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12:30 am, September 2, 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.

Tom Staal, U.S. Agency for International Development

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Agency for International Development is managing four major humanitarian crises at the same time. Disaster response experts are in Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and West Africa. Thomas Staal is senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's efforts.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:27am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to find a good way to ensure employees have access to only the information they are supposed to have access to. Now, one could be close to a solution. The Air Force is launching a pilot program to test role-based authentication. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:23am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's summer, and according to some federal employees that means a sudden lack of judgement when it comes to the clothes people choose to wear to work. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share your thoughts.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:19am EDT
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Bob Cusack, Editor In Chief, The Hill Newspaper

This summer has been filled with hissy fits between the government and reporters. The latest tussle came just this week. Environment reporters say the EPA is now stopping its independent scientific advisers from speaking out. Agency Chief of Staff Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming wrote a memo telling the science advisory board to refer questions from the public to designated federal officials. Bob Cusack, editor and chief of the Hill Newspaper, has covered policy and politics in Washington for nearly two decades. He spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the relationship between the Obama administration and the press.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Per diem rates to go unchanged in fiscal 2015

The General Services Administration announced Friday the standard per diem rate wouldn't increase, but the agency did outline some new non-standard areas.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:07am EDT

Friday federal headlines - August 15, 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, the IRS puts taxpayer information at risk by failing to conduct background checks, and the Postal Service proposes dramatic reforms.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 08:20am EDT

Air Force banking on role-based authentication system to lock down data

The service will test out a role-based authentication technology on an application in the MilCloud run by DISA. Frank Konieczny, the Air Force's chief technology officer, said the pilot could move into full production in six months. DoD is considering adding the role-based capability to the JIE framework.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 07:16am EDT

Army contemplates new career branch for cyber personnel

The Army has thousands of personnel working full-time on cyber, but so far, those soldiers have no dedicated career path. That may be about to change.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:27am EDT
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Anything worth buying once is worth buying 10 times?

Agencies are spending billions of dollars on IT in the human resources arena, yet they are not getting billions of dollars in value. Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal says that has to change.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:33am EDT

Higher health premiums on the way!

While Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck may argue over whether it's rabbit or duck season, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey reminds feds that open enrollment season is fast approaching.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 02:00am EDT

DoD contracting official pleads guilty to bribery charges

Scott B. Miserendino Sr., a former contracting official with the Navy's Military Sealift Command, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Aug. 12 to conspiracy to commit bribery and accepting bribes as a public official.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies continue to struggle to find a good model to ensure their employees have access to only to the information they are supposed to. But at least one agency is close to answering this long-standing challenge. The Air Force is launching a pilot to test role-based authentication. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies are dealing with a new set of computer network challenges.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's uniformed cyber workforce right now is made up of a "potpourri" of occupational specialties. Some of it's drawn from officers and enlisted soldiers who are officially designated as members of the "intelligence" branches. The Army cultivates others through its "signals" branch. The Army hasn't reached a final decision yet, but Army Secretary John McHugh is considering the creation of a new career field that would be completely dedicated to cyber. Col. Carmine Cicalese is the branch chief for cyber and information operations at Army headquarters. He talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the potential benefits of a cyber career field.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

More than a third of the government employees that left in 2013 were at the very top of the General Schedule. That's one piece of important data from new research by the Partnership for Public Service. They've analyzed several years' worth of data on departures from the Federal work force. Tim McManus is their Vice President of Education and Outreach; on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are several important things Federal leaders can learn from the numbers.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Nicole Ogrysko, Producer, Federal News Radio

The Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for billions of financial trade records a day. But it once took the agency weeks and even months to analyze them. The SEC modernization project is speeding up that process and saving the agency $3 million a year. In part four of our special report "Rainmakers and Money Savers," you can meet a few people who are the leading the way. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko had more. Read Nicole's related article.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Kymm McCabe, President and CEO, ASI Government

Reforming the government's acquisition process is a goal many stakeholders share. But reform may be exactly the wrong approach for the 21st Century. Kymm McCabe is President and CEO of ASI Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained "three myths that cripple acquisition."

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Office of Naval Research heeds lessons learned in latest move to cloud

Gary Wyckoff, the chief information officer of the Office of Naval Research, said ONR is on the cusp of putting several applications in the cloud. He said mobility is a more difficult road to travel.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Lauren Larson, Producer, Federal News Radio

The federal government has a way to make money for less money. As part of our special report "Rainmakers and Money Savers," a look at the people who return millions -- or save millions -- for the federal government, Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson finds the cost of making money is cheaper now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said it's thanks to an engineer from the US Mint and a group of federal scientists with a new method of minting coins.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer, Xceedium

The 10th anniversary of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is upon us. HSPD-12 created a governmentwide standard for the personal ID cards federal employees use to access agency facilities. Ken Ammon is the Chief Strategy Officer of Xceedium. He explained the directive's past and future impact on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Asia-Pacific is on the Pentagon's Agenda

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work will travel to the Asia-Pacific region Aug. 17-23 to strengthen multilateral security cooperation in the region, build more robust partnerships, and discuss ongoing efforts and regional security matters. During the week-long trip, the Pentagon says Work will visit Guam, Hawaii, Japan and Republic of Korea. At each location, he will visit U.S. military bases and installations, speak with service members and civilian employees, and meet with allies and partners.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 12:21pm EDT
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