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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive magazine

The Service to America award ceremony on Monday is a great example of federal success stories that the public never hears. Tom Shoop is editor in chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he sees some common traits in the SAMMY winners that could explain why these stories aren't as well known as agency scandals.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:25pm EDT
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James Rodriguez, Defense Department Warrior Care Policy

The fifth annual Warrior Games kick off this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will compete for their branch of the armed forces. The sports include wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. James Rodriguez, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Warrior Care Policy, provided a preview of the games on the Federal Drive.

Tags: DoD , Tom Temin , James Rodriguez , Warrior Games , Warrior Care , sports , veterans

Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:20pm EDT
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Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

Congress left town ignoring the Obama administration's request for more funding to deal with illegal immigration. Dana Leigh Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and an immigration judge in San Francisco. When we spoke with her at the peak of the surge across the Southern border in July, she described her work as handling death-penalty cases with traffic court resources. She gave an update on the situation on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

Tags: Congress , DHS , CBP , Dana Leigh Marks , immigration , illegal immigration , Obama administration , Emily Kopp , immigration judges

Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:17pm EDT
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Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

The Treasury Department has heard the complaints about the USASpending.gov portal: it's hard to use, the data quality is poor, etc. Treasury inherited the portal in February from the General Services Administration. It already has short- and long-term plans to improve the federal spending website. In part one of their interview, Christina Ho, executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the portal's improvement strategy.

Tags: Federal Drive , Jason Miller , GSA , Treasury Department , USASpending.gov , Christina Ho , Bureau of the Fiscal Service , data transparency , technology

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Cyber operations is about the only area of the DoD budget that hasn't been subject to cuts. But the new leader of the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence says that doesn't mean the Army can grow its newest military discipline in isolation. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Federal Drive , Jared Serbu , management , budget , technology , cybersecurity , DoD , Army , Cyber Center of Excellence

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:20pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

This week, the award for Federal Employee of the Year went to Dr. Rana Hajjeh for her contributions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her work with vaccines will save the lives of about 7 million children by 2020. The Service to America Medals gala on Monday also featured several young federal employees who might earn that honor for themselves one day. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He was at the Sammies Awards. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he sees some special potential from this year's finalists in the Call to Serve category.

Tags: Francis Rose , people , Sammies , workforce , HHS , CDC , Rana Hajjeh , Partnership for Public Service , Call to Serve , Tim McManus

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Dan Waddell, Director of Government Affairs, ISC2

The Office of Personnel Management has a list of 25 different conferences that comply with federal training regulations. Dan Waddell is director of government affairs for the cybersecurity non-profit (ISC)2. OPM just added their fourth annual Security Congress event to its list of approved conferences. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Waddell explained how the event got on the list.

Tags: OPM , management , technology , cybersecurity , workforce , Francis Rose , Security Congress , Dan Waddell , ISC(2) , training

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Lexy Kessler, Government Contracting Practice Partner, Aronson

Budget certainty is in place now, with the continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11. But what happens after that? Only Congress can make that more clear, and it isn't doing anything until November. Lexy Kessler is partner-in-charge of the government contracting practice at Aronson LLC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said history can be a contractor's planning guide for the CR.

Tags: Lexy Kessler , acquisition , contracting , Congress , management , budget , continuing resolution , Aronson LLC , Francis Rose

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Raj Sharma, CEO, Censeo Consulting

Nov. 15 is the deadline for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to patch up the cybersecurity holes in the Healthcare.gov website. The Government Accountability Office offered 22 technical recommendations to the agency last week. Those problems appear just as the website nears its first birthday. Raj Sharma is co-founder and CEO of the Censeo Consulting Group. On the In Depth with Francis Rose Industry Chatter segment, he shared some ways to predict, and fix, longstanding problems with large federal IT projects like Healthcare.gov.

Tags: industry , Industry Chatter , technology , health IT , Raj Sharma , cybersecurity , HealthCare.gov , GAO

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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Ken Sandler, Sustainability and Green Building Advisor, GSA

The Army needs big solutions if it wants to generate as much energy as it consumes by 2020. It's using the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs as a testing ground for the Net-Zero Energy Initiative. The General Services Administration identifies four ideas that could help Fort Carson reach big energy breakthroughs. It's also partnering with the Army and Energy Department to measure Fort Carson's progress so far. Ken Sandler is the sustainability and green building advisor within the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told In Depth with Francis Rose what Fort Carson has done so far.

Tags: DoD , Army , Francis Rose , Fort Carson , GSA , Energy Department , Ken Sandler , green energy , Net-Zero Energy Initiative

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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