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Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, National Nuclear Security Administration

Grants worth $25 million over five years will offer students at minority centered schools access to cybersecurity education. Provided by the Energy Department, the program will create a new cybersecurity consortium consisting of 13 historically black colleges and universities. It's designed to adapt as workforce needs evolve. Doctor Dimitri Kusnezov is chief scientist and director of the Office of Science and Policy at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the grant.

Tags: Dimitri Kusnezov , NNSA , Tom Temin , National Nuclear Security Administration

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:59am EST
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Randolph Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit says Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals, and CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. The agency, however, disputes those findings. For the management side of the story, Randolph "Tex" Alles, assistant commissioner of the Office of Air and Marine at CBP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. His first bone to pick concerned how long the drones are supposed to be in the air.

Tags: Randolph Alles , CBP , drones , DHS , inspector general , oversight , Tom Temin , John Roth

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:57am EST
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Stephen Welby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering

The Defense Department is starting a new long-range research and development initiative. It's intended to deliver technologies capable of providing the next generation of dominance on the battlefield. A similar initiative in the 1970s resulted in the creation of technology offsets like smart munitions and stealth aircraft. Stephen Welby is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained what separates this initiative from the department's existing R&D testing.

Tags: Stephen Welby , DoD , R&D , technology , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:53am EST
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Monday federal headlines - February 2, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, President Barack Obama sends his 2016 budget proposal to Congress today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to release data on physician payment records each year and two Republican senators introduce a bill to limit the number of senior executives in the Veterans Affairs Department eligible for bonuses.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 02/02/2015, 08:55am EST

Friday federal headlines - January 30, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, President Barack Obama's 2016 budget request will include $1 billion for Native American schools, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday and the military makes data on Afghan National Security Forces classified.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Friday - 01/30/2015, 07:57am EST

Dr. William "Kip" Krebs, Warfighter Performance Dept., Office of Naval Research

The Navy has a powerful software system that dramatically reduces the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions. That same software recently made its way above the surface and was installed on the guided missile cruiser, USS Mobile Bay. Dr. Kip Krebs, program officer in the Office of Naval Research's Warfighter Performance Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the app's uses.

Tags: William Krebs , Office of Naval Research , Navy , USS Mobile Bay , technology , Tom Temin ,

Friday - 01/30/2015, 10:45am EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Is the federal hiring process rigged? If so, is it even worth it to apply for a federal job? A recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that, for the most part, federal hiring follows merit principles. Meaning, most jobs are filled through competition. But a commentator at FederalNewsRadio.com has a contrary view, and that's gotten our readers talking. Julia Ziegler is Federal News Radio's Web Manager. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments on the matter.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , hiring , MSPB , Tom Temin ,

Friday - 01/30/2015, 10:50am EST
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Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor on Housing and Services, HUD

Volunteers across the country recently set out to conduct a count of all homeless persons in their communities. It's part of Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time counts. In fact, HUD personnel themselves join in the overnight counting exercises. They're designed to tally the number of people living in emergency shelters and transitional housing. Jennifer Ho is the HUD Secretary's Senior Advisor on Housing and Services. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained what the point-in-time counts accomplish.

Tags: Jennifer Ho , HUD , Tom Temin , homelessness

Friday - 01/30/2015, 09:55am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - January 29, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a new bill would make the details, costs and performance metrics of every federal program more transparent, the Justice Department has pushed back the court dates for thousands of immigrants who are waiting for hearings and an independent panel will recommend changes in the military health and retirement system designed to save $20 billion dollars over the next four years.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:17am EST

Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Just two weeks ago, the acting head of the secret service removed four long-time executives. That brought the number of assistant directors sacked or demoted to six. The moves follow a series of embarrassing incidents of agent misconduct and ineptitude, culminating in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. How does an agency with such a proud history get into this situation? Cheri Cannon is a federal employment attorney with the law firm Tully Rinckey. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey PLLC , Tom Temin , Secret Service , Julia Pierson

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:16am EST
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