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6:15 am, May 27, 2015

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 - 04/10/2015, 06:08am EDT
Steve Buerger, Project Lead, Sandia National Labs

Robotics have advanced to a place where walking machines may soon be sent into emergency response situations too dangerous for people. This reality is made possible only through a long battery life and mechanical systems that don't eat up all the battery's energy stores. Steve Buerger is a project lead in the intelligent systems control department at Sandia National Labs. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how it all works.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:38am EDT
Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service

The General Services Administration's schedules contracts program is undergoing a transformation. The first of many changes will happen over the next six months. GSA is launching its first consolidated schedule. It's working closely now with vendors who provide professional services. Tiffany Hixson is GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive. She told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller, the FAS is trying to do a better job meeting the needs of its agency customers.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:25am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next month, the Army will start fielding equipment that gives its commanders access to the networks they need to plan missions while they're airborne and en route to a battle. It's part of a broader Army push for a seamless mission command process, regardless of where the commander happens to be. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:21am EDT
Katie Tubb, Research Associate and Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation

When Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced he would not run for re-election, he reopened the debate about nuclear waste disposal in this country. Reid had staunchly opposed a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain in his state. But never say never. Today five members of Congress, led by the Republican chairman of the House Environment and Economy Subcommittee are visiting the site. Katie Tubb is a research associate and coordinator for the Heritage Foundation who has studied this issue.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT
Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 09:54am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 9, 2015

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, federal contractors can't discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees; Secret Service places a high-ranking supervisor on administrative leave after allegations and NASA scientists are confident they'll find alien life in the next few decades.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 10:41am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures, and Congress has rejected each one. But with or without lawmakers' approval, military bases are getting smaller. DoD may even close some of them without Congress' explicit permission. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:55am EDT
Jorge Uquillas, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Information technology companies are looking for new business in places they may not have looked before, such as the federal market. That's been driving some important mergers and acquisitions lately. So has the expanding health IT market. Bloomberg Government has examined several of these recent takeovers. Jorge Uquillas is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more of what's going on in the federal supplier base.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:52am EDT
Dr. Steve Howell, Kepler Mission Project Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has given its highest award to NASA's Kepler mission team. The 2015 Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding work in aerospace science and technology. Kepler was the first to detect Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars at distances such that those planets might harbor life. Since its launch in March 2009, Kepler has discovered more than 4,000 of these exoplanets. Dr. Steve Howell, a Kepler Mission scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this work.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:48am EDT
Nick Bristow, 18F Innovation Specialist, GSA

Online security and online access for people with disabilities have collided. Many of the most common Web practices for ensuring a user is actually human can be very difficult to use if you've got a disability. For example, Techniques like CAPTCHA, which requires users to type in a distorted word or symbol, can be impossible for the blind. To remedy that, the General Services Administration's 18F tech team recently held an "Accessibility Hackathon." They want to find a way to keep dot-gov sites secure and make them more accessible. Nick Bristow is an 18F innovation specialist working on this problem. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain some of the team's ideas.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:46am EDT
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

A number of changes to USASpending.gov took effect on April 1, and they've already got people irked. The site is supposed to provide easy public access to data on federal contracts, grants and financial assistance. Treasury Fiscal Assistant Secretary David Lebryk says in a blog post that the changes were supposed to help improve site navigation, and make the data it tracks easier to understand. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the site changes and the blowback they've already generated.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy's cyber command has reached the grand old age of five. To celebrate, it's finalizing a new strategy. The new document outlines the concept of integrating the cyber domain into the broader warfighter domain. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where the Navy, and the rest of DoD, is heading toward with cyber as a tool for warfighters.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:02am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 8, 2015

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, a power outage sends home several federal employees in Washington, D.C.,

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:49am EDT
Ann Amrhein, Deputy Associate Commissioner, SSA

A group of Social Security Administration employees developed a Web application that lets analysts sift through terabytes of data. They can use a nearly infinite number of search criteria. That's enabled the agency to detect and prevent a lot of fraud and abuse. The application has gotten some attention. It was one of 30 finalists for ACT-IAC's 2015 "Igniting Innovation" awards. Ann Amrhein, the deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumerations and Administrative Systems, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the award-winning program.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:46am EDT
Doug Criscitello, Executive Director, Center for Finance & Policy, MIT

The federal budget development process for 2016 is looking a lot like the last decade's worth of budget work: Messy and potentially demanding on federal managers. Doug Criscitello was the chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now he's executive director of MIT's Center for Finance and Policy. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with advice on coping with the process.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

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Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:57am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 7, 2015

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,

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 05:43am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

By publicizing stories from IRS workers in the field, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is trying to change the minds of many in Congress and reverse the five-year trend of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how NTEU is making its case in the heart of tax filing season.

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Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT
Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

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