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

Everyone wants to prepare their child for life after school, whether that means college or something else. That's where College and Career Readiness standards come into play. They outline what a child should know and be able to do from kindergarten through the end of high school. Tom Brady is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the CCR standards.

Tags: Thomas M. Brady , DoDEA , Tom Temin , Department of Defense

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:41am EDT

Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

Tags: Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , USA Freedom Act , House Judiciary Committee , surveillance , Patriot Act , Tom Temin , NSA

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT

Carl Demaio, Senior Fellow, Performance Institute

Politicians might be focused on 2016, but some groups say it's not too soon to consider 2017. That's when a new President, whoever it is, will take over. Federal News Radio is among the 16 Washington-area organizations helping to launch a bipartisan discussion about the transition. Leading the charge is Carl Demaio, a senior fellow at the Performance Institute. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the effort.

Tags: Carl Demaio , Performance Institute , Tom Temin , White House

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:38am EDT

Monday federal headlines - May 4, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, 30 finalists have been selected for the prestigious Service to America Medal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the military isn't being honest about sexual assault and defense officials will have to come up with more gender-specific ways to help victims of sexual assault.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 05/04/2015, 08:56am EDT

Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

If the federal government is operating in the information age, then its main currency is data. Agencies and Congress have been doing a lot to make sure federal data is accessible and transparent. For agencies, data is vital to improving performance. Hudson Hollister is executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to discuss how proper data can help any agency.

Tags: Hudson Hollister , Data Transparency Coalition , Tom Temin

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:42am EDT

Lisa Danzig, Assoc. Director for Performance and Personnel, OMB

The Obama administration has built an elaborate apparatus for data-driven decision-making. It operates on the theory that good metrics require good data. And when you have both, you have the tools you need to improve performance. Coordinating all these moving parts is Lisa Danzig, the associate director for performance and personnel at the Office of Management and Budget. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, she joined Tom Temin with an overview on the scope of her responsibilities.

Tags: Lisa Danzig , OMB , Tom Temin

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:44am EDT

Gerald Ray, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Appellate Operations, SSA

If any agency operates in the spotlight, it's the Social Security Administration. Its work touches every American, as it deals with millions of claims for retirement and disability every year. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, Gerald Ray, the deputy executive director of SSA's Office of Appellate Operations, joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance in action.

Tags: Gerald Ray , Social Security Administration , Tom Temin

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:39am EDT

Jon Desenberg, Policy Director, The Performance Institute

Once upon a time, you could measure government performance pretty easily. The main metric was, "Did we spend all of our budget on time?" No longer. Citizens, Congress and successive White House policies want government dollars to make a difference. John Desenberg is the policy director of the Performance Institute. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance.

Tags: Jon Desenberg , The Performance Institute , Tom Temin

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:38am EDT

Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

President Barack Obama has ushered in Public Service Recognition Week with a proclamation that recognizes federal employees have had a rough time lately. He cites "pay freezes, budget cuts, sequestration and a political climate that too often does not sufficiently value their work." The organizers of this week's events can't do much about the first three things. But they're tackling the issue of respect with a theme called "Government Works." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the week ahead.

Tags: Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Tom Temin , Public Service Recognition Week

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36am EDT

Ann Ebberts, CEO, Association of Government Accountants

The Association of Government Accountants has a new CEO. Ann Ebberts leads the association during a time of change, thanks partly to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA puts chief information officers on a rough par with chief financial officers when it comes to budget authority. The financial function itself is under a lot of pressure to help improve agency performance not just count beans. On a special Federal Drive live from the AGA Government Performance Summit, Ebberts joined Tom Temin to discuss her new role.

Tags: Ann Ebberts , Association of Government Accountants , Tom Temin , FITARA

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:40am EDT
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