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Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

Tags: Federal Drive , financial planning , investment advice , investment , TSP , Thrift Savings Plan , pay and benefits , workforce

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department isn't getting ready for the holiday buying season with its new catalog of shared services. Rather, Treasury is opening the door for industry to participate in the governmentwide effort. In his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Treasury's plans. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the next step to move the government toward shared services for financial management.

Tags: Treasury Department , shared services , Jason Miller , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:49am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

You might have heard that baby boomers are no longer babies, and most of them have grandchildren. Federal boomers are retiring in waves. So who replaces them? The Office of Personnel Management is overhauling the government's recruiting tools to attract tech-savvy millennials who might not be charmed by stuffy job descriptions or bureaucratic websites. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss OPM's new strategy.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , OPM , USAJobs , millenials

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:50am EST
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Dr. John Dye, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

The pace of new Ebola infections appears to have leveled off, but its too early declare victory. A lot of work is going on behind the scenes, on the research front. Army scientists are working on a vaccine for Ebola. With troops being deployed to West Africa to help control and treat the outbreak, Army scientists are taking the most advanced vaccines forward as quickly as possible. Dr. John Dye is the viral immunology branch chief at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the Army, research into infectious diseases has a long history.

Tags: Ebola , West Africa , Federal Drive , Army , DoD , John Dye , Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:22am EST
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Col. Jeremy Martin, Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign is underway for 2014. This year charity-minded federal employees have a new option that lifts the geographical restrictions on the charities they can choose. The goal for the Chesapeake Bay Area is an ambitious seven-million dollars. There are over 24,000 approved charities to choose from. Col. Jeremy Martin is commandant of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and campaign chairman for the Chesapeake Bay Area CFC program. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new options for this season.

Tags: Federal Drive , Combined Federal Campaign

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:05pm EST
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Tim Peplaw, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is helping with Ebola civilian relief efforts in Africa. The agency launches a new public website featuring maps showing power grids, roads and other infrastructure that might be useful to civilian workers. Tools will let users pinpoint Ebola cases by location. Tim Peplaw is director of NGA's Readiness, Response and Recovery group. Peplaw points out to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the NGA, support for humanitarian causes is nothing new.

Tags: Federal Drive , Ebola , NGIA , DoD

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:11pm EST
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Eileen Larence, Government Accountability Office

Fighting domestic terrorism, natural disasters and cyber attacks is a multi-agency effort. The Homeland Security Department's fusion centers foster information sharing among all levels of government and in the private sector. But auditors at the Government Accountability Office find problems with how DHS accounts for funding to the centers. Eileen Larence, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Eileen Larence , GAO , information sharing , Homeland Security and Justice Issues , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:59pm EST
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Patrick Choquette, Director of the Office of Innovation, Peace Corps

The Peace Corps has been working hard on streamlining its processes. Just a couple of weeks ago, we spoke with director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on how a simplified form pushed volunteer applications into the stratosphere. Now the Peace Corps has streamlined the way its volunteers around the world resupply their medical kits. An internal study showed that medical staff spent up to eight hours a week responding to volunteers requests. PC Medlink is supposed to fix all of that. Patrick Choquette, director of the Office of Innovation at the Peace Corps, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Patrick Choquette , Peace Corps , medical kits , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:53pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Small Business Administration has received more than 200 comments on a proposed change to just one sub set of the size standards for small businesses. The change would apply to information technology companies known as value-added resellers (VARs). Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the proposal and why some small companies are concerned.

Tags: Small Business Administration , VAR , information technology , technology , Jason Miller , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 08:35am EST
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Ted Okada, Federal Emergency Management Agency

The White House has been telling agencies to used shared services for the better part of two, two-term administrations. The idea is to save cost and effort by pooling things agencies all do in common. But in practice it's not so easy. Ted Okada is the chief technology officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He's taking a slightly different view of shared service. He contends sharing should be at least as much about data as about operations. Okada joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Ted Okada , FEMA , shared services , management , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:55pm EST
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