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7:30 am, March 5, 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.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 11:41am EST
Denise Turner Roth, Acting Administrator, GSA

As it has many times over the past decade, the General Services Administration has an acting administrator. This time, unlike several previous situations, the transition was without drama and scandal. Denise Turner Roth joined the GSA a year ago as deputy administrator. Now that Dan Tangherlini has departed for the private sector, Turner Roth has been just named acting administrator. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on her plans for her time at the agency's helm.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:38am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is once again trying to change one of the acquisition rules that industry despises the most the Price Reduction Clause. A proposed rule released today would modernize the way vendors list their prices on the schedule contracts run by GSA. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this proposed rule and several other acquisition priorities.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:34am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Precise as it might be, sometimes contract language doesn't quite cover a particular situation. While it would probably make a contractor's life easier to just stick to the contract language, that's not always an option. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the ninth commandment: Be prepared to reciprocate. It's not just the words on the page that matter; it's the relationship between a contractor and the government customer.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:23am EST
David Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Taking 10 years to settle a whistleblower complaint could get a company in trouble with the Justice Department. But what if it's a Justice Department agency that takes so long? The Justice Department needs to improve how it handles whistleblower retaliation complaints from the FBI. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:12am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - March 4, 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 military officer accidently let the cat out of the bag, former CIA director David Petraeus has admitted he shared military secrets with his mistress and Postal Service employees would have more appeal rights under a new bill in the Senate.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The budget the Defense Department is pushing for in 2016 will help the agency start to dig out of a big backlog of deferred maintenance on military bases. But Pentagon officials say even their own plan isn't a complete solution to deteriorating facilities, and if sequestration returns next year, things will likely get much worse. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:34am EST
Andrew O'Brien, Special Rep. for Global Partnerships, State Dept.

The State Department hopes to tap into veterans' overseas experiences with a new program. The Veterans Innovation Partnership launched last month. The goal is to apply service members' skills to foreign policy and international affairs. Drew O'Brien is the Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the State Department. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain more about the program.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:30am EST
Millisa Gary, Procurement Ombudsmen, GSA

Can we talk? That's what government and industry have been asking for decades. The answer is yes, and there's plenty of Federal Acquisition Regulation backup for that. Yet the administration thought it needed to launch the mythbusters initiative to get industry and government talking at the pre-solicitation stage. That was followed by last year's Open Dialog initiative. How's it all working? Millisa Gary, the procurement ombudsman at the General Services Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:28am EST
Paul Bean, Contract Specialist/Business Adviser, TSA

With tens of thousands of companies doing business with the federal government each year, you'd think it's easy. But in reality, lots of barriers still stand in the way for many companies. "Barrier Busting" is the subject of a special session at today's ACT-IAC conference on acquisition excellence. Paul Bean, a contract specialist and business adviser at the Transportation Security Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on bringing down the walls.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:20am EST
Frank McNally, Content Developer, ASI Government

Let's face it. People's eyes glaze over if you tell them you're in federal procurement. It's all a boring mass of rules, regulations and bureaucracy. Right? For the upcoming generation of federal procurement people and the companies they deal with, it's pedal to the metal when it comes to acquisition. Case in point: Frank McNally, content developer at ASI government. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC acquisition excellence conference in Washington to explain.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:16am EST
Paul Gregory, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

All morning we've been talking about acquisition, and how to improve and modernize it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that acquisitions aren't just for their own sake; they support programs. So good program management is part of the mix of success. Paul Gregory, the vice chancellor of the Program Management School at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conference with more on that perspective.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:47am EST
John Marshall, CEO, Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Everyone seems to agree: The use of shared services could save government agencies a lot of time and money. As the reasoning goes, why should multiple agencies have separate and expensive HR or financial systems all doing essentially the same functions? John Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. This long-term federal senior executive joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share some ideas for shared services.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:45am EST
Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." That's how Carol Bonosaro views the current attempts to reform the Senior Executive Service. Bonosaro, the president of the Senior Executives Association, has written a commentary on FederalNewsRadio.com responding to the "Fixing the SES" series. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Emily Kopp asked Bonosaro to look back on the history of reforms to the SES a history nearly as old as the service itself.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:01am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - March 3, 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 agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, with the option of unscheduled leave or telework, it's looking more likely that Congress will pass a clean funding bill this week for DHS and Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek reelection next year.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 12:00pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department and the General Services Administration handed out the first of seven awards under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. DHS will implement tools and services to improve its cybersecurity under the CDM program. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," Jason Miller writes about this award and the next ones on tap. He joined producer Shefali Kapadia on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the DHS awards and other happenings in the federal IT community.

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Monday - 03/02/2015, 11:00am EST
Monday federal headlines - March 2, 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 Veterans Affairs Department watchdog found that a regional office in Arkansas changed the dates on disability claims, the National Institutes of Health has put out a new challenge and a workforce shortage in the Air Force has finally convinced Congress to let some A-10 Thunderbolt 2 aircraft go into mothballs.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 09:08am EST
Van Hitch, Specialist Leader and Senior Adviser, Deloitte Consulting

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is now the law of the land. It's a bill designed to shake up the way government buys IT, and now that task is squarely on the shoulders of agency CIOs. Van Hitch, a specialist leader and senior adviser at Deloitte joined Jason Miller on the Federal Drive with more on how they're handling this responsibility.

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Monday - 03/02/2015, 08:03am EST
Shelly Metzenbaum, President, Volcker Alliance

What type of leaders does the government need now and in the future? We ask that in our last installment of "Fixing the SES." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp spoke with Shelley Metzenbaum. Metzenbaum previously was at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she served as associate director for performance and personnel management. She is now president of the Volcker Alliance, which, together with the Senior Executives Association, is tackling this question.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:48am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity remains one of the biggest hurdles to widespread use of cloud computing across the government. But a new type of data encryption may be the answer to those who still question if their data will be safe in the cloud. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on what some federal chief information officers see as the key to security in the cloud.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:40am EST
Daniel Snyder, Government Contract Specialist, Bloomberg Government

The Defense Department has a plan for improving and extending the live of its existing weapons system. It involves replacing microelectronic subassemblies, and DoD has set aside a lot of money for it. A new multiple award contract (MAC) worth billions is coming from the Defense Microelectronics Activity. Daniel Snyder, a contract specialist for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the MAC and DoD's plan.

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