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The COLA countdown

Federal News Radio Federal Drive anchor Tom Temin and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici join host Mike Causey to talk about potential changes to the COLAs for federal, military and Social Security recipients.
August 27, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , COLAs , Andy Medici , Federal Times , Congress , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 06:31pm EDT
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Col. Margaret Yacovone, Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network

While doctors continue to combat the spread of Ebola overseas, that's not the only concern to military medical personnel. The Military Health System reminds people of the importance of vaccinations and immunizations. Col. Margaret Yacovone, director of the Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network for the Army, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's mission.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:26am EDT
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Duncan Amos, Quanatitive Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The world of small business federal contractors is always changing. One reason is that companies enrolled in the 8(a) program eventually have to graduate. Graduating can be a great opportunity for companies losing their protected status. Duncan Amos, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Maj. Gen. Gale Pollack, Former Acting Surgeon General, Army

More than 15,000 transgender personnel secretly serve in the military. In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed to review the rules that prohibit transgender service members from serving openly. Now, three retired General Officers release a road map for a new policy. Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, former acting Surgeon General of the Army and the Commission report co-chair, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:13am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The percentage of Defense Department contract dollars the Pentagon awards via competitive bids has been falling every year since 2008. And its self-imposed goals for contract competition have been missed every year since then. Now Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, issues a set of orders to Pentagon leaders. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:52am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Life after the military can be a hard transition. Many veterans seek jobs in the civilian sector but to no avail. A new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board finds that part of the problem is that the rules governing veterans' job preferences are byzantine and need improvement. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the process can be tweaked.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:31am EDT
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Kristina Wong, Staff Writer, The Hill

The Obama administration is widening the assault on the Islamic State bit by bit. Pressure is mounting as the highly organized terror group takes over more and more territory. Kristina Wong, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for a situation report.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:22am EDT
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Sokwoo Rhee, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicks off the Global City Teams Challenge in September. Tech-savvy members from the federal government and private sector will come together to address issues including air quality, traffic management and emergency services coordination, all through the use of smart technology. Sokwoo Rhee, associate director for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the agency hopes to accomplish.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:53am EDT
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Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, Right Wing, Blue Angels

If you've been to an air show, you've seen them: The Blue Angels. They're the Navy's flight demonstration squadron zooming in formation in meticulously painted F-18s. Tom Temin caught up with Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, number 2 pilot and right wing, on the Federal Drive as the Angels prepare to receive new recruits. He told Tom about the crew of 130 that make the show happen day in and day out.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:13pm EDT
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Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
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