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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shrinking agency budgets and the widespread use of cloud computing is starting to address a longstanding problem for agencies, Shadow IT. Shadow IT is when employees deploy hardware and software without the permission or knowledge of the agency's CIO. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained how agencies are starting to shine the light on this rogue IT on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:59am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

This week marked 13 years since Islamic terrorists steered airliners into buildings in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It's a day that no American witness will ever forget. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and Web Manager Julia Ziegler shared some of your stories on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT

Todd Grams, Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Few things are as basic to the operation of federal agencies than the budget process. Circular A-11, published by the Office of Management and Budget, is the guiding document for all things budgetary. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, here come the revisions. A-11 has received some important revisions this year you need to know about. Todd Grams is a director in Deloitte's Federal consulting practice, and a long-time federal executive. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the significance of A-11 and what changes to expect.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 10:07am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Probably every contracting officer has been tempted to do it. Lowball the size of an acquisition so that it falls under small business rules. Or accept a lowball bid from a contractor that knows better. A part of the Transportation Department tried this with a contractor that was about to graduate from the 8(a) program. Oops. The deal ended up in court. Lots of egg splatter to go around. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the case in this week's legal loop segment.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 10:19am EDT

Jim Ghiloni, OASIS Program Director, GSA

Federal agencies now have a one-stop shop for purchasing professional services. Actually, two one-stop shops. The General Services Administration gave the go-ahead for its newest governmentwide, multiple award contract, known as OASIS. That's the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services. OASIS and its sister GWAC, OASIS Small Business, aim to minimize duplication and increase efficiency for the purchase of services. Jim Ghiloni is the OASIS Program Director at GSA. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how OASIS can help your agency.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:41am EDT

Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Navy's on track to meet its small business contracting goals for 2014. One way it's doing that is by using its gigantic Seaport-e multiple award contract vehicle. Seaport-e has turned into something of a bonanza for small businesses. Kevin Brancato, senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:44am EDT

Chris Zinner, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services

Just when you thought airlines and cable companies could do no worse, American consumers say the federal government is even worse when in comes to customer service. That's according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The Partnership for Public Service and Accenture say in a report that agencies should work together if they want to get better. Chris Zinner, managing director at Accenture Federal Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the report. Read related article.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:07am EDT

Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Nobody likes Congress, at least that's the conventional wisdom. One group of people especially peeved these days is technology executives. Many of those in Silicon Valley have opened their wallets to politicians. But they don't like the legislation, or lack of legislation, they're getting. Julian Hattem, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:08am EDT

Irma Westmoreland, Chairwoman, National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has ramped up referrals to private doctors in order to get patients the care they need more quickly. But several unions that represent VA employees argue, the uptick in referrals could signal a shift toward privatizing the VA. This all comes as Secretary Robert McDonald aims to fix how the VA treats its veterans following major reform legislation passed by Congress this past summer. Irma Westmoreland is a registered nurse and chairwoman of National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with her take on changes at the VA.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:11am EDT

Neil Fretwell, Operations Director, ISS Global

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have a new tool to help them zero-in on terrorists. Dfuze is a software application that helps investigators link bomb fragments to bomb makers. The software has been adopted by the U.S. Special Operations Command, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other organizations in 20 countries. Neil Fretwell is operations director at ISS Global and former lead investigator at the United Kingdom Police National Bomb Data Centre. He joined Tom Temin via skype on the Federal Drive to talk about the software.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:15am EDT
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