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Updated 1 hours, 44 minutes ago
Dr. Ben Schrag, Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Science Foundation

Baby it's no longer cold outside. But it's never too early to start looking ahead, even to next winter. Researchers at the National Science Foundation are repurposing a high speed camera system to analyze snowflakes, and maybe help predict just how bad that little snow flurry might get. Dr. Ben Schrag is a program director in the Small Business Innovation Research Program at the NSF. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the camera works.


Updated 1 hours, 47 minutes ago
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs committee members are asking for more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA inspector general report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In his bi-weekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about these latest concerns. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what he found out.


Updated 1 hours, 50 minutes ago
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's tired of the negative talk about morale. He tells the House subcommittee on government operations, "One of the ways that you improve morale is to stop continually telling my workforce that you have lousy morale." He said a plan is underway and things are getting better. Still, Homeland Security sits atop the list of worst big agencies. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.


Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 08:19am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 21, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Justice and FBI will dig up old convictions in which flawed forensics may have sent the wrong people to prison, TSA airport employees will be subject to new screening measures to guard against insider threats and auditors say the Thrift Savings Plan could be vulnerable to hackers.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 03:53am EDT
FITARA does not give federal CIOs total IT budget authority

Some CIOs are asking what the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act will really change. Tom Temin, host of the Federal Drive has some answers in a new commentary.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 09:57am EDT
Jeffrey Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA

Like the little engine that could, the General Services Administration never seems to stop the process of examining the rules, regulations and policies surrounding its many acquisition efforts. It's been busy on software procurement and several other issues. Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the Office of Government-wide Policy at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what's cookin', and how it affects government buyers and contractors.


Monday - 04/20/2015, 09:55am EDT
Gil Kerlikowski, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection enforces 500 laws for 47 federal agencies. Now the agency of more than 60,000 employees has its first comprehensive strategic plan in nearly a decade. Gil Kerlikowski is the Commissioner of CBP. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the plan.


Monday - 04/20/2015, 08:30am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 20, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, House and Senate members start debate on the non-binding 2016 budget resolution this week, amid turmoil at the top, the Broadcasting Board of Governors offers employee buyouts and the Army will shut down some of its specialized care units for wounded warriors.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 05:46am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor, Federal News Radio

Who wouldn't want to be a millionaire, right? If you play your cards right it's possible even for drones toiling deep in the bureaucracy. In fact, thousands of feds are Thrift Savings Plan millionaires. It turns out steady investment in the right TSP accounts can set you up for life, or at least a decent retirement. managing editor Julia Ziegler joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share some of the statistics, and some of your thoughts on TSP millionaires.


Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:41am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

There's already an annual list of the best places to work in the government. Now Congress wants to start keeping closer track of the worst ones too. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is inviting employees to share their concerns through an anonymous email tip line. That'll help the committee keep tabs on employee satisfaction. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the new list.


Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency managers have about a month to come up with new management goals for fiscal 2016 and 2017. As part of the Office of Management and Budget's annual goal-setting process, agencies are following a well-worn path. But this year that path also includes a bit of a twist. Lisa Danzig is the associate director for Personnel and Performance at OMB. She told executive editor Jason Miller about how the administration wants to ensure long-term focus on achieving its agency high-priority goals. As always, it starts with a memo.


Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:29am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A study this week from the American Academy of Pediatrics found children cared for by the Military Health System are less likely to be up to date on their immunizations, even though they have universal health care coverage. One reason might be that military families are constantly moving. But Defense health officials dispute the findings. They say military kids actually have higher vaccination rates, while also acknowledging they don't have the records to prove it. Dr. Amy Costello is the chief of immunization health care operations at the Defense Health Agency. She talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about why DoD thinks the study is flawed.


Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:13am EDT
Nate Lesser, Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the government and private industry to be on the same page when it comes to cybersecurity. The agency that issues hundreds of pages of cyber guidance for federal agencies also invited businesses from banks to restaurants to share best practices for public-facing web applications. Nate Lesser is the deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain with what they discussed, and where things go from here.


Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.)

A Republican congressman yesterday introduced draft legislation to take the air traffic control system private. It would split the FAA in half, privatize the operational part and hand it over to the employees. The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), former chairman of the House Transportation Committee. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Mica admits this isn't his first attempt to change things.


Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:06am EDT
Loren Duggan, Director of Legislative Analysis, Bloomberg

Perhaps you've noticed. Capitol Hill is buzzing. Congress seems poised to pass a major trade bill, and members are finding common ground on Medicare issues. But is Congress getting anything done with respect to cybersecurity, some major authorizations or the federal budget itself? Loren Duggan, the director of legislative analysis for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a preview of what's likely to come next.


Friday - 04/17/2015, 08:54am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 17, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, talking about low morale at DHS is only making it worse, a new Congressional tip mailbox gives federal employees a place to sound off about their agencies and the Senate confirms a new undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM) is spreading to eight agencies, including some big ones. It's all the result of a big new contract award. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where CDM is headed over the next year.


Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:39am EDT
Col. Joseph Dupont, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare, U.S. Army

The Army's electronic warfare capabilities have been an important tool during the war in Iraq. They've taken a big evolutionary step with the new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. It's designed to give soldiers more options in dealing with improvised explosive devices, and it won't necessarily destroy local infrastructure when deployed. Col. Joseph Dupont, the Project Manager of the Electronic Warfare office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the tool.


Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.


Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.


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