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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

The government should be smaller, the Postal Service's finances need to be addressed once and for all, and it may be time to rethink the civil service system. This is all according to Senator Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican will replace Delaware Democrat Tom Carper as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Senator Johnson discussed his priorities.

Tags: Ron Johnson , USPS , Congress , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Tom Temin ,

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:20am EST
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Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

Two Treasury agencies have managed to make big gains in hiring veterans. In 2014, half of new hires at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint were veterans. Now, veterans make up about one-third of employees at each of the two agencies. How'd they do it? Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States, shared details with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Rosie Rios , Bureau of Engraving and Printing , Tom Temin , hiring , veterans , workforce , Treasury Department

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:16am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - November 20, 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, members of the Senior Executive Service get an invitation to meet with President Obama in person, federal government and critical infrastructure operators in the private sector have a new cybersecurity challenge and the Labor Department cites a shipyard in Norfolk for health and safety violations.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 08:09am EST

Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered top-to-bottom changes for the nation's nuclear missile force. He wants to spend billions of dollars to fix problems with leadership, security and morale. The move comes after an exam-cheating scandal revealed numerous personnel problems among those entrusted with the country's 450 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. What's the future for this mission? Tom Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at Naval War College and a nuclear arms expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Tom Nichols , Naval War College , Chuck Hagel , nuclear missile force , national security , Tom Temin ,

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:48am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Senior Executive Service is 35-years old, and yet it's never really worked the way it was intended. It didn't develop into the mobile cadre of managers who move from agency to agency. The Brookings Institution and Booz Allen Hamilton are holding a brainstorming session today with government leaders to discuss whether, and how, the SES should change. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp spoke with two of the organizers, Ron Sanders and Bob Hale of Booz Allen on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Sanders says the SES has come under a lot of stress and scrutiny of late, making now the right time for change.

Tags: Senior Executive Service , Brookings Institute , Booz Allen Hamilton , Ron Sanders , Bob Hale , Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , management

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:27am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But yesterday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov never did get to the bottom of the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, what he knew and when leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explained the hearings highlights on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , Todd Park , Jason Miller , HealthCare.gov , technology , cybersecurity

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:50am EST
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John Wagner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has brought a new service to Washington Dulles International Airport. Passengers can expect speedier trips through customs inspection thanks to passport kiosks. John Wagner is the acting assistant commissioner of the Office of Field Operations at CBP. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program resulting in the kiosk installation.

Tags: John Wagner , Customs and Border Protection , Washington Dulles International Airport , passport ,

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:32am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - November 19, 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 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee elects as its next chairman, a Senate vote ensures business as usual for the National Security Agency and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James wants to make all jobs in the service open to women.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 08:09am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says it managed to pinch off the paths foreign hackers used to steal data from its systems. But that isn't enough to offset a series of disturbing reports by government auditors on the state of VA's cybersecurity. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest details on VA's cybersecurity problems.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:39am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A subcontractor has to protect its own interest and read the fine print. If not, a company could be exposed to a minefield of problems with the prime. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." In this installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle myth number five: Not to worry, my prime contractor will tell me what should be in our subcontract.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , contracting , workforce , management , Tom Temin , acquisition

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:35am EST
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