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Federal News Radio News Stream

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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Two construction companies will share a $4.5 billion contract to build the next phase of Homeland Security Department headquarters. But the debate about the future of DHS continues, with some people believing Congress should break it up again. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agency should live on because the good news from the agency outweighs the bad.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The Defense Department expects to have a new electronic health records system by next summer. But the new system won't fix the longstanding integration problems DoD has with the electronic health records at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Neither agency seems ready to compromise on a system to use. John Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways agencies can build inter-organizational networks to fix large problems like veterans healthcare.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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August Cole, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

The new Call of Duty video game comes out on Nov. 4. The concepts in that war game are similar to the modeling and simulation training tools the Department of Defense uses. Art may be another way to approach understanding the future of war fighting. August Cole is a Senior Fellow for the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He moderated a discussion with the writer Dave Anthony called the Future of Unknown Conflict, and is Director of the new Art of Future War project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the relationship between art and military strategy.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Eric Adolphe, Co-Founder and CEO, Government Proposal Solutions

NASA offers 43 technology firms a spot on the new SEWP V contract. The contract's worth $20 billion over five years. Getting a spot on a contract like that starts with your business proposal. Eric Adolphe is co-founder and CEO of Government Proposal Solutions. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the proposal process for contracting companies.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Former FBI agent pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery

A former FBI counterintelligence special agent was charged with 11 counts of conspiracy, eight counts of honest services wire fraud, obstruction of a grand jury proceeding and obstruction of an agency proceeding.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:11pm EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

GAO: Length of DoD withdrawal from Afghanistan to surpass Iraq

The Department of Defense expects a longer and possibly a more costly withdrawal of Army and Marine Corps equipment from Afghanistan than in Iraq, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 12:05pm EDT

NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'

Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 10:34am EDT

Military health system under review

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has given military medical officials 45 days to detail how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at sub-par military health care facilities.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 09:08am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - October 2, 2014

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, the White House appoints a new Secret Service director, U.S. soldiers to fight Ebola in Liberia, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launch flawed website.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 07:58am EDT

NASA names SEWP V contractors

NASA has awarded spots on the latest version of its governmentwide technology contract to 43 firms. It plans to add more names to that list within a few days. Agencies will be able to buy through SEWP V beginning next month.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 07:07am EDT

NSF launches new financial system as fiscal year begins

Federal News Radio's annual chief financial officers survey found dealing with budget reductions and workforce challenges continue to be top priorities. At the National Science Foundation, CFO Martha Rubenstein said her office completed what may be the last modernized financial management system done by the private sector.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:21am EDT
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Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

How's your TSP? Compared to what?

Federal workers are pretty savvy about investing for retirement, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. The Thrift Savings Plan now has more than 4.6 million account holders and is worth more than $420 billion.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Will you be getting a new boss soon?

Jennifer Mattingley, director of government affairs for Shaw Bransford and Roth will discuss job turnover in federal agencies, and Federal Times writer Andy Medici will talk about an increase in discrimination complaints in the federal government and the latest problem at the VA.
October 1, 2014

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 06:51pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Good news and bad news comes out of a four-month Pentagon review of the military health care system. The study doesn't see any glaring problems. But it also concludes a system that officials like to think of as "excellent" isn't much better or worse than private-sector health care. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A new menu of services is under consideration for participants in the Thrift Savings Plan. The TSP now has the results from a survey (and focus groups) to help them understand why people who leave government take all their money out of their accounts. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained who the TSP surveyed and why they asked.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Only two agencies show any progress in following the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Those two are the Office of Personnel Management and the Labor Department. The Government Accountility Office says GPRA compliance is actually getting worse at other agencies. Bob Tobias is Business Development director of the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the failing grades mean for performance-based management in the federal government.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Filling the cyber talent pipeline is one of the problems experts in the government and in the contracting community cite when they talk about the future of the cyber workforce. But the skill set hiring managers look for might be changing. Margie Graves of DHS, Renee Macklin of the Small Business Administration, Richard McKinney of Transportation and Renee Wynn of the Environmental Protection Agency talked about their perfect IT hires at an event hosted by ACT-IAC. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose the four leaders agreed on a lot about what the next generation of IT workers in government will be like.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Lt. Col. Sean Kern, National Defense University

The Army is the latest federal organization to lay out a career path for its cybersecurity leaders. Career Field 17 will offer soldiers that career path. Advocates of professionalizing the cyber workforce believe that would feed talent pipelines with the people agencies need to succeed. Lt. Col. Sean Kern is cyberspace operations officer, and a graduate student at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the main cyber problem right now is a people problem.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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