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At 67, Air Force in good shape, but faces some uncertainty, James says

After eight months on the job, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that even though the service is in good shape, it still faces uncertainty around its budget, overseas operations and readiness.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Air Force , DoD , budget , readiness , Islamic State , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - September 17, 2014

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, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services still has a number of security holes to plug, and NASA chooses vendors to build a vehicle headed to the International Space Station.

Tags: newscast , In Depth

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 08:04am EDT

Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

The Defense Department Education Activity, or DODEA, is probably the most widely spread-out school disctrict in the world. It educates more than a million children of service members each year, all over the globe. On the job since March, DODEA director Tom Brady has completed a 100 day analysis of his school system. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what he's found and what he hopes to do.

Tags: Thomas Brady , DoD , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:17am EDT
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Col. Russell A. Muncy, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command

The Air Force plans to slash its ranks to fewer than 328,000 by the end of the year. Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserves, says the cutbacks are actually a good opportunity to keep many of its active duty Airmen in blue. Here's an example of how it can work. Col. Russell Muncy is commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Force Reserve Base in California. His unit has received the Air Force Association Reserve Unit award. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why his unit has been recognized. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

Tags: Russell Muncy , Air Force , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center

You can't teach an old dog new tricks. But you can take an old plane and modernize its systems and software to make it efficient for duty. At Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma they're breathing new life into older equipment. Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield is commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker. He spoke with Tom Temin at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and gave the Federal Drive an update on the ongoing efforts to modernize the fleet and the software behind it all. View photos and listen to interviews from the event.

Tags: Bruce Litchfield , Air Force , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:02am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - September 16, 2014

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, the White House names the third round of Presidential Innovation Fellows, and troops are headed overseas to help battle Ebola.

Tags: newscast

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 07:44am EDT

David Zavada, Partner, Kearney & Company

It's the job of an inspector general to take a critical look at the programs within an agency and point out areas that need improvement. When data is unreliable or inaccessible, that critical oversight suffers, and IGs are forced to do too many routine audits. These are just two of the concerns voiced by IGs in a survey just released by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company. David Zavada, partner at Kearney & Company, directed the survey and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: David Zavada , Kearney & Company , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:42am EDT
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Ed Bersoff and Jonathan Aberman

The government looks far and wide for answers to its most challenging problems. Yesterday, the White House hired 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows from around the country to come in and help. But sometimes, solutions are no farther away than your back yard. A new Virginia non-profit called Tandem NSI aims to link the government with technology entrepreneurs without a lot of red tape. Jonathan Aberman is managing partner of Amplifier Ventures and Ed Bersoff is a veteran in federal contracting. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss why the federal government should adopt new technologies.

Tags: Ed Bersoff , Jonathan Aberman , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:41am EDT
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Melvyn Smith, Centre for Machine Vision, Bristol Robotic Laboratory

A British research team aims to prove that 3-D technology could help Homeland Security discover more suspicious activity. Surveillance systems usually rely on 2-D images. Now, a team from England's Centre for Machine Vision is building a system to extract high resolution 3-D video from a distance of several hundred feet. Professor Melvyn Smith is director of the Centre for Machine Vision in the Bristol Robotic Laboratory. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what prompted him to conduct this research.

Tags: Melvyn Smith , technology , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are testing out ways to attract and hire technology experts for mission-critical programs. The Office of Management and Budget is overseeing these pilots, steps toward fixing long-standing federal IT challenges. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:16am EDT
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