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Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

The federal government's footprint is getting smaller. Some human resources experts worry a shrinking footprint might shrink employee engagement and satisfaction. Leases on about 100 million square feet of office space federal agencies use expire in the next five years. That means potentially a huge shift in the federal real estate landscape. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Tom Temin explained if he thinks smaller work spaces will affect the quality of work, and the satisfaction of the work force.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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John Cymbalsky, Energy Department

An Energy Department program designed to help consumers save money and the environment wasn't doing so well. It was hampered by lawsuits and a tug-of war between manufacturers and environmental groups. Then John Cymbalsky became program manager in 2010. Since then, the Energy Department has spit out energy-efficiency standards at double the pace. Now, he's nominated for a 2014 Sammies award. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what he did differently to fix the program. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

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Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:05am EDT
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Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Living costs are on the rise. That puts federal retirees on track for a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in January. But that's only if lawmakers don't change the way inflation is measured. Congress and the White House both say the chained CPI would be a more accurate measure. But the chained CPI has lots of critics and foes. They say it's like switching your habits from eating steak for dinner to eating dog food. Web Editor Shefali Kapadia joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss federal employees' reaction online.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators say the Office of Federal Procurement Policy needs an attitude adjustment. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are seeking reassurance from President Barack Obama's pick to lead OFPP that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on Anne Rung's confirmation hearing. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:25am EDT
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Kristie Arslan, Executive Director, Women Impacting Public Policy

A new bill aims to give women-owned small businesses more opportunities to win federal contracts. The Women Small Business Procurement Parity Act would help agencies meet the goal of awarding 5 percent of all contracts to women-owned small businesses. Also, it would ensure that women get a fair shot at growing their businesses and create jobs. Kristie Arslan is executive director of Women Impacting Public Policy. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new bill.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 09:55am EDT
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Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents are working along the Texas-Mexico border as the nation deals with a surge in illegal immigration. Before President Barack Obama declared the influx of unaccompanied children and teenagers a humanitarian crisis, Customs and Border Protection was already in need of more hands. It had announced plans to hire 2,000 officers. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give a close up view at the stresses on the border patrol.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:12am EDT
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