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4:18 am, August 30, 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.

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Do officials who award contracts really know whom they're giving money to? Agencies are supposed to record past experiences with contractors in a shared database. The Government Accountability Office finds drastically different levels of compliance across government. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss who knows what about whom.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:24am EDT
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Lauren Larson, Federal News Radio

Who in the federal government saves Uncle Sam money? Who makes money for him? Federal News Radio's special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, answers these questions. When an engineer from the U.S. Mint and a group of federal scientists teamed up to perfect the way coins were made, the result was anything but pocket change. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has details. Read Lauren's related article.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:16am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department soon will name pilot programs for putting more sensitive data in a cloud that's not run by the military. More broadly, the DoD chief information officer plans to change the way the military uses and manages its network. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where DoD is heading. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:11am EDT
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VA referrals to private doctors on rise

VA secretary: Number of referrals to private doctors increasing significantly

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:06am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - August 14, 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, Interior confirms its CIO, and military base shelters for immigrant children close.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 08:25am EDT

DoD to test commercial cloud for some sensitive data

Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting chief information officer, is planning to change the way the military uses and manages its network. The Joint Information Environment is driving many of the modernization efforts across DoD.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 05:22am EDT
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SEC employees harness big data, cloud to open up savings and new possibilities

The Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for billions of financial trade records a day, but it took the agency weeks and months and analyze them. The SEC quietly found a way to speed up that process and save about $3 million at the same time. In part four of our special report, ,Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the Securities and Exchange Commission to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in millions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:46am EDT
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Saving money by making money: One engineer's quest saves millions at the US Mint

A savings of $2 million per year is now being realized at the U.S. Mint after an innovative engineer stepped out of the box and asked a friend at another federal agency for help. In part three of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio takes you inside the lab where a group of engineers and nanotribologists combined their expertise to solve a coin-making problem and, in turn, saved a lot of cash.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Emotional Investors: Sell low then buy high!

Unless you're financially well-off, you need to get to know your Thrift Savings Plan. It may be responsible for one-third to one-half of the income you receive in your retirement, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you eligible for phased retirement?

FederalNewsRadio.com writer/editor Shefali Kapadia joins host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirement, and Jenny Mattingley, director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth will discuss the upcoming federal pay raise and the possibility of a government shutdown.
August 13, 2014

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 08:57pm EDT

Correction: Postal Service-Losses story

Correction: Postal Service-Losses story

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 06:30pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department will identify a set of pilot programs in the next month to put more sensitive data into a cloud the military doesn't run. It's one of several initiatives the Pentagon's chief information officer plans to change the way the military uses and manages its network. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose where DoD is heading.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army has a new acquisition strategy to guide the way it will buy and modernize its ground based robotics systems in the future. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, it relies heavily on open architectures, open standards and open source software.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Ciera Crawford, Producer, Federal News Radio

Dirty money helps the Justice Department bring billions of dollars to the federal treasury. To find out how we turn to the next part of our special report "Rainmakers and Money Savers," a look at the people whose job it is to return millions or save millions for the federal government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Ciera Crawford says DOJ finds dirty money in all sorts of places, and it all winds up clean in the end.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is on pace to issue about $1 billion in improper payments this year. SSA's Inspector General says that's actually a good rate considering the agency expects to award more than $860 billion in benefit claims this year. Federal News Radio's special report, "Rainmakers and Money Savers," takes inspiration from programs and people working to keep the Treasury coffers where the need to be. SSA OIG helps save money in more ways than just identifying improper payments. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reports. Read Sean's related article.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Jeffrey Rogers, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Ret.)

The Defense Department has mine detectors and satellites to watch for threats around the world. Now troops have an injury detector that can scan for brain trauma nobody can see. Jeffrey Rogers is program manager of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Science and Environment category for inventing a traumatic brain injury sensor. He explained how it works on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read a Q&A with Rogers.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, is back from a round of visits to Army bases to see how they're dealing with climate change. She says readiness is dependent upon how they prepare for a future of limited energy resources. She explained what she saw on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Air Force C4I Innovation

In order to stay on the cutting edge of mission-focused innovation, the Air Force Research Lab's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. conducts research on matters regarding command, control, communications, cyber and intelligence, better known as C4I . On this edition of AFCEA Answers, we'll learn more about the activities of the AFRL Information Directorate from its director, George Duchak. He'll tell us how a newly-developed device that mimics the human brain - a neuromorphic computer - may someday help future Air Force officers make better and faster decisions. We'll also learn how AFRL scientists are teaming with local students to determine how to commercialize the results of their research. And, on this edition of AFCEA Answers, you can glean insights from Mr. Duchak on how to improve the acquisition of information technology.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 12:50pm EDT

The UK is helping out in Iraq

Britain's Royal Air Force has sent Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham to support humanitarian operations in Iraq. In a statement, the government says a small number of planes equipped with Litening III reconnaissance pods are being deployed. Litening III is an infrared targeting, navigation and reconnaissance pod. The system can capture advanced still images as well as video. The planes will be based in Cyprus and will be used notice to provide vital intelligence to assist the delivery of the U.K. aid.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 11:53am EDT

Breaking the gender barrier in scientific research

Dr. Nadine Kabbani, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University, joins the Women of Washington radio show to discuss the history of women in research science and the problem of getting more women interested in scientific fields.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 11:44am EDT
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