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4:47 am, January 28, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

The News Stream is a continuously updated list of every story, interview, panel discussion, and feature added to FederalNewsRadio.com. As a story is posted to the website, it will appear at the top of the News Stream. Never miss a beat with Federal News Radio's News Stream.

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with Commerce's Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper, the Commerce Department's CIO, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat on Feb. 5 to discuss his IT priorities around operational excellence, enterprisewide services and infrastructure modernization.

Updated 47 minutes, 00 seconds ago

Phased retirement: Is it coming to your agency?

Julie Perkins, partner at Shaw Bransford and Roth will answer your questions about phased retirement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on a new round of legislation that affects federal workers.
January 28, 2015

Updated 31 minutes, 00 seconds ago

Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

Pentagon documents: Obama to request big Pentagon spending hike

Updated 16 minutes, 58 seconds ago

GAO: Headquarters reduction plan still missing at Pentagon

The Pentagon wants to start the process of cutting 20 percent from its headquarters staff. But it still doesn't know who should stay, who should leave, or how to find that out, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Updated 44 minutes, 37 seconds ago

Government innovation? It gets an 'A' for effort

Federal Drive host Tom Temin reports that agencies and companies at a recent technology conference are betting on innovation.

Updated 51 minutes, 00 seconds ago

Phased Retirement: When? Where? Who?

Agencies are dragging their feet in implementing phased retirement. When they do, how will that affect you? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Updated 1 hours, 47 minutes ago

Adobe: putting the "portable" into the PDF

John Landwehr, Public Sector CTO at Adobe, explains how his company can assist federal agencies with their IT challenges.
January 27, 2015

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 07:18pm EST
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DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'

The Center for Plain Language issued its annual plain language report cards Tuesday, with the Homeland Security Department, Social Security Administration and Security Exchange Commission earning top scores.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 06:16pm EST

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

Obama administration unveils plan to shift Medicare payments, rewarding quality vs. quantity

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:42pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks get a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes about a year and a half after the VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the report and what it means for veterans' data.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:43pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Earlier this month, the Defense Information Systems Agency announced a major reorganization. It says the changes would help drive cybersecurity into everything the agency does. But DISA will never have unlimited resources, so it's now moving toward a "risk management" approach to cybersecurity: Accepting risk in some areas so that it can make sure that what really matters is highly secure. The risk management executive is a new position within the agency's organizational chart. DISA Risk Management Executive Mark Orndorff talked about the new cyber philosophy with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

Federal agencies are experiencing a drought of IT professionals. The best way to get around it is to build an elite team of IT experts that can spearhead innovation at your agency. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient, and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ideas for how to build that elite cadre of IT professionals.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:35pm EST
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John Pendleton, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO

The Defense Department knows it wants to reduce the size of its headquarters, but it doesn't know exactly how. John Pendleton, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the Pentagon should plan to trim down its management offices.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:32pm EST
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Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A new outreach initiative at the Thrift Savings Plan comes from their Enterprise Risk Management Office. That Office is about two years old. The TSP wants the longest list possible of potential risks to their operation. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the TSP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the ERM Office's new effort will look at risk in a number of different ways.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Steve Beltz, Senior Consultant, Guidance Software

Federal agencies need three critical ingredients in place for data to make a lasting impact on their mission. That's according to Steve Beltz, senior consultant for Guidance Software, and former assistant director of the Recovery Operations Center for the RAT Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he promoted the "three-legged stool approach" to federal agency data.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:13pm EST
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Pace of IT biggest challenge for agencies moving to cloud

Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, sat down with Women of Washington to discuss how the government can leverage cloud computing solutions.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 01:14pm EST

Online Chat: Mark Orndorff, risk management executive & CIO, DISA

Mark Orndorff, risk management executive & chief information officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his agency's new risk management organization and DoD's evolving approach to cybersecurity.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 11:00am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Henry Ford once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he's 20 or 80." You can apply that to the world of contracting, where everything is part of a bigger picture. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." His fourth Commandment is "Thou shalt stay informed." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said the more you know, the better protected you'll be.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:42am EST
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Eric Bachman, Office of Special Counsel

The Office of Special Counsel is helping Veterans Affairs employees bounce back after they've been punished for blowing the whistle. The office has obtained relief for 25 employees and counting. OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, Eric Bachman, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the operation.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:40am EST
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Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

We now turn to hopes of restoring native plants, preserving bird habitats and helping farmers cut pollution. The Agriculture Department has approved the first set of projects under a new program designed to get the rest of us investing in conservation. Congress squeezed the regional conservation partnership program into last year's mega farm bill. Jason Weller, chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the new program and its projects.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:36am EST
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