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7:53 pm, February 26, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The White House budget request lays out a plan to get rid of sequestration and start new programs to strengthen the senior executive service. But the power over budget reality lies mostly in the hand of Congress. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors should be wary of the hype a White House budget creates.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42pm EST
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Mandy Smithberger, CDI Straus Military Reform Project, POGO

The Air Force is campaigning to get rid of the A-10 aircraft program. But the numbers it's using to justify killing the A-10 aren't the real numbers, according to Mandy Smithberger. She's director of the CDI Straus Military Reform Project for the Project on Government Oversight. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she expained why that is.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:36pm EST
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Bill Rowan, Vice President for Federal Business, VMware

The White House is creating a new Cyber Threat Intelligence Center, but the administration says it won't duplicate other cyber programs in the federal government. The goal is to add more coordination to the federal cybersecurity process. Bill Rowan is vice president of federal business for VMWare. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the key to a strong IT infrastructure at your agency isn't so much the technology at hand, but to make organizational and operational changes to take advantage of that technology.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Obama to create new agency to examine cyberthreats

Obama to create new agency to coordinate intelligence about cyberthreats

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 12:48pm EST

TSP Board looks for fund manager for C Fund

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued a request for proposal for the Thrift Savings Plan's Common Stock Fund.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 10:20am EST

Steve Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of land-use agreements worth tens of millions of dollars. It needs help in managing them. A new study by the Government Accountability Office found several agreements were recorded multiple times, and some revenue hadn't even been reported. Steve Lord, the managing director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service at GAO, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about how land-use agreements work and what GAO found.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 09:12am EST
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Larry Youngner, Managing Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Nearly 1,000 military service members whose homes were wrongly foreclosed on will be receiving over $123 million. That's thanks to a new Justice Department settlement with five of the nation's largest mortgage companies. Justice said they violated the Service Members Civil Relief Act in foreclosing the homes. Larry Youngner, a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further analyze the settlement.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 09:05am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - February 12, 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, A former Postal Service contracting officer and a mail delivery contractor are charged in a bribery scheme, a new bill would prevent federal employees from watching pornography on government-issued devices, and what's former Secret Service official A.T. Smith doing now? It's a mystery.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 07:31am EST

VA secretary asks Iraq veteran congressman: 'What have you done?'

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday asked a Republican lawmaker who served in both Iraq wars, "What have you done?" as the two men sparred over huge cost overruns at a troubled Denver VA hospital.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:53am EST

GAO adds IT acquisition, VA health care to High Risk List

The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am EST
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OMB reaffirms cyber oversight role

Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, said the new E-Gov Cyber Unit will play a key role in how the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology analyzes agency progress in protecting their systems. DHS and GSA will award the second task order under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the coming weeks, which will provide integration services with tools and the agencywide dashboards.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:46am EST
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Obama asks fresh war powers, says IS group 'going to lose'

Obama asks fresh, limited war powers, vows that Islamic State group 'is going to lose'

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:14am EST

Getting in touch with your inner voter

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey sure has a lot of questions today for federal employees, like, do federal employees favor one party over the other? How about you?

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:00am EST

Bill targets pornography viewing on agency computers

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced a new bill to stop federal employees from using work computers to watch pornography.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:32pm EST

OMB's A-123 rewrite to flip risk management on its head

Mike Wetklow, an Office of Management and Budget official, said the expected changes to Circular A-123 will ask agencies to view risk management in a different way.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:21pm EST

Longer leases, improved space utilization key to big savings for GSA

With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a "buyers market" in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this "perfect storm".

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:48pm EST

Grant Schneider, Federal Cybersecurity Advisor, OMB

Agencies should expect a cybersecurity revival of sorts from the Office of Management and Budget this year. OMB is reasserting its cyber oversight role with a new group of experts. Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about what agencies should expect from his agency in the coming months.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Michael Vlahos, Professor, U.S. Naval War College

The new National Security Strategy details, among other things, how the Defense Department will execute the rebalance to Asia and the Middle East. But the last National Security Strategy in 2010 didn't predict some important world events that have happened since that strategy was released. Michael Vlahos is a professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the U.S. Naval War College. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the National Security Strategy is an important document, and what you should consider when you read it.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:41pm EST
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Michael Horowitz, IG, Justice Department

Inspectors general across government are facing delays and denials when they ask for access to information. The Inspector General at the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, detailed a disagreement his office has with the FBI at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. General Horowitz is also chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the implications for access denial and delays.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Andre Gudger, Acting DASD for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

Encouraging competition is a key component of the latest iteration of Better Buying Power at the Defense Department. The agency has a new point man to connect with the defense industrial base. Andre Gudger is acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the steps the Pentagon will take to improve its relationship with the defense industrial base.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:22pm EST
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