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5:00 pm, July 25, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Veterans, STEMM fields see steady increase in federal workforce

New hiring in the federal government dropped by more than 13,000 in fiscal 2013, amounting to a 46.4 percent decline in hiring over the past four years, but two groups continue to show steady increases in the federal workforce.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 06:00pm EDT
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Senate confirms Julian Castro as HUD secretary

The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 05:30pm EDT

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)

For the Department of Homeland Security, making its 22 components' radio systems interoperable with one another has been an objective since the department was created in 2003. But today, DHS still can't account for all of its communications assets -- let alone get them to talk to each other. Last night, the House passed legislation designed to get things moving. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and the prime sponsor of the DHS Interoperable Communications Act. He explained the details of the bill on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, American University

A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Patrick DeGroodt, Deputy Product Manager, Department of the Army

The technical name for one of the Army's communications networks is Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment Two. But some soldiers prefer to call it their digital guardian angel. Another calls it the holy grail of communication. Now one of the creators of the Army's WIN-T system is receiving prestigious recognition for his role in its creation. Patrick DeGroodt is Deputy Project Manager for the Department of the Army. He's a Service to America medal finalist in the National Security and International Affairs category. He explained the creation process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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GSA wants to add cloud category to IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration announced Wednesday it's seeking to roll out a new category especially for cloud services under its massive IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. Maynard Crum, acting director of the Office of Strategic Programs in GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services, announced the agency's pursuit of a new special-item number for cloud or cloud SIN during a panel discussion at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 03:16pm EDT

Agencies on the right track with open data

Former DHS technology leader Dan Katz believes the continued surge in the amount of data produced daily will provide a "renaissance, of really innovative, really high-value solutions" to the government's open data issues.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:25pm EDT

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.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 01:23pm EDT

House passes bills tackling DHS communications during disasters

Legislation passed by the House creates a social media working group for the Department of Homeland Security, and adds in requirements and accountability processes to improve interoperability across the agency.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 12:53pm EDT

Russ Hereford, Deputy Regional Inspector General, Health and Human Services

Year two of the Affordable Care Act is underway with open enrollment starting Oct. 1. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is already working to fix a big problem with the federal health insurance marketplace. The Health and Human Services inspector general found problems in verifying the data people used to enroll, producing inconsistencies that slowed down enrollment. Russ Hereford is deputy regional inspector general for HHS. He explains to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how extensive the problem is.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:20am EDT
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Ted Davies, Executive Vice Chairman, ACT-IAC

ACT-IAC is a potent force in the federal information technology market. With hundreds of companies and thousands of people, it's been sponsoring conferences, seminars, studies and even charity events for nearly a quarter century. Ted Davies is the new executive vice chairman of ACT-IAC. His day job is president of Unisys Federal. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his new role.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:18am EDT
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Peter Swire, Georgia Tech

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has released a thorough report on how federal agencies, mainly the National Security Agency, track foreigners' internet communications. The board found the surveillance, under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to be legal. Former White House Privacy Chief, Peter Swire, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his perspective on its findings.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 11:06am EDT
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Senate advances cybersecurity defense

The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The legislation is designed to expand information shared about cybersecurity threats and defensive mechanisms between the government and companies and within the private sector. The goal is to combat the rapid increase in attacks on computer systems that have resulted in the theft of millions of Americans' personal information and hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for businesses.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 09:21am EDT

Senate report: Billions of dollars at risk from shaky Pentagon IT programs

A new bipartisan report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations called the Air Force's now-canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System "one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement by the DoD in recent memory." But the failure of ECSS may not be an aberration, the report suggested. Other enterprise-resource planning programs in the department are at risk of falling victim to the same fate.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:27am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - July 9, 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, President Obama asks for $3.7 billion for the Mexican border crisis, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will distribute $43 million for conservation projects.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:04am EDT

Federal travel restrictions are costing money and harming security

The restrictions on feds' travel opportunities are having too many unintended consequences, says Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:41am EDT

Last days of a working fed

On your last day of work, are you going to leave a surprise gift on somebody's desk? Today's guest columnist is soon pulling the plug after nearly 27 years with Uncle Sam. So what are his thoughts?

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

FAS's roles in professional services

Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service discusses the new professional services category management agenda for FAS and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.
July 8, 2014

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:16pm EDT
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What's new at Microsoft?

Susie Adams, the chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, joins host John Gilroy to discuss some new offerings from Microsoft and what they mean for federal IT professionals.
July 8, 2014

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:09pm EDT
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What life is really like behind the inspector general's curtain

Brian Miller, former inspector general at the General Services Administration, said IGs have a difficult job that often goes unnoticed. He gave Federal News Radio a behind-the-scenes look at how IGs balance mission, the media, agency relationships and a good sense of humor.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:48pm EDT
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