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11:54 am, January 27, 2015

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Host Tom Temin brings you the latest news affecting the federal community each weekday morning, featuring interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 6 to 9 a.m. or download archived interviews below.

Updated 1 hours, 12 minutes ago
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Henry Ford once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he's 20 or 80." You can apply that to the world of contracting, where everything is part of a bigger picture. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." His fourth Commandment is "Thou shalt stay informed." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said the more you know, the better protected you'll be.

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Updated 1 hours, 14 minutes ago
Eric Bachman, Office of Special Counsel

The Office of Special Counsel is helping Veterans Affairs employees bounce back after they've been punished for blowing the whistle. The office has obtained relief for 25 employees and counting. OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, Eric Bachman, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the operation.

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Updated 1 hours, 18 minutes ago
Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

We now turn to hopes of restoring native plants, preserving bird habitats and helping farmers cut pollution. The Agriculture Department has approved the first set of projects under a new program designed to get the rest of us investing in conservation. Congress squeezed the regional conservation partnership program into last year's mega farm bill. Jason Weller, chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the new program and its projects.

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Updated 1 hours, 24 minutes ago
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The Obama Administration has two years to go two years with a Republican-led Congress. Some might assume not a lot will be done in these two years. "Oh contrare," says John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain further.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 08:09am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - January 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, federal employees get an extra two hours this morning, a former Army prosecutor has been found guilty of rape and other sexual assault charges against multiple victims and a government employee has come forward to say he was the one who flew the drone that crashed yesterday on the White House grounds.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 09:42am EST
Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

It's fast times for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Secretary Julian Castro has established priorities for both internal operations and policy. Much of the execution falls to the new deputy secretary. Nani Coloretti was confirmed last month. She joined the Obama administration in the Treasury Department in 2009. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her new post and agenda.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:47am EST
Monday federal headlines - January 26, 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, House Democrats hold a press conference today to reintroduce the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, federal agencies open on time today, but non-emergency employees can take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework and auditors say the Defense Department needs to finalize plans to reduce its staff.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:30am EST
Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

In Nina Olson's new report to Congress covering 2014, the National Taxpayer Advocate told of a grim situation for the IRS. Service has eroded badly, oversight is poor and tax administration is being reshaped in negative ways by forces outside the agency's control. There's plenty of blame to go around. But the situation isn't hopeless. Olson joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the problems and possible solutions.

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:28am EST
Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

He's been the voice for the farmer when EPA regulations call for spilled milk to be treated like an oil spill. Advocacy is about relieving unnecessary burden for small businesses without losing sight of the goal of the regulation. Dr. Winslow Sargeant is chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Today is his last day on the job. Before leaving, he joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review his time at the agency,

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 08:12am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 23, 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, a new bill would cut pensions for some senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, the Social Security Administration is extending hours at its field offices after getting a budget boost this year and U.S. and Iraqi military forces are planning for a summer assault to take back the city of Mosul.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:41am EST
Tom Simmons, Area Vice President, Public Sector, Citrix

From law enforcement to population counting, the federal government is going mobile. Nearly every department has at least one mobile computing deployment going on. And that preference for BlackBerry is melting away fast. Tom Simmons, public sector vice president at Citrix, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer an overview of mobility trends in 2015.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:22am EST
Dr. Donald Reago, Director, Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, CERDEC, U.S. Army

Army scientists and engineers are advancing sensors research in hopes of giving future soldiers enhanced situational awareness. Soldiers of 2025 and beyond may wear sensors to help detect and prevent threats like dehydration or elevated blood pressure. Dr. Donald Reago is the director of the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the possibilities.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 08:03am EST
Thursday federal headlines - January 22, 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, officials are investigating a Navy officer who may be connected to the death of a civilian, a former Postal Service employee fails to deliver 1,000 pieces of mail and two Navy warships are waiting in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, in case the State Department needs to evacuate Americans from the country.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:53am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Last night's State of the Union speech was not about you, the federal employee. You'll have to read between the lines to see where you fit in. President Barack Obama didn't follow the form many of his previous speeches where he called for major changes to federal management. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what federal employees can take away from last night's shindig.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:49am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

We've been exploring what was in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night. But what goes on behind-the-scenes at an event like this? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler was in attendance at last night's speech. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:45am EST
Michael Leiter, Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Leidos

It may be unpopular, but bulk data collection by the National Security Agency is effective. Technology can't replicate what bulk data collection can do for intelligence. But more effective methods could be developed so that the collection and use of data is more targeted and controlled. Those are among the findings from a major study of signal intelligence practices. The study was just completed by the National Academies. It was requested by the President and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence a year ago. Michael Leiter is an executive vice president at Leidos and a member of the committee that authored the report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the findings.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:42am EST
Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Hearings on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary will get underway next month. They'll be much more than a discussion of Carter's qualifications. The 2016 budget proposal will also be out then, so the hearings will likely cover wider ground. So will it be smooth sailing for President Barack Obama's nominee, or a bumpy road? Defense analyst Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:40am EST
David Shea, Director, Office of Charge Card Management, GSA

For years federal employees have used credit cards for agency-approved purchases. The current General Services Administration SmartPay 2 master contracts don't expire until 2018. But the agency is wondering if there might be a better way for employees to pay for stuff. David Shea is the director of the Office of Charge Card Management at the Federal Acquisition Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the alternatives GSA is considering.

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