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6:08 pm, September 16, 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.

Tim Hoechst, Chief Technology Officer, Agilex

Two tech giants collaborating is usually a big deal. But it's an especially big deal when one of those giants is Apple and the other one is IBM. The goal of their partnership appears to be to get more IBM and Apple hardware into the hands of enterprise end users. Tim Hoechst, chief technology officer at Agilex, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's a big evangelist for Apple in the enterprise.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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What is happening to the EPA's data stored in the cloud?

The Environmental Protection Agency can't keep track of the data it stores in the cloud. EPA's Inspector General says it a subcontractor for a water permit system was using a cloud system to run its share of the operation, but neither the agency nor the prime contractor was aware of it. Albert Schmidt is an IT auditor of Information Resources Management and audits for the EPA's Inspector General. He says this type of cybersecurity problem isn't entirely the agency's fault.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 11:29am EDT

Col. Rob Romer, Chief of the Military Force Policy Division, Air Force

Reserve officers face a continuing dilemma. They often want to stay current enough to return to active duty if needed. Yet, they also need to pursue their other professional lives. Now the Air Force is adopting a program pioneered by the Navy and Marine Corps to let them do just that. Col. Rob Romer, chief of the military force policy division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Tom Karygiannis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It seems like the whole world is going mobile, and that includes the federal government. Agencies are using more and more apps for collaboration and productivity. But some apps increase the potential for exposing government data. To help you guard against these security risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing tips to the federal community for vetting third-party apps. Computer Scientist, Tom Karygiannis, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the guidelines.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Two-star general stripped of star and retired

A two-star Army general blamed for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other allegations against a colonel on his staff will be retired with one star the Army announced Wednesday. The Associated Press's Robert Burns writes, "The decision by Army Secretary John M. McHugh comes more than a year after Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison was suspended from his duties as commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan. His case has been cited as evidence of why sex-crime victims say they don't trust the military to protect them, despite efforts by senior Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to make commanders accountable."

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 09:11am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - August 28, 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, agencies are missing the mark on whistleblower treatment, and bonus pay for Marines will drop Oct. 1.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 08:13am EDT

They picked who? How to select the right people to be supervisors

Great supervisors can make even the most trying agency a better place to work, while lousy supervisors can make even the best organization a horrible workplace. With that in mind, more attention is needed to improve the supervisory selection process, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:37am EDT

Army tries to solve supply chain management problems with mobile apps

The Defense Department has a plan to get its supply chain management issues off of the Government Accountability Office's high risk list, but progress has been very slow. The Army has a plan to speed things up.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:53am EDT
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GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

Investigators say VA provided shoddy care to Phoenix veterans, no proof delays caused deaths

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:22am EDT

Pay raises vs. COLAs: Are the numbers cooked?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he has lots in common with actor George Clooney. Yet, they may differ on what's cheap, what's a bargain and what's an outrage.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

The COLA countdown

Federal News Radio Federal Drive anchor Tom Temin and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici join host Mike Causey to talk about potential changes to the COLAs for federal, military and Social Security recipients.
August 27, 2014

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 06:31pm EDT
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VA training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

A Veterans Affairs training slide show said that veterans might be demanding and unrealistic, and advised staffers on "what to say to Oscar the Grouch."

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 05:20pm EDT

OMB to Congress: Fix 2015 budget to avoid return of limited sequester

The White House sends its annual report to Congress outlining the cuts to discretionary spending next year. DoD, Energy and the FBI would face an extra $34 million cut to reach Budget Control Act cap levels if the Senate's spending bills become law.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:58pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration will stop accepting new vendors on its services schedule in the coming months. The decision to temporarily close down seven schedule contracts for services to new companies is part of how GSA is giving its entire program a facelift. Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the steps needed to create a consolidated services schedule. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Six different investigations into the Exempt Organizations group at the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner John Koskinen says the end of those investigations will let him concentrate on rebuilding the perception of the agency in the eyes of Congress and citizens. That, in turn, will help boost the morale of the work force at the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Koskinen said some of the investigations will wrap up soon.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:29pm EDT
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Kathleen King, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Medicare contractors are trying too hard to reduce improper payments. The Government Accountability Office says they're doing too many compliance reviews on their own work. Kathleen King is Director of Health Care Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the extra effort to make sure the program runs smoothly is wasting time and money.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Ronald Walters, Acting Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs, VA

Almost 125,000 veterans die every year. The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for laying them to rest with honor, and for that service the VA has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any organization -- public or private -- in the country. Ronald Walters is acting undersecretary for memorial affairs at the Veterans Affairs Department. He's a Service to America medal finalist in the Management Excellence category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the VA is so successful in this arena. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

Adm. James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO

United States operations in Iraq and Syria today put the U.S. in an unusual position. By fighting one opponent, the U.S. military is indirectly benefitting another nation it considers an adversary. That is one example of the fluidity of war fighting in the 21st century. Adm. James Stavridis is Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He helped lead a task force on Creative Disruption for the Center for a New American Security. A paper on that task force looks at the disconnect between industry and DoD right now -- and on In Depth with Francis Rose, Admiral Stavridis said there are several answers.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT
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