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10:42 am, March 3, 2015

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 Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

One third of current Senior Executive Service members say they would not join the SES if offered the chance today. That's according to the results of Federal News Radio's online survey. Not the case for Leslie Knope on the TV show *Parks and Recreation -- she's getting promoted from a job at the National Park Service to a senior management position at the Interior Department. Leslie Knope is probably more excited about joining the SES than most of today's SESers. Tom Shoop is editor in chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are a few reasons why this isn't entirely accurate of most federal managers.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:12pm EST
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Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, GAO

The 2015 edition of the High Risk List is out from the Government Accountability Office. It includes two new areas, and no areas came off the list this year. Gene Dodaro is Comptroller General of the United States. He introduced the List this week and testified about it to both the House and the Senate. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he gets one question about the High Risk List more than any other.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:08pm EST
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Technical problem -- not hackers -- takes out USPS email

The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing a nationwide IT outage today that's impacting USPS email accounts and some services at retail locations across the country.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 02:03pm EST

Leaders Speak on Federal Acquisition - Special Edition

What is federal acquisition? How are agencies enhancing their acquisition capabilities? Are there new ways to procure goods and services for federal agencies? What does the future hold for federal acquisition? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with key senior government executives and thought leaders.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 01:51pm EST
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New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST

Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, Director, Naval Surface Warfare

The USS Kauffman is now the last of its breed. The 453-foot Navy ship is on a six-month deployment that marks the final mission for any Navy frigate. All the rest have been decommissioned. Kauffmann will follow suit when it returns from Central America in September. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, the Navy's director of Surface Warfare, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the rationale behind the decommissioning, the policy behind it and how the Navy intends to replace the frigates.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:54am EST
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Matt Hummer, Director of Analytics, Govini

Homeland Security officials and their many constituencies are wondering how Congress will resolve the department's budget tug of war. Secretary Jeh Johnson has testified a funding lapse would result in 30,000 furloughs. Another fallout would be a slowdown in cybersecurity spending. Matt Hummer, director of analytics at the data firm Govini, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with more on that possibility.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:14am EST
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Friday federal headlines - February 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, President Obama stars in the latest viral Buzzfeed video, a panel investigating the Secret Service says agents are trained at "unacceptable" levels and a new White House executive order aims to ease cybersecurity threat information sharing among companies and the federal government.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:12am EST

Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The federal government has agreed to release one of the largest indexes of government data in the world. The Office of Management and Budget will fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request filed last December by the Sunlight Foundation. Sean Vitka, a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what that data will cover.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:12am EST
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Commerce invites employees to bring forth innovative ideas

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House's $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:36am EST
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Ebola response by NGA marks first step in 'unprecedented' move toward data transparency

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants a collaborative arrangement with commercial entrants into the GEOINT business - and promises it will do its part by sharing as much as possible.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:07am EST
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The importance of being you

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says one of the benefits of being a big-time Washington-based columnist is learning from the best and brightest -- namely his readers.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 03:00am EST

DHS shutdown, furloughs dominate subcommittee hearing

A House subcommittee hosted a hearing Thursday to discuss emerging threats and technologies, but the topic that dominated conversation was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 06:12pm EST

Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

Senate confirms Ash Carter, Obama's choice for defense secretary

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:58pm EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The White House budget request lays out a plan to get rid of sequestration and start new programs to strengthen the senior executive service. But the power over budget reality lies mostly in the hand of Congress. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors should be wary of the hype a White House budget creates.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42pm EST
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Mandy Smithberger, CDI Straus Military Reform Project, POGO

The Air Force is campaigning to get rid of the A-10 aircraft program. But the numbers it's using to justify killing the A-10 aren't the real numbers, according to Mandy Smithberger. She's director of the CDI Straus Military Reform Project for the Project on Government Oversight. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she expained why that is.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:36pm EST
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Bill Rowan, Vice President for Federal Business, VMware

The White House is creating a new Cyber Threat Intelligence Center, but the administration says it won't duplicate other cyber programs in the federal government. The goal is to add more coordination to the federal cybersecurity process. Bill Rowan is vice president of federal business for VMWare. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the key to a strong IT infrastructure at your agency isn't so much the technology at hand, but to make organizational and operational changes to take advantage of that technology.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Obama to create new agency to examine cyberthreats

Obama to create new agency to coordinate intelligence about cyberthreats

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 12:48pm EST

TSP Board looks for fund manager for C Fund

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued a request for proposal for the Thrift Savings Plan's Common Stock Fund.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 10:20am EST

Steve Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO

The Veterans Affairs Department has hundreds of land-use agreements worth tens of millions of dollars. It needs help in managing them. A new study by the Government Accountability Office found several agreements were recorded multiple times, and some revenue hadn't even been reported. Steve Lord, the managing director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service at GAO, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about how land-use agreements work and what GAO found.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 09:12am EST
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