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Marcia Smith, Editor, Space Policy Online

All eyes are on NASA after the Antares Rocket exploded at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the blast, but an investigation into the explosion is being launched. Marcia Smith is Editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the explosion means for NASA's mission going forward.

Tags: Marcia Smith , Federal Drive , NASA , Wallops Island , Space Policy Online , technology

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:50am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials to review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development. That's the phase commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the current and future impact of BBP.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Milestone A , DoD , Better Buying Power , acquisition

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:48am EDT
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Gerry Robbins, DoD Business Development and Market Analyst

Armies run on food, fuel and information. That last part is why the Defense Department spends so much on information technology and services each year, and why contractors spend a lot of time reading the DoD tea leaves. Gerry Robbins is the team lead for this year's TechAmerica defense IT market forecast. He's spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Forecast Conference.

Tags: Gerry Robbins , Federal Drive , information technology , DoD , Tech America

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department published its first-ever joint doctrine for military operations in cyberspace a year and a half ago. But the document was kept secret. Now, the Pentagon has released a declassified version. Much of it repeats what DoD officials have said in public, but there are some eyebrow-raisers. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , DoD , cybersecurity , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:50am EDT
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Bill Hohenstein, Director, USDA's Climate Change Program Office

There's a new resource to help those in the agricultural community adjust to the challenges of climate change. The USDA Climate Hubs website launched last week. The site provides a wealth of information from the latest research data, conservation programs and financial assistance to emergency contact information and procedure for each region. Bill Hohenstein, director of USDA's Climate Change Program Office, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Bill Hohenstein , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , USDA , Climate Hubs , Climate Change Program Office

Monday - 10/27/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Ellen Edmonson, Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services

Veterans made 2 million virtual health care visits in fiscal 2014. Whether it's having a consult without leaving your living room or having medical data collected and monitored remotely, telehealth makes more care possible for many vets who can't make it to a clinic or don't have one nearby. Ellen Edmonson is deputy chief consultant of the Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how telehealth works.

Tags: Ellen Edmonson , Federal Drive , telehealth , veterans , Veterans Health Administration , Veterans Affairs

Friday - 10/24/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Dr. Phil Joyce, NAPA Fellow Selection Committee

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They will be tasked with taking on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government and reporting to Congress. We will hear from many of the new fellows over the next few weeks. Phil Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland and leader of the NAPA Fellow Selection Committee. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what makes a good NAPA fellow.

Tags: Phil Joyce , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , National Academy of Public Administration , management

Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:30pm EDT
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Adele Ratcliff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.

Tags: Adele Ratcliff , Federal Drive , DoD , Institute for Manufacturing , Industry

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:05am EDT
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Chris Mihm, Government Accountability Office

In a study destined to produce big headlines, the Government Accountability Office finds thousands of federal employees are taking prolonged periods of administrative leave. In the past three years, more than 50,000 employees were on paid leave for up to three months. But for most federal employees, paid time off amounts to about a day per year. Chris Mihm, managing director for Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what they found.

Tags: Chris Mihm , GAO , administrative leave , Federal Drive

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

For years, the White House has been prodding agencies to cut costs by using shared services. But like the proverbial water trough, sometimes the horses don't drink. Now the Office of Management and Budget has once again deputized the General Services Administration to help it turn policy into reality. GSA will set up a program office to help agencies get over the most common hurdles to using shared services. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Shared services , OMB , GSA

Friday - 10/24/2014, 06:13am EDT
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