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Danielle Kehl, Policy Analyst, Open Technology Institute

It's been more than a year since Edward Snowden first leaked news of the National Security Agency's collecting metadata on Americans. While the jury is still out on whether Snowden is hero or villain, one thing is clear: The episode has changed how Americans see the NSA and the technology companies that help it gather information. A new report from the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation aims to tally the costs to both federal agencies and contractors. Policy Analyst Danielle Kehl joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 02:21am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One of the top outside experts brought in to fix HealthCare.gov earns a permanent job with the White House. He'll help the Obama Administration make the concept of an IT rescue team a long term fixture. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the Office of Management and Budget's new approach to improving federal technology programs. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 07:06am EDT
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Robert Parker/David Roberts, NASA's Langley Research Center

Astronauts recently honored two engineers from NASA's Langley Research Center. They sent Robert Parker and Dave Roberts Silver Snoopy lapels flown on board a space shuttle mission. Parker helped develop Orion flight hardware used in that spacecraft's first mission. Roberts was honored for his technical expertise and leadership in unique research hardware. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss their accomplishments.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to know how it can improve the way it buys information technology. It has released a request for information as it plans the next version of its $12 billion T4 contract. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:38am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is losing two senior technology executives. Another senior cyber executive at the Homeland Security Department is heading to the private sector, and a leader in the federal cloud computing community is switching agencies. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller is keeping score in his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:14am EDT
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Jonathan Gandomi, Former Field Representative, State Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. As a diplomat, you don't seek out the easy life. Jonathan Gandomi was the State Department's field representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission. He spent two years on an assignment that has frustrated the world, ridding Africa of one of its oldest and most brutal extremist groups. Gandomi joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his experience in Africa that led to his 2014 Sammies nomination. View a photo gallery of all the Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

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Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:34am EDT
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John Cymbalsky, Energy Department

An Energy Department program designed to help consumers save money and the environment wasn't doing so well. It was hampered by lawsuits and a tug-of war between manufacturers and environmental groups. Then John Cymbalsky became program manager in 2010. Since then, the Energy Department has spit out energy-efficiency standards at double the pace. Now, he's nominated for a 2014 Sammies award. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what he did differently to fix the program. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

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Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:05am EDT
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Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Living costs are on the rise. That puts federal retirees on track for a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in January. But that's only if lawmakers don't change the way inflation is measured. Congress and the White House both say the chained CPI would be a more accurate measure. But the chained CPI has lots of critics and foes. They say it's like switching your habits from eating steak for dinner to eating dog food. Web Editor Shefali Kapadia joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss federal employees' reaction online.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators say the Office of Federal Procurement Policy needs an attitude adjustment. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are seeking reassurance from President Barack Obama's pick to lead OFPP that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on Anne Rung's confirmation hearing. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:25am EDT
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