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Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry is visiting from Australia where he is the ambassador. As one of the most high-profile gay federal employees, he is helping the National Park Service call attention to a new initiative. The agency is embarking on a study of sites important to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the new initiative.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:47am EDT
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Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Leaders of both the House and Senate pledge to move quickly on legislation to help the Veterans Affairs Department treat the more than 100,000 vets who are either waiting months for medical appointments or have been unable to see a doctor. At a House hearing late last night, a top VA official apologized for the delays, calling them indefensible. Martin Matishak, staff writer at The Hill, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss prospects for legislation and VA's future.

Tags: Martin Matishak , The Hill , Congress , Veterans Affairs , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department now says more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first medical appointments. An additional 64,000 appear to have never gotten appointments at all. One solution Congress is considering entails giving the VA more money to close the gap. Robert Levinson is a senior defense analyst with Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at VA spending.

Tags: Rob Levinson , Bloomberg Government , Veterans Affairs , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:47am EDT
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Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations, Inc.

You've heard about movie directors studying the military to make true-to-life films, but the military is also using Hollywood to prepare for battle. Active shooter situations, improvised explosive devices and car crashes are all a part of the Intensive Surgical Skills course at Strategic Operations, Inc. Backed by the Defense Department, the company has trained more than 750,000 military personnel. Navy veteran and Executive Vice President Kit Lavell joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the course.

Tags: Kit Lavell , DoD , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:20am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - June 10, 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, Social Security judges face accusations of rubber-stamping disability claims, and Customs and Border Protection replaces its internal affairs chief.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 07:49am EDT

Sara Meyers, Housing and Urban Development Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. The Housing and Urban Development Department launched a data-analysis program in 2010 to monitor federal housing programs. Two years later, Hurricane Sandy put the system to the test. Sara Meyers co-developed the program called HUDStat. She now runs the Sandy Program Management Office, which applies data analysis to the $50 billion Sandy recovery effort. She joined Jason Miller on the Federal Drive to discuss HUDStat and the progress it has made. Read a Q&A with Sara Meyers.

Tags: Sara Myers , Service to America Medals , HUD , Jason Miller

Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:50am EDT
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Meyers sets up system to monitor $50B in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief

For her efforts in creating a data analysis system to measure the performance of federal housing programs, the Partnership for Public Service recently named HUD's Sara Meyers as one of the finalists for the 2014 Call to Service Medal.

Tags: Sara Meyers , HUD , HUDStat , Shaun Donovan , people , Sammies , Service to America Medals ,

Monday - 06/09/2014, 04:31pm EDT

Julie Kowalsky, Curator, Naval History and Heritage Command

The Naval History and Heritage Command is rolling up its sleeves to rediscover the Navy's hidden treasures. The small staff is in the middle of an effort to catalog, photograph and rehouse its popular weapons collection that dates back to the 17th century. Julie Kowalsky, curator with the Naval History and Heritage Command, spoke with Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about the collection.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:42am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - June 9, 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, Obama chooses Walter Carter to lead the Naval Academy, and GSA expects to pay less for electricity.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:19am EDT

John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary the right to fire senior executives almost at will. It's understandable members of Congress are outraged over long waiting times and falsification of records at VA hospitals, compounded by the fact that VA managers have received millions of dollars in bonuses. But it's not clear whether the proposal is legal. In our weekly legal loop segment, federal employment attorney John Mahoney spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained exactly what the House approved and who the bill affects.

Tags: John Mahoney , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Veterans Affairs

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 09:00am EDT
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