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Christine Lee, Program Manager, S&T First Responders Group, DHS

Law enforcement, ambulance and fire: Dispatchers using a base station to communicate with first-responders in the field can now upgrade and reconfigure their system for less than $500. The Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M) could save an agency as much as $15,000 to replace an entire system. Christine Lee is the program manager for the Science and Technology First Responders Group at Homeland Security. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the device and what DHS is doing with it.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:53am EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is suspending for three months online meetings it's been having with vendors. They're aimed at helping the agency develop a procurement strategy for the replacement version of its popular Alliant acquisition vehicles. For the time being, the agency says it wants to have face-to-face meetings. The virtual meetings have been convened by the Coalition for Government Procurement. How do they work and what happens? Coalition president Roger Waldron joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , GSA , Alliant ,

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:50am EDT
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Christopher Hart, Director, National Transportation Safety Board

The Senate confirmed Christopher Hart as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He had been the acting chairman since April. when his predecessor Deborah Hersman left. A lawyer and well-known aviation safety expert, Hart held several senior jobs at the FAA. He was also an NTSB board member in the early 1990s. Just before his confirmation, Hart spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how the board is handling what's turned out to be a busy year.

Tags: Christoper Hart , NTSB , Transportation Department

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

NASA still is five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract. That'll be known as SEWP 5 Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement. In the meantime though, it's rolling out some updates for the current SEWP program. SEWP program manager Joanne Woytek joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain exactly what that entails.

Tags: Joanne Woytek , NASA , SEWP 5 ,

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:43am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Anticipating another round of sequestration in 2016, the Defense Department is trying to make some headway in preparation for a tighter budget. The Pentagon sees a small treasure chest of money in back-office operations that could be used for mission and readiness needs. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how DoD plans to unlock that treasure chest.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 06:33am EDT
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

When CIA director John Brennan announced a reorganization, a big feature was formation of a new directorate. It's aimed at what Brennan calls digital innovation in cybersecurity and other areas. It has a lot of potential for contractors of all sizes. Jonathan Aberman, managing director of the Northern Virginia capital fund Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit business development-oriented TandemNSI, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss this development.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Amplifier Ventures , Tom Temin , CIA , John Brennan

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 11:39am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief financial officers are fighting an epic battle over ceding budgetary turf to chief information officers. The Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA) is now law. It gives CIOs control over agency IT budgets. The Office of Management and Budget is working with agencies to implement FITARA, and that's sparked the reaction from the CFOs. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about this long-simmering turf battle. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , CFOs , CIOs , FITARA , budgets , Inside the Reporters Notebook , In Depth

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:34am EDT
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Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Some fresh, new and big federal contracting opportunities are coming. The biggest will be the $60 billion Alliant Two deal, a government-wide acquisition contract the General Services Administration is cooking up. That's according to Bloomberg Government. B-Gov has published its latest list of the top 20 upcoming vehicles. There are the ones contractors simply must have places on. Bloomberg senior analyst Kevin Brancato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the list.

Tags: Kevin Brancato , Bloomberg Government , Tom Temin , Alliant Two , Acquisition , Contracting

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:52am EDT
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Dr. Wendy Dean, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, U.S. Army

You might remember Charla Nash. She's the woman who was horribly disfigured when attacked by a friend's pet chimpanzee back in 2009. The Pentagon has been closely watching her long recovery. More than watching, actually. The Army has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nash's medical bills. The hope is Nash's ordeal can help the military learn to care for disfigured soldiers returning from war. Dr. Wendy Dean, a medical advisor in the Army's Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the effort and what the military hopes to learn.

Tags: Wendy Dean , Army , Tom Temin , Charla Nash , chimpanzee , DoD , disfigured soldiers , Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Army is moving hundreds of millions of dollars to the OASIS professional services government-wide contract. The Army and the General Services Administration signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with new incentives to use OASIS. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the new agreement.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Army , GSA , OASIS , Contracting

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:38am EDT
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