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11:15 am, April 19, 2014

Federal Drive

Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.

Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring 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.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:53am EDT
Eric Engquist, United Service Automobile Association

Sometimes the hardest thing about the military is leaving it. Both the federal government and companies are trying hard to find jobs for new veterans. The Military Times has released its annual list of the best employers for vets. Insurer United Service Automobile Association has topped that list for the past three years. Eric Engquist, executive director for military transitions for USAA, gave Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some statistics about veteran employees.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:46am EDT
Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History

The federal government is the biggest buyer in the world. Some items are harder to come by than others. A T-Rex dinosaur skeleton just arrived at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The purchase is a case study in government acquisition. It will be a centerpiece of the museum's new dinosaur hall in 2019. Sant Director Kirk Johnson told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the museum acquired the skeleton from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Curnutt, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training

From Fort Hood to Naval Station Norfolk, recent shootings have prompted some to question whether the Defense Department provides enough training for active-shooter situations. The department requires first responders to follow the standard "run, hide, fight" guidance. But some say potential victims should be trained, too. Police officer John Curnutt is director of training for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program (ALERRT) in San Antonio, Texas. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the best practice in any active shooter situation is a layered system.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:33am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Michael O'Connell, Federal News Radio

The National Museum of American History celebrates a big birthday this year. It's now 50 years old. Federal News Radio takes a look at the museum's past and present. Web Manager Julia Ziegler and Web Editor Michael O'Connell share details with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 08:18am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 18, 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, four Navy officials are now charged in a bribery scheme, and the Commerce Department will open a new office in Myanmar.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:24pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is developing an agile workforce to embrace "crisis as the new normal." Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, describes some of the workforce challenges facing the Intelligence Community and the threats they're preparing for. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has the story.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Intelligence Community is building a system of shared IT services for all 17 of the nation's intelligence agencies. The Pentagon is doing the same for the military services. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu has this report on DoD's plan to tie those two efforts together.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:12am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

When you download an app or update your software, do you read those fine-print licensing agreements? Few people, including federal employees, do. The Office of Management and Budget says those agreements essentially don't apply for government purchases. Instead, new regulations call for a standard clause in nearly every contract. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo breaks down the new provision with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:09am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board is fishing for ideas. It asks for help from the public as it refreshes its research agenda. The board is mandated by Congress to conduct studies on issues in the federal workforce. Recent reports have focused on workplace violence and perceptions of favoritism. Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the board strives to make an impact with its research.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:04am EDT
Daniel Schuman, Congressional Data Coalition

A new Congressional Data Coalition launches to push Capitol Hill into the big data era. The group says Congress could run better, give its staffers fewer headaches and provide a big public service if it changes its approach to data. Already, it has scored an initial victory. The House Appropriations Committee said by the beginning of the next Congress, information about the disposition of bills will be published in a way that computers can easily process, and thus can be easily reused by apps and websites. Daniel Schuman, a founding member of the coalition and policy director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what a digital Congress will look like.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 08:08am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 17, 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 IRS steps up work on identity theft and refund fraud, and the Navy pitches in to help rescue efforts in South Korea.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is making a new push to lower the prices of its acquisition programs by asking contractors to scrub their supply chains for unnecessary costs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service thinks it's made some progress, but that it's still paying more than it should.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:56am EDT
Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute

Federal cybersecurity officials are in knots over the Heartbleed threat. The vulnerability potentially affects a common data encryption system used on internet servers. Homeland Security says federal web servers are OK. Qualys has a free online SSL Server Test that can analyze a web server. Alan Paller, director of research at the cybersecurity education firm SANS Institute, explained the threat to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:52am EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health agency is streamlining healthcare. It's standardizing the clinical process across its 57 hospitals and 300 clinics and cutting back on excess medical supplies, with the help of the Defense Logistics Agency. Dave Bowen is director of health care IT and chief information officer of the Defense Health Agency. Navy Capt. James Poindexter is acting division chief of Medical Logistics Shared Services. In this week's edition of Agency of the Month, they tell Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson how the new processes save the agency money. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:47am EDT
Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, Manhattan Institute

The Veterans Affairs Department has paid out $200 million in wrongful death suits to 1,000 families over the past decade. That number brings up questions about the quality of care in VA centers. VA says it investigates every preventable death. It says they represent a tiny fraction of the people who receive care at its medical centers. Yevgeniy Feyman is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute specializing in health care policy. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how VA's death rates compare with all hospitals.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:44am EDT
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

The Supreme Court stands by the government's expansion of federal jobs deemed sensitive to national security. A few weeks ago, the high court refused to hear an appeal in a case stemming from the demotion of a Defense Department employee. He managed a commissary and did not have access to classified information or a security clearance. But the government considered his job "sensitive," barring him from appealing the demotion to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Attorney Lynne Bernabei told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the court's decision means for all federal employees.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 08:11am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 16, 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 Government Printing Office is a step closer to getting a much wanted name change, and the Air Force plans to cut its civilian workforce next year.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says it's time to start deploying the project known as ICITE, a common IT environment for the entire intelligence community. More details from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:53am EDT
Brian Sivak, Department of Health and Human Services

One of the most frustrating things federal employees face is red tape. The bureaucracy can deter workers from trying new things that might fail. The Health and Human Services Department's IDEA Lab seeks to break down the red tape and silos. HHS Chief Technology Officer Brian Sivak oversees the lab. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the lab helps the agency meet its mission.

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 09:49am EDT
Elise Viebeck, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Head of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell has a tough road ahead if she's lucky enough to be confirmed as the next Health and Human Services secretary. President Barack Obama tapped her last week to replace Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell will go from the small, inside-the-White-House agency to a sprawling institution that, with Obamacare, is in the eye of the political storm. Elise Viebeck, staff writer at The Hill Newspaper, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that Burwell will face five big challenges.

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