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1:51 am, January 30, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Is the SES pay-for-performance appraisal system working?

With fewer SES awards being handed out, Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, wonders whether executives are performing less well than they did in years past or if the standards simply have gotten too tough?

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 05:55pm EST

Eric Crucius, Partner, Fed Nexus Law

The term lowest price-technically acceptable is a misnomer. LPTA contracts usually wind up costing federal agencies more than other kinds of contracts. That's according to Eric Crusius -- he's a partner at Fed Nexus Law and his practice is in the federal contracting space. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal agencies are pushing the LPTA concept too hard.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:37pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal leaders are getting more excited about moving their agencies toward a more digital existence. But new research by the National Academy of Public of Administration and ICF International finds the majority of federal respondents need help to make lasting change to their agency's services. And that help is coming from the Office of Management and Budget. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how OMB will further how agencies move to the digital world.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:22pm EST
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Bill Eggers, Global Public Sector Research Director, Deloitte

Agencies across government are developing and releasing strategic plans for the second half of this decade. But an effort is under way now to coordinate and direct the organization of government -- and the vision of government -- in the year 2020. Bill Eggers is Global Public Sector Research Director at Deloitte. He's leading the Gov 2020 effort, and on In Depth with Francis Rose he explained why.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Jamie Barnett, Cybersecurity Practice Partner, Venable

CENTCOM's Twitter and YouTube accounts are back up and running after Islamic State sympathizers hacked the sites yesterday. The Defense Department says the attack lasted for about 30 minutes. The sites posted threatening messages about American troops and showed pro-Islamic State images. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett is a partner for the cybersecurity practice at Venable. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the cybervandalism means for CENTCOM and national security.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:10pm EST
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Workforce obstacles hamper digital tech growth at agencies, study says

Agency management is mostly gung-ho about bringing new digital technology into the workplace, but hurdles such as a sluggish acquisition process and a workforce lacking tech-related skills keep the federal government from innovating, according to a new study.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 12:46pm EST

Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

When President Barack Obama issued his executive action on immigration, a lot of the work fell to the Homeland Security Department. Customs and Border Protection certainly received its share thanks to new rules for deferred actions on parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents (DAPA). Part of that work means making sure illegal or undocumented immigrants understand the rules and who they apply to. Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how CBP is handling the executive action.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:35am EST
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Jose Arrieta, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Treasury

The Treasury Department wants to make sure small players aren't left out of potential contracting opportunities. That's why it put out a guide for small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses. The guide gives them tips for pursuing Treasury contractings. Jose Arrieta is the director of Treasury's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the guide.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:33am EST
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House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Some save lives by fighting disease, developing vaccines or rescuing children from sexual predators. Others save money by fighting fraud. Still others save human dignity by pursuing justice, no matter how long it takes or how far they have to go. They are the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medalists. You've only got until the end of the week to nominate an outstanding federal employee for the 2015 awards. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the criteria and what the Sammies mean.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:29am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A contracting negotiation is supposed to be a win-win. But your chances of a good outcome increase the more you know about your opponent. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a Partner at the law firm Thomspon Coburn, and author of the new blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled Commandment 2: Thou shalt study thy adversary. He says it's wise to arm yourself with knowledge before a negotiation.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:20am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - January 13, 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, Metro is suspending all yellow line service today after smoke filled a train near L'Enfant Plaza station, leaving one dead and many injured, President Obama's nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury Department withdraws after facing opposition in the Senate and the Homeland Security Department boosts security after the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 08:24am EST

Contracting Commandment #2: Thou shalt study thy customer

Knowing the people involved on the other side of a contract negotiation can be an extremely valuable weapon, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:48am EST
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A new era in DoD cyber defense begins

The Defense Information Systems Agency launches reorganization, including the new Joint Task Force-DoD Information Networks. The new cyber organization will reach initial operating capability on Jan. 15, taking over 14-to-19 tasks from U.S. Cyber Command.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:18am EST
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CENTCOM's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked

US military's Central Command's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked, no classified material breached

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 03:56am EST

A taxing tax season: Press 2 to weep

When you make that call to the Internal Revenue Service with a tax question or a plea for help, maybe you'd better pack a lunch, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. You might be on hold for a very long time.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 02:00am EST

Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
January 12, 2015

Monday - 01/12/2015, 08:53pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A plan to fund the Homeland Security Department is taking shape in Congress. But there's a big question mark next to HR 240: Is it an actual bill? Or just another continuing resolution? David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the details on HR 240.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:23pm EST
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John Teeter, Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health

Federal health agencies need help drafting their latest update to the Federal Health IT strategy guide. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan relies on new research gathered about electronic health records in both the public and private sectors. But those agencies are looking for public input to make it perfect. John Teeter is managing director of the Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to improve the new strategy guide that will inform public health policies until the year 2020.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:18pm EST
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OPM disables Web portal after retirees' information potentially exposed

The Office of Personnel Management disabled a Web portal used by federal retirees Monday to address a malfunction that may have left some retirees' personal information exposed.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:16pm EST
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