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Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Minh Le , Federal Drive , Energy Department , Marine , solar energy , Sunshot Initiative , innovation , technology

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures, and Congress has rejected each one. But with or without lawmakers' approval, military bases are getting smaller. DoD may even close some of them without Congress' explicit permission. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , DoD , BRAC , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Jorge Uquillas, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Information technology companies are looking for new business in places they may not have looked before, such as the federal market. That's been driving some important mergers and acquisitions lately. So has the expanding health IT market. Bloomberg Government has examined several of these recent takeovers. Jorge Uquillas is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more of what's going on in the federal supplier base.

Tags: Jorge Uquillas , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , IT

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:55am EDT
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Dr. Steve Howell, Kepler Mission Project Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has given its highest award to NASA's Kepler mission team. The 2015 Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding work in aerospace science and technology. Kepler was the first to detect Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars at distances such that those planets might harbor life. Since its launch in March 2009, Kepler has discovered more than 4,000 of these exoplanets. Dr. Steve Howell, a Kepler Mission scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this work.

Tags: Steve Howell , NASA Ames , Federal Drive , Smithsonian Air and Space Museum , Kepler

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:52am EDT
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Nick Bristow, 18F Innovation Specialist, GSA

Online security and online access for people with disabilities have collided. Many of the most common Web practices for ensuring a user is actually human can be very difficult to use if you've got a disability. For example, Techniques like CAPTCHA, which requires users to type in a distorted word or symbol, can be impossible for the blind. To remedy that, the General Services Administration's 18F tech team recently held an "Accessibility Hackathon." They want to find a way to keep dot-gov sites secure and make them more accessible. Nick Bristow is an 18F innovation specialist working on this problem. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain some of the team's ideas.

Tags: Nick Bristow , GSA , Federal Drive , CAPTCHA , 18F , technology , hackathon

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:48am EDT
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Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

A number of changes to USASpending.gov took effect on April 1, and they've already got people irked. The site is supposed to provide easy public access to data on federal contracts, grants and financial assistance. Treasury Fiscal Assistant Secretary David Lebryk says in a blog post that the changes were supposed to help improve site navigation, and make the data it tracks easier to understand. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the site changes and the blowback they've already generated.

Tags: Hudson Hollister , Data Transparency Coalition , Federal Drive , USASpending.gov , Treasury

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy's cyber command has reached the grand old age of five. To celebrate, it's finalizing a new strategy. The new document outlines the concept of integrating the cyber domain into the broader warfighter domain. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where the Navy, and the rest of DoD, is heading toward with cyber as a tool for warfighters.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Navy , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:21am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

By publicizing stories from IRS workers in the field, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is trying to change the minds of many in Congress and reverse the five-year trend of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how NTEU is making its case in the heart of tax filing season.

Tags: Jason Miller , IRS , NTEU , budget , Federal Drive , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 05:43am EDT
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Ann Amrhein, Deputy Associate Commissioner, SSA

A group of Social Security Administration employees developed a Web application that lets analysts sift through terabytes of data. They can use a nearly infinite number of search criteria. That's enabled the agency to detect and prevent a lot of fraud and abuse. The application has gotten some attention. It was one of 30 finalists for ACT-IAC's 2015 "Igniting Innovation" awards. Ann Amrhein, the deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumerations and Administrative Systems, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the award-winning program.

Tags: Federal Drive , Ann Amrhein , technology , ACT-IAC , Igniting Innovation awards , SSA

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:49am EDT
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Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

Tags: Shawn McCarthy , IDC Government , Federal Drive , FITARA , budget , CFO , CIO

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
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