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Jim Thomas, Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments

The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is bringing the administration's military and foreign policies into a new light. The next secretary will have to deal with the lingering issues of pay and benefits reform, sequestration, and the new technology offset strategy. Jim Thomas, vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, analyzed what Hagel's resignation means for the agency's present and future on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Jim Thomas , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments , DoD , Chuck Hagel , pay and benefits , sequestration , technology , offset , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:08am EST
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Tisha Thompson, Investigative Reporter, NBC 4 Investigative Team

The U.S. Postal Service is never more in demand than now, the year-end holiday season. But Postal employees face more than a heavy workload. Year-round, they're dealing with the threat of assaults as they make their rounds, sometimes in the dark. Then there's this: Postal Service employees who have faced sexually assault by their coworkers. In a new report by the NBC News-4 Investigative Team, two Postal workers told investigative reporter Tisha Thompson what they said happened to them and the retaliation they faced after speaking out. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her investigation.

Tags: USPS , Tisha Thompson , NBC 4 , sexual assault , Federal Drive , workforce , investigation

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:37am EST
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Agencies spend more and more each year on professional services. Now the General Services Administration is hatching a plan to round up all of the professional services contractors and herd them into one big multiple award schedule. It'll be called the Professional Services Schedule. Miguel Garrido, a quantitative analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the impetus for the move, how it will work, and who the new schedule will benefit.

Tags: agencies , professional services , GSA , Professional Services Schedule , Miguel Garrido , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:32am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Selling to the federal government is a unique occupation. In no other industry do marketing and sales people face the dauting set of laws and regulations they face here. Yet, personal relationships matter in government contracting just like they do in the commercial world. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 6: We contractors don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Federal Drive , contracting , advertising

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:25am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is on the street with a new procurement to replace its patient scheduling system. The department has used the current system since 1986. It's the one scheduling staff used to manipulate data on patient waiting times in Phoenix and several other locations across the country. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about this RFP and more in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , procurement , patient scheduling system , data , Veterans Affairs , health IT

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:09am EST
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act appeared to sail through the Senate. The goal is to hold agencies more accountable for disclosing records and create a more uniform system for the public to file FOIA requests. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously. Sean Vitka, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the bill would do.

Tags: FOIA , Senate , Congress , records , disclosure , accountability , Senate Judiciary Committee , Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
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Brian Krenzien, Science & Technology Transportation Security Lab, DHS

When things go boom, often the Homeland Security Department wants to know what it was. To do that it requires sophisticated explosives detection equipment. In fact, the idea is to detect the presence of explosives before they can be detonated. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has just broken ground on a new lab for evaluating explosives detection equipment. Brian Krenzien, acting executive director of the Transportation Security Lab, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: DHS , Science and Technology Directorate , Brian Krenzien , explosives , explosives detection equipment , Transportation Security Lab , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:02am EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Tags: Ron Ross , NIST , contracting , technology , cybersecurity , Federal Drive , controlled unclassified information

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , GAO , Federal Drive , Mitch McConnell , Senate , Congress , government shutdown , continuing resolution , budget

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
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Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief, State Department

Two years after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, training for the Diplomatic Security Service has undergone a thorough overhaul. The training course for high threat posts is now 10 weeks instead of five, and it's so realistic trainees might forget they're actually on a military base in Virginia. Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief for High Threat Training at the State Department, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Paul Davies , Diplomatic Security Chief , State Department , Chris Stevens , Benghazi , Federal Drive , embassy , security

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:59am EST
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