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Joe Thompson, National Academy of Public Administration

A House panel recently held back-to-back hearings: one with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's budget request, and the other with the authors of a report on security at NASA centers. NASA is under pressure to show Congress it's tightening security following a high-profile case of a Chinese spy and other cybersecurity breaches that have flown under the radar. NASA requested a review of its security procedures after spotting some red flags. Joe Thompson, project director of the National Academy of Public Administration, organized the review. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the study. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:40am EDT
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Cristina Boccuti, Senior Associate, Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare made millionaires out of a small group of doctors in 2012. A politically-connected Florida ophthalmologist got nearly $21 million in reimbursements. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It released information on more than 880,000 health care providers, but the American Medical Association says the data dump will do more harm than good. Cristina Boccuti, senior associate on Medicare policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the database and how someone can use, or misuse, it.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:02am EDT
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Bea Disman, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is assembling a team of disability examiners. They will use big data as one tool to spot fraud and, they hope, prevent it. Based in Jamaica, N.Y., the team is currently reviewing disability medical decisions in two cases one in New York and the other in Puerto Rico. Bea Disman, the New York regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the specialized unit.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's been a tough few years for federal employees. From pay freezes to furloughs and a government shutdown, can it get any worse? Federal News Radio asked readers on the website, what if this is as good as it gets? Web Manager Julia Ziegler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what readers had to say. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:25am EDT
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Afzal Bari, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The U.S. military may be shrinking, but its information technology spending is not. The fact that the nation will field fewer troops, ships and airplanes might be the reason why IT spending is holding steady. In total, DoD plans to spend $30.3 billion on IT in fiscal 2015. Bloomberg Government Senior Analyst Afzal Bari told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp more details on the 2015 outlook.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 07:43am EDT
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Larry Sampler, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is looking for a new way to protect its more than $15 billion of investments in Afghanistan. With most U.S. troops leaving this year, development workers expect it will be harder to eyeball construction in remote areas of the country. USAID has a new technology project to keep tabs on its investments. Larry Sampler, assistant to the administrator in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Office at USAID, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the agency's plan. Read Associated Press' related article.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 09:11am EDT
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Al Avina, Executive Director, Blinded Veterans Association

Veterans Affairs has a problem with its websites. Critics say most of them are inaccessible to blind vets. Under Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal agencies are supposed to ensure equal access to electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used in the federal environment. Members of the Blinded Veterans Association recently testified to the joint Senate-House Veterans Committee about this issue. The association's executive director, Al Avina, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why VA has not been compliant with Section 508.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 09:31am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One way to measure success of federal shared services is to see how many agencies are actually using them. Financial management shared service providers are facing an uphill battle to meet that metric. The ability of the federal providers to ramp up quickly is one of their biggest challenges. In part 2 of his special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explores the long-standing capacity challenges that current and new financial management shared service providers will have to overcome. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 08:57am EDT
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Nicole Clowers, Government Accountability Office

Government auditors have taken a look a federal spending and programs. The Government Accountability Office's latest annual report to Congress repeats earlier findings. Namely, agencies have plenty of opportunities to get rid of programs that are fragmented, overlapping or duplicative. GAO identified 15 new opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. Nicole Clowers, director of financial markets and community investment issues at the GAO, discussed the report with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 07:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget makes a second attempt to move agencies to financial management shared services. The agency faces stubborn obstacles: lack of competition, the uncertainty of whether the federal providers are able to handle the increase in business and how to best ensure agencies are satisfied with its services. But OMB believes the second time around will be different. The administration says budget concerns and technology advancements will help overcome these long-standing challenges. In part one of his special series, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at whether unanswered questions would doom shared services again. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 09:43am EDT
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