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10:36 am, April 19, 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 - 04/17/2015, 11:41am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

There's already an annual list of the best places to work in the government. Now Congress wants to start keeping closer track of the worst ones too. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is inviting employees to share their concerns through an anonymous email tip line. That'll help the committee keep tabs on employee satisfaction. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the new list.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency managers have about a month to come up with new management goals for fiscal 2016 and 2017. As part of the Office of Management and Budget's annual goal-setting process, agencies are following a well-worn path. But this year that path also includes a bit of a twist. Lisa Danzig is the associate director for Personnel and Performance at OMB. She told executive editor Jason Miller about how the administration wants to ensure long-term focus on achieving its agency high-priority goals. As always, it starts with a memo.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:29am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A study this week from the American Academy of Pediatrics found children cared for by the Military Health System are less likely to be up to date on their immunizations, even though they have universal health care coverage. One reason might be that military families are constantly moving. But Defense health officials dispute the findings. They say military kids actually have higher vaccination rates, while also acknowledging they don't have the records to prove it. Dr. Amy Costello is the chief of immunization health care operations at the Defense Health Agency. She talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about why DoD thinks the study is flawed.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:13am EDT
Nate Lesser, Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the government and private industry to be on the same page when it comes to cybersecurity. The agency that issues hundreds of pages of cyber guidance for federal agencies also invited businesses from banks to restaurants to share best practices for public-facing web applications. Nate Lesser is the deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain with what they discussed, and where things go from here.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.)

A Republican congressman yesterday introduced draft legislation to take the air traffic control system private. It would split the FAA in half, privatize the operational part and hand it over to the employees. The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), former chairman of the House Transportation Committee. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Mica admits this isn't his first attempt to change things.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:06am EDT
Loren Duggan, Director of Legislative Analysis, Bloomberg

Perhaps you've noticed. Capitol Hill is buzzing. Congress seems poised to pass a major trade bill, and members are finding common ground on Medicare issues. But is Congress getting anything done with respect to cybersecurity, some major authorizations or the federal budget itself? Loren Duggan, the director of legislative analysis for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a preview of what's likely to come next.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 08:54am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 17, 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, talking about low morale at DHS is only making it worse, a new Congressional tip mailbox gives federal employees a place to sound off about their agencies and the Senate confirms a new undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM) is spreading to eight agencies, including some big ones. It's all the result of a big new contract award. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where CDM is headed over the next year.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:39am EDT
Col. Joseph Dupont, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare, U.S. Army

The Army's electronic warfare capabilities have been an important tool during the war in Iraq. They've taken a big evolutionary step with the new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. It's designed to give soldiers more options in dealing with improvised explosive devices, and it won't necessarily destroy local infrastructure when deployed. Col. Joseph Dupont, the Project Manager of the Electronic Warfare office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the tool.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:14am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 16, 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 IRS has a very bad tax day on Capitol Hill, a congressional panel calls for the resignation of Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart and Homeland Security is asking for a big boost in cybersecurity spending next year.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:58am EDT
Dr. Rob Smith, Vice President of C4ISR, Lockheed Martin

Tracking munitions is a costly and time-consuming process for military units. They can't afford to waste cartridges, missiles or grenades. Lockheed Martin has developed a new system that works around many of the challenges of tracking RFID tags remotely. It's called the Rubee Weapon Shot Counter, and it could potentially save the Defense Department millions. Dr. Rob Smith, the vice president of C4ISR Systems for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to dive deeper into the Rubee's uses.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:36am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are wasting billions of dollars because they're consistently duplicating efforts. The Government Accountability Office's latest report identifies dozens of federal functions marked by duplication, overlap and fragmentation. GAO says reducing it all could save $80 billion. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on why, when it comes to information technology, a new law could help cut waste and deliver more savings.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:23am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Marine Corps is in the process of developing its first set of cyber doctrines. They're designed to help commanders build cyberspace operations into their battle plans, better defend their own networks and help integrate cyber with the more-mature field of electronic warfare. More details from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:20am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 15, 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, NIH awards dozens of vendors spots on its latest governmentwide technology acquisition vehicle, GAO lays out its annual duplication and waste list and the remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor will be identified More then seven decades later, remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor more than seven decades later.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:00am EDT
Anthony Robbins, Vice President of Federal, Brocade

FITARA, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, can help agencies save money. But what about contractors? They've also got to live with the new law. Anthony Robbins, the vice president of federal at Brocade, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to provide one view of how FITARA is affecting them.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 11:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 14, 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 study finds agencies are falling behind in the race to attract cyber talent, President Obama sends nine nominations to the Senate and Veterans Affairs Department tells Congress it has a plan to pay for its Denver hospital.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The case of Neustar versus the federal government provides one of this year's most important cautionary tales. It's risky to become overly dependent on a single federal contract, even a long-term one. Eventually, everything comes up for recompete. Neustar, which manages cell phone number portability under an FCC contract, lost its recompete last year to Ericsson. It's been protesting ever since. Jonathan Aberman, the managing director of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the Neustar case.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:18am EDT
Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, Director, Air Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy and Air Force contemplate partnering up to develop the next generation of fighters, which are currently due out in 2030. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir is the director of Air Warfare for the Navy. He says the goal is to develop a successor that fits both services' goals. On the Federal Drive at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference at National Harbor, Manazir gave Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp his vision for the future of naval aviation.

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