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Jennifer Keister, Visiting Research Fellow, Cato Institute

The U.S. cannot be the world's policeman. But it can advise, train and equip friendly nations facing conflicts of their own. It's doing that in Iraq right now, in the country's fight against the military group ISIS. And it's doing that in Nigeria, where hundreds of schoolgirls remain missing. This type of defense aid will be pondered, debated and questioned at an event today hosted by the Cato Institute. Visiting Research Fellow Jennifer Keister joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the event she is moderating today.

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Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:47am EDT
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Judge Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell spent much of the weekend trying to rally support among governors for the administration's efforts to cope with a surge of migrants coming across the Southwest border. The Justice Department issued regulations to name at least 15 temporary immigration judges. That will help the overloaded courts a smidgen. For a first-hand look at the immigration court system, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Judge Dana Leigh Marks on the Federal Drive. She is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, and she likens her job to deciding death-penalty cases with traffic-court resources.

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Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:20am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

When it comes to the contractors working for your federal agency, how do they stack up? Are they trained and ready to hit the ground running when they walk in the door? Or, are their skills sub-par, frustrating the feds they've been hired to work with? There are lots of answers to these questions. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss some of your answers.

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Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:29am EDT
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Hal Chrisman, Vice President, ICF International

The military is trying to figure out why an F-35 engine caught fire, leading the Pentagon to ground the fledgling fleet. Meanwhile, program office planners are looking long term. They're thinking about how to control maintenance costs on a fleet that will eventually reach more than 2,000 aircraft and fly for the next 40 years. Defense News reported that planners are considering a worldwide competition for maintenance. Hal Chrisman, vice president of ICF International, has 25 years experience in the aviation industry. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what sustainment work entails.

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Friday - 07/11/2014, 06:48am EDT
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Anthony Robbins, Vice President of Federal, Brocade

Ready or not, here it comes. The Internet of Things, that is. The idea is simple: when all sorts of objects have IP addresses and access to wireless networks, you can measure almost anything. As a practical matter, the Internet of Things creates very big data sets that are hard to handle from a network, management and analytics perspective. Anthony Robbins, vice president of federal for Brocade, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with advice.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 08:21am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

A major war contractor is expecting a $45 million check from the U.S. government. A military appeals board has sided with Kellogg Brown & Root in its quest to get the government to reimburse it for security in Iraq. KBR paid out of its own pocket for private guards to protect convoys carrying supplies to the U.S. military. Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at the five-year battle in this week's Legal Loop.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 07:35am EDT
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Mark Cohn, Chief Technology Officer, Unisys Federal Systems

When it comes to critical infrastructure cybersecurity, White House policy has federal agencies and the private sector joined at the hip. So it matters to the federal government how good the private sector is at cyber. Unisys and the Poneman Institute surveyed companies who operate critical infrastructure. The picture isn't great. Mark Cohn, the chief technology officer of Unisys Federal Systems, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the results of the survey.

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Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:48am EDT
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Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Combat in Afghanistan may be winding down for American troops, but requests for supplemental war money keep on rolling. In fact, the Pentagon is asking for no less than $58.6 billion for 2015. Officials say they've got plenty of contingency needs all around the globe. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the request.

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Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:32am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

Congress is waiting for President Barack Obama to sign legislation to make it easier for intelligence agency employees and contractors to blow the whistle. Some advocates say this is landmark legislation that would close a major loophole. Right now, intelligence workers have little job or legal protection when they report waste, fraud or abuse. Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Bernabei has represented federal whistleblowers. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the law really helps.

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Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:30am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

When federal agencies have a job opening, they tend to horde their candidates. And there's little sharing of candidate evaluation when someone does apply for a job at more than one agency. A new bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would change that by having agencies pool their candidates. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the bill is a good idea.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:47am EDT
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