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Steve Bell, Senior Director of Economic Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center

The military is shrinking, but the Pentagon's personnel costs keep growing. In fact, it pays about $125,000 per active-duty service member, including both salary and benefits. Two Washington think tanks are raising alarms. They say the Pentagon needs to do something now so it doesn't have to cut other critical parts of its budget later on. Steve Bell is senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the personnel cost has become expensive.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , DoD , pay and benefits , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Don Kettl, Professor, University of Maryland

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has filled out its leadership under an unusual political deal. The Senate has confirmed the agency's Enforcement Chief Norman Bay to chair the commission. But he will have to wait nine months. In the interim, Acting Chairman Cheryl LeFleur will continue to lead the agency. Bay will serve as a board member while learning the ropes. Don Kettl is a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual case.

Tags: Don Kettl , University of Maryland , FERC , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/21/2014, 10:59am EDT
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Nancy Flynn, Founder, ePolicy Institute

More than a few eyebrows were raised last month when members of Congress learned that IRS officials may have sent instant messages instead of emails. They allegedly made the switch after learning that the messages would not be preserved as federal records. The agency may not have preserved the messages, but that doesn't mean they're not federal records. Nancy Flynn is the founder of the ePolicy Institute. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give advice on preserving instant messaging.

Tags: Nancy Flynn , ePolicy Institute , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:01am EDT
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Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

Congress has put the onus on federal contractors to make sure they are not including counterfeit or obsolete parts in equipment they sell to the government. The law was passed in 2012. Only now has the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council come out with a proposed rule. It requires contractors to report counterfeits, suspected counterfeits, and anything they suspect of being non conforming. The proposed rule covers primes, sub contractors, and subs to subs, all down the line. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel to the Professional Services Council, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what contractors think of the new rule.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , contracting , acquisition , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:07am EDT
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Rob Dalessandro, U.S. World War I Centennial Commission

The last soldier has gone to his eternal reward yet, the nation still remembers World War I. Now that remembrance is official. The National Archives and Records Administration is in the midst of a centennial retrospective on what was called the Great War even before it was over. Rob Dalessandro is acting chairman of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the commission.

Tags: Rob Dalessandro , NARA , Federal Drive ,

Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Sean Kaufman, President, Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions

Members of Congress are calling for tighter regulations of government labs handling dangerous microbes. The call comes after employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mishandled materials containing flu and anthrax samples. Sean Kaufman is a former CDC scientist, now president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions. He recently testified to Congress about the safety violations at the CDC. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the safety lapses.

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Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Michael Lumpkin, Defense Department

Congress has been urging the Pentagon to speed up finding and identifying remains of service members dating back to World War II. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has promised to fix deficiencies in the recovery process. As part of that effort, the Pentagon is consolidating two agencies that had roughly equal responsibilities. Michael Lumpkin is the assistant secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new command.

Tags: Michael Lumpkin , DoD , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

How much cash would it take for you to accept a buyout at your agency? Is there a magic number you're looking for? Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what people are saying online.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , buyout , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 07/18/2014, 09:43am EDT
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Ed Grace, Craig Hoover, Fish and Wildlife Service

It's been about six months since the Fish and Wildlife Service began the process of implementing a near-complete ban on commercial trade in ivory. There are very few exceptions, like for musicians traveling internationally. The service recently cracked one of the biggest wildlife trafficking rings to date. Ed Grace is the deputy assistant director for the agency's Office of Law Enforcement and Craig Hoover is chief of the Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch in the International Affairs Program. Hoover told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how this new effort got started.

Tags: Ed Grace , Craig Hoover , Fish and Wildlife Service , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 08:46am EDT
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Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is simplifying its application process in a bid for more recruits. It is also giving volunteers more freedom to choose where they want to serve and what they want to do. The number of volunteers has steadily dropped over the last few years. The agency hopes to regain its popularity among college graduates. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the changes.

Tags: Carrie Hessler-Radelet , Peace Corps , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 10:07am EDT
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