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10:03 am, August 23, 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.

Industry reps pessimistic about legislative IT reform this year

IT Alliance for Public Sector experts say there are two major reasons for their fleeting hope—one is the little time lawmakers have in Washington over the next four months; and second is the continued impasse among the Senate and House over the role of agency CIOs. ITAPS says a two-and-a-half month continuing resolution is likely and an omnibus spending bill for 2015 is gaining support.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 05:20am EDT
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Work: Getting there quickly is half the fun ...

What secrets would you reveal to a perfect stranger? A love affair? The misdeeds of a crooked boss? Or, as Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders, would it be how long it really takes you to commute to work?

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

Scott Cameron, Executive Advisor, R3 Government Solutions, LLC

Chief information officers have a foot on two logs. They have to deal with the fast-changing technology that underpins so many government operations. At the same time, they need good management skills as high-level executives. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has a new study of what skills and duties future CIOs should have. Scott Cameron is executive advisor at R3 Solutions. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why they conducted the study.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 06:00pm EDT
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DoD hunting for value, innovation not just lowest price

When it comes to lowest price, technically acceptable policies, the Defense Department wants more than "acceptable" for its acquisition services. Even with looming sequestration forcing DoD to stretch financially, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense acquisition, technology and logistics, said the department must incentivize contractors to provide better value as well as best prices.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:59pm EDT

Brian Bouffard, Former Navy JAG Lt. Commander

Pretrial hearings are underway in the case against the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S Cole 14 years ago. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri could receive the death penalty for charges including terrorism and the killing of 17 soldiers. A new judge, Colonel Vance Spath, has just taken over the case at a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp speak with Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Bouffard on the Federal Drive. He takes them inside the world of military commissions.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:56pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Congressional reforms for agencies on how to buy technology are increasingly unlikely. Industry experts are holding little hope that multiple bills attempting to fix long-standing problems with IT acquisition will get passed before the end of the year. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why some are pessimistic about IT reform this year.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:31pm EDT
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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
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