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7:03 am, September 30, 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 - 09/29/2014, 10:29am EDT
T.J. Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

Nearly every week, it seems like a local or national security event occurs requiring multiple agency response. A challenge for first responders has been communications among agencies. FirstNet, which bills itself as the first responder network authority, has the job of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network to help foster interoperable communications. T.J. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress report.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 10:24am EDT
Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

The Islamic State is a media savvy organization. Not only does it broadcast high profile executions, it uses social media to manipulate and recruit beyond borders. The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has been using the Islamic State's own videos to discourage would-be recruits since July. Dafna Rand is deputy director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department policy staff member. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual propaganda war.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:55am EDT
Maj. Gen. David Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, Strategic Command

A space tracking website maintained by the Defense Department is getting a makeover. Space-track.org is a hub for organizations that conduct space operations to see where space debris may, or may not, be floating around endangering satellites. Maj. Gen. David Thompson is director of Plans and Policy for Strategic Command. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how many objects are currently on STRATCOM's radar.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:23am EDT
Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

The Treasury Department's long-term vision for USASpending.gov is getting a boost by the DATA Act. President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act into law in May. Christina Ho is the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. In part 2 of their interview, she tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the DATA Act implementation effort dovetails into the USASpending.gov improvement plan.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:20am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department is a classic. It's a tale of a senior veterans health administration deputy chief procurement officer committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 08:37am EDT
Monday federal headlines - Sept. 29, 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, part of the Broadcasting Board of Governors is consolidating offices, and an American Ebola patient is being treated at the National Institutes of Health.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:20pm EDT
James Rodriguez, Defense Department Warrior Care Policy

The fifth annual Warrior Games kick off this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will compete for their branch of the armed forces. The sports include wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. James Rodriguez, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Warrior Care Policy, provided a preview of the games on the Federal Drive.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:17pm EDT
Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Congress left town ignoring the Obama administration's request for more funding to deal with illegal immigration. Dana Leigh Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and an immigration judge in San Francisco. When we spoke with her at the peak of the surge across the Southern border in July, she described her work as handling death-penalty cases with traffic court resources. She gave an update on the situation on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:11pm EDT
Afzal Bari, Senior Technology Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Pentagon is dropping a plan to make the Defense Information Systems Agency the cloud computing broker for the Defense Department. Instead, defense components will buy their own services. That said, DISA will still be making a lot of deals with communications and technology firms in fiscal year 2015. Afzal Bari is a senior technology analyst for Bloomberg Government. He shared a list of the big deals to watch for on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 09:25am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Congress is out of here, and members won't be back until after the November elections. So what did Congress accomplish? Julia Ziegler, Federal News Radio's web manager, shared your thoughts on the issue on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 08:14am EDT
Friday federal headlines - September 26, 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 State Department quickly retracts a tweet depicting dead Islamic State militants, and the Homeland Security Department loses track of thousands of illegal immigrants.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

The Treasury Department has heard the complaints about the USASpending.gov portal: it's hard to use, the data quality is poor, etc. Treasury inherited the portal in February from the General Services Administration. It already has short- and long-term plans to improve the federal spending website. In part one of their interview, Christina Ho, executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the portal's improvement strategy.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Cyber operations is about the only area of the DoD budget that hasn't been subject to cuts. But the new leader of the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence says that doesn't mean the Army can grow its newest military discipline in isolation. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:47pm EDT
Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The STOCK Act, the revolving door, the reverse revolving door: these are the reasons why the Office of Government Ethics is being more aggressive in its training of federal employees. Over the last year, OGE has offered 238 percent more training courses and hours then the year before. In part two of their interview, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how OGE is managing through this volatile environment.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:45pm EDT
Silvia Inéz Salazar, National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is trying to connect with its audience in new ways. Scientists in a user-experience lab are designing technologies and collecting data on customers' experiences to understand the needs of cancer patients and researchers. Silvia Salazar is the Informatics Research Lab Manager at NCI. She shared details about the lab on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 08:21am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - September 25, 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, an FBI report finds active shooter situations on military bases are rarer but more deadly, and US-CERT issues a warning on the Bash bug.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next summer, the Defense Department plans to make an award for a new off-the-shelf electronic health record system that meets modern health IT standards. But the system won't be a silver bullet for DoD's challenges in exchanging medical data with VA, or within the department itself. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has details on the legwork DoD will be doing over the next couple years to make its existing data more interoperable.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:20am EDT
Col. Paul Reese, Center for Army Lessons Learned

The Center for Army Lessons Learned is calling for soldiers who want to serve a yearlong tour in a hot spot such as Afghanistan, Kuwait or Africa. As an Embedded Liaison Officer, they would report back on what they observed. Colonel Paul Reese, director of the Center for Army Lessons Learned, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the Army is calling a great opportunity.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:14am EDT
Joseph Campbell, Criminal Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Public corruption is a top priority for the FBI. Agents look for everything from local motor vehicle officials fudging things for a case of whiskey to federal officials who might be on the take. That includes keeping resources on the southern border, watching border patrol agents. Joseph Campbell is assistant director for the Criminal Division at the FBI. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how public corruption cases are generated.

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