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Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Homeland Security Department's approach to purchasing has never been great. Acquisition management programs have been on the Government Accountability Office's high risk list for years. But a bill that passed the House this week takes aim at the management of these faulty acquisition programs. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) says the bill forces DHS to improve its management. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the bill's intended effects.

Tags: Cameron Leuthy , Bloomberg Government , DHS , acquisition , Federal Drive , Tom Temin ,

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:52am EDT
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Alphonso Maldon, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

It's the elephant in the room: military pay and benefits are overwhelming the Defense Department's budget. But Congress doesn't want to cut them, so it appoints an independent commission to do it by next February. Alphonso Maldon is chairman of the commission. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive, the nine members have reviewed everything from recruitment to retirement, paychecks and housing allowance to health care.

Tags: Alphonso Maldon , pay and benefits , DoD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:02am EDT
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Jon Boyens, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It keeps getting easier to manufacture a counterfeit computer chip. Experts say federal information systems increasingly are at risk because of flaws in their supply chains. It is not just a question of fake parts. Genuine ones that have been tampered with, or are just poorly made, can cause damage. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is revising guidelines for agencies to help them secure their supply chains. Jon Boyens is an IT specialist in the security outreach and integration group at NIST. He spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Jon Boyens , NIST , technology , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry is visiting from Australia where he is the ambassador. As one of the most high-profile gay federal employees, he is helping the National Park Service call attention to a new initiative. The agency is embarking on a study of sites important to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the new initiative.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:47am EDT
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Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Leaders of both the House and Senate pledge to move quickly on legislation to help the Veterans Affairs Department treat the more than 100,000 vets who are either waiting months for medical appointments or have been unable to see a doctor. At a House hearing late last night, a top VA official apologized for the delays, calling them indefensible. Martin Matishak, staff writer at The Hill, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss prospects for legislation and VA's future.

Tags: Martin Matishak , The Hill , Congress , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department now says more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first medical appointments. An additional 64,000 appear to have never gotten appointments at all. One solution Congress is considering entails giving the VA more money to close the gap. Robert Levinson is a senior defense analyst with Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at VA spending.

Tags: Rob Levinson , Bloomberg Government , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:47am EDT
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Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations, Inc.

You've heard about movie directors studying the military to make true-to-life films, but the military is also using Hollywood to prepare for battle. Active shooter situations, improvised explosive devices and car crashes are all a part of the Intensive Surgical Skills course at Strategic Operations, Inc. Backed by the Defense Department, the company has trained more than 750,000 military personnel. Navy veteran and Executive Vice President Kit Lavell joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the course.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:20am EDT
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John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary the right to fire senior executives almost at will. It's understandable members of Congress are outraged over long waiting times and falsification of records at VA hospitals, compounded by the fact that VA managers have received millions of dollars in bonuses. But it's not clear whether the proposal is legal. In our weekly legal loop segment, federal employment attorney John Mahoney spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained exactly what the House approved and who the bill affects.

Tags: John Mahoney , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Veterans Affairs

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 09:00am EDT
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Denise Hintzke, Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative

The IRS will have a new tool to help it collect taxes from Americans with overseas bank accounts. Treasury officials say 77,000 foreign banks and other financial institutions have agreed to share account information. The overseas banks will start sending information in 2015. Denise Hintzke is the global tax leader of Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how this is going to work.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:42am EDT
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Todd Dickinson, American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Patent and Trademark Office has been going without a confirmed director for a year and a half. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) has urged President Obama to nominate somebody already. He thinks the vacancy "hampers the agency's ability to influence policy and make long term-plans." Todd Dickinson is a former PTO director, now executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's going on at the agency.

Tags: Todd Dickinson , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Patent and Trademark Office

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:45am EDT
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