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9:28 am, July 22, 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.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:02am EDT
Alphonso Maldon, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

It's the elephant in the room: military pay and benefits are overwhelming the Defense Department's budget. But Congress doesn't want to cut them, so it appoints an independent commission to do it by next February. Alphonso Maldon is chairman of the commission. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive, the nine members have reviewed everything from recruitment to retirement, paychecks and housing allowance to health care.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:50am EDT
Sara Meyers, Housing and Urban Development Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. The Housing and Urban Development Department launched a data-analysis program in 2010 to monitor federal housing programs. Two years later, Hurricane Sandy put the system to the test. Sara Meyers co-developed the program called HUDStat. She now runs the Sandy Program Management Office, which applies data analysis to the $50 billion Sandy recovery effort. She joined Jason Miller on the Federal Drive to discuss HUDStat and the progress it has made. Read a Q&A with Sara Meyers.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:19am EDT
Monday federal headlines - June 9, 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, Obama chooses Walter Carter to lead the Naval Academy, and GSA expects to pay less for electricity.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:42am EDT
Denise Hintzke, Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative

The IRS will have a new tool to help it collect taxes from Americans with overseas bank accounts. Treasury officials say 77,000 foreign banks and other financial institutions have agreed to share account information. The overseas banks will start sending information in 2015. Denise Hintzke is the global tax leader of Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how this is going to work.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:40am EDT
David Barno, Center for a New American Security

President Obama says most troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Some of the billions of dollars worth of equipment over there will come back to be refurbished. Some will have to be sold or destroyed. All those people combined with all of the gear is a major logistics effort. How can the military pull it off? Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the challenges the Defense Department will face as it withdraws from Afghanistan.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:48am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Data Aggregation Working Group, or DAWG, will deliver both plans and tools later this year to change the way agencies review and share terrorism information. DAWG members hope the reference architecture, as the plan is called, will give law enforcement and intelligence community agencies a new path toward understanding the full threat picture. Dirk Rankin is the chief technology officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. Paul Reynolds is the other co-chairman. In part two of their interview, they tell executive editor Jason Miller about the DAWG's role in creating a secure information sharing environment. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:45am EDT
Todd Dickinson, American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Patent and Trademark Office has been going without a confirmed director for a year and a half. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) has urged President Obama to nominate somebody already. He thinks the vacancy "hampers the agency's ability to influence policy and make long term-plans." Todd Dickinson is a former PTO director, now executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's going on at the agency.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:38am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief information officers have adjusted to flat technology budgets. But they haven't quite been able to shift significant money to modernization and innovation and away from operations. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what CIOs say are their biggest challenges and concerns in a new TechAmerica and Grant Thornton survey. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:32am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

What implications will the VA scandal have on other federal agencies? Many feds and management groups are asking that question as Congress considers legislation that would allow the VA to fire poor-performing employees. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the Senate might not pass its version of the bill today.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 07:57am EDT
Friday federal headlines - June 6, 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, Senators reach a deal on the Veterans Affairs crisis, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel taps top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford, as next Marine Corps commandant.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:00am EDT
Eric Young, American Federation of Government Employees

Federal prisons are becoming more violent and dangerous for the guards who work in them. But the guards have a new tool that can help: a contract. It took 16 years to negotiate and ratify. Eric Young is president of American Federation of Government Employees' Council of Prison Locals. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 11:10am EDT
Dr. Mark Reger, National Center for Telehealth and Technology

Defense health officials are testing a tool to give service members a mental health boost on demand. It's a mobile app called the Virtual Hope Box. Each user can customize it. Mark Reger is the deputy director and chief of research at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, which is part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. He explained the app's purpose when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 09:00am EDT
John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary the right to fire senior executives almost at will. It's understandable members of Congress are outraged over long waiting times and falsification of records at VA hospitals, compounded by the fact that VA managers have received millions of dollars in bonuses. But it's not clear whether the proposal is legal. In our weekly legal loop segment, federal employment attorney John Mahoney spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained exactly what the House approved and who the bill affects.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 08:21am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - June 5, 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, Sloan Gibson visits the VA health center in Phoenix, and Hagel prepares for a hearing on Bergdahl.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 01:26am EDT
Anthony Principi, former VA secretary

Investigators have yet to get to the bottom of care delays and falsified records at Veterans Affairs. Yet at least four reform bills are percolating in Congress. Anthony Principi has some ideas for how Congress and the department might proceed for the long term. He is a former Veterans Affairs secretary and now a consultant with a long career in the public and private sectors, and spoke with Tom Temin on Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 01:19am EDT
Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

The White House has asked for $1.4 billion more for the Health and Human Services program that serves child migrants. President Obama calls the flood of child migrants crossing the Mexican border illegally and alone an "urgent humanitarian situation." Authorities at the southwest border have stopped 47,000 children in the past eight months. Shawn Moran is vice president and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the scene at the border.

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Thursday - 06/05/2014, 01:16am EDT
Tim Callaghan, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID

The military has an old saying. Plan the work, then work the plan. That's what the U.S. Agency for International Development is doing. It's got a five-point plan for the approaching hurricane season. Tim Callahan is senior regional advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. He spoke to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. He's got a musical way to try to get young people involved in disaster preparedness.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is moving from "connect-the-dots" to sharing some or all of the picture created by connecting those dots. As part of this effort, a working group is creating data standards to ease the burden of understanding the picture the dots created. Dirk Rankin is the chief technology officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. Paul Reynolds is the other co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about the progress the DAWG is making.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 11:32am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Remember the Pathways program? It was the highly-touted replacement for the Presidential Management Fellows. Agencies are unhappy with the limitations under the new Pathways internships. It's almost two years since the program was launched, and agency use of Pathways is underwhelming. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller has the details on why some are saying Pathways needs to be fixed. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 09:49am EDT
Leadership, modernization key to fixing the VA

Amid the scandal over patient delays and falsified records at Veterans Affairs health facilities, numerous bills are circulating in Congress. But former VA Secretary Anthony Principi says strong leadership and modernization offer the best long-term solution for the agency.

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