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  • Kimya Lee: FEVS team digs deeper into employee surveys

    Kimya Lee, the Office of Personnel Mangement’s senior adviser on research and evaluation, and the rest of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey team are finalists for a Service to America medal in the Management Excellence category for all the work they’ve done over the years. Lee tells Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, they’re still working to go deeper into federal agencies.

  • Rita Cant: Change in CBP visa waiver form too invasive

    Nearly three dozen free speech and civil liberties organizations penned an open letter to Customs and Border Protection this week, saying a new question on CBP’s visa waiver forms asking foreigners to supply their online identities would not only be intrusive, it would also be ineffective. Rita Cant, a free expression fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin she understands the government’s security concerns, but this proposal won’t solve them.

  • Rep. Brad Ashford: What’s wrong with a community helping VA?

    In Omaha, Nebraska, private donors are ready and waiting to donate up to $80 million to help build a new veterans clinic that would serve as a pilot for community-based public-private partnerships with the Veterans Affairs Department. Trouble is, that’s illegal. Under current law, VA can’t accept private donations for construction projects. Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) ,the co-sponsor of legislation that would change that, talks with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the partnership community leaders are envisioning in Omaha

  • Dennis Gallagher: New gear helps Navy divers see in the dark

    Diving in the Navy rarely involves clear, blue water, sunlight and admiring the skates. It’s mostly in the dark, and in dangerous environments. To help divers see, do more work and work more safely, the Navy is developing special equipment placed inside a diver’s helmet. Dennis Gallagher, program manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Panama City Division, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the new gear.

  • Eric Crusius: White House issues long-awaited contracting rules

    The Obama Administration has issued long-awaited final rules designed to keep companies who routinely violate labor laws from getting federal contracts. Vendors will have to report any violations of 14 different labor laws, and eventually state laws too, directly to the Labor Department. Eric Crusius, attorney at Miles & Stockbridge, joins Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the rules.

  • Joe Petrillo: New contracting rule aims to fend off counterfeit parts

    The Defense Department continues to be concerned about counterfeit parts making their way into weapons systems and virtually everything else it buys. The worries are that fake parts could cause mission critical systems to fail unexpectedly.

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