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Marilyn Park, Legislative Representative, AFGE

A bill introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) would restore collective bargaining rights to health care providers at the Veteran's Affairs Department. Under the current system, nurses, doctors and dentists, among others, do not have the same bargaining rights as other federal employees. Marilyn Park is a legislative representative at the American Federation of Government Employees. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk more about the VA Employee Fairness Act.

Tags: Marilyn Park , AFGE , Federal Drive , Mark Takano , collective bargaining , workforce

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:09am EDT
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Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.)

One rookie member of Congress is getting serious about bringing government waste to light. He's just released the first issue of Waste Watch. The report kicks off an ongoing series to track waste and mismanagement in government. It identifies 10 specific instances from recent years, totaling more than $117 million. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) represents Oklahoma's fifth district. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said his efforts to highlight wasteful spending are inspired by a fellow Oklahoman.

Tags: Steve Russell , Oklahoma , House , Wastebook , Waste Watch , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:05am EDT
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Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has named winners of this year's Federal Green Challenge, which prompts agencies to help reduce the entire government's environmental footprint. More than 400 agencies participated this year. Mathy Stanislaus, the assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the challenge, and this year's winners.

Tags: Mathy Stanislaus , EPA , Federal Drive , Green government

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:41am EDT
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Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice

Aging inmates are putting a strain on the Bureau of Prisons. That's according a new report from the Justice Department's Inspector General. The IG found older inmates incur greater medical costs, and that many prisons aren't properly equipped to handle a geriatric inmate population. Michael Horowitz is the Justice IG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more from the report and how the Bureau of Prisons might respond.

Tags: Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , inspector general , Federal Drive , Bureau of Prisons

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Bryce Pippert, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

The Treasury Department and White House have issued long-awaited guidance for agencies to fulfill the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The law was enacted a year ago, and requires agencies to use standard formats for financial information so they, and the public, can more easily track spending on contracts, grants and loans. Bryce Pippert, a financial data expert and principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain on what this all means, and how it's different from current agency practices.

Tags: Bryce Pippert , Booz Allen Hamilton , Federal Drive , Justice Department , White House

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Cathy Ventrell-Monses, Senior Counsel to Chairman Yang, EEOC

Just days ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began a pilot program called ACT Digital. It's the first step in the agency's move toward an online charge system, and designed to streamline the submission of discrimination charges to the EEOC. Officials there hope ACT Digital will cut paperwork and improve customer service. Cathy Ventrell-Monses, senior counsel to EEOC chairwoman Jenny Yang, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress update on ACT Digital.

Tags: Cathy Ventrell-Monses , EEOC , Federal Drive , ACT Digital , Jenny Yang

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:12am EDT
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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board wants federal managers and Congress to know exactly what it takes to fire a federal employee and why you can't do so arbitrarily or capriciously. That's the subject of the agency's just-released report on due process. It outlines how the government handles adverse personnel actions in the civil service, and examines the laws and constitutional protections on due process employees enjoy. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairwoman of the MSPB. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the report. She said it should clear up some misconceptions that have been circling in the press.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , MSPB , Federal Drive , workforce , firing , Congress

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:08am EDT
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

A new piece of legislation would help ensure a smoother transition between presidential administrations. The bill would put a senior-level, White House-led interagency transition council in place at least six months before Election Day to help with the move. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He's also one of the bill's two sponsors, along with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Johnson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how he perceives the transition process today.

Tags: Ron Johnson , Senate , Federal Drive , Election Day , Homeland Security

Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:26am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Now the hard work really begins for agencies to make their spending data more transparent. The Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance and other tools to begin the implementation of the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller writes about the new policy in his biweekly feature "Inside the Reporter's Notebook." He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what agencies have to do over the next two years.

Tags: Jason Miller , DATA Act , Technology , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 05/11/2015, 11:07am EDT
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Frank Webb, Deputy Manager, Earth System Science Formulation Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has joined the relief effort in Nepal, which was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake several weeks ago. Using satellite data, NASA is compiling maps that show areas with the most movement and the most damage. It's information the Nepalese would have no other way to get on their own. Frank Webb is the deputy manager of the Earth System Science Formulation Office in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On the Federal Drive, he told Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia more about the relief efforts.

Tags: Frank Webb , Jet Propulsion Laboratory , Federal Drive , NASA , Nepal

Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:30am EDT
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