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Mike Espy, Former Secretary of the Agriculture Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They'll take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government, and reporting to Congress. Newly elected fellow Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the Agriculture Department, and now a county attorney in Mississippi. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Mike Espy , National Academy of Public Administration , USDA , management

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Mark Testoni, President and CEO, SAP National Security Services

America's national security mission must adapt to the increasing complexity of threats. That means guarding against traditional risks and innovating to anticipate emerging ones. Technology can help, but it can be difficult to navigate the IT solutions amid shrinking budgets and a flood of data. Mark Testoni is president and CEO of SAP National Security Services. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with advice on improving the mission as well as the business of national security.

Tags: Mark Testoni , SAP National Security Services , national security , technology , cybersecurity

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:54pm EDT
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Larry Youngner, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The Office of Special Counsel recently found the Army had discriminated against transgender civilian employee Tamara Lusardi. Lusardi, a quality assurance specialist, faced what OSC described as "frequent" and "pervasive" harassment on a daily basis. The Army didn't admit to prohibited personnel practices, but it did agree to start diversity and sensitivity training. Larry Youngner is a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the implications of the case.

Tags: Larry Youngner , Office of Special Counsel , transgender , Army , Tully Rinckey , personnel

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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Marcia Smith, Editor, Space Policy Online

All eyes are on NASA after the Antares Rocket exploded at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the blast, but an investigation into the explosion is being launched. Marcia Smith is Editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the explosion means for NASA's mission going forward.

Tags: Marcia Smith , Federal Drive , NASA , Wallops Island , Space Policy Online , technology

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:50am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials to review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development. That's the phase commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the current and future impact of BBP.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Milestone A , DoD , Better Buying Power , acquisition

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:48am EDT
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Reducing Risk in the Cloud

Security is one of the highest priorities for today's government agencies as cyber-security threats rise and become increasingly sophisticated. While many IT and agency department heads feel increasing concern and pressure around security breaches and privacy, FedRAMP and key compliance mandates are driving greater standards within the industry. In our second panel discussion, Reducing Risk in the Cloud, we'll discuss how a trusted cloud platform can help government agencies meet today's demands—from certification to privacy and security mandates—and also evolve to address future needs.

Tags: Microsoft , One Cloud , Steve Hernandez , Melinda Rogers , Gary Barlet , Mark Williams

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 03:21pm EDT

Gerry Robbins, DoD Business Development and Market Analyst

Armies run on food, fuel and information. That last part is why the Defense Department spends so much on information technology and services each year, and why contractors spend a lot of time reading the DoD tea leaves. Gerry Robbins is the team lead for this year's TechAmerica defense IT market forecast. He's spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Forecast Conference.

Tags: Gerry Robbins , Federal Drive , information technology , DoD , Tech America

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department published its first-ever joint doctrine for military operations in cyberspace a year and a half ago. But the document was kept secret. Now, the Pentagon has released a declassified version. Much of it repeats what DoD officials have said in public, but there are some eyebrow-raisers. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , DoD , cybersecurity , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:50am EDT
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Tim Sullivan,Thompson Coburn LLP

As a government contractor, you don't want to be known as a whiner. Companies fear that if they get reputations for protesting bids it could hurt them in the long run. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. For the next nine Tuesdays, we'll be talking about these myths with him. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss myth number two: that you should always lodge a protest.

Tags: contracting , Tim Sullivan , bid protests

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:20am EDT
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Bill Hohenstein, Director, USDA's Climate Change Program Office

There's a new resource to help those in the agricultural community adjust to the challenges of climate change. The USDA Climate Hubs website launched last week. The site provides a wealth of information from the latest research data, conservation programs and financial assistance to emergency contact information and procedure for each region. Bill Hohenstein, director of USDA's Climate Change Program Office, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Bill Hohenstein , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , USDA , Climate Hubs , Climate Change Program Office

Monday - 10/27/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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