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12:24 am, August 22, 2014

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.

Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

It's been almost five years since Congress eliminated the National Security Personnel System, and almost three years since it told the Pentagon to come up with a new performance management system for civilian personnel. Now, DoD has released some early details on what that new system will eventually look like. In a semiannual report to Congress last week, officials said they had notified DoD labor unions that the new system will evaluate employee performance in three tiers and promised that those performance reviews will be linked to organizational goals. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained the system changes on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:29pm EDT
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Lexy Kessler, Government Contracting Practice Partner, Aronson

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an executive order designed to crack down on federal contractors who are violating labor laws and continuing to get federal money. Over the coming months, agencies will be drawing up regulations to implement the order, which requires companies to notify the government if they've violated any one of 14 different labor laws over the past three years. Lexy Kessler is a partner at the advisory firm Aronson LLC -- she leads their government contracting practice. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, she shared the key points companies need to keep in mind about what's ahead.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:23pm EDT
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The TSP, VA changes, & pension plan rollback

Financial planner Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and proposed changes to the federal pension plan.
August 6, 2014

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Dr. Linda Jensen, Human Resources Specialist, NASA Ames Research

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Linda Jensen, a human resources specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained her underlying theory to human resources at her agency. Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Linda Jensen, a human resources specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained her underlying theory to human resources at her agency.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT
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Technology Insights

ViON Corporation President and CEO, Tom Frana talks to Kevin Reid, CEO and CTO of Virtustream about the cloud.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:21pm EDT

Army general officer killed in Afghanistan

The reality of losing an American general in Afghanistan is setting in. "Even our generals are out there, many of whom have served many tours of duty both in Afghanistan and Iraq, leading America's sons and daughters, and that's something we should all think about from time to time," says RET. Army LT. General Harold Swan. Army MAJ. Harold Greene was killed in an insider attack yesterday in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 11:40am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - August 6, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, IGs warn the nature of their job is in danger, former NSA chief under scrutiny says his actions were legal.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:33am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its own voice to a growing list of associations and members of Congress with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what DoD is looking to change. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
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IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Why industry and women need to take more chances

Industry needs to be "more creative and bold" when it comes to helping agencies solve their biggest challenges, says AT&T executive Casey Coleman, the former chief information officer at the General Services Administration. (This is an archive program that originally aired July 9, 2014.)

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 02:23am EDT

A new approach to data management

Rick Caccia, vice president of Strategy at Delphix, will discuss the benefits of taking an agile approach to data management.
August 5, 2014

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 08:36pm EDT
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Insider threat program training starts with Security 101

Quite a number of insider threat incidents have happened because basic security principles were absent, overlooked or ignored. Why Jim Henderson says it's time we get back to the basics.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 06:23pm EDT

Afghan soldier kills US general, wounds about 15

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was on his first deployment to a war zone and was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year. He was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 06:05pm EDT

The 4th quarter scramble: Opportunities for contractors?

Gormley Group President Bill Gormley and Bloomberg Government's Cameron Leuthy and Miguel Garrido discuss the end of the fiscal year budget scramble, and what contractors should be doing to take advantage of the surge in buying.
August 5, 2014

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 05:45pm EDT
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Technology Insights

ViON Corporation President and CEO, Tom Frana talks to Steve Picot, VP of Federal Sales for ViON about ViON and the Marine Corps.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:52pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its voice to a growing list of associations and lawmakers with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu what DoD is looking to change.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Last week, the Government Accountability office released some of its conclusions about the problems surrounding the launch of HealthCare.gov, like cost overruns, schedule delays and an alleged lack of proper oversight over the project's prime contractor. It warned problems with the website could resurface later this year. GAO says the management weaknesses that caused the problems in the first place are still in place at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, joins In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu. He says the procurement side of the issue isn't the true villian in this ongoing I-T saga.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Newly hired federal employees don't have any sick leave during their first year on the job. Instead they accrue it over time and can start using it their second year. That creates a dilemma for wounded veterans who want to work for a federal agency, but can't miss a doctor's appointment. A newly-introduced piece of legislation aims to eliminate that dilemma. Katie Maddocks, government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why it's a staunch advocate of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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