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AG Eric Holder: Prostitutes are off limits for Justice employees

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo to Justice Department employees reminding them that soliciting a prostitute can lead to suspension and termination. The memo is in response to a recent inspector general report that examined allegations that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:30pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As part of the Pentagon's newly-unveiled Better Buying Power 3.0, officials say they're planning a concerted push for more open architectures - and owning the data rights to acquisition systems where it's appropriate. But DoD is trying to reassure companies that doesn't mean it will try to demand ownership of its most valued proprietary technology. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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Agency customer service initiatives

ForeSee Vice President Dave Lewan and Abby Herriman, senior vice president of Delivery and Innovation at HighPoint Global, join host Jason Briefel for a wide ranging discussion of customer service initiatives in the federal government.
April 10, 2015

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:11pm EDT
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The White House wants agencies to start preparing now for the final year of the administration's cross-agency management goals. The Office of Management and Budget says the final year will focus on making those changes permanent so they'll carry over into the next administration. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies can prepare for the beginning of the end.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:56pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The House and Senate budget plans for fiscal 2016 could transform the federal workforce. The House plan would save $281 billion over ten years through staffing cuts and benefits reform. The Senate plan would save $170 billion in similar ways. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his predictions for some potential consequences of the budget plans at your agency.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Census: 'Security and safety of our employees is our top priority'

Census Bureau Director John Thompson described the shooting death of security guard Lawrence Buckner at the agency's headquarters in Suitland, Md. Thursday night, as a "tragic and scary event for the Census Bureau family." Buckner, 59, was a contractor working for the federal government through the Hunt Valley, Maryland-based company Master Security.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:30pm EDT

Census Bureau security guard dead after shooting at headquarters

An armed man kidnapped a woman, shot a Census Bureau guard and led police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Thursday before authorities cornered him in an exchange of gunfire that left the suspect and a police officer wounded, authorities said.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 01:00pm EDT

Census' decennial planning builds on its telework successes

The agency has upgraded its network and increased capabilities to let employees work remotely or telework more easily, says Brian McGrath, the Census Bureau's chief information officer.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 12:49pm EDT
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Calls grow for the ouster of Commerce IG Todd Zinser

Three whistleblower groups have joined Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in calling for the removal of the Commerce Department's top watchdog over alleged misconduct.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 11:39am EDT

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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