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Monday federal headlines - July 21, 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, Housing and Urban Development plans to add 1,000 jobs, and the Transportation Security Administration is crowdsourcing for ways to speed up airport screenings.

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Monday - 07/21/2014, 08:04am EDT

Rob Dalessandro, U.S. World War I Centennial Commission

The last soldier has gone to his eternal reward yet, the nation still remembers World War I. Now that remembrance is official. The National Archives and Records Administration is in the midst of a centennial retrospective on what was called the Great War even before it was over. Rob Dalessandro is acting chairman of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the commission.

Tags: Rob Dalessandro , NARA , Tom Temin

Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Sean Kaufman, President, Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions

Members of Congress are calling for tighter regulations of government labs handling dangerous microbes. The call comes after employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mishandled materials containing flu and anthrax samples. Sean Kaufman is a former CDC scientist, now president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions. He recently testified to Congress about the safety violations at the CDC. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the safety lapses.

Tags: Sean Kaufman , CDC , Tom Temin

Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Michael Lumpkin, Defense Department

Congress has been urging the Pentagon to speed up finding and identifying remains of service members dating back to World War II. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has promised to fix deficiencies in the recovery process. As part of that effort, the Pentagon is consolidating two agencies that had roughly equal responsibilities. Michael Lumpkin is the assistant secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new command.

Tags: Michael Lumpkin , DoD , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

How much cash would it take for you to accept a buyout at your agency? Is there a magic number you're looking for? Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what people are saying online.

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

Friday - 07/18/2014, 09:43am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - July 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, President Obama offers U.S. help in the investigation of MH17, and Chelsea Manning will begin gender treatments.

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Friday - 07/18/2014, 08:06am EDT

Ed Grace, Craig Hoover, Fish and Wildlife Service

It's been about six months since the Fish and Wildlife Service began the process of implementing a near-complete ban on commercial trade in ivory. There are very few exceptions, like for musicians traveling internationally. The service recently cracked one of the biggest wildlife trafficking rings to date. Ed Grace is the deputy assistant director for the agency's Office of Law Enforcement and Craig Hoover is chief of the Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch in the International Affairs Program. Hoover told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how this new effort got started.

Tags: Ed Grace , Craig Hoover , Fish and Wildlife Service , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 08:46am EDT
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Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is simplifying its application process in a bid for more recruits. It is also giving volunteers more freedom to choose where they want to serve and what they want to do. The number of volunteers has steadily dropped over the last few years. The agency hopes to regain its popularity among college graduates. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the changes.

Tags: Carrie Hessler-Radelet , Peace Corps , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 10:07am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

Congress back in 2012 ordered Defense agencies and contractors to get a handle on counterfeit or non-conforming electronic parts. The FAR Council has taken a liberal reading of the law, and now we're beginning to see the scope of the reporting that will be required. How does a half million new reports per year grab you? In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive for an explanation.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Jim Traficant, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services

The Veterans Affairs Department hired ASM Research to modernize its electronic health records systems. The three-year task order is worth $162 million. ASM will work on VA's Vista and Enterprise Core Services system and will create a web access front-end for VA's Computerized Patient Record System. Jim Traficant is president of ASM Research and managing director at Accenture Federal Services. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what his company hopes to do under the deal.

Tags: Jim Traficant , Accenture Federal Services , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 09:57am EDT
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