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Kenneth Gillilland, Attorney, ARDEC

If you want to wave a red flag to get contractors' hackles up, just say the words, "lowest-price, technically acceptable." It may not sound like best value, but in a world of tough budgets, that's the way agencies are going. How can the strategy work for both sides? Kenneth Gilliland, an attorney with the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center spoke to Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

Tags: Kenneth Gilliland , ARDEC , contracting , technology , National Contract Management Association World Congress , Federal Drive

Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:19am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - July 28, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the House and Senate are far apart on VA reform bills, and President Obama appoints a new head of NIST.

Tags: newscast , Federal Drive

Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:54am EDT

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.

Tags: Jenny Mattingley , Shaw Bransford & Roth , SES , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

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.

Tags: Shefali Kapadia , retirement , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

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.

Tags: jason miller , OFPP , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

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.

Tags: Kristie Arslan , Women Impacting Public Policy , contracting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

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.

Tags: Customs and Border Protection , Gil Kerlikowske , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

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

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the House and Senate are far apart on VA reform bills, and President Obama appoints a new head of NIST.

Tags: Federal Drive , newscast

Friday - 07/25/2014, 08:36am EDT

Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission.

Tags: Thuc Hoang , NNSA , technology , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Kelley Carameli, National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations

The Office of Personnel Management will release results of the 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey in the next month or so. The National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations is offering agencies a head start in making better use of the data. Kelley Carameli is the co-chairwoman of the council's Measures and Incentives working group. She's also a health science specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. She spoke with Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new approach to measuring employee engagement. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Kelley Carameli , National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations , workforce , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:00am EDT
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