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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees across the government have been watching the IRS and the challenges it has with its workforce. Commissioner John Koskinen said this year will be the last year for a hiring freeze, as the agency has to replenish a staff that's aging in place with thousands eligible to retire. This sounds like good news for IRS employees. But is it? Federal News Radio's Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share with some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , IRS , John Koskinen , hiring

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:43am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal agencies have adopted mobile computing with the same fervor as the private sector. Yet securing smartphones and tablets is still a challenge for most agencies. Federal security experts are still trying to find the right balance between mobile access and security of data and applications. The Defense Department may have the answer for many of these challenges. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on how DoD and others are taking on the quest for mobility and security.

Tags: Jason Miller , Cloud computing , mobile , cybersecurity , Federal Drive

Friday - 04/03/2015, 05:33am EDT

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

The Small Business Administration is reopening the comment period for a rule proposed late last year. The SBA is trying to bring small business contracting rules in line with what was mandated by the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. But critics say the SBA's approach is unfair to small businesses. Many of them would qualify as large businesses, while several large businesses could qualify as small. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and a long-time procurement attorney. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Federal Drive , SBA , Defense Authorization Act

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:27am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House wants to hit cyber attackers where it hurts in their wallets. President Barack Obama adds one more piece to the tricky cybersecurity puzzle in the form of a new executive order. The biggest missing piece, legislation, could still come from Congress by Memorial Day. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on the latest White House gambit, and how it fits into the broader strategy of cyber information sharing.

Tags: Jason Miller , cybersecurity , White House , Federal Drive

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:20am EDT

David Dye, Director, Federal Human Capital Services, Deloitte

The latest snapshot of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" comes out later today. As it is every year, it's developed by the Partnership for Public for Service, Deloitte and the Hay Group. This year the number crunchers have ranked agencies in terms of how innovative they are. David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain just how to measure something like that and how important it is.

Tags: David Dye , Deloitte , Federal Drive , Best Places to Work , Innovation , workforce

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:34am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Federal contractors are taking a magnifying glass to the fine print in their contracts with the government. Or they should be. The General Services Administration has proposed a set of rules known as class deviation. In a nutshell, it wants all contracts expunged of boilerplate clauses that run against the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Joe Petrillo is a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell. In this morning's Legal Loop, he joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what GSA hopes to do.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , Federal Drive , Legal Loop , Contracting , FAR

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 09:22am EDT

Dr. Chris Jones, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have a new deal in place. They're calling it a public-private partnership, and it will enable Northrop Grumman to provide the Air Force with sustainment of future weapon systems. Air Force officials say they hope the deal will improve efficiency, both in negotiations and in implementing future projects. Dr. Chris Jones, the president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the partnership and how it works.

Tags: Chris Jones , Northrop Grumman Technical Services , Federal Drive , Air Force , Northrop Grumman

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:42am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is slowly breaking down its reputation as being stuck in the old world of customer service (snail mail and telephone queues). The MySSA portal is quickly becoming the focal point for modernizing Social Security's Web applications. Pamela Pittman is the SSA's division director for Programmatic Applications. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about the agency's latest online service.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , SSA , Pamela Pittman

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:19am EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal jobs are not the easiest or the best-paid, but at least they're secure. Or so the thinking went. That long-held belief is less prevalent today than it once was, particularly among Senior Executive Service members. A 2014 law that gave Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald more leeway to fire SES members has taken a toll on members' morale government-wide. Many are questioning their career choices. That finding comes from a Senior Executives Association survey on the possibility of at-will employment. SEA President Carol Bonosaro discussed it with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

Tags: Emily Kopp , SES , Veterans Affairs , Bob McDonald , workforce

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:18am EDT

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg will be stepping down this week. She's been on the job for nearly six years. The former New York City public health commissioner has had an eventful career in Washington. The compounding pharmacy scare and passage of a major reform bill are just a couple of the big episodes. Ahead of her departure, she sat down with Federal Drive Host Tom Temin to review her tenure at the agency and offer some thoughts on where it should go in the future.

Tags: Margaret Hamburg , FDA , management , People , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:33am EDT
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