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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

About 1.5 million white collar federal employees get paid according to the General Schedule. But the system predates the personal computing era. Today, a Congressional panel dares to raise the question: Is the general schedule viable in 2014? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the current system is not viable.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Emily Kopp , GS system

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 09:22am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - July 15, 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, Air Force is restructuring its headquarters, and the Commerce Department will hire a chief data officer.

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Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:44am EDT

Calvin Scovel III, Matthew Hampton, Transportation Department

The Federal Aviation Administration will not meet its deadline for safely integrating all drones in the U.S. An inspector general report finds that the FAA has failed to establish a regulatory framework for training and certification of drone pilots. Cal Scovel is the inspector general for the Transportation Department, and Matt Hampton is the assistant inspector general for aviation. Scovel explained the Congressional mandate that FAA has to meet when he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Calvin Scovel , Matthew Hampton , Transportation Department , FAA , Tom Temin

Monday - 07/14/2014, 07:00am EDT
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Jennifer Keister, Visiting Research Fellow, Cato Institute

The U.S. cannot be the world's policeman. But it can advise, train and equip friendly nations facing conflicts of their own. It's doing that in Iraq right now, in the country's fight against the military group ISIS. And it's doing that in Nigeria, where hundreds of schoolgirls remain missing. This type of defense aid will be pondered, debated and questioned at an event today hosted by the Cato Institute. Visiting Research Fellow Jennifer Keister joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the event she is moderating today.

Tags: Jennifer Keister , Cato Institute , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:47am EDT
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Judge Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell spent much of the weekend trying to rally support among governors for the administration's efforts to cope with a surge of migrants coming across the Southwest border. The Justice Department issued regulations to name at least 15 temporary immigration judges. That will help the overloaded courts a smidgen. For a first-hand look at the immigration court system, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Judge Dana Leigh Marks on the Federal Drive. She is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, and she likens her job to deciding death-penalty cases with traffic-court resources.

Tags: Dana Leigh Marks , National Association of Immigrant Judges , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:20am EDT
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Jonathan Gandomi, Former Field Representative, State Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. As a diplomat, you don't seek out the easy life. Jonathan Gandomi was the State Department's field representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission. He spent two years on an assignment that has frustrated the world, ridding Africa of one of its oldest and most brutal extremist groups. Gandomi joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his experience in Africa that led to his 2014 Sammies nomination.

Tags: Jonathan Gandomi , Service to America Medals , State Department , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:34am EDT
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Ted Davies, Executive Vice Chairman, ACT-IAC

ACT-IAC is a potent force in the federal information technology market. With hundreds of companies and thousands of people, it's been sponsoring conferences, seminars, studies and even charity events for nearly a quarter century. Ted Davies is the new executive vice chairman of ACT-IAC. His day job is president of Unisys Federal. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his new role.

Tags: Ted Davies , ACT-IAC , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:18am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - July 14, 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, President Obama nominates a new U.S. ambassador to Russia, and Senators tell the military to give its unwanted trucks to firefighters.

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Monday - 07/14/2014, 08:10am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

When it comes to the contractors working for your federal agency, how do they stack up? Are they trained and ready to hit the ground running when they walk in the door? Or, are their skills sub-par, frustrating the feds they've been hired to work with? There are lots of answers to these questions. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss some of your answers.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , contracting , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:29am EDT
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Hal Chrisman, Vice President, ICF International

The military is trying to figure out why an F-35 engine caught fire, leading the Pentagon to ground the fledgling fleet. Meanwhile, program office planners are looking long term. They're thinking about how to control maintenance costs on a fleet that will eventually reach more than 2,000 aircraft and fly for the next 40 years. Defense News reported that planners are considering a worldwide competition for maintenance. Hal Chrisman, vice president of ICF International, has 25 years experience in the aviation industry. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what sustainment work entails.

Tags: Hal Chrisman , ICF International , DoD , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 07/11/2014, 06:48am EDT
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