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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The director of the Phoenix VA hospital and two other employees are on administrative leave following allegations that the hospital delayed medical treatment to veterans. Note: they have not been fired. Legislation moving through Congress would make it easier for the VA secretary to give the boot to senior executives. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, which hears appeals from federal employees on personnel issues. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how the law could change. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , Merit Systems Protection Board , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 10:01am EDT
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Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Supreme Court has dealt a victory for federal whistleblowers. It recently ruled that anything government employees say in court under oath is protected by the First Amendment. They cannot be fired for testifying. The ruling breaks with past decisions. Tom Devine is the legal director at the Government Accountability Project. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss details of the Supreme Court case.

Tags: Tom Devine , Government Accountability Project , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:21pm EDT
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Elise Viebeck, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The new Health and Human Services Secretary is revamping management of HealthCare.gov. Sylvia Burwell has appointed a new operations manager to closely supervise the website, and she plans to fill more management positions. The goal is to make sure this year's open season doesn't mirror the fiasco of when HealthCare.gov first opened for business last year. Elise Viebeck covers health care issues for The Hill Newspaper. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new moves.

Tags: Elise Viebeck , The Hill , HHS , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:25am EDT
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Corey Rindner, Procurement Executive, State Department

The State Department stands out among agencies cracking down on bad contractors. In 2009, it took just eight suspension or debarment actions. Last year, it reported 96. Corey Rindner is the procurement executive and suspension and debarment official at the State Department. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what debarment and suspension are and are not.

Tags: Corey Rindner , State Department , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:18am EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Defense acquisition may be squeezed, but a larger percentage of Pentagon dollars are going to foreign contractors. That is according to a new compilation of the numbers by Bloomberg Government. Senior Defense Analyst Rob Levinson joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to go through the numbers from the top 10 foreign contractors.

Tags: Rob Levinson , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:14am EDT
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J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

The House and Senate have appointed members to a conference committee on legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs health care system. Regardless of how Congress ends up changing the structure to address long wait times for patients, the system will need more money for emergencies. That is one request from the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many front-line VA employees. J. David Cox is the union's president and a former VA nurse. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the problems at the VA are affecting the front-line employees.

Tags: J. David Cox , American Federation of Government Employees , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:43am EDT
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Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future

As technology rapidly changes, government contracts become outdated and might not match the purpose they were originally designed to serve.

Tags: Hughes , Bill Lewis , Keel Ross , Kimberly Hancher , Tony Bardo

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 01:17pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) into law just over a month ago. Now the Office of Management and Budget is sketching out how to implement the law over the next three years. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with an exclusive look inside OMB's plan. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: jason miller , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:45am EDT
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The New Generation of Database

As businesses face ever growing data diversity and volume, Enterprise Data Management is moving beyond established EDW and ETL practices toward logical data warehousing strategies that include different mechanisms and tools. In a world where big data has entered into common practice, NoSQL is coming into its own because we are constantly reminded that 80% of our data is unstructured and so a new generation of databases is needed to help deal with it. Why is NoSQL important to organizations/agencies? This panel will discuss ACID Enterprise Compliance, NoSQL vs. Relational Technologies, Enterprise NoSQL addressing security, transactions, availability and scalability.

Tags: database , MarkLogic , Taha Kass-Hout , Kevin Shelly , Kenneth Bible , Cliff Daus

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 12:00pm EDT

Ines Mergel, Associate Professor, Syracuse University

Today, agencies are expected to maintain a social media presence, not just a website. A new Manager's Guide from the IBM Center for the Business of Government looks at social media efforts across the government and how they support the strategic goals of the administration. Ines Mergel is associate professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and author of the report. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what it means to be effective with social media.

Tags: Ines Mergel , social media , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:37am EDT
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