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Baylee Crone, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Nearly one in three homeless veterans calling a Veterans Affairs help hotline was sent to voicemail in fiscal 2013. That's just one of the issues uncovered in an Inspector General's report on the VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. The VA has pledged to make changes to the call center. But as the temperatures dip, what other challenges lie ahead in supporting homeless vets? Baylee Crone, executive director at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on these problems and details on her testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Tags: Baylee Crone , National Coalition for Homeless Veterans , Federal Drive , Veterans Affairs , inspector general , call centers

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 12:01am EST
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Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Congress is capping the pensions of top military officials in 2015. As part of National Defense Authorization Act, pensions for generals and admirals will be trimmed to ensure they make no more in retirement than they did on active duty. That reverses a 2007 law designed to help retain officers during wartime. What effects, if any, will this have on the military's ability to retain its senior officers? Larry Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look at this measure.

Tags: Larry Korb , Federal Drive , NDAA , DoD , budget , retirement , pay and benefit

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:55am EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Feds are not holding back when it comes to sharing their thoughts on the President's plans to reform the Senior Executive Service. Federal News Radio's web team put out a questionnaire, asking them what they think of the SES proposals. We've collected some of their comments. Tom Temin, host of the Federal Drive, spoke with web manager Julia Ziegler about the varying opinions.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , SES reforms , Barack Obama

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:25am EST
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Eddy Mentzer, Manager, Defense Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership's goal is simple. They want to eliminate one of military families' biggest problems: finding employment for the spouse of the service member. Because of frequent relocation, military spouses often face high unemployment rates and a significant wage gap in the jobs they do have. Through the initiative known as Joining Forces, 38 new organizations joined the Employment Partnership program earlier this month. Eddy Mentzer is the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program manager. On the Federal Drive, he gave Tom Temin an update on the program and the companies involved.

Tags: Eddy Mentzer , military spouses , hiring , unemployment , Spouse Education and Career Opportunities , DoD ,

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:47am EST
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Mark Geyer, Orion Program Manager, NASA

NASA's Orion is on her way home for the holidays. The spacecraft is being transported to Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a successful first test flight, splashdown, and recovery. Orion will be examined and disassembled so NASA researchers can prepare for the next stage of its Space Launch Systems programs. Mark Geyer is the Orion program manager at NASA. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what comes next.

Tags: Mark Geyer , NASA , Orion , Space Launch Systems , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:44am EST
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Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

It even sounds complicated: making information resources assessible, discoverable, and usable by the public, and making open and machine readable the new default for government information. But that's what the White House ordered in May of 2013. Now agencies are finally getting their heads around how best to meet the requirements of the open data policy. Several agencies realize what's needed is a combination of policy and action. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details about the plans of some agencies to meet this 18-month-old policy.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , White House , OMB , information sharing , Open data

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:42am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Each year, agency leaders scan the list of best places to work in the federal government with either anticipation or anxiety. If you're at the top, you've got a great selling point for employees and recruits. But if you're at the bottom, you've got hard work to do. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp was at the awards ceremony to speak with those who know what it's like to be up and down. First, she spoke with Jeri Buchholz, the chief human capital officer at NASA, the large agency that tops the list.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Best Places to Work , workforce , management

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:30am EST
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Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force

The Air Force recently completed a test launch of one of its Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 5,000 mile flight test was supported by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and several other contractors. So how does the Air Force maintain readiness of the ICBM fleet? How can it assure the Commander-in-Chief that in the unlikely event of a real launch, the 40-year-old missiles would go where they're supposed to? Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander of the 20th Air Force, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the test flight and the ICMB program.

Tags: Jack Weinstein , Air Force , Northrop Grumman , Lockheed Martin , ICBM , 20th Air Force , Federal Drive , DoD

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:30pm EST
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Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Telehealth and mobile health technology will become more common as the federal government moves into a new phase of Health IT priorities. The new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 lays out five goals for collecting, using, and disseminating interoperable information. 35 agencies contributed to the plan. Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the strategic plan.

Tags: Karen DeSalvo , National Coordinator for Health Information Technology , telehealth , mobile technology , Health IT , Federal Drive

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:21pm EST
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Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The White House has launched three reforms to the Senior Executive Service. But the message President Barack Obama delivered to about 3,000 SESers at the Washington Hilton may actually have more long-term meaning than the reforms themselves. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller attended the President's speech and spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about his message and the attendees' reaction.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , SES , Barack Obama , management , workforce

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 10:08am EST
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