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4:04 am, October 23, 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.

The increase of cloud budgets across federal agencies

Cloud budgets at some federal agencies are twice as large as they were in 2012.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:27am EDT

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

A new law signed by the President last month gives the Veterans Affairs secretary lots of discretion to fire or demote members of the Senior Executive Service. The law came in response to management problems resulting in long wait times for admittance to VA facilities. The law means SESers at VA work under a different set of civil service rules than those in the rest of government. It also imposes new burdens on the Merit Systems Protection Board. The board issued an interim final rule on how the agency will carry out the new mandate. Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the comments the board received about the rule and what the law does require of the board.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

One of the longest running governmentwide procurement contracts (GWACs) is about to enter its fifth generation. Solutions for Enterprise-wide Procurement (SEWP) has been a mainstay offering of NASA since 1993. Back then, it was known as the Scientific and Engineering Work Station Procurement. The SEWP team has awarded contracts for SEWP V. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:00am EDT
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PSC hires Navy acquisition exec to lead defense, intel committee

Jerry Punderson, the outgoing director of contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command, will join PSC as its new senior vice president of defense and intelligence.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:58am EDT

Monday federal headlines - October 6, 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 gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:30am EDT

Lights, camera, jail time for feds???

Whoever said that a picture is worth a thousand words knew what he (or she) was talking about. That's especially true of a high federal official photographed in a Las Vegas luxury suite in their birthday suit, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

Hiring and managing millennials

This week, Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of why government agencies should recruit and hire members of the millennial generation.
October 3, 2014

Friday - 10/03/2014, 07:51pm EDT
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Character counts!

CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. Jack London will talk about his book: "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor".
September 26, 2014 (Encore presentation October 3, 2014)

Friday - 10/03/2014, 05:34pm EDT
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OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is the leading force behind a bill that would reduce redundant or unnecessary reports by federal agencies. The 2014 Government Reports Elimination Act would modify or eliminate more than 50 reports that agencies produce annually for Congress. That bill has made its way through both the House and the Senate. Warner spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the bill and the pressing issues Congress faces when it comes back after the November midterm elections.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 10:08am EDT
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Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, Navy Regional Maintenance Centers

Navy ship crews encounter a reoccurring problem with something as routine as maintenance requests. It takes 89 administrative steps to turn a request into actual work. Ordinary tasks like laying a non-skid surface on a weather deck get bogged down in paperwork. Now, there is a plan to fix that. Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, Commander of the Navy Regional Maintenance Centers, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the Navy's plans to improve the process.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 10:03am EDT
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Vietnam to get US weapons

The United States has announced its partially lifting its ban on sales of weapons to Vietnam. The goal is to help the country maintain its maritime security.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 09:27am EDT

GSA to tap into car-sharing to cut costs

Government workers in four U.S. cities will soon be able to get behind the wheel of a ZipCar as part of a General Services Administration push to cut costs. The car-sharing program aims to make the federal fleet more manageable for the agency, which oversees the use of around 200,000 vehicles.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 08:11am EDT

Friday federal headlines - October 3, 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 Obama administration fights veteran homelessness, acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy starts work on Monday, and lawmakers support a former Air Marhsal's whistleblower case against the TSA.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 07:41am EDT

DoD to be more transparent about strategy to deter cyber attacks

Pentagon wants to discourage other countries' cyber attacks by convincing them that that DoD will respond, and that the attacks will ultimately prove unsuccessful. Step one is conveying those messages more forcefully.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:41am EDT
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Secret Service moving forward in wake of scandal

Secret Service moves forward as outsiders look for new boss, hunt for internal flaws

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:40am EDT

DHS' Ozment seeks the best metrics for new cyber scorecard

The goal of the scorecard or dashboard would be to give government leaders a better sense of just how secure agency networks are from hackers. As the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, DHS is doing much less education about why securing computers and networks is important.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:40am EDT
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ISO love outside the TSP? Consider the cost

A huge pile of investment capital -- $420 billion-plus and growing daily -- is begging to be rescued by a private sector suitor, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. The money is 4.6 million Thrift Savings Plan accounts held by current, retired or former federal and postal workers and military personnel.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

Andy Ozment, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

The 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks off this week, and it's much different than the previous 10. The main reason is because agencies have finally moved beyond the need to understand why cybersecurity is important. Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Homeland Security Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why needing cybersecurity isn't a foreign concept to most within government anymore.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department believes deterrence is its best cyber defense strategy. The Pentagon is organizing that deterrence strategy around four pillars, starting with the idea that it needs to be more transparent about the strategy itself. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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