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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.

Rep. Edwards proposes restoring lower retirement contributions for feds

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced a bill Thursday that would reduce the amount new federal employees must pay toward their government pensions. The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association support the legislation, which would repeal the last two increases in retirement contributions.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 03:34pm EDT

Most TSP funds suffer losses in July

Outside of the "never has a bad day" G Fund, the Thrift Savings Plan saw across the board losses in July. However, year-to-date, each of the funds remains in the positive.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 01:16pm EDT

The FCC's evolving IT plan

What is the Federal Communications Commission information technology strategy? How is the FCC keeping pace with transformative IT advances? What is the FCC doing to advance its use of enterprise services and collaborative work options? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with David Bray, Chief Information Officer at the Federal Communications Commission.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 11:19am EDT

Friday federal headlines - August 1, 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, Africa Leaders Summit next week brings traffic, Congress narrowly makes deadlines and extends others.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 09:41am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

News this week about Defense Department employees and contractors who have not paid their taxes is causing some buzz in the federal community. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what feds think about their tax-delinquent colleagues.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 07:12am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal vendors will have to certify they're not violating 14 federal labor laws in order to keep getting government contracts. President Obama signed an executive order yesterday creating another in a series of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details and analysis of the President's executive order. Read Jason's related article.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 07:10am EDT
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For once, it's OK to watch the clock

Consider yourself on holiday, of sorts, for the next five weeks. Even if you've had your vacation or can't afford one the time between now and Labor Day should be more relaxed because Congress is gone. And that's good news for most feds.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 06:27am EDT

Administration puts contractors on notice about labor law violations

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday creating yet another set of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies that work for the government. Vendors will have to certify they have not violated any of the 14 federal labor laws in order to win new contracts.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 05:18am EDT
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Army focuses energy investments on soldier power

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry should not look to the military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 05:02am EDT
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SSA nominee seeks to mend labor-management fences

Carolyn Watts Colvin, the nominee to be Social Security Administration commissioner, vowed to Senate lawmakers to soothe turbulent relations between the agency and its labor unions. Colvin also said she plans to tackle troubled IT systems that still run COBOL.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:19am EDT
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Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

CIA report: CIA officers read Senate emails, showed 'lack of candor' to investigators

Friday - 08/01/2014, 12:50am EDT

GSA CIO calls for open source to be considered first

Sonny Hashmi issued a memo requiring agency software developers to look at open source before they consider traditional commercial solutions.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:35pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Vendors that sell to the federal government will have to certify they aren't violating 14 different federal labor laws in order to receive future government contracts. President Barack Obama signs an executive order today creating another set of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry shouldn't look to the U.S. military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is interested in driving innovation in areas like "soldier power." Read Jared's related article.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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David Hendel, Partner, Husch Blackwell

The Department of Labor files a lawsuit against the Postal Service. Labor says USPS made bogus terrorism charges against an employee to retaliate when he reported unsafe working conditions. David Hendel is a partner and government contracts attorney at Husch Blackwell. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the actions of the Postal Service should serve as a warning for both federal employees and contractors.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

The federal government's footprint is getting smaller. Some human resources experts worry a shrinking footprint might shrink employee engagement and satisfaction. Leases on about 100 million square feet of office space federal agencies use expire in the next five years. That means potentially a huge shift in the federal real estate landscape. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Tom Temin explained if he thinks smaller work spaces will affect the quality of work, and the satisfaction of the work force.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Steve Kelman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Transportation Security Administration has a $15,000 reward for whoever can think of a way to speed up the passenger screening process at the airport. Federal agencies do contests all the time -- what's shocking is where the news is coming from. Steve Kelman is professor of public management of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He shared what's so surprising about the news on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Necole Parker, Founder and CEO of The ELOCEN Group LLC

President Obama is renewing and expanding a policy that will let the government pay its contractors faster. Contractors will get to pay their subcontractors faster, too. The White House says QuickPay has generated more than a billion dollars for small businesses, freeing up their capital to invest and hire employees. For how this is playing out at the ground level, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Necole Parker, principal and CEO of the Elocen Group, on the Federal Drive. She described how QuickPay has benefited her company.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Jerry Irvine, CIO and Partner of Prescient Solutions

Federal employees are prime targets for hackers. If not properly secured, the computers and mobile devices they carry could open up their agency's network to malicious attacks. Devices can be especially vulnerable when you're on vacation and it's easy to let your guard down. Jerry Irvine is the chief information officer and a partner of Prescient Solutions. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive what feds should be aware of when they're traveling.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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OPM urges DC federal agencies to allow telework during US-Africa Leaders Summit

The Office of Personnel Management is recommending teleworking for agencies Aug. 4-6, to avoid road restrictions and delays caused by the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Due to the size of the event, OPM expects heavy traffic congestion in the city during the three days and suggests employees and agencies leaders prepare.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 03:55pm EDT
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