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Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

Between budget ups and downs, Congressional fiddling with procurement, and fast-changing technology, the federal market has been rough lately. A related business, associations and trade groups representing technology contractors, has also had a bit of turmoil and change. Now the Professional Services Council has announced a reorganization. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the change.

Tags: Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , technology contractors

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:19am EDT
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Jill James, Director of ED.gov, Education Department

The Education Department has two ambitious goals to reach by 2020: see the U.S. become the nation with the highest percentage of college graduates in the world, and see low income and minority students find the same successes as their peers in graduating from high school and having access to college education. The department's Open Government Plan is key to achieving these goals. Jill James is director of ED.gov in the Office of Communications and Outreach. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the plan and how Education is communicating with the public.

Tags: Jill James , Education Department , open government

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:16am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - June 20, 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, the Veterans Affairs Department has contacted about 70,000 veterans to get them off of wait lists and the Supreme Court hands public employee whistleblowers a victory by overturning the firing of an Alabama community college professor.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 07:51am EDT

Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Tags: Senate , Veterans Affairs , SES , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Ines Mergel, Associate Professor, Syracuse University

Today, agencies are expected to maintain a social media presence, not just a website. A new Manager's Guide from the IBM Center for the Business of Government looks at social media efforts across the government and how they support the strategic goals of the administration. Ines Mergel is associate professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and author of the report. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what it means to be effective with social media.

Tags: Ines Mergel , social media , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:37am EDT
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Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

The trial of four former U.S. security contractors in the deaths of Iraqi civilians is just getting underway. The former Blackwater employees allegedly opened fire at a busy Baghdad intersection in 2007. Now, seven years later, prosecutors are sorting out if they can be held criminally responsible. In this week's legal loop segment, employment attorney Debra Roth joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She explained why the case has taken so long to go to trial.

Tags: Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford and Roth , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:34am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - June 19, 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, a new billaims to increase contracting for women-owned small businesses, and the FTC works on a new weapon to fight robocalls.

Tags: newscast

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 08:18am EDT

Jonathan Addleton, Ambassador, U.S. Agency for International Development

Recent headlines suggest federal agencies do not always look kindly on whistleblowers in their ranks. Most recently, the Veterans Affairs Department stands accused of tamping down dissent over mismanagement of its health care system. But an awards ceremony at the State Department today is honoring some federal employees for sticking out their necks and challenging their leaders. The American Foreign Service Association is giving four career diplomats the Constructive Dissent Award. Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, currently regional USAID mission director for the Central Asian Republics, is one of the honorees. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what led to his nomination.

Tags: Jonathan Addleton , USAID , State Department , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Brenna Isman, National Academy of Public Administration

Data-driven strategic reviews are to your agency what an annual physical is to you. They may not be fun, but they help agencies know what's working and what's not. The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) releases a report today to help agencies get the most out of their annual check-ups. Brenna Isman is the project director and senior adviser at NAPA. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why NAPA and the Office of Management and Budget worked together on this topic.

Tags: Brenna Isman , National Academy of Public Administration , OMB , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - June 18, 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, tech giants go to court to stop the federal government from accessing data outside the U.S., and A Navy ship is now home to a suspect in the Benghazi attacks.

Tags: newscast

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 08:06am EDT
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