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1:51 am, April 1, 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.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:45am EDT
Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

She manages Housing and Urban Development's day-to-day operations, including a $45 billion annual budget and approximately 8,500 employees. As Women's History Month comes to a close, she's been sharing her experiences to help other women build successful careers in government. Nani Coloretti is the Deputy Secretary at HUD. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she recounted growing up under the mild skies in Hawaii.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:42am EDT
John Benison, Director, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, HUD

Two dozen federal employees will form a group advising the President on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. The White House wants advice on improving how the government recruits, hires, develops and retains SES members. John Benison is the equal employment opportunity director at Housing and Urban Development, and a member of the president's advisory group. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an early morning report.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:57am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - March 31, 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, one person is dead and two injured after a shooting at the NSA, the VA cuts its disability claims backlog by 67 percent and Pentagon employees are trying out smartphones known for being spy-resistant.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT
5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:33am EDT
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg will be stepping down this week. She's been on the job for nearly six years. The former New York City public health commissioner has had an eventful career in Washington. The compounding pharmacy scare and passage of a major reform bill are just a couple of the big episodes. Ahead of her departure, she sat down with Federal Drive Host Tom Temin to review her tenure at the agency and offer some thoughts on where it should go in the future.

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Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:25am EDT
Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, USPS

In a recent executive order, President Barack Obama called on agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thomas Day, the Postal Service's chief sustainability officer, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the steps the agency is taking on doing just that.

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Monday - 03/30/2015, 08:19am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 30, 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, we learn about the TSA's criteria for screening passengers, a popular code-sharing website suffers a cyber attack and Defense Secretary Ash Carter pitches 401-k's for troops.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 06:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration is trying to clean up some of the clutter that's accumulated over the last 20 years as reforms have been made to acquisition policies and procedures. Anne Rung, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, says procurement reform went awry for several reasons. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about why Rung believes problems developed and what the administration is doing about it. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:19am EDT
Matt Clemens, Security Solutions Architect, Arxan Technologies

Pretty much everyone has a mobile device now. Lots of feds even carry more than one. And so the security of those devices and the apps on them have become increasingly important. How can you better secure those devices? And just what is the state of mobile security now? Matt Clemens, a security solutions architect at Arxan Technologies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain. The short answer is there's a lot of work still to do.

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Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:14am EDT
Cmdr. David Ditallo, National Defense University

The National Defense University offers a new course focusing on cyber intelligence. Cmndr. David Ditallo is teaching that course at NDU's Information Resources Management College. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the course, and what it entails.

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Friday - 03/27/2015, 07:25am EDT
Friday federal headlines - March 27, 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, the Senate passes it's budget plan and a group of congressmen want to reform the Secret Service.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 06:26am EDT
David Bray, CIO, FCC

You think you're facing cybersecurity threats now just wait. Cyber threats coming at agencies will dramatically expand over the next five years as the amount of data and the use of mobile devices grow. It means agencies and contractors both need to think differently about cybersecurity. David Bray is the FCC's chief information officer. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about some potential ways to stay afloat in the rough cyber seas ahead.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:43pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is in the middle of a long push to overhaul its personnel practices. Navy officials think those practices are too rigid, and that they're based on concepts of talent management that are really outdated. Officials want new data analytics capabilities to help determine what's good and bad about the current system, and they're asking industry for help. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 09:12am EDT
John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

If you're the target of discrimination and harassment, or the perpetrator of it, it rarely ends well. But sometimes it can lead to tragedy. In one case, a female Defense employee tried to commit suicide, claiming she was the object of discrimination and harassment. In another case, an accused supervisor succeeded in taking his own life while being investigated on sexual harassment charges. Federal employment attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for navigating these difficult situations.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 07:20am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 26, 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, the Veterans Affairs Department is moving forward with its disability claims process to a standardized form and NASA is sending a rocket to an asteroid.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 06:11am EDT
Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He's the soldier who wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. Desertion can carry a death penalty, but the military hasn't executed anyone for 50 years. So what can we expect from Beghdahl's trial? Brian Bouffard, a former Navy JAG and now a military defense attorney, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 12:09pm EDT
Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce

The Commerce Department recently hired its first ever chief data officer. The inaugural role went to Ian Kalin. He's a Navy veteran and came over from the private sector, having worked at Google and startups like Socrata. There, he helped modernize data and transparency programs. His first day on the job was Monday. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on his new position.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 09:17am EDT
Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Patent and Trademark Office

The first-ever Patent Quality Summit kicks off later today, hosted by the Patent and Trademark Office. Officials there hope it will be the first of many. The two-day event has attracted a who's-who of people interested in improving patent quality. Valencia Martin-Wallace, the PTO's deputy commissioner for patent quality, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the PTO is hoping to accomplish with this summit.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:38am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget is putting federal office space and excess property in to a deeper freeze. And maybe trimming it a little bit. Two years after issuing the "Freeze the Footprint" policy, OMB will issue a follow-on memo today requiring civilian agencies and the Defense Department to develop a plan to reduce their real property footprints over the next five years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review OMB's new downsizing initiative.

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