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Jamie Forzato, Reporter, WTOP

A case of alleged armed domestic kidnapping lands on the doorstep of a federal agency. And now a building guard is dead from gunshot wounds. WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive live from Suitland, MD, with the latest on the shooting.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:44am EDT
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Kelly Thresher, Public Policy Analyst, Office of the Inspector General

The Postal Service's Inspector General proposes a novel solution for cutting costs: Adopt augmented reality. The IG says the Postal Service could save time and money by outfitting drivers with augmented reality glasses. AR technology allows mobile devices to superimpose digital information on a real-world view. Kelly Thresher is a public policy analyst at the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate on how augmented reality could help USPS.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:38am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - April 10, 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,

Friday - 04/10/2015, 08:49am EDT

Steve Buerger, Project Lead, Sandia National Labs

Robotics have advanced to a place where walking machines may soon be sent into emergency response situations too dangerous for people. This reality is made possible only through a long battery life and mechanical systems that don't eat up all the battery's energy stores. Steve Buerger is a project lead in the intelligent systems control department at Sandia National Labs. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how it all works.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 06:08am EDT
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DoD's Better Buying Power 3.0 raises cyber as a core acquisition concern

The Defense Department published a 3.0 version of its Better Buying Power program Thursday, saying the overall plan represents "more continuity than change." But there have been shifts in emphasis over the initiative's five-year lifespan, including a new focus on cybersecurity.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:44am EDT

IRS Commissioner questions congressional double-edged sword

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said there is a disconnect in Congress as lawmakers continue to give the bureau more responsibility yet reduce its budget. He said he has a plan for the IRS to modernize its online services despite its budget challenges.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:12am EDT

Surviving at the bottom of a legislative volcano

Being a fed is like living in a nudist colony at the base of a dormant but still active volcano. Or being in an all-glass group house. The scenery is great, but you never know who or what's out there, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 02:27am EDT

Census Bureau guard shot and critically wounded at headquarters

A Census Bureau security guard was shot at the agency's headquarters in Suitland, Md., Thursday night. The incident began with a kidnapping in DC, continued to the Census campus, and ended back in the District after a police chase. Census employees were forced to shelter in place for hours before being allowed to go home.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:58pm EDT

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Despite reforms, VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:58pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department released Thursday its update to Better Buying Power. It includes marching orders to the acquisition community on how to recreate a technology gap between the United States and other countries. DoD officials worry the militaries of other nations are quickly closing that gap. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the 3.0 version of Better Buying Power includes a new emphasis on cybersecurity.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:56pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Washington, D.C. is a great place to look for business deals with federal agencies. But it's not the only place. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, has a top-three list for increasing federal business opportunities. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the first is to think outside of the capital city.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:51pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Millenials are leaving the federal government in big numbers. A lack of innovation is one contributor. The Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in Government research shows the government's innovation score is down again. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach for the Partnership for Public Service, says innovation, or lack thereof is a sticky topic in government right now.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:32pm EDT
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Rocky Galloway, Senior Counsel, General Counsel

Some companies team up to bid on an agency contract. But more organizations can complicate the details of the contract, and that can turn into legal trouble for some organizations. Rocky Galloway, senior counsel in the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a specific case where a team solution ended up in court.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Bid protests at the Government Accountability Office are up, according to the latest numbers from GAO. The actual number of protests in fiscal 2014 was 2,561. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable and former deputy administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the total number of protests is pretty small.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:22pm EDT
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Army deploying warfighting version of in-flight Wi-Fi

Within weeks, the Army says it will deploy systems that, for the first time, will give commanders access to the systems they need for mission command and planning, while they and their troops are airborne.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 12:55pm EDT
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Secret Service supervisor placed on leave after allegations

Secret Service supervisor placed on leave after allegations of 'potential criminal activity'

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 11:16am EDT

Katie Tubb, Research Associate and Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation

When Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced he would not run for re-election, he reopened the debate about nuclear waste disposal in this country. Reid had staunchly opposed a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain in his state. But never say never. Today five members of Congress, led by the Republican chairman of the House Environment and Economy Subcommittee are visiting the site. Katie Tubb is a research associate and coordinator for the Heritage Foundation who has studied this issue.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:21am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
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Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - April 9, 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, federal contractors can't discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees; Secret Service places a high-ranking supervisor on administrative leave after allegations and NASA scientists are confident they'll find alien life in the next few decades.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 09:54am EDT
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