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12:07 pm, February 1, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Workforce obstacles hamper digital tech growth at agencies, study says

Agency management is mostly gung-ho about bringing new digital technology into the workplace, but hurdles such as a sluggish acquisition process and a workforce lacking tech-related skills keep the federal government from innovating, according to a new study.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 12:46pm EST

Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

When President Barack Obama issued his executive action on immigration, a lot of the work fell to the Homeland Security Department. Customs and Border Protection certainly received its share thanks to new rules for deferred actions on parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents (DAPA). Part of that work means making sure illegal or undocumented immigrants understand the rules and who they apply to. Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how CBP is handling the executive action.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:35am EST
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Jose Arrieta, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Treasury

The Treasury Department wants to make sure small players aren't left out of potential contracting opportunities. That's why it put out a guide for small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses. The guide gives them tips for pursuing Treasury contractings. Jose Arrieta is the director of Treasury's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the guide.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:33am EST
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House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Some save lives by fighting disease, developing vaccines or rescuing children from sexual predators. Others save money by fighting fraud. Still others save human dignity by pursuing justice, no matter how long it takes or how far they have to go. They are the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medalists. You've only got until the end of the week to nominate an outstanding federal employee for the 2015 awards. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the criteria and what the Sammies mean.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:29am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A contracting negotiation is supposed to be a win-win. But your chances of a good outcome increase the more you know about your opponent. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a Partner at the law firm Thomspon Coburn, and author of the new blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled Commandment 2: Thou shalt study thy adversary. He says it's wise to arm yourself with knowledge before a negotiation.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:20am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - January 13, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Metro is suspending all yellow line service today after smoke filled a train near L'Enfant Plaza station, leaving one dead and many injured, President Obama's nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury Department withdraws after facing opposition in the Senate and the Homeland Security Department boosts security after the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 08:24am EST

Contracting Commandment #2: Thou shalt study thy customer

Knowing the people involved on the other side of a contract negotiation can be an extremely valuable weapon, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:48am EST
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A new era in DoD cyber defense begins

The Defense Information Systems Agency launches reorganization, including the new Joint Task Force-DoD Information Networks. The new cyber organization will reach initial operating capability on Jan. 15, taking over 14-to-19 tasks from U.S. Cyber Command.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:18am EST
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CENTCOM's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked

US military's Central Command's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked, no classified material breached

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 03:56am EST

A taxing tax season: Press 2 to weep

When you make that call to the Internal Revenue Service with a tax question or a plea for help, maybe you'd better pack a lunch, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. You might be on hold for a very long time.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 02:00am EST

Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
January 12, 2015

Monday - 01/12/2015, 08:53pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A plan to fund the Homeland Security Department is taking shape in Congress. But there's a big question mark next to HR 240: Is it an actual bill? Or just another continuing resolution? David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the details on HR 240.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:23pm EST
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John Teeter, Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health

Federal health agencies need help drafting their latest update to the Federal Health IT strategy guide. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan relies on new research gathered about electronic health records in both the public and private sectors. But those agencies are looking for public input to make it perfect. John Teeter is managing director of the Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to improve the new strategy guide that will inform public health policies until the year 2020.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:18pm EST
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OPM disables Web portal after retirees' information potentially exposed

The Office of Personnel Management disabled a Web portal used by federal retirees Monday to address a malfunction that may have left some retirees' personal information exposed.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:16pm EST

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The federal hiring process is too complicated to give people a fair shot at working for your agency, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's possible to fix the hiring process without compromising your agency's core principles.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Sharon Burke, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

If oil prices stay at their current level, the Defense Department stands to save about $2 billion this year. Defense News reports the Pentagon has already saved about $500 million. Sharon Burke is senior advisor of the New America Foundation, and former assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how today's oil prices will affect future defense policy.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:13pm EST
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

New members of Congress have a crash course available to teach them about the biggest challenges facing your agency. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the program is missing some important details.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:10pm EST
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John Pickett, Senior Economist, Office of Inspector General, USPS

A better work-life balance at the Postal Service will help the agency, its employees and its customers. That's according to the agency's Inspector General, who has a plan to introduce more workplace flexibility for Postal Service employees. The IG says the plan should make everyone that interacts with the agency happier and more productive. John Pickett is senior economist for the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on how to implement a new work-life balance plan.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:05pm EST
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2015 challenge to agencies: Get the right people for the job

Thanks to big data, agencies are learning where their skills gaps are. To close them, they'll have to get around some archiac personnel regulations, according to a panel of experts on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:23pm EST
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