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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department has been making progress on its backlog of disability claims, but outdated technology keeps getting in the way. One bottleneck is the time it takes the VA to receive military medical records from the Defense Department. DoD installed a new system at the beginning of this year to solve that problem. But a look by the inspector general finds that things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's DOD Reporter Jared Serbu gives Emily Kopp the details on the Federal Drive. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:24am EDT
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Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Energy Department

The Energy Department is spending $67 million in research grants it hopes will lead to the nuclear technology of tomorrow. Research projects have been selected based on potential for big breakthroughs. Pete Lyons, assistant secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Energy Department, broke down the numbers with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Pete Lyons , Tom Temin , Energy Department

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 06:58am EDT
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Do you know your whistleblower rights?

Many agencies are making well-known their Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman and employees' rights when exposing wrongdoing. But other agencies are missing the mark.

Tags: Project on Government Oversight , Michael Smallberg , whistleblowers , oversight , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Megan Crandall, Spokesperson, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management wants to halt the practice of swinging from ropes at two popular Utah landmarks. Officials propose a two-year restriction on rope-swinging from the Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges near Moab. They've received complaints that the screaming swingers disturb other tourists. Megan Crandall, spokesperson for BLM in Utah, explained the proposed ban to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Megan Crandall , Tom Temin , Bureau of Land Management

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:15am EDT
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Scott Wong, Senior Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

While most of Washington returns to the traditional fall schedule, Congress won't return for another week. When members do get back, they won't have much time to get any budget work done before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Senior Staff Writer for the Hill Newspaper Scott Wong spoke to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what Congress is likely to do.

Tags: Scott Wong , Tom Temin , The Hill Newspaper

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:06am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller provided details to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive on more problems for the strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:34am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - August 29, 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 pilot is killed in the F-15 jet that crashed in Virginia, and NIH will begin testing ebola on people.

Tags: newscast

Friday - 08/29/2014, 08:38am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

School kids may be back on the yellow school buses, but Congress doesn't return for another week. When it does, it'll have a lot to do, such as pass a 2015 budget. The Office of Management and Budget says if Congress doesn't get its act together, the Defense and Energy departments face big budget cuts. Tom Temin talked about this with Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:38am EDT
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Col. Rob Romer, Chief of the Military Force Policy Division, Air Force

Reserve officers face a continuing dilemma. They often want to stay current enough to return to active duty if needed. Yet, they also need to pursue their other professional lives. Now the Air Force is adopting a program pioneered by the Navy and Marine Corps to let them do just that. Col. Rob Romer, chief of the military force policy division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

Tags: Rob Romer , Air Force , Tom Temin

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , Tom Temin

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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