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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.

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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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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

What implications will the VA scandal have on other federal agencies? Many feds and management groups are asking that question as Congress considers legislation that would allow the VA to fire poor-performing employees. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the Senate might not pass its version of the bill today.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Dr. Mark Reger, National Center for Telehealth and Technology

Defense health officials are testing a tool to give service members a mental health boost on demand. It's a mobile app called the Virtual Hope Box. Each user can customize it. Mark Reger is the deputy director and chief of research at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, which is part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. He explained the app's purpose when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Mark Reger , National Center for Telehealth and Technology , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , mobile

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 11:10am EDT
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Eric Young, American Federation of Government Employees

Federal prisons are becoming more violent and dangerous for the guards who work in them. But the guards have a new tool that can help: a contract. It took 16 years to negotiate and ratify. Eric Young is president of American Federation of Government Employees' Council of Prison Locals. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:00am EDT
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Dan Waddell, Director of Government Affairs, (ISC)2

Few matters have vexed the government as much as cybersecurity. Just recently, officials from the Homeland Security Department pressed Congress for the umpteenth time to pass legislation clarifying who's supposed to do what to protect federal networks. Dan Waddell, who has long cybersecurity experience in government and industry, has just become the director of government affairs for the training and certification group, (ISC)2. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss the biggest cyber challenges agencies still face.

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Friday - 05/23/2014, 09:54am EDT
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Panel: How rank-and-file feds, managers can restore trust in the workplace

As part of Federal News Radio's special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees three federal employees at different stages in their careers one a newer, younger employee, another who recently came from the private-sector, and the third a 40-year veteran shared their views with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on how to restore in the federal workplace.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , management , workforce , Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees , Tyler Robinson , Lena Trudeau , Tony Regalbuto , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 03:00pm EDT
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Matt Boehmer, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program

It's estimated that between 1 and 7 million Americans live overseas. That's admittedly a pretty broad range, and the lack of precise data is causing consternation at a small Defense Department office. The Federal Voting Assistance Program helps all U.S. citizens overseas, regardless of their military affiliation, to vote. But first, it has to find them. Matt Boehmer, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, explained FVAP's challenges to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:48am EDT
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