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2:21 pm, May 5, 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.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:47am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

If the nation is thinking about the next presidential election, it might as well be thinking about the next presidential transition. A bipartisan Senate bill is aimed at ensuring smoother transitions in part by giving career officials the job of ensuring continuity. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some commentary on the bill.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:41am EDT
Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

Everyone wants to prepare their child for life after school, whether that means college or something else. That's where College and Career Readiness standards come into play. They outline what a child should know and be able to do from kindergarten through the end of high school. Tom Brady is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the CCR standards.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT
Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:34am EDT
Capt. Andrew Tucci, Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard unveiled a new cybersecurity strategy earlier this month. It doesn't just focus on protecting Coast Guard networks and systems. It also includes the country's 3,600 ports. That's because so many ports are nearly fully automated, and therefore vulnerable to cyber attacks. Capt. Andrew Tucci is the chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Compliance. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said cyber attacks comprise the fastest growing risk, even at the ports.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 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, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:44am EDT
Lisa Danzig, Assoc. Director for Performance and Personnel, OMB

The Obama administration has built an elaborate apparatus for data-driven decision-making. It operates on the theory that good metrics require good data. And when you have both, you have the tools you need to improve performance. Coordinating all these moving parts is Lisa Danzig, the associate director for performance and personnel at the Office of Management and Budget. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, she joined Tom Temin with an overview on the scope of her responsibilities.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:42am EDT
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

If the federal government is operating in the information age, then its main currency is data. Agencies and Congress have been doing a lot to make sure federal data is accessible and transparent. For agencies, data is vital to improving performance. Hudson Hollister is executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to discuss how proper data can help any agency.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:39am EDT
Gerald Ray, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Appellate Operations, SSA

If any agency operates in the spotlight, it's the Social Security Administration. Its work touches every American, as it deals with millions of claims for retirement and disability every year. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, Gerald Ray, the deputy executive director of SSA's Office of Appellate Operations, joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance in action.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:38am EDT
Jon Desenberg, Policy Director, The Performance Institute

Once upon a time, you could measure government performance pretty easily. The main metric was, "Did we spend all of our budget on time?" No longer. Citizens, Congress and successive White House policies want government dollars to make a difference. John Desenberg is the policy director of the Performance Institute. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36am EDT
Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

President Barack Obama has ushered in Public Service Recognition Week with a proclamation that recognizes federal employees have had a rough time lately. He cites "pay freezes, budget cuts, sequestration and a political climate that too often does not sufficiently value their work." The organizers of this week's events can't do much about the first three things. But they're tackling the issue of respect with a theme called "Government Works." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the week ahead.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:40am EDT
Ann Ebberts, CEO, Association of Government Accountants

The Association of Government Accountants has a new CEO. Ann Ebberts leads the association during a time of change, thanks partly to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA puts chief information officers on a rough par with chief financial officers when it comes to budget authority. The financial function itself is under a lot of pressure to help improve agency performance — not just count beans. On a special Federal Drive live from the AGA Government Performance Summit, Ebberts joined Tom Temin to discuss her new role.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:38am EDT
Carl Demaio, Senior Fellow, Performance Institute

Politicians might be focused on 2016, but some groups say it's not too soon to consider 2017. That's when a new President, whoever it is, will take over. Federal News Radio is among the 16 Washington-area organizations helping to launch a bipartisan discussion about the transition. Leading the charge is Carl Demaio, a senior fellow at the Performance Institute. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the effort.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 08:56am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 4, 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, 30 finalists have been selected for the prestigious Service to America Medal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the military isn't being honest about sexual assault and defense officials will have to come up with more gender-specific ways to help victims of sexual assault.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:04am EDT
Digital services shouldn't feel like thumbscrews

People don't want digital services per se so much as they want easy access to whatever services they seek, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 10:17am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor, FederalNewsRadio.com

The retirement tsunami has been the boogeyman of federal HR people for years. So far, though, the wave has never hit. What if that retirement tsunami never materializes? FederalNewsRadio.com Managing Editor Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share the results from our retirement survey — and some of your thoughts.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 10:13am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget has released a much-anticipated draft policy to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance is designed to help agencies implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Tony Scott is the federal Chief Information Officer. In this exclusive interview, he tells executive editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:41am EDT
Vince Kane, Veterans Affairs Department

Veterans Affairs wants to help put an end to veteran homelessness. The department is repurposing its West Los Angeles campus to serve particularly vulnerable veterans, such as women or severely disabled vets, who are also homeless. The campus redesign will help VA implement the White House policy that no veteran should live on the streets. Vince Kane, the director of the VA's National Homeless Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the plan.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:26am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 1, 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 White House has released draft guidance for how agencies should respond to the FITARA, a House panel moves forward a bill to change surveillance from the NSA and a watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:17am EDT
Tom Grzymski, Associate Commissioner, Telecommunications & Systems Operations, Social Security Administration

Social Security has been operating its new data center for about a year now. The badly needed facility was funded back in 2009 by the economic stimulus bill. It took several years to find a site and build the new data center. Perhaps the hardest part was migrating data and other assets to the new data center. After all, it's not as if Social Security can shut things down for a week or so. Overseeing this effort was associate commissioner Tom Grzymski. He and his team won a project management award at the recent GITEC conference. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review SSA's efforts.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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