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Online Chat: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban join Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss what needs to be done to fix the failing federal budget process. View an archive of the recent chat.

Tags: David Walker , Diana Urban , Connecticut , online chat , budget , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process ,

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:13pm EST

Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

The House and Senate have both passed bills to shore up the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they are in conference to reconcile. The final bill would give veterans more opportunities to seek care outside of VA hospitals, while beefing up the VA's own medical staff. The Congressional Budget Office has scored the VA bill and estimates the expense of the additional care would be about $50 billion. Yevgeniy Feyman, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss whether all the money will help.

Tags: Yevgeniy Feyman , Veterans Affairs , Congress , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:46am EDT
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James Franklin, Branch Chief, NOAA's Hurricane Specialist Unit

One of the most damaging aspects of hurricanes is not the storm itself it is what happens afterwards. Both Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy showed communities were not prepared for the storm surges and flooding. This hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is rolling out new tools to improve forecasts and communication. James Franklin is the branch chief in NOAA's hurricane specialist unit. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the National Hurricane Center.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management says it will not finalize regulations on phased retirement for a few more months. But what happens when it does? Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss federal employees' questions about phased retirement.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , retirement , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , OPM

Friday - 06/13/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Ginger McCall, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Congress is considering a bill to streamline the way agencies respond to the Freedom of Information Act requests. As things stand now, 99 agencies each respond to FOIA requests differently. With the Justice Department leading interagency talks, a plan is underway to fix the inconsistencies FOIA requesters face when dealing with multiple agencies. Advocacy groups like the Electronic Privacy Information Center have their own sets of recommendations. Ginger McCall, associate director of EPIC, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss problems with the administration's recommendations. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Ginger McCall , FOIA , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

Government contractors are feeling pretty good about a recent U.S. Appeals Court decision. It says the government must act in good faith and deal fairly in all government contracts. Believe it or not, this was not always the case. In this week's Legal Loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo examined the ruling and its implications when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , contracting , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shaun Donovan has big shoes to fill if he is confirmed as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Members of Congress from both parties say they liked the former OMB head, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, now the Health and Human Services Secretary. She is widely recognized for reinvigorating the management side of the House and working more closely with Congress. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Donovan would improve upon Burwell's short-term accomplishments. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Shaun Donovan , OMB , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:58am EDT
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Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Homeland Security Department's approach to purchasing has never been great. Acquisition management programs have been on the Government Accountability Office's high risk list for years. But a bill that passed the House this week takes aim at the management of these faulty acquisition programs. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) says the bill forces DHS to improve its management. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the bill's intended effects.

Tags: Cameron Leuthy , Bloomberg Government , DHS , acquisition , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 09:52am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department will try to address one major aspect of its patient scheduling scandal by looking to industry for help. VA is planning two major acquisitions in the coming months. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what VA is trying to do. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 08:52am EDT
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Dwayne Grant, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General

For the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at HHS, payment errors are 50 percent more likely to happen in cases of routine visits. At more than $32 billion, so-called E&M services represent about a third of payments under Medicare Part B. The Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General looked at data from 2010. It found that coding errors and lack of documentation led to $6.7 billion in improper E&M payments. Dwayne Grant, regional inspector general for HHS, discussed how this happened when he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 09:01am EDT
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