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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

When you download an app or update your software, do you read those fine-print licensing agreements? Few people, including federal employees, do. The Office of Management and Budget says those agreements essentially don't apply for government purchases. Instead, new regulations call for a standard clause in nearly every contract. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo breaks down the new provision with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:12am EDT
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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board is fishing for ideas. It asks for help from the public as it refreshes its research agenda. The board is mandated by Congress to conduct studies on issues in the federal workforce. Recent reports have focused on workplace violence and perceptions of favoritism. Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the board strives to make an impact with its research.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Daniel Schuman, Congressional Data Coalition

A new Congressional Data Coalition launches to push Capitol Hill into the big data era. The group says Congress could run better, give its staffers fewer headaches and provide a big public service if it changes its approach to data. Already, it has scored an initial victory. The House Appropriations Committee said by the beginning of the next Congress, information about the disposition of bills will be published in a way that computers can easily process, and thus can be easily reused by apps and websites. Daniel Schuman, a founding member of the coalition and policy director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what a digital Congress will look like.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:04am EDT
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Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute

Federal cybersecurity officials are in knots over the Heartbleed threat. The vulnerability potentially affects a common data encryption system used on internet servers. Homeland Security says federal web servers are OK. Qualys has a free online SSL Server Test that can analyze a web server. Alan Paller, director of research at the cybersecurity education firm SANS Institute, explained the threat to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, Manhattan Institute

The Veterans Affairs Department has paid out $200 million in wrongful death suits to 1,000 families over the past decade. That number brings up questions about the quality of care in VA centers. VA says it investigates every preventable death. It says they represent a tiny fraction of the people who receive care at its medical centers. Yevgeniy Feyman is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute specializing in health care policy. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how VA's death rates compare with all hospitals.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:47am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

The Supreme Court stands by the government's expansion of federal jobs deemed sensitive to national security. A few weeks ago, the high court refused to hear an appeal in a case stemming from the demotion of a Defense Department employee. He managed a commissary and did not have access to classified information or a security clearance. But the government considered his job "sensitive," barring him from appealing the demotion to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Attorney Lynne Bernabei told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the court's decision means for all federal employees.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:44am EDT
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Brian 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 Brian Sivak oversees the lab. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the lab helps the agency meet its mission.

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:53am EDT
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Elise Viebeck, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Head of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell has a tough road ahead if she's lucky enough to be confirmed as the next Health and Human Services secretary. President Barack Obama tapped her last week to replace Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell will go from the small, inside-the-White-House agency to a sprawling institution that, with Obamacare, is in the eye of the political storm. Elise Viebeck, staff writer at The Hill Newspaper, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that Burwell will face five big challenges.

Tags: Elise Viebeck , The Hill , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:49am EDT
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Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

The measure that will shed light on federal spending data is expected to sail through the House when Congress returns from recess. A version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act cleared the Senate last week and brought transparency advocates a step closer to governmentwide financial data standards. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, explained differences between the House and Senate versions of the DATA Act to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:41am EDT
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George Altman, Education and Employment Writer, Military Times

Service members sometimes face a tough challenge when they leave the military: finding a job. Both federal agencies and contractors have programs for hiring veterans, but they're not all effective. Military Times has complied a list of the best potential employers for veterans. George Altman, education and employment writer for Military Times, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how employers were evaluated. Companies who would like to participate in next year's survey can email BestForVets@militarytimes.com.

Tags: George Altman , Military Times , veterans , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:34am EDT
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