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Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered top-to-bottom changes for the nation's nuclear missile force. He wants to spend billions of dollars to fix problems with leadership, security and morale. The move comes after an exam-cheating scandal revealed numerous personnel problems among those entrusted with the country's 450 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. What's the future for this mission? Tom Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at Naval War College and a nuclear arms expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Tom Nichols , Naval War College , Chuck Hagel , nuclear missile force , national security , Federal Drive

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:48am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Senior Executive Service is 35-years old, and yet it's never really worked the way it was intended. It didn't develop into the mobile cadre of managers who move from agency to agency. The Brookings Institution and Booz Allen Hamilton are holding a brainstorming session today with government leaders to discuss whether, and how, the SES should change. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp spoke with two of the organizers, Ron Sanders and Bob Hale of Booz Allen on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Sanders says the SES has come under a lot of stress and scrutiny of late, making now the right time for change.

Tags: Senior Executive Service , Brookings Institute , Booz Allen Hamilton , Ron Sanders , Bob Hale , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , management

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:27am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The widely-touted telework program at the Patent and Trademark Office has run into a classic problem: How can managers be sure people working out of sight are really working? An internal audit found managers complained about not being able to sufficiently monitor employees working outside the office. Timecard fraud allegations came from the Commerce inspector general. Then came Congressional hearings. It's all prompted PTO leadership to commission an outside review. Federal News Radio reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Patent and Trademark Office , official time , GAO

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:50am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But yesterday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov never did get to the bottom of the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, what he knew and when leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explained the hearings highlights on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Federal Drive , Todd Park , Jason Miller , HealthCare.gov , technology , cybersecurity

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:50am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A subcontractor has to protect its own interest and read the fine print. If not, a company could be exposed to a minefield of problems with the prime. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." In this installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle myth number five: Not to worry, my prime contractor will tell me what should be in our subcontract.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , contracting , workforce , management , Federal Drive , acquisition

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:35am EST
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Melissa Emrey-Arras, Government Accountability Office

Auditors say federally-run Native American schools need more oversight on spending. A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the schools improperly spent nearly $14 million. In one case, a hacker transferred $1.7 million from a school to an off-shore bank account. Melissa Emrey-Arras is director of Education, Workforce and Income Security Issues at GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss GAO's findings.

Tags: Native American schools , Melissa Emrey-Arras , GAO , Federal Drive , education

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:39am EST
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The Veterans Affairs Department finally fired Terry Gerigk Wolf last week. The former director of the Pittsburgh VA center had been on paid leave since June following a review of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak that claimed the lives of six patients there. Wolf is the fourth senior executive to be removed under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what that firing means for the future of due process protections for federal employees.

Tags: Terry Wolf , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Veterans Affairs , workforce , firing

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:55am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Mergers and acquisitions are an ongoing feature of corporate America. When mergers and acquisitions occur among federal contractors, sometimes the government sits up and takes notice. A few merger and acquisition deals have taken place recently among contractors. Jonathan Aberman, founder of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some examples.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Federal Drive , mergers and acquisitions , contracting , Amplifier Ventures

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:49am EST
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Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, Harris Corporation

Budget pressures on the Defense Department have driven down spending on research and development. That gives the military less say in developments that might give battlefield superiority. But industry can help with a class of products known as non-developmental items. Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, now with Harris Corporation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Dennis Moran , budget , DoD , Harris Corporation , Federal Drive , research and development

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:42am EST
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Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

Tags: Federal Drive , financial planning , investment advice , investment , TSP , Thrift Savings Plan , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
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