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  • VA deputy nominee ready to take on ‘disconnect’ between HQ and field employees

    Restoring veterans’ trust and mending gaps between the department’s headquarters and its employees in the field are top priorities for Tom Bowman, the president’s nominee to be the deputy VA secretary.

  • Jared Serbu: Senate considers DoD nominees

    Slowly but surely, the Trump Administration’s Pentagon team is continuing to take shape. The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Patrick Shanahan as deputy secretary of Defense, the White House nominated one more official to serve in a key undersecretary position, and four more Pentagon nominees went to Capitol Hill for their confirmation hearings. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu updates Federal Drive with Tom Temin on where things stand.

  • The Latest: FBI pick says Russia probe not a “witch hunt”

    President Trump’s choice to lead the FBI says he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a “witch hunt.”

  • NRC’s Steve Lavie goes from commencement to retirement

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently saw one of its longtime employees off into retirement. Steve Lavie, had a long career working on a nuclear submarine in the Navy then at nuclear power plants on the East Coast and finally at the NRC. But when he enlisted in the Navy, he was just a few credits shy of receiving his college degree. His NRC colleagues saw to it that Lavie still had a chance to experience a college commencement, before his retirement this summer. Lavie tells his story to Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Jitender Dubey: Microbiologist’s work prevents countless illnesses

    Thanks to the work of Jitender Dubey, a microbiologist at the Agriculture Research Service, we now understand how toxoplasma gondii gets transmitted, avoiding countless illnesses and hospitalization. For his work, he’s a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program. He joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his work and the honor.

  • Government ethics director who prodded Trump resigns

    The government ethics director who prodded President Donald Trump’s administration over conflicts of interest is resigning to take a new job

  • Is the IG’s report on whistleblower retaliation at GSA anything more than a history lesson?

    The General Services Administration’s inspector general concluded former administrator Denise Turner Roth retaliated against former FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe after he made protected disclosures about potential waste, fraud and abuse.

  • David Bier: DHS E-verify system needs a makeover

    The Homeland Security Department’s E-Verify program is supposed to keep illegal aliens from taking jobs in the United States. But the identification system still has many flaws and that fact alone has cost a half million legal workers their jobs. David Bier, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the major implications of the floundering system.

  • Beryl Davis: Improper payments continue to dog federal agencies

    Since 2010, the Improper Payment Elimination Reporting Act has required inspectors general to tell whether their agencies are doing what they’re supposed to in order to reduce debt by error. But the Government Accountability Office has found a few flaws in the IG reports. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate.

  • Customer, consultant, contractor: Thomas’ 3 perspectives in leading GSA’s acquisition service

    Alan Thomas became the fourth commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration June 26.

  • HUD, USDA bureau get new CIOs; OMB’s Springer to retire

    Former federal CIO Tony Scott and former SSA CIO Rob Klopp are both launched new companies while Mark Schwartz, the outgoing CIO at USCIS, announced he’s heading to Amazon Web Services.

  • Former GSA administrator retaliated against whistleblower, IG says

    The General Services Administration’s inspector general issued a notice saying former Administrator Denise Turner Roth made “statements and taking actions that threatened the complainant with transfer to another position.” Sources say out-going FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe is the whistleblower.

  • Former diplomatic security agent charged with spying for China

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a former State Department special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service has appeared in federal court on charges of giving top-secret documents to a Chinese agent.

  • Joe Kirschbaum: GAO continuing effort to mitigate risk of insider threat

    From proving bomb parts can get through front-door screenings to examining the Fort Hood shootings, the Government Accountability Office has been following the federal insider threat situation for years. Its work covers both the physical world and cyberspace.Joseph Kirschbaum, GAO director of defense capabilities and management, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the range of work he’s overseen.