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10:27 pm, October 21, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal employees' health care premiums are going up once again by 3.8 percent on average. That's less of an increase than what feds saw in 2014 and below the industry average. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the changes to federal employees' 2015 health care coverage.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 06:44am EDT
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DoD, DHS push 'fly before you buy' approach to acquisition

The Defense and Homeland Security departments both say they are putting their programs on a path that will insist that technologies are rigorously tested before they commit to expensive acquisition strategies.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:19am EDT

VA moves to ax 4 senior execs in scandal response

Veterans agency moves to fire 4 senior executives in crackdown following wait-time scandal

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 03:56am EDT

Finding your magic retirement date

Honesty is the best policy. It's also a best practice for feds trying to decide when they should retire, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

OPM: Millennial feds like their jobs but don't stay long

A new report by the Office of Personnel Management suggests the federal government is doing a better job of recruiting a new generation of workers than retaining them.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 11:53pm EDT

An update on OASIS

Jim Ghiloni, program manager for OASIS, will bring us up to date on the capabilities, features, and opportunities of the OASIS contracting program.
October 7, 2014

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:45pm EDT
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Healthcare IT & acquisition

John Gilroy hosts a roundtable discussion of healthcare IT and how it relates to federal IT professionals and the whole acquisition process.
October 7, 2014

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 06:59pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Your health care premiums are going up once again by 3.8 percent on average. That's less of an increase than what you saw in 2014, and well below industry average. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of the changes to your 2015 health care coverage.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DoD and DHS acquisition officials say they're making a concerted effort to address a criticism that's been at the center of decades' worth of GAO reports and blue ribbon panels: The government puts off the testing of its new systems until after it's already agreed to buy them. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Your agency's go-to expert on acquistion policy isn't where he or she should be. That's according to Larry Allen -- he's President of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said an over reliance on contractors causes agencies to forget important rules for acquisition.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security & Justice Issues Director, GAO

The drone fleet at Customs and Border Protection isn't big, but the law states that very strict oversight from the Homeland Security Department and CBP is important. Rebecca Gambler is director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said Congress mandated a look at CBP's drone program.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

The results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey should be coming soon, and experts expect the trends we've seen over the last few years to continue this year. One of those trends is falling morale among younger, newer federal employees. Virginia Hill is national president of Young Government Leaders. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered ways agencies can try to keep up morale among their youngest employees.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Martha Johnson, Former Administrator, GSA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed the removal of Susan Taylor for her role in fraud allegations from VA's Inspector General. She's the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and part of the procurement scandal involving the company FedBid. She's the second high-profile official to leave government under a cloud in the last week: Julia Pierson resigned as Director of the Secret Service after a scandal there about securing the safety of President Obama. Martha Johnson is the former administrator of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared advice for current and former employees who have to deal with the fallout of a leadership shakeup at the top of their agencies.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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How to recruit, retain and engage Millennials in the federal workforce

It's an 80 million-strong generation, made up of people born over the last 30 years or so. Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers, but some say it's a generation of potential workforce members that's unaware of opportunities in federal government.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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Feds' health care costs to increase by 3.2 percent in 2015

The Office of Personnel Management released the latest costs for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Tuesday, which show an increase of less than 4 percent for the fourth straight year.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:06pm EDT

Scott Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

This month a wealth of data detailing stimulus and Hurricane Sandy spending disappeared from the website recovery.gov. The Recovery Accountability Transparency Board says it can't afford to renew its contract with Dun & Bradstreet for use of its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Yet, businesses that receive federal funds are identified solely by DUNS. There is no alternative for where the government gets that data and Dun & Bradstreet controls how it is used. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the matter.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:01pm EDT
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Afzal Bari, Senior Technology Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman Meg Whitman has announced plans to split the tech giant into two separate, publicly traded companies. One of the resulting companies will make and market PCs and printers. The other will focus on enterprise hardware, software and services. HP is the sixth largest federal IT contractor on the Washington Technology list of the top one hundred. So the split could have implications for agencies that buy HP products and services. Afzal Bari, senior technology analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 01:59pm EDT
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OPM releases long-awaited report on official time

After months of urging from lawmakers, the Office of Personnel Management released a new report on official time, including data from fiscal year 2012. Official time hours totaled nearly 3.5 million in FY 2012, with cost estimates at $157 million, according to OPM's data.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 10:58am EDT

US troops go to Liberia

Three hundred fifty U.S. troops are in Liberia according to the Pentagon. They are ready to begin building a 25-bed field hospital for medical workers infected with Ebola.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 09:01am EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - October 7, 2014

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, the VA uses its new legal authority to remove members of the senior executive service, DoD spending on fighting ISIS exceeds $1 billion and the Obama administration tightens screening protocols for airline passengers in light of Ebola fears.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:59am EDT
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