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11:10 am, April 18, 2015

NASA News

Dr. Steve Howell, Kepler Mission Project Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has given its highest award to NASA's Kepler mission team. The 2015 Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding work in aerospace science and technology. Kepler was the first to detect Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars at distances such that those planets might harbor life. Since its launch in March 2009, Kepler has discovered more than 4,000 of these exoplanets. Dr. Steve Howell, a Kepler Mission scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this work.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:52am EDT
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NASA awards SEWP V contracts to small businesses

NASA has awarded contracts to 118 small, disadvantaged companies under its Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP V) contract, a multi-award Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle focused on information technology products and product-based services.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 10:45am EDT

Twin fools NASA at brother's launch on 1-year flight

Identical twin fools NASA at brother's launch on 1-year flight; White House sends congrats

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:30pm EDT

Small business contracting

Guy Timberlake, chief visionary officer at the American Small Business Coalition, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss what small companies can do to generate more business with the government.
March 30, 2015

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:48pm EDT
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NASA announces winners of SEWP V contract

NASA has released the awardees of the multi-billion dollar SEWP V contract for two of the four procurement groups.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:20pm EDT

Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

NASA still is five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract. That'll be known as SEWP 5 Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement. In the meantime though, it's rolling out some updates for the current SEWP program. SEWP program manager Joanne Woytek joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain exactly what that entails.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:43am EDT
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An update on the NASA SEWP program

Joanne Woytek, program manager for NASA SEWP, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the performance of NASA SEWP IV, and what's ahead with NASA SEWP V.
March 17, 2015

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 09:30pm EDT
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All things contracting with Deltek's Kevin Plexico

Kevin Plexico, vice president of Information Solutions at Deltek, discusses FSSI, small business contracting, and more with host Mark Amtower.
March 16, 2015

Monday - 03/16/2015, 09:54pm EDT
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Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft on first visit to dwarf planet

Dwarf planet welcomes first visitor, NASA spacecraft now circling Ceres in asteroid belt

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:50pm EDT

Steve Jurczyk, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

Last Monday was the first day on the job for Steve Jurczyk. He was recently appointed as the associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA. He served as the deputy center director before this new assignment. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the center does, and what he hopes it will accomplish under his tenure.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:51am EDT
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Understanding challenges in federal procurement

Contraqer President Scott Keough and CEO Dwight Gibbs join host John Gilroy to discuss the challenges IT companies are having in providing goods and services to the federal government.
February 24, 2015

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 06:56pm EST
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Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Political leaders from both the White House and Congress are offering up ways to improve the SES. The latest in our special report, Fixing the SES, is "Why We Stay: SES In Their Own Words." Jeri Buchholz, an SES member and chief human capital officer at NASA, is taking an enterprise-wide view of the system. She tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp, the SES has its faults but it's essential to the government.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:31pm EST
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Federal technology chairs shuffle at SEC, NASA

The Securities and Exchange Commission is promoting from within for its new chief information officer. NASA is losing a key senior technology executive to retirement.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 05:21am EST

Why we stay: SES in their own words

The SES has lost its luster in recent years, in part because of constrained program budgets, increased scrutiny from Congress, and a sense among members that political appointees are assuming more of the leadership responsibilities once reserved for them. In part two of our special report, Fixing the SES, five Senior Executive Service members tell Federal News Radio why they choose to stay in the service, and why they believe the SES may have its faults, but it's not broken.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Dr. Jeff Norris, OnSight Program Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up on a project to let scientists and astronauts walk virtually on Mars. Project OnSight employs new, wearable technology just released last month. For more on the program and its possibilities, Jeff Norris, NASA's OnSight program manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:59am EST
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How Obama would spend your money in 2016, agency by agency

How Obama wants to spend Americans' money next year: an agency-by-agency look

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:39am EST

Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Workforce planning for 2015 and beyond is on in federal agencies. The data from the Best Places to Work in Government survey is one group of information HR leaders in government will use, but it's not the only one. Jeri Buchholz is the chief human capital officer for NASA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said looking deep into the data is critical to making your entire agency a better place to work.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Astronauts close to moving into space station for year

Astronauts close to moving into space station for solid year, NASA plans more yearlong crews

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:00pm EST

Dr. Neil Cheatwood, Senior Engineer, NASA Langley

NASA is aiming to send humans deeper into space than ever before. Maybe to an asteroid, maybe to Mars. The mission presents a whole new set of technical challenges. Engineers are hopeful that an inflatable heat shield, shaped like a stack of doughnuts, will be the key to landing a large, manned spacecraft on Mars. Dr. Neil Cheatwood is NASA Langley's Senior Engineer for Advanced Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing Systems. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the heat shield will hopefully kick off the next age of space travel.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:49am EST
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NASA SEWP to drop fee again, launch new customer initiatives

Joanne Woytek, NASA SEWP program manager, said the space agency now plans to implement the next generation of the technology GWAC by May 1 after reexamining vendor bids. In the meantime, starting in March, SEWP will give agencies more information about what they buy, who they buy from and how they buy than ever before.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 04:24am EST
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