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Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

You might be a dog on the Internet, but nobody can tell for sure. Confidence in who people say they are online is vital to a cyber secure future for government and industry. People at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace have been working on this problem within the Commerce Department for a couple of years now. Jeremy Grant is senior executive advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some recent progress.

Tags: Jeremy Grant , Federal Drive , National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace , Commerce Department , National Institute of Standards and Technology , identity management

Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:11am EDT
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Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The Supreme Court is set to hear the case of a former Federal Air Marshal turned whistleblower on Nov. 4. Robert MacLean was fired after he told the media about the Transportation Security Administration's decision to use fewer air marshals on long distance flights. This is the first case the Supreme Court will hear that directly involves a federal whistleblower. Matt Tully, founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Mathew Tully , Federal Drive , Supreme Court , whistleblower , air marshal , Robert MacLean , TSA , Tully Rinckey

Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:18am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The rash of commercial and government online identity thefts has prompted a reaction from the White House. It's giving federal agencies a lead role in better protecting web transactions. It starts with the government itself. President Barack Obama is making big changes to the procedures for federal credit cards and other payment methods. In his bi-weekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what you should expect starting in January.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:55am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new analysis of federal procurement data confirms what Defense Department vendors already experienced. During the first year of sequestration contracting dollars fell abruptly, dropping 16 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , DoD , sequestration , spending

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:41am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A chief risk officer (CRO) may be the answer to how your agency manages risk. But whether or not your agency adds another to the growing list of chief this or that officers, the White House expects you to consider anything that may impede your mission success. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why measuring and mitigating risk will be a bigger priority in the coming year.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Chief Risk Officer , workforce

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:40am EDT
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Stephen King, Director, Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program

The program billed as the world's largest provider of assistive technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. The Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has made technology like speech recognition software or pens that double as recording devices mainstays in offices devoted to helping people with disabilities. CAP Director Stephen King joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a progress report on how the program has helped thousands of wounded service members and disabled federal employees so far.

Tags: Federal Drive , Stephen King , CAP , workforce , disabilities , technology

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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Kelvin Wood, Director, Treasury Acquisition Institute

The Treasury Acquisition Institute has experienced a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of federal employees it trains each year. The appetite for training is going to keep growing, forcing TAI to rethink how it delivers workforce education. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, today we'll focus on taking stock for the future. Institute Director Kelvin Wood tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how TAI is changing with the times.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , kelvin wood , Treasury Acquisition Institute , training , workforce , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:40am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , DoD , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Congress , Pentagon , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

Tags: Charlie Sowell , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Salient Federal Solutions , contracting , social media

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The ever-evolving training regime for federal acquisition workers is no longer about the hard skills of acquisition only. Acquisition people certainly do need to know the policies, regulations and laws. But for real improvement to take place in the system, they also need soft skills to lead successful procurements. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explores the changing nature of acquisition workforce training.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , workforce , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition workforce

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 08:29am EDT
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