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TSP funds rebound in August

All Thrift Savings Plan domestic funds recorded gains in August. In the most dramatic comeback, the S Fund ended August 4.98 percent higher than it began.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 09:43am EDT

Ramona Trovato, Environmental Protection Agency

Ramona Trovato helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on children. She is the associate assistant administrator for Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency and a finalist in the Career Achievement category of this year's Service to America Medals. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she changed the EPA's approach to pollution. Read a Q&A with Trovato.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Brian Hitson, Office of Science and Technical Information, Energy Department

Following a White House directive, the Energy Department is putting the research it funds on a fast track to the public. It has launched a web portal it calls the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). It will provide free public access to accepted peer reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. Brian Hitson, acting director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained why DoE launched the portal.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A report on employees' abuse of telework is damaging a Patent and Trademark Office program long held as a model for other agencies. PTO's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to update the rules that define what work means. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful. Read Jason's related article .

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Congress and Obama Administration leaders have drummed it into our heads: Telework is a good thing. Employees like it, it saves money on real estate and it helps agencies operate during emergencies. But now one program that's held up as a model is under scrutiny. The inspector general says Patent and Trademark Office managers looked the other way as their employees repeatedly abused the agency's telework program. Will this make others skeptical about work from home setups? John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a few ideas.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 10:15am EDT
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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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