10:39 am, May 28, 2015

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Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

Senators want independent review of VA to see if mismanagement of veterans' claims is systemic

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 05:36pm EDT

Navy rolls out new five-year cyber strategy

New plan charts the Navy's strategic objectives in cyber over the next five years, with 18-month measures of progress along the way.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:38pm EDT

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration wants to know why prices change between different schedules for the same or similar items. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's competitive pricing initiative could create a flood of industry experts jumping to conclusions.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:24pm EDT

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

More transparency is the goal of two bills the Senate will consider. One deals with the information federal agencies release when they reach settlement agreements. The other one requires details on costs and performance for federal programs. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the concept behind the bill on settlements first.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:19pm EDT

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

A stack of bills that affects federal employees is under consideration in Congress. One would create new protections for military whistleblowers, and another would expedite the firing process at the Department of Veterans Affairs even more. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed how the bills could affect federal employees in the future.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:17pm EDT

Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is setting limits for when to use lowest price/technically acceptable procurement strategies. He says there are only four conditions when LPTA is appropriate to use. Bob Lohfeld is CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, former chaiman of ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the new limits may be a sign DoD is trying to phase out LPTA.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:13pm EDT

Agencies: Record-setting FOIA backlog out of control

Federal agencies are getting better at processing Freedom of Information Act requests. The record-setting backlog is just an anomaly out of their control, the Justice Department says.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:10pm EDT

Van Hitch, Senior Adviser, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Office of Management and Budget released its draft guidance for agency compliance with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act last week. FITARA gives federal CIOs greater budgetary responsibility, and a larger say in IT decisions. OMB's draft guidance attempts to help agencies navigate these new waters. Van Hitch is a senior adviser at Deloitte Consulting, and a former Justice Department CIO. As part of the Partnership for Public Service's SAGE Program, he was part of a team of former government officials who volunteered their time to review and comment on these draft guidelines at the request of OMB. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in it.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:25am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It's not complicated to avoid patent infringement. But even federal agencies sometimes do it sometimes even when they helped the company that developed the patented technology. In the case of Liberty Ammunition and the lead-free bullet, the government learned an expensive lesson. In this week's Legal Loop, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this cautionary tale.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:18am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - May 7, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the inspector general questions whether the IRS is tough enough on its own employees who don't pay their taxes, the FAA teams up with industry to find solution for safe drone usage and a State Department officials tells Senators that former secretary Clinton's private server was unacceptable.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 08:37am EDT

HHS to modernize health data with portal update

The Department of Health and Human Services is turning to its IdeaLab to make its health data on portal "more liquid," to improve its usability and capability. Damon Davis, the director for the Health Data Initiative, said the new functionality aims to improve internal and external customer experiences.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 07:32am EDT

New reality show: Feds on the edge

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: How would you like to go to the "office" every day knowing that danger could be lurking anywhere, in many forms?

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 03:00am EDT

GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 01:32am EDT

What does Congress have planned for you?

NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement and Federal Times reporter Andy Medici join host Mike Causey to discuss proposed benefit cuts for federal workers and retirees.
May 6, 2015

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:56pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy marks the five-year anniversary of its Fleet Cyber Command today by rolling out a new cyber strategy to carry it through the next five. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the plan is organized around five big-picture priorities. Each priority has tasks the Navy needs to complete within the next 18 months.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:07pm EDT

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del), Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

The Senate has cyber legislation and transition legislation on its agenda in the coming weeks. The House has passed two bills on cyber security that the Senate will take up, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sends the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015 to the floor of the Senate. Senator Tom Carper, ranking member of that Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose there's an economic reason cyber security legislation is important.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:56pm EDT

Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

38 members of the think tank community -- from all across the ideological spectrum -- are signatories to an open letter on Defense Department reform. Philip Carter is director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained his input as one of the signers of the letter.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:15pm EDT

OPM lags on retirement processing in April

It's taking longer for the Office of Personnel Management to process retirement claims. By the end of April, OPM had processed less than three-quarters of claims in 60 days or less.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 11:33am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - May 6, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, OPM authorizes agencies to use speedy hiring authority to build their teams of digital whiz kids, the White House guidance to agencies on 2017 budgets calls for holding the line on discretionary spending and a pending Senate bill shows how frustrated some members are with the progress in service improvement at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:58am EDT

Chris Smith, Vice President, Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

Fleet management solutions help agencies cut costs and improve logistics using real-time information on the status of deployed vehicles and equipment. AT&T might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of fleet management. But it's gained experience managing its own fleet of tens of thousands of vehicles. Chris Smith is the vice president for technology at AT&T Government Solutions. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how it all works.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:53am EDT
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