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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One federal elephant is showing it can learn to dance: Homeland Security, where the use of agile software development is finally moving out of the pilot stage. Citizenship and Immigration Services put out a major solicitation requiring contractors to use agile development across a broad range of enterprise support services. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details about how CIS is leading the department toward agile.

Tags: Jason Miller , DHS , Acquisition , Citizenship and Immigration Services , Agile development , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 05/29/2015, 10:54am EDT
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Eugene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Since 2002, the Defense Department and FAA have been helping Afghanistan rebuild its civil aviation system. Despite its best efforts though, the FAA was unable to train enough air traffic controllers to let Afghanistan to operate on its own. The agency ran into multiple issues when trying to train new controllers. That's all according to a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Deputy IG Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on that report.

Tags: Eugene Aloise , SIGAR , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Afghanistan , DoD

Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:03am EDT
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Willie May, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

After a 40-year career with the agency, Willie May finds himself confirmed by the Senate as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He'd been serving as acting director for nearly a year. May discussed his plans for the agency with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Willie May , NIST , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Congress , Emily Kopp

Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:55am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - May 29, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Defense Department wants some contractors to provide proof of delivery, a Commerce Department employee is on leave because she's believed to be a whistleblower and just in case, Congress considers a bill to make sure federal employees don't double dip after they return from potential furloughs.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:18am EDT

Government overlooks diamonds in its own back yard

Commentary: Before turning to Silicon Valley for all the answers, government agencies should look to local talent in the D.C. area, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , commentary , Federal Drive , Silicon Valley , Technology , Industry

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - May 28, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news,

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 11:06am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It was only a mile of fencing. The task order from the Army Corps of Engineers to Marcon Engineering looked straightforward: Build a section of barrier along the Mexican border. Then they started digging, and the project turned into a years-long legal battle. Eventually, a judge handed the government its head on a platter. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the facts and lessons learned from this case.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Army , contracting

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:24am EDT
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Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

The government's Freedom of Information Act request backlog grew for the second straight year by a lot. But the annual FOIA report from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy shows that only a few agencies account for both the increase and the 200,000-case backlog. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report and how those agencies will dig themselves out of the hole they're in.

Tags: Melanie Pustay , Justice Department , Office of Information Policy , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , FOIA

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:22am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - May 27, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the latest cyber criminals are no amateurs, thirteen cities will see an increase in federal locality pay starting next year and President Obama urges the Senate to extend provisions of the Patriot Act before they expire in four days.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 08:49am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Veterans Affairs , Cybersecurity

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:02am EDT
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