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Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations, Inc.

You've heard about movie directors studying the military to make true-to-life films, but the military is also using Hollywood to prepare for battle. Active shooter situations, improvised explosive devices and car crashes are all a part of the Intensive Surgical Skills course at Strategic Operations, Inc. Backed by the Defense Department, the company has trained more than 750,000 military personnel. Navy veteran and Executive Vice President Kit Lavell joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the course.

Tags: Kit Lavell , DoD , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:20am EDT
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John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary the right to fire senior executives almost at will. It's understandable members of Congress are outraged over long waiting times and falsification of records at VA hospitals, compounded by the fact that VA managers have received millions of dollars in bonuses. But it's not clear whether the proposal is legal. In our weekly legal loop segment, federal employment attorney John Mahoney spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained exactly what the House approved and who the bill affects.

Tags: John Mahoney , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Veterans Affairs

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 09:00am EDT
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David Barno, Center for a New American Security

President Obama says most troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Some of the billions of dollars worth of equipment over there will come back to be refurbished. Some will have to be sold or destroyed. All those people combined with all of the gear is a major logistics effort. How can the military pull it off? Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the challenges the Defense Department will face as it withdraws from Afghanistan.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Denise Hintzke, Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative

The IRS will have a new tool to help it collect taxes from Americans with overseas bank accounts. Treasury officials say 77,000 foreign banks and other financial institutions have agreed to share account information. The overseas banks will start sending information in 2015. Denise Hintzke is the global tax leader of Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how this is going to work.

Tags: Denise Hintzke , Deloitte , IRS , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:42am EDT
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Todd Dickinson, American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Patent and Trademark Office has been going without a confirmed director for a year and a half. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) has urged President Obama to nominate somebody already. He thinks the vacancy "hampers the agency's ability to influence policy and make long term-plans." Todd Dickinson is a former PTO director, now executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's going on at the agency.

Tags: Todd Dickinson , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Patent and Trademark Office

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:45am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief information officers have adjusted to flat technology budgets. But they haven't quite been able to shift significant money to modernization and innovation and away from operations. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what CIOs say are their biggest challenges and concerns in a new TechAmerica and Grant Thornton survey. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , technology

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:38am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

What implications will the VA scandal have on other federal agencies? Many feds and management groups are asking that question as Congress considers legislation that would allow the VA to fire poor-performing employees. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the Senate might not pass its version of the bill today.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Dr. Mark Reger, National Center for Telehealth and Technology

Defense health officials are testing a tool to give service members a mental health boost on demand. It's a mobile app called the Virtual Hope Box. Each user can customize it. Mark Reger is the deputy director and chief of research at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, which is part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. He explained the app's purpose when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Mark Reger , National Center for Telehealth and Technology , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , mobile

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 11:10am EDT
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Eric Young, American Federation of Government Employees

Federal prisons are becoming more violent and dangerous for the guards who work in them. But the guards have a new tool that can help: a contract. It took 16 years to negotiate and ratify. Eric Young is president of American Federation of Government Employees' Council of Prison Locals. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.

Tags: Eric Young , American Federation of Government Employees , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:00am EDT
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Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a lot of problems right now. But an issue that's not getting much coverage is its management and data collection and analysis. Federal News Radio's Tom Temin says the disarray at the VA is causing other problems.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:19pm EDT
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