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John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

Tags: John Roth , inspector general , DHS , drones , CBP , border security , Oversight

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell PLLC , Federal Trade Commission , GAO , Legal Loop , U.S. Court of Federal Claims , Federal Drive , FTC

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
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David Shea, Director, Office of Charge Card Management, GSA

For years federal employees have used credit cards for agency-approved purchases. The current General Services Administration SmartPay 2 master contracts don't expire until 2018. But the agency is wondering if there might be a better way for employees to pay for stuff. David Shea is the director of the Office of Charge Card Management at the Federal Acquisition Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the alternatives GSA is considering.

Tags: David Shea , GSA , SmartPay , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:40am EST
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Michael Leiter, Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Leidos

It may be unpopular, but bulk data collection by the National Security Agency is effective. Technology can't replicate what bulk data collection can do for intelligence. But more effective methods could be developed so that the collection and use of data is more targeted and controlled. Those are among the findings from a major study of signal intelligence practices. The study was just completed by the National Academies. It was requested by the President and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence a year ago. Michael Leiter is an executive vice president at Leidos and a member of the committee that authored the report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the findings.

Tags: Michael Leiter , Leidos , NSA , data collection , Technology , intelligence , DNI , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:45am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Last night's State of the Union speech was not about you, the federal employee. You'll have to read between the lines to see where you fit in. President Barack Obama didn't follow the form many of his previous speeches where he called for major changes to federal management. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what federal employees can take away from last night's shindig.

Tags: Jason Miller , State of the Union , Federal News Radio

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:53am EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

We've been exploring what was in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night. But what goes on behind-the-scenes at an event like this? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler was in attendance at last night's speech. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , State of the Union , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:49am EST
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Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Hearings on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary will get underway next month. They'll be much more than a discussion of Carter's qualifications. The 2016 budget proposal will also be out then, so the hearings will likely cover wider ground. So will it be smooth sailing for President Barack Obama's nominee, or a bumpy road? Defense analyst Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Tags: Nora Bensahel , American University , DoD , Ashton Carter , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:42am EST
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Jon Rymer, Inspector General, Department of Defense

A lead Inspector General will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group. That means oversight of programs from the Defense Department, State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The new IG is Jon Rymer. He's the current DoD Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why a separate IG was needed to oversee Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tags: DoD , inspector general , Islamic State , Oversight , Operation Inherent Resolve , Federal Drive , Jon Rymer

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:09am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Experienced executives know they can't keep reporting to the same contacts when something goes wrong. They also never lose sight of the fact that most government actions originate with low or mid-level employees. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the new blog, "A Government Contractor's Ten Commandments." He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle his third commandment: Thou shalt start as low as possible &mdash: not at the top of the ladder.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Contracting , Thompson Coburn , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:47am EST
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Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director, National Weather Service, NOAA

With the help of higher resolution modeling systems, less disruption to daily life and the economy occurred than otherwise might have when hurricane Arthur made landfall last year. That's thanks to a highly accurate landfall prediction made possible by supercomputers. This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration begins the next phase of a $44.5 million upgrade to its supercomputers. Dr. Louis Uccellini is director of the National Weather Service at NOAA. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the strategy behind NOAA's newest upgrade.

Tags: Louis Uccellini , NOAA , National Weather Service , Technology , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:37am EST
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