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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The FBI and inspectors general from the Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration are investigating an 18 month scam targeting vendors on the GSA schedule. The bad actors are spoofing federal employee emails to buy toner cartridges with stolen credit cards. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explains the scam to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, and how schedule holders can protect themselves. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , GSA

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:45am EDT
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Dianna Parker, Communications Specialist, Marine Debris Program

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has covered hundreds of thousands miles of ocean, and the plane still hasn't turned up. But the search has highlighted a growing problem in the oceans: giant blobs of garbage. The Marine Debris Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks the problem. The program's mission is to protect and conserve the marine environment and natural resources. Spokesperson Dianna Parker says trash often gets caught in gyres.

Tags: Dianna Parker , NOAA , Marine Debris Program , green government , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:33am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs Committee members are fed up with repeated cybersecurity problems. They want the VA to improve its cybersecurity once and for all. A new bill tells the department exactly how to do it. The legislation is among the most prescriptive cyber bills that any agency has seen in almost a decade. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller shares reactions to the bill with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , VA , cyber

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Marcia Smith, Editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com

U.S. tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis have spilled over into space. NASA has suspended all joint activities with Russia, except for the International Space Station. Employees cannot email or hold teleconferences with Russian counterparts. Marcia Smith, editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com discussed the situation with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read the Associated Press' related article.

Tags: Marcia Smith , Space Policy Online , NASA , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

House Republicans have released their 2015 budget plan. Plenty of provisions would affect federal employees, if they were to become law. Among them, feds would have to contribute more toward their own retirement. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler tells Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the plan and shares comments on the issue. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , budget

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:07am EDT
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Jim Cochrane, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Postal Service

Nearly 250,000 letter carriers will get handheld devices that let them track packages in real time. It's part of a major technology upgrade at the Postal Service that the agency hopes will give it an edge over competitors like UPS and FedEx. Chief Information Officer Jim Cochrane has called the deal a "billion-dollar bet on the future of the shipping business." He joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain the new device that enhances delivery infrastructure.

Tags: Jim Cochrane , U.S. Postal Service , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 09:43am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The great thing about federal contracting is that the rulemakers never rest. Just when you are sure you've got it all figured out, things change. The latest rules are just out from the Labor Department. They concern affirmative action programs required of federal contractors. In Federal Drive's weekly legal loop segment, hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp turned to procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo & Powell for an explanation.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:04am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The next version of cloud security standards is under development, even as agencies race to comply with current ones. The General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are kicking off FedRAMP 2.0 by incorporating new NIST guidance. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain how the agencies are keeping different standards aligned. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , GSA , DHS , DoD , cybersecurity , cloud computing

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:26am EDT
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Former acting IRS chief says agency now on right track

The former acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service, who led the agency in the aftermath of the political-targeting scandal and who stepped down in December, says he believes the agency is on the right track. In an interview on on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Danny Werfel, who recently joined the Boston Consulting Group, cited strong leadership at the agency.

Tags: IRS , management , John Koskinen , Danny Werfel , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/31/2014, 03:26pm EDT
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Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing

Federal agencies looking to move to the Cloud have a number of tough choices to make when evaluating cloud service provider offerings. They are looking for trusted partners to help them get there securely and help ease the migration challenges that lie before them as the make this transition. This panel explores some best practices that have been implemented by agencies that have already made the move. The panel will also examine, given the unique security needs of Federal agencies, the stringent security guidelines set forth by FedRAMP and the DISA Cloud broker and explore best practices for deciding which cloud deployment model private, public, government community and hybrid best meets agencies requirements for their mission critical enterprise applications.

Tags: Pamela Dyson , Zachary Goldstein , Lonny A. Anderson , Susie Adams , technology , Microsoft

Sunday - 03/23/2014, 04:19pm EDT
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