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Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The U.S. government wants to offload old military equipment in Afghanistan and nearby countries so it doesn't have to pack it up and take it home. Pentagon officials say selling 800 mine-resistant armored vehicles, for example, could make hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and save $500 million in shipping. For more on the ins and outs of selling military hardware, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst for Bloomberg Government.

Tags: Kevin Brancato , DoD , military equipment

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - April 2, 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, NTEU asks Congress to restore full mass transit benefits for feds, and Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says she won't tolerate misbehavior by agents.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 08:18am EDT

Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, GAO

The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Thomas Melito , GAO , USDA , USAID ,

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill

President Barack Obama aims to stop the National Security Agency from collecting bulk telephone metadata. Instead, he wants phone companies to store the data and make it available to the NSA with a judge's permission. He's asked Congress for a legislative fix to NSA surveillance within 90 days. The whole program expires next year, so there's pressure to do something. Julian Hattem, staff writer for The Hill newspaper, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the prospects are for a new law now.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:30am EDT
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Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department promises to be "digital by default." The new initiative seeks to provide better and faster service to veterans. The department is hiring experts from outside the government to build the technology to streamline offerings. Marina Martin, VA's chief technology officer, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp the effort goes beyond simply tackling the persistent backlog of disability claims.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:20am EDT
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Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Better disaster response could save lives. A streamlined buying process could save time and money for the government. The public and private sectors are working together to find solutions to these challenges. It's all part of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Federal News Radio's Web editor Shefali Kapadia has taken an in-depth look at the fellows program.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:40am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

FedRAMP cloud security standards aren't enough for the Defense Department. A new policy details more requirements for vendors. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller writes about DoD's cloud security requirements in Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:35am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - April 1, 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, DoD tries to sell off excess equipment to Afghanistan and Forest Service employees warn of toxic morale at the agency.

Tags: newscast

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:25am EDT

Former acting IRS chief says agency now on right track

The former acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service, who led the agency in the aftermath of the political-targeting scandal and who stepped down in December, says he believes the agency is on the right track. In an interview on on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Danny Werfel, who recently joined the Boston Consulting Group, cited strong leadership at the agency.

Tags: IRS , management , John Koskinen , Danny Werfel , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/31/2014, 03:26pm EDT
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Marshall Strauss, CEO, Workplace Giving Alliance, CFC

Sequestration, pay freezes and furloughs appear to have taken a toll on the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign. Figures published by the Office of Personnel Management show Donations fell 19 percent compared to a year earlier. Marshall Strauss, CEO of the Workplace Giving Alliance, was a member of a task force on the CFC.

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Monday - 03/31/2014, 12:09pm EDT
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