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Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary, Agriculture Department

The Agriculture Department is trying to bring new and younger blood into farming and ranching. It has launched a website to serve as a one-stop resource for new farmers. That's just the latest move. Krysta Harden is deputy secretary at the Agriculture Department. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said a lot of initiatives are needed, considering the average U.S. farmer or rancher is 58 years old.

Tags: Krysta Harden , USDA , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:53am EDT
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Postal Service searches for solutions to its gas-guzzler problem

The U.S. Postal Service is looking at greener, more efficient vehicle options while waiting for funds to replace its outdated fleet.

Tags: USPS , green government , Tom Day , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:02pm EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - July 1, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, SSA creates a plan to help the White House cut red tape, and the Pentagon will send more troops to Iraq.

Tags: newscast

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 07:59am EDT

Bridget Roddy, Program Manager, State Department

The barriers for hiring interns are getting lower. Nowadays, you don't even have to give them a desk. The State Department is recruiting students from around the world to serve as virtual interns at several agencies. The students do real projects but sometimes from half a world away. Program Manager Bridget Roddy joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the Virtual Student Foreign Service Program.

Tags: Bridget Roddy , State Department , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Jill Boezwinkle, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is making drinking water safer in Kenya and Uganda. It's a bread and butter issue for the development agency, but the solution is different. Jill Boezwinkle has taken a crowd-sourced idea and turned it into reality in the Dispensers for Safe Water program. Now, she is a finalist in the national security and international affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss her role in the Dispensers for Safe Water program.

Tags: Jill Boezwinkle , USAID , Service to America Medals , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - June 30, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will meet with VA secretary nominee Robert McDonald, and special forces arrive in Baghdad.

Tags: newscast

Monday - 06/30/2014, 08:30am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How much should contractors charge the government for labor for a project? Perhaps not surprisingly, it depends on the type of contract and what the government instructed the contractor to do. It gets murkier when subcontractors are involved. In a long running case between QinetiQ and the General Services Administration, GSA is asking for millions it says the company overcharged. The company sued, saying it was doing what the government asked for. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out this highly-watched case.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Contracting , GSA , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:34am EDT
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VA nurse claims retaliation for blowing the whistle on patient practices

When a nurse manager at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albany, New York, saw a patient being unnecessarily kept in restraints for seven hours, she couldn't remain silent. But little did Valerie Riviello know that her actions as a whistleblower would start her down on a path of retaliation from her coworkers.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , whistleblower , Valerie Riviello , Cheri Cannon , Office of Special Counsel , Sloan Gibson , Tully Rinckey , Shefali Kapadia ,

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte

The Obama administration has set a bunch of new performance goals for individual agencies and for cross-agency priorities. They've come out as part of the 2015 budget preparations. Cross-agency goals concern missions such as cybersecurity, insider threats, job creation and STEM education. Agency goals involve each department. And then come the overarching goals, like open government, customer service and strategic sourcing. Jitinder Kohli, a director in Deloitte Consulting's public sector practice, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the 115 goals spread across government.

Tags: Jitinder Kohli , Deloitte , performance goals , Tom Temin

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:50am EDT
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John Elwood, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

The Supreme Court has ruled to curb the President's power to make recess appoints. Basically, the court says the Senate has to really be in recess. And even if it's only keeping the lights on for light business and blocking appointments, that means it is open. John Elwood is a partner at the law firm Vinson & Elkins. As a former Justice assistant solicitor general and White House Counsel, he's argued seven cases before the Supreme Court. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the ruling means for future appointees.

Tags: John Elwood , Tom Temin , Supreme Court

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:45am EDT
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