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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Marine Corps is in the process of developing its first set of cyber doctrines. They're designed to help commanders build cyberspace operations into their battle plans, better defend their own networks and help integrate cyber with the more-mature field of electronic warfare. More details from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , Marine Corps , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:23am EDT

Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

When we last checked in with Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the service was operating under a continuing resolution. Zukunft told us that funding was not keeping pace with the Coast Guard's need for better infrastructure, and that meant the Coast Guard wasn't keeping pace in some of its most important missions like stopping drug-runners because of its funding problems. Now, at least one thing is different: The service has a full budget for the remainder of the year. Zukunft joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the Sea Air Space 2015 conference at National Harbor with more on how things are operating now.

Tags: Paul Zukunft , Coast Guard , Emily Kopp , infrastructure , Sea Air Space Exposition , National Harbor , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:27am EDT

Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications.

Tags: Ron Abrams , Federal Drive , Veterans Affairs , disability , National Veterans Legal Services Program

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:36am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is creating a new commodity technology shared service provider to serve the Pentagon and other locations in the Washington, D.C. area. DoD will issue a memo in the coming weeks to merge the Army's IT agency and other IT service providers into the Defense Information System Agency. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller has exclusive details of this new shared services set up. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review them.

Tags: Jason Miller , commodity technology , Federal Drive , Shared services , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Army , DoD

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:54am EDT

Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, Director, Undersea Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy says its aging fleet of nuclear-armed submarines can't last much longer. The Ohio-class subs now doing the job were supposed to be retired years ago. But replacing them is complicated and costly. It's also the Navy's top shipbuilding priority. Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, the Navy's director of undersea warfare, spoke about the Ohio replacement program at Sea-Air-Space 2015. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a preview.

Tags: Joseph Tofalo , Navy , submarines , Federal Drive

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:23am EDT

Jamie Forzato, Reporter, WTOP

A case of alleged armed domestic kidnapping lands on the doorstep of a federal agency. And now a building guard is dead from gunshot wounds. WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive live from Suitland, MD, with the latest on the shooting.

Tags: Jamie Forzato , WTOP , Census Bureau , shooting , Federal Drive

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:44am EDT

Kelly Thresher, Public Policy Analyst, Office of the Inspector General

The Postal Service's Inspector General proposes a novel solution for cutting costs: Adopt augmented reality. The IG says the Postal Service could save time and money by outfitting drivers with augmented reality glasses. AR technology allows mobile devices to superimpose digital information on a real-world view. Kelly Thresher is a public policy analyst at the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate on how augmented reality could help USPS.

Tags: Kelly Thresher , USPS , OIG , Federal Drive , augmented reality , oversight

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:38am EDT

Steve Buerger, Project Lead, Sandia National Labs

Robotics have advanced to a place where walking machines may soon be sent into emergency response situations too dangerous for people. This reality is made possible only through a long battery life and mechanical systems that don't eat up all the battery's energy stores. Steve Buerger is a project lead in the intelligent systems control department at Sandia National Labs. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how it all works.

Tags: Steve Buerger , Sandia National Labs , Federal Drive , technology , robotics

Friday - 04/10/2015, 06:08am EDT

Katie Tubb, Research Associate and Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation

When Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced he would not run for re-election, he reopened the debate about nuclear waste disposal in this country. Reid had staunchly opposed a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain in his state. But never say never. Today five members of Congress, led by the Republican chairman of the House Environment and Economy Subcommittee are visiting the site. Katie Tubb is a research associate and coordinator for the Heritage Foundation who has studied this issue.

Tags: Katie Tubb , Heritage Foundation , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Harry Reid , Yucca Mountain , Nevada , nuclear waste

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:21am EDT

Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Lynne Bernabei , Federal Drive , inspector general , Bernabei & Wachtel , whistleblowers , Emily Kopp , oversight

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
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