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12:19 pm, March 30, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Discussion of TSP issues by the people who know

The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
March 30, 2015

Updated 07 minutes, 03 seconds ago
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US official: Reports say 1 dead at Fort Meade gate crashing

One person was killed in a firefight that erupted Monday after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the Fort Meade, Md., military base near a gate to the National Security Agency

Updated 32 minutes, 36 seconds ago

HHS CTO Sivak to leave government

Bryan Sivak, the chief technology officer for the Department of Health and Human Services and one of the leaders in the new wave of procurement thinking movement, will end his stay in government in the next month.

Updated 51 minutes, 31 seconds ago

Conversations with Authors Series with Young Kwak and Julia Keleher on Risk Management for Grants Administration

What is risk management? How are federal agencies managing risk? What can federal agencies learn from the U.S. Department of Education's risk management program? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Young Hoon Kwak and Julia Keleher, authors of the IBM Center report Risk Management for Grants Administration.

Updated 59 minutes, 28 seconds ago

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg will be stepping down this week. She's been on the job for nearly six years. The former New York City public health commissioner has had an eventful career in Washington. The compounding pharmacy scare and passage of a major reform bill are just a couple of the big episodes. Ahead of her departure, she sat down with Federal Drive Host Tom Temin to review her tenure at the agency and offer some thoughts on where it should go in the future.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:33am EDT
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Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, USPS

In a recent executive order, President Barack Obama called on agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thomas Day, the Postal Service's chief sustainability officer, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the steps the agency is taking on doing just that.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:25am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - March 30, 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, we learn about the TSA's criteria for screening passengers, a popular code-sharing website suffers a cyber attack and Defense Secretary Ash Carter pitches 401-k's for troops.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 08:19am EDT

Evolutionary change in federal customer service is coming

Abby Herriman, senior vice president for HighPoint Global, says transforming how agencies serve their customers starts with more effective use of technology and more efficient processes.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:38am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OFPP procurement reform; IT oversight at DHS; longtime execs retire

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what's behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:15am EDT
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3 reasons why new SES reform panel can succeed where others have not

The real test will be if the panel created by the administration is allowed to tell the truth and make something happen, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 03:58am EDT

Delete, erase, shred: enemies of federal record-keepers

Delete, erase, shred: Weapons of mass info destruction foil efforts to save government records

Monday - 03/30/2015, 03:16am EDT

"Self plus one" offers premium break for two-person families

It's always good to know your options, especially when it comes to figuring out your health insurance premiums next year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader

Saturday - 03/28/2015, 11:18am EDT

Boko Haram & the drug war in Mexico

Mark Schroeder and Tristan Reed from Stratfor, will give us an update on the terrorist group Boko Haram, and the latest news on the Mexican drug war.
March 27, 2015

Friday - 03/27/2015, 07:43pm EDT
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Rudy deLeon, Center for American Progress, Danielle Pletka, AEI

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is looking for collaboration from the think tank community. He told Federal News Radio back in January that his House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces wants more input from groups of think tanks working together on issues of national defense and national security. At least one effort is delivering on Chairman Forbes's wish -- and was -- before he even expressed that wish. Danielle Pletka is senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Rudy deLeon is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Deputy Secretary of Defense. Danielle tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why their effort isn't just a collaboration between AEI and CAP.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Civilian agencies could spend about 10 percent more on IT than what was originally predicted in the fiscal 2015 budget. IDC Government Insights says the budget for civilian agencies is set at $43.6 billion for this fiscal year. But IT spending will likely reach about $48 billion by the end of this summer. Shawn McCarthy, a research director for IDC Government Insights, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what he found.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

If Congress passes the defense acquisition reform bill, introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry this week, it won't be enought to fix the defense acqusition system. And he's the first to admit that. But the legislation does attempt to chip away at what Thornberry views as clear problems, including a lack of clear lines of authority, and too much paperwork. Beth McGrath, federal practice director of Deloitte and former deputy chief managment officer for the Defense Department, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what she thinks of the bill.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:58pm EDT
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Big Data Analytics as a Service; Accelerating Your Big Data Strategy

Data is at the center of everything, providing opportunities for information-centric decision making and process improvement. Data is now viewed as an enterprise asset - No longer is technology the driving force in an IT environment. Information now drives future business decisions, not the technology. As data becomes a fundamental asset of the enterprise, organizations need to extract the most pertinent information out of existing data to create new value. Having this new wealth of big data information also presents challenges including analyzing the data and sharing it across organizations to get the most value out of it. Having the right analytics tools to look at the data is crucial coupled with trained staff that know what they are looking for and not overlook key information. While government agencies have domain expertise, they also need skilled data scientists, tools and infrastructure to unlock the value of their data assets. Buying products won't solve your data analytics problems. Big Data as a Service is an out of the box service that pairs a cloud platform with custom analytics. This approach allows rapid integration best of breed analytics with your unstructured data at a low cost entry-point where you pay only for what you actually need, not what you might need. It is unique in the government marketplace.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:01pm EDT

Matt Clemens, Security Solutions Architect, Arxan Technologies

Pretty much everyone has a mobile device now. Lots of feds even carry more than one. And so the security of those devices and the apps on them have become increasingly important. How can you better secure those devices? And just what is the state of mobile security now? Matt Clemens, a security solutions architect at Arxan Technologies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain. The short answer is there's a lot of work still to do.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:19am EDT
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Cmdr. David Ditallo, National Defense University

The National Defense University offers a new course focusing on cyber intelligence. Cmndr. David Ditallo is teaching that course at NDU's Information Resources Management College. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the course, and what it entails.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:14am EDT
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