Monday Morning Federal Newscast - October 25

Monday - 10/25/2010, 8:00am EDT

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

  • Your colleagues at the Social Security Administration are getting a bonus day off next month. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has learned most of the 62,000 SSA feds won't have to come to work the Friday after Thanksgiving as a thank-you gift for a job well done. In a memo obtained by Federal News Radio, Commissioner Michael Astrue tells employees the "extra day of rest and reflection with family and friends" comes after a year they "faced unprecedented workloads and unprecedented hostility from an increasingly stressed public."

  • Your agency is getting a global look at how open data is impacting government services, right in your own back yard. An international data conference is scheduled for next month in Washington. One goal is to help your agency understand which data sets will improve your mission. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra tells Federal News Radio's Jason Miller more about the event at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg this morning.

  • The concentration of Army personnel you see downtown today - and all this week - is perfectly normal. The Association of the US Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition opens today at the Washington Convention Center...the event runs through Wednesday. Today's agenda includes speeches from Army Secretary John McHugh, Army Chief of Staff General George Casey, Joint Forces Commander General Ray Odierno, and CIO Lieutenant General Jeffrey Sorenson.

  • The Marine Corps is again giving members who are leaving active service the option to leave early. Some Marines take vacation around the holidays and then return to their bases only to complete the separation process. But that can be expensive for those who need to spend money travelling back to base. So Marine Corps leadership is allowing for early-outs, so that Marines don't need to return. The Marine Corps Times is reporting there are conditions -- for example, commanders can deny early releases if they would hurt operational capabilities. This is the fifth year the Marine Corps has offered early-outs.

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    Rain and snow have been pounding Utah in their first winter storm of the season. Good news for ski slopes, not so good news for FederalNewsRadio.com and wtop.com where the servers are suffering though power outages.

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