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8:23 am, January 31, 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.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 10:50am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Is the federal hiring process rigged? If so, is it even worth it to apply for a federal job? A recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that, for the most part, federal hiring follows merit principles. Meaning, most jobs are filled through competition. But a commentator at FederalNewsRadio.com has a contrary view, and that's gotten our readers talking. Julia Ziegler is Federal News Radio's Web Manager. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments on the matter.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 10:45am EST
Dr. William "Kip" Krebs, Warfighter Performance Dept., Office of Naval Research

The Navy has a powerful software system that dramatically reduces the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions. That same software recently made its way above the surface and was installed on the guided missile cruiser, USS Mobile Bay. Dr. Kip Krebs, program officer in the Office of Naval Research's Warfighter Performance Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the app's uses.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 09:55am EST
Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor on Housing and Services, HUD

Volunteers across the country recently set out to conduct a count of all homeless persons in their communities. It's part of Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time counts. In fact, HUD personnel themselves join in the overnight counting exercises. They're designed to tally the number of people living in emergency shelters and transitional housing. Jennifer Ho is the HUD Secretary's Senior Advisor on Housing and Services. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained what the point-in-time counts accomplish.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 07:57am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 30, 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, President Barack Obama's 2016 budget request will include $1 billion for Native American schools, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday and the military makes data on Afghan National Security Forces classified.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:16am EST
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Just two weeks ago, the acting head of the secret service removed four long-time executives. That brought the number of assistant directors sacked or demoted to six. The moves follow a series of embarrassing incidents of agent misconduct and ineptitude, culminating in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. How does an agency with such a proud history get into this situation? Cheri Cannon is a federal employment attorney with the law firm Tully Rinckey. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:12am EST
Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:17am EST
Thursday federal headlines - January 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, a new bill would make the details, costs and performance metrics of every federal program more transparent, the Justice Department has pushed back the court dates for thousands of immigrants who are waiting for hearings and an independent panel will recommend changes in the military health and retirement system designed to save $20 billion dollars over the next four years.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:25pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith describes the type of people needed to populate the new digital services offices across government in a simple way: TQ. So what kind of person is that? Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller describes Smith's formula on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:57am EST
Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

If the recent Washington Metro tunnel fire showed anything, it's that emergency coordination down under is practically non-existent. Equally missing was interoperable radio communications something the federal government has deemed essential for emergency response. Federal efforts to improve radio go back at least 20 years. Alan Tilles, chairman of the Telecommunications Department at the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the communications failure.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:48am EST
Allison Wiley, Senior Research Analyst, MSPB

Hiring in the federal government is supposed to be open, competitive and fair. But you get what you measure. The Merit System Protection Board recently released its annual Fair and Open Competition report. It's designed to ensure federal employees are hired based on their qualifications, not their connections. Allison Wiley is a senior research analyst at the board. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report's findings. One of the key ones, she said, is that fair and open competition is still the standard in the majority of government hires.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:46am EST
Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Contrary to what you may have heard earlier in the week, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not been charged with desertion. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. He was returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange last May. Multiple media outlets reported desertion charges had been handed down or were impending. But the Army said no decision has been made. Brian Bouffard is a military defense attorney and former JAG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to speculate on what happens next.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:10am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - January 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, the man who flew a drone onto the White House lawn works for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, health care enrollment is getting closer to the Obama administration's goal and there's a little less gobbledygook coming from the federal government.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:42am EST
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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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:40am EST
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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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:36am EST
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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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:30am EST
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, 04:34pm EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs began the biggest transformation in its history with a simple premise: everyone working from the same starting point. VA announced today the first of what likely will be many reorganizations, starting with its regional map. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss where VA's transformation is heading.

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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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