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3:33 pm, May 24, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

Obama selects Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman; led Afghan war effort

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:02am EDT

Council trying to create a performance culture snowball effect

The Performance Improvement Council is following four complementary strategies to increase the use of data-driven decision making and create champions to spread the capabilities to the program level.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:47am EDT
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VA nominee vows transformation of veterans heath care

Dr. David Shulkin led a turnaround of New York's Beth Israel Hospital as part of a long career in private sector hospital administration. He said running the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system would be a far greater challenge, but assured senators that his skills are transferrable to the public sector.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:27am EDT
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OMB requiring 5 percent cut in discretionary budget for 2017

The annual budget guidance continues to emphasize data-driven decision making, and makes specific recommendations around improper payments, shared services and the Freeze the Footprint initiatives. The administration also will introduce new stat session, FedStat, to integrate and prioritize management and mission issues.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:21am EDT

Feds/Congress: The Fear Factor

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says Congress and the White House have made his job easier ... namely by giving him plenty of stories to write about that scare federal employees!

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 03:00am EDT

The benefits of virtualization

Greg Garcia, executive director of the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency will discuss the theory of virtualization and how your agency can benefit from it.
May 5, 2015

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:03pm EDT
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An update on GSA's transactional data reporting rule

Brian Miller, managing director in the Disputes and Investigations Practice at Navigant will give us his thoughts on GSA's transactional data reporting rule.
May 5, 2015

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 07:36pm EDT
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Ex-FBI agent to undergo psychiatric exam after arrest at CIA

A federal magistrate has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a former FBI agent who was arrested at CIA headquarters after a confrontation with security officers.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 06:08pm EDT

Steve Katz, Former Chief Counsel to the Chairman, MSPB

The federal government suffers from a locker room culture problem, according to Steve Katz. He's former counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, former chief counsel to the chairman of Merit Systems Protection Board, and author of "Lion Taming: Working Successfully with Leaders, Bosses, and other Tough Customers." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered examples across multiple decades that highlight the culture problem from the top to the bottom of all three branches.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:57pm EDT
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Michael Fischetti, Executive Director, NCMA

Three major actions in the acquisition pipeline are good signs for change that will serve the government better. Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He's writing about all three under the title "Change is happening, and in the right way." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Mike explained why he thinks he has to point out that the news on acquisition isn't all bad.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:52pm EDT
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Pat Niehaus, National President, Federal Managers Association

The two easiest ways for agencies recruit and retain federal employees are under attack from Congress. Pat Niehaus is national president of the Federal Managers Association and chief of labor and employee relations at Travis Air Force Base. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said House proposals to cut salaries about nine percent for federal employees who make at least $100,000, and to switch retirement calculations from the High Three to High Five, are just two of multiple ways Congress is undermining your agency's workforce strategy.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:24pm EDT
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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. But the vote was a lot closer than it usually is. The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies oversees the release of that bill every year. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) is chairman of the subcommittee right now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the spending level in the bill isn't a cut for the VA.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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OPM lets agencies decide if conferences count as training

It will be up to agencies to decide whether to pay for employees to go to such events as part of their official duties, the Office of Personnel Management says.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:20pm EDT

OPM grants all agencies excepted hiring authorities for digital services

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta approved the use of excepted service appointments for up to two years at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for agencies with approved projects in need of digital services expertise.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 02:51pm EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

If the nation is thinking about the next presidential election, it might as well be thinking about the next presidential transition. A bipartisan Senate bill is aimed at ensuring smoother transitions in part by giving career officials the job of ensuring continuity. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some commentary on the bill.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:47am EDT
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Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

Everyone wants to prepare their child for life after school, whether that means college or something else. That's where College and Career Readiness standards come into play. They outline what a child should know and be able to do from kindergarten through the end of high school. Tom Brady is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the CCR standards.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT
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Capt. Andrew Tucci, Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard unveiled a new cybersecurity strategy earlier this month. It doesn't just focus on protecting Coast Guard networks and systems. It also includes the country's 3,600 ports. That's because so many ports are nearly fully automated, and therefore vulnerable to cyber attacks. Capt. Andrew Tucci is the chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Compliance. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said cyber attacks comprise the fastest growing risk, even at the ports.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:34am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 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, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:28am EDT

DoD grants new security approvals to 23 cloud providers

On Monday, the Pentagon made good on its promise to make more use of the government's FedRAMP process, certifying 23 cloud products as secure enough to host DoD low-level data.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:21am EDT
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