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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Selling to the federal government is a unique occupation. In no other industry do marketing and sales people face the dauting set of laws and regulations they face here. Yet, personal relationships matter in government contracting just like they do in the commercial world. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 6: We contractors don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Federal Drive , contracting , advertising

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:25am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is on the street with a new procurement to replace its patient scheduling system. The department has used the current system since 1986. It's the one scheduling staff used to manipulate data on patient waiting times in Phoenix and several other locations across the country. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about this RFP and more in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , procurement , patient scheduling system , data , Veterans Affairs , Health IT

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:09am EST
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act appeared to sail through the Senate. The goal is to hold agencies more accountable for disclosing records and create a more uniform system for the public to file FOIA requests. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously. Sean Vitka, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the bill would do.

Tags: FOIA , Senate , Congress , records , disclosure , accountability , Senate Judiciary Committee , Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
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Brian Krenzien, Science & Technology Transportation Security Lab, DHS

When things go boom, often the Homeland Security Department wants to know what it was. To do that it requires sophisticated explosives detection equipment. In fact, the idea is to detect the presence of explosives before they can be detonated. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has just broken ground on a new lab for evaluating explosives detection equipment. Brian Krenzien, acting executive director of the Transportation Security Lab, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: DHS , Science and Technology Directorate , Brian Krenzien , explosives , explosives detection equipment , Transportation Security Lab , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:02am EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Tags: Ron Ross , NIST , contracting , technology , cybersecurity , Federal Drive , controlled unclassified information

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , GAO , Federal Drive , Mitch McConnell , Senate , Congress , government shutdown , continuing resolution , budget

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
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Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief, State Department

Two years after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, training for the Diplomatic Security Service has undergone a thorough overhaul. The training course for high threat posts is now 10 weeks instead of five, and it's so realistic trainees might forget they're actually on a military base in Virginia. Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief for High Threat Training at the State Department, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Paul Davies , Diplomatic Security Chief , State Department , Chris Stevens , Benghazi , Federal Drive , embassy , security

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:59am EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Everyone with a stake in the federal budget is looking toward Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out, and Congress will have to decide what to do next. Beyond that, federal agencies are looking at two long years of a Republican Congress and Democratic White House. Will it be the immoveable rock facing the irresistible force? Or can good things still happen? Don Kettl, professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and long-time watcher of all things federal, offered some insight on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Don Kettl , budget , continuing resolution , University of Maryland , School of Public Policy , Federal Drive , Congress , House , Senate

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:48am EST
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Bob Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for a fresh round of technology innovation to ensure America's military superiority. The push is part of what Hagel described as a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen the nation's military edge, even with tight budgets. Bob Martinage is former Navy under-secretary and technology aide to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He's now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the initiative.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Bob Martinage , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , technology , Robert Gates , Federal Drive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:33am EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Members of the Senior Executive Service have been invited to a meeting with President Barack Obama, or at least a few thousand of you. On the Federal Drive, Tom Temin discussed this and other developments this week with Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler.

Tags: Senior Executive Service , Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , Barack Obama , workforce , personnel

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:35am EST
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