the brain power on the acquisition side of this innovation challenge. He spoke about his strategy with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00pm EST
Rafael Borras, Former Under Secretary for Management, DHS

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to study and report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Rafael Borras. Until recently, he was the under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. Borras spoke with Emily Kopp on today's Federal Drive radio show about his new appointment.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:17am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 3, 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, unions ask Congress to improve whistleblowing rights for intelligence contractors, more federal workers who joined the government a decade ago have earned advanced degrees and certificates while working and DoD civilians fighting Ebola in West Africa have options when it comes to quarantine.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:10am EST
Aaron Raddock, Manager, Baker Tilly

Some vendors use the phrase "contractors as pinatas" to describe how they feel about the assortment of new rules and regulations coming from the Obama administration. Aaron Raddock, a manager in the government contractor advisory services practice at the consulting firm Baker Tilly, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium to discuss how vendors can avoid the strike zone.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:08am EST
Jeffrey Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA

The General Services Administration is using new data to enhance its customer service. At the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium, GSA Senior Procurement Executive Jeff Koses spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the agency's recent survey results and the improved vendor interactions the data is pointing them toward.

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Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A maritime disaster 51 years ago prodded the Navy to put in place a world-class safety regime that's kept the U.S. submarine fleet safe from any major mishaps for the last four decades. After a major breach of Navy networks last year, officials say they've decided they need to replicate that engineering rigor and organizational discipline in cyberspace. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on what the service is calling its "cyber awakening."

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Friday - 10/31/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Doug Criscitello, Managing Director, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton LLP

The ups and downs of federal budgeting require managers to be nimble and creative. Doug Criscitello has learned a few lessons from decades of work in federal finance. He was Chief Financial Officer of the Housing and Urban Development Department, and also held posts at the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget. He is now the managing director for the global public sector practice at Grant Thornton. He has also recently been inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what he hopes to do at NAPA.

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Friday - 10/31/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Anne Altman, Manager, U.S. Federal Government and Industries, IBM

A new partnership between IBM and Twitter is designed to help enterprises get better market intelligence. It could also have application for federal agencies. The collaboration will allow IBM to offer clients access to Twitter data, and will include new applications to analyze data and enhance agency understanding of what's going on in social media. Anne Altman is the General Manager of IBM's US Federal and Government Industries. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how this data service might work for federal agencies.

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Friday - 10/31/2014, 09:40am EDT
Friday federal headlines - October 31, 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 DoJ Inspector General has dinged the ATF for selling grenade parts in Mexico, USAID asks contractors working in West Africa to draft emergency evacuation plans and spending by the intelligence community reaches $50.5 billion in fiscal 2014.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:54pm EDT
Mark Testoni, President and CEO, SAP National Security Services

America's national security mission must adapt to the increasing complexity of threats. That means guarding against traditional risks and innovating to anticipate emerging ones. Technology can help, but it can be difficult to navigate the IT solutions amid shrinking budgets and a flood of data. Mark Testoni is president and CEO of SAP National Security Services. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with advice on improving the mission as well as the business of national security.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:52pm EDT
Larry Youngner, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The Office of Special Counsel recently found the Army had discriminated against transgender civilian employee Tamara Lusardi. Lusardi, a quality assurance specialist, faced what OSC described as "frequent" and "pervasive" harassment on a daily basis. The Army didn't admit to prohibited personnel practices, but it did agree to start diversity and sensitivity training. Larry Youngner is a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the implications of the case.

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