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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Right out of a science fiction novel, the Navy and Marine Corps are investing millions of dollars in unmanned helicopters, jeeps and boats. The scientists and technologists were in full geek mode as they discussed the next generation of vehicles and weapons at the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller visited the expo. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he shared some of the descriptions the experts behind these technology innovations gave him.

Tags: Jason Miller , Navy , Marines , Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 02/09/2015, 06:59am EST

Dr. Paul Howard, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Food and Drug Administrator Dr. Margaret Hamburg is stepping down at the end of March after nearly six years on the job. Chief Scientist Dr. Stephen Ostroff will serve as interim commissioner until a full-time replacement is found. What sort of legacy is Hamburg leaving behind? Dr. Paul Howard, a health policy expert and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Tags: Paul Howard , Manhattan Institute , Tom Temin , FDA , Margaret Hamburg , Stephen Ostroff

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:08am EST

Steve Anderson, Principal Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center

A Navy scientist won the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to aerospace science and technology or aerospace systems applications. The winner was Steve Anderson, a Principal Scientist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to detail how he won.

Tags: Steve Anderson , Naval Surface Warfare Center , Tom Temin , NATO , science and technology , DoD , Navy

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:02am EST

Dr. Jeff Norris, OnSight Program Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up on a project to let scientists and astronauts walk virtually on Mars. Project OnSight employs new, wearable technology just released last month. For more on the program and its possibilities, Jeff Norris, NASA's OnSight program manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Jeff Morris , NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory , NASA , Microsoft , Project OnSight , Mars , Technology , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:59am EST

Friday federal headlines - February 6, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, five female officers completed the latest Army prep course for Ranger School, the White House names a long time industry technologist as the next federal chief information officer and Senate Democrats block a Republican bid to fund the Homeland Security Department for the third day in a row.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Friday - 02/06/2015, 07:22am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is planning a significant technical overhaul of the way its headquarters staff commands and controls the missions of soldiers in the field. As Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the next time an division of soldiers goes into combat, a good chunk of them might be telecommuting.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , In Depth ,

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 05:01pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is shedding its reputation as an agency stuck in the 1980s when it comes to IT. SSA cobbled together a few leftover computers and took advantage of an open source platform to develop a new approach to conquering its big data problem. Ann Am-Rhein is SSA's deputy associate commissioner for the Office of Earning, Enumeration and Administrative systems. Ron Sikes is SSA's director of business intelligence and analytics. They tell Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why their new approach earned honors in the Igniting Innovation awards.

Tags: Jason Miller , SSA , In Depth ,

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 05:08pm EST

Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

A call for more transparency in federal spending, the Taxpayers Right To Know Act would create a central database for financial data and performance metrics for every federal program. The bill cleared the House and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last year. But it has yet to have a full vote in the Senate. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer one view on this bill.

Tags: Hudson Hollister , Data Transparency Coalition , Taxpayers Right To Know Act , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Information sharing , Tom Temin ,

Friday - 02/06/2015, 09:13am EST

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

The 2016 budget calls for a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees. That's assuming it passes. But what do you and your colleagues think about it? And, how are you responding to the President's plan overall? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin , pay and benefits , pay raise , budget

Friday - 02/06/2015, 10:11am EST

Sharon Bradford Franklin, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The National Security Agency's collection of Internet data may be massive, but it's constitutional. An independent agency, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, has released a thorough report on how federal agencies track foreigners' communications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law has come under fire since Edward Snowden leaked documents on NSA programs a year ago. Sharon Bradford Franklin, executive director of the PCLOB, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the board's investigation.

Tags: Sharon Franklin Bradford , Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board , NSA , Tom Temin

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 10:06am EDT
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