8:44 pm, May 29, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Coming up: How to pick your people

Estate planner Mark Levine joins host Bob Leins to discuss what to look for when picking powers of attorney, health care agents, trustees and executors.
June 1, 2015

Updated 14 minutes, 49 seconds ago

Pentagon: Anthrax shipments broader than first thought

Pentagon says live anthrax shipments went to 24 labs in 11 states, 2 foreign countries

Updated 54 minutes, 46 seconds ago

The nature of cyber intelligence

Lance James, head of cyber intelligence at Deloitte, will discuss the evolution of the cyber intelligence field, and how that is forcing the government and private companies to change how they protect themselves from cyber attacks.
May 29, 2015

Updated 16 minutes, 49 seconds ago

NSA builds hiring website for intelligence community

Using tools it's honed on its own employees, the National Security Agency is launching the intelligence community's answer to the federal hiring portal

Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:39pm EDT

Why Obama should reorganize federal agencies

President Obama hasn't given up on consolidating six business-related agencies into one, and for good reason, says Jeff Neal.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 01:00pm EDT

Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor,

The federal government has caught the Silicon Valley bug. But in looking west to solve its problems, has it overlooked another valuable resource right in its own backyard? That's the subject of several stories now online at, and a conference Tom Temin and Jonathan Aberman recently moderated. Website managing editor Julia Ziegler joined the Federal Drive to talk more about some of the takeaways from that panel.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 10:50am EDT

Willie May, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

After a 40-year career with the agency, Willie May finds himself confirmed by the Senate as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He'd been serving as acting director for nearly a year. May discussed his plans for the agency with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:55am EDT

Friday federal headlines - May 29, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Defense Department wants some contractors to provide proof of delivery, a Commerce Department employee is on leave because she's believed to be a whistleblower and just in case, Congress considers a bill to make sure federal employees don't double dip after they return from potential furloughs.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:18am EDT

Eugene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Since 2002, the Defense Department and FAA have been helping Afghanistan rebuild its civil aviation system. Despite its best efforts though, the FAA was unable to train enough air traffic controllers to let Afghanistan to operate on its own. The agency ran into multiple issues when trying to train new controllers. That's all according to a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Deputy IG Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on that report.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:03am EDT

DHS lets out its 'inner MacGyver' in move to agile IT development

Luke McCormack, the DHS chief information officer, said the combination of budget and technology has pushed the department toward a better approach to application development. The most recent example is the Citizen and Immigration Services' major procurement calling for a widespread use of agile development processes across several enterprise support services.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:22am EDT

What's your number?

Even if your retirement plan consists of a couple of coin-filled Mason jars behind the refrigerator or buried in the back yard, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you should to take the numbers test.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 03:00am EDT

Fortune telling for Philadelphia VA staff flagged in IG audit

Two senior Veterans Affairs officials in Philadelphia acted improperly when subordinates were charged money to attend a work-related party featuring psychic readings, resulting in personal profits for the spouse of one official, according to an audit released Thursday.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 06:40pm EDT

GAO finds highs, lows in agencies' human capital management

Yvonne Jones, the Government Accountability Office's director of strategic issues, tells a Senate panel human capital management is critical to improving government's performance.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 05:29pm EDT

Richard Stiennon, Founder, IT Harvest

Technology may not be the roadblock to the biggest cyber problems your agency has. The trouble may be in the acquisition shop. Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT Harvest and author of "Surviving Cyberwar." His new book, "There Will Be Cyber War," will be out this summer. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why there is some good news in the cyber realm, but there's some bad news too.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:25pm EDT

Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Uncertainty in the federal IT market is making industry planning harder. Some of the uncertainty is unavoidable until Congress passes agency funding bills. But some is fixable right away, according to Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about potential fixes for some of the uncertainty.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:17pm EDT

Alex Major, Associate, Sheppard Mullin

Managing certain kinds of information will get easier for agencies. The National Archives and Records Administration issued a proposed rule that could have big implications for how contractors store and secure government information on systems contractors own. Alex Major, an associate in the government contracts, investigations and international trade practice for Sheppard Mullin, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a new era of cybersecurity regulations is coming fast.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:13pm EDT

Brian Friel, Government Contracts Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration wraps up an industry day on their latest contracting opportunity. Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTs) is a human resources and training contract vehicle for all agencies. Requests for proposal will likely come from OPM and GSA by June 30. Brian Friel, a government contracts analyst with Bloomberg Government, is looking at HCaTs and the addition of two other contracts to BGOV's top 20 contracting opportunities. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:05pm EDT

Sequestration's lessons prove elusive at DoD

The Defense Department should get ready for sequestraton's return in fiscal 2016, the Government Accountability Office warns in a new report.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:46pm EDT

Make a budget deal already!

Commentary: The solution to the sequester quandary is obvious, so Congress should just do its job so agencies can do theirs.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 11:59am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - May 28, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news,

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 11:06am EDT
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