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1:09 am, October 20, 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 - 09/08/2014, 08:18am EDT
Monday federal headlines - September 8, 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 White House asks for millions to cope with immigrant children, and Obama says he will outline his strategy regarding ISIS on Tuesday.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 09:15am EDT
Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

U.S. surveillance flights are buzzed by Chinese fighter jets armed to the teeth. The Air Force conducts more than 150 bombing raids on the ISIS army in Iraq. President Barack Obama sends 1,000 troops to protect the embassy in Baghdad. NATO leaders wonder if they'll have to mobilize to defend against Russian aggression. Everywhere you look, there's military activity or the potential for more of it. How does all this play out when the U.S. defense budget is flat or shrinking? And the military's technical leadership eroding? Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with answers. Read the related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 08:14am EDT
Mark Reinhold, Associate Director for Employee Services, Office of Personnel Management

The White House is restarting its Senior Executive Service reform effort. The Office of Personnel Management will launch several new initiatives in the coming months, including a new SES onboarding framework. Mark Reinhold is OPM's associate director for employee services. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about the revitalized efforts to improve the SES program. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 08:12am EDT
Friday federal headlines - September 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, DoD's housing website is plagued by glitches, and USAID will spend $100 million on ebola aid in West Africa.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:22am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health Agency is nearing its one year anniversary. Its officials say they're serious about finding the savings they promised through the reorganization of DoD's healthcare activities. One way they hope to save money is through more strategic sourcing. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, that includes a new multiple award contract for IT services. Read Jared's related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:18am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

A 1 percent pay raise is in the works for federal employees and military members. But are people happy about it? The answer is yes and no, depending on who you ask. We asked, and you answered at Federal News Radio.com. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 09:19am EDT
Capt. Jim Loper, Navy Warfare Development Command

The Navy has built an unmanned undersea vehicle that mimics the motions of the fish it resembles. The robotic fish is packed with acoustic sensors and cameras. Navy developers hope it will carry out a range full of missions like undersea mine detection or prolonged surveillance of ships, ports and submarines. Capt. Jim Loper is the concepts and innovation department head at the Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on Robo Tuna.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 09:08am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

A former special agent in charge of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used extremely poor judgment in a disability lawsuit. That's according to the Justice Department's inspector general. It looked into the case of Justin Slaby, a service-disabled Iraq veteran who was kicked out of the FBI training academy. The IG found that Teresa Carlson improperly tried to influence the deposition of the agent responsible for training Slaby. You might call it a lesson learned the hard way. In this week's legal loop, Attorney Debra Roth tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how supervisors should treat employees who are being deposed.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 08:36am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 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, USIS is forced to furlough thousands of employees, and the Pentagon will send 200 troops to Ukraine next week.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 07:35am EDT
Vincent Micone, Chairman, Combined Federal Campaign, National Capital Region

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign is taking a page from the ALS Foundation's ice bucket challenge. This comes after what might be called an off year for the federal charitable campaign in 2013. The CFC formally kicked off yesterday with plans to use social media to reach a new generation of donors. Vincent Micone is the chairman of the CFC for the national capital region. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the CFC plans to rebound from a tough 2013. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 06:43am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is rolling out a series of initiatives that it says will respond to a problem its leaders have been worried about for years. The U.S. military still has the best technology in the world, but that advantage is shrinking fast. It's got DoD leaders alarmed. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:52am EDT
Meghan Ferriter, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian wants to unlock the detailed stories behind many of its exhibits, and it needs the public to make this feat possible. Smithsonian's Transcription Center website features more than 39,000 digitized documents that it wants to use the power of the crowd to transcribe. Meghan Ferriter, project coordinator for the Smithsonian's Transcription Center, explained her group's crowdsourcing goals when she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:10am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 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, the DHS IG finds no evidence to substantiate claims of poor treatment of illegal child immigrants, and Jenny Yang becomes the first Asian-American chair of EEOC.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:47am EDT
Bob Behn, Author, PerformanceStat Potential

Using a data-driven approach to performance analysis is not a suggestion. It's included in the Government Performance and Results Act modernization law. And while it's something that the Office of Management and Budget expects, it doesn't give you an instruction manual. Bob Behn is the author of PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. He's been researching a book on the movement for since 2001. He told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp how the Stat movement began and why he calls it a leadership strategy.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans will soon be able to pull up their medical records on their smartphones or tablet computers. The Veterans Affairs Department will launch several mobile applications in the coming months to further the use of telehealth at its facilities across the country. Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of Connected Health at the Veterans Health Administration, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new apps and the growing use of telehealth services across VA. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 08:26am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - September 2, 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, Google's Megan Smith is a leading candidate to replace Todd Park, and fewer feds file discrimination complaints with the EEOC.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller provided details to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive on more problems for the strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:24am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department has been making progress on its backlog of disability claims, but outdated technology keeps getting in the way. One bottleneck is the time it takes the VA to receive military medical records from the Defense Department. DoD installed a new system at the beginning of this year to solve that problem. But a look by the inspector general finds that things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's DOD Reporter Jared Serbu gives Emily Kopp the details on the Federal Drive. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:15am EDT
Megan Crandall, Spokesperson, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management wants to halt the practice of swinging from ropes at two popular Utah landmarks. Officials propose a two-year restriction on rope-swinging from the Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges near Moab. They've received complaints that the screaming swingers disturb other tourists. Megan Crandall, spokesperson for BLM in Utah, explained the proposed ban to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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