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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is slowly breaking down its reputation as being stuck in the old world of customer service (snail mail and telephone queues). The MySSA portal is quickly becoming the focal point for modernizing Social Security's Web applications. Pamela Pittman is the SSA's division director for Programmatic Applications. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about the agency's latest online service.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , SSA , Pamela Pittman

Updated 1 hours, 49 minutes ago
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal jobs are not the easiest or the best-paid, but at least they're secure. Or so the thinking went. That long-held belief is less prevalent today than it once was, particularly among Senior Executive Service members. A 2014 law that gave Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald more leeway to fire SES members has taken a toll on members' morale government-wide. Many are questioning their career choices. That finding comes from a Senior Executives Association survey on the possibility of at-will employment. SEA President Carol Bonosaro discussed it with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

Tags: Emily Kopp , SES , Veterans Affairs , Bob McDonald , workforce

Updated 1 hours, 50 minutes ago
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Dr. Chris Jones, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have a new deal in place. They're calling it a public-private partnership, and it will enable Northrop Grumman to provide the Air Force with sustainment of future weapon systems. Air Force officials say they hope the deal will improve efficiency, both in negotiations and in implementing future projects. Dr. Chris Jones, the president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the partnership and how it works.

Tags: Chris Jones , Northrop Grumman Technical Services , Federal Drive , Air Force , Northrop Grumman

Updated 1 hours, 26 minutes ago
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Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg will be stepping down this week. She's been on the job for nearly six years. The former New York City public health commissioner has had an eventful career in Washington. The compounding pharmacy scare and passage of a major reform bill are just a couple of the big episodes. Ahead of her departure, she sat down with Federal Drive Host Tom Temin to review her tenure at the agency and offer some thoughts on where it should go in the future.

Tags: Margaret Hamburg , FDA , Management , People , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:33am EDT
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Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

She manages Housing and Urban Development's day-to-day operations, including a $45 billion annual budget and approximately 8,500 employees. As Women's History Month comes to a close, she's been sharing her experiences to help other women build successful careers in government. Nani Coloretti is the Deputy Secretary at HUD. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she recounted growing up under the mild skies in Hawaii.

Tags: Nani Coloretti , HUD , Budget , workforce , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:45am EDT
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5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Tags: Federal Drive , digital services , Federal Feedback Button , FOIA , Improper payments , Veteran Affairs , Technology , trust

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT

Bryan Sivak, Department of Health and Human Services

One of the most frustrating things federal employees face is red tape. The bureaucracy can deter workers from trying new things that might fail. The Health and Human Services Department's IDEA Lab seeks to break down the red tape and silos. HHS Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak oversees the lab. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the lab helps the agency meet its mission.

Tags: Brian Sivak , Health and Human Services , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:53am EDT
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John Benison, Director, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, HUD

Two dozen federal employees will form a group advising the President on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. The White House wants advice on improving how the government recruits, hires, develops and retains SES members. John Benison is the equal employment opportunity director at Housing and Urban Development, and a member of the president's advisory group. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an early morning report.

Tags: John Benison , HUD , Federal Drive , Senior Executive Service , White House

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:42am EDT
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Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

Tags: Rich Wilkinson , NeoSystems , Federal Drive , Defense Contract Audit Agency , backlog , Incurred Cost Submissions , DoD , GAO

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
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Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, USPS

In a recent executive order, President Barack Obama called on agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thomas Day, the Postal Service's chief sustainability officer, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the steps the agency is taking on doing just that.

Tags: USPS , Thomas Day , sustainability , Fleet , Federal Drive , acquisition , green government

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:25am EDT
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