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4:13 am, July 22, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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State on path toward recovery after harsh IG report on cyber

Bill Lay, the State Department's chief information security officer, said his budget for cybersecurity doubled in 2014 to help address the recommendations outlined by the agency's inspector general.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:07pm EDT

Shared service providers preparing for more, bigger agencies

The Obama administration looks to expand shared service usage even more by improving existing financial shared service providers and laying the groundwork for shared service governance.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 01:14pm EDT

OMB to reward employees who receive positive customer service reviews

The Office of Management and Budget revealed its plans to speed up transactions and services.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 12:37pm EDT

Navy has its first female four-star admiral

Michelle Howard promoted to No. 2 Navy slot, making her Navy's first female 4-star

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 12:32pm EDT

Pacific military talks take place

The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, hosted his counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japan on Tuesday in Hawaii to exchange views on regional security issues. They discussed the evolving security environment, in particular the enduring North Korea nuclear and missile threat, as well as ways to promote peace and stability in the region.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 12:04pm EDT

Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Combat in Afghanistan may be winding down for American troops, but requests for supplemental war money keep on rolling. In fact, the Pentagon is asking for no less than $58.6 billion for 2015. Officials say they've got plenty of contingency needs all around the globe. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the request.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:32am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

Congress is waiting for President Barack Obama to sign legislation to make it easier for intelligence agency employees and contractors to blow the whistle. Some advocates say this is landmark legislation that would close a major loophole. Right now, intelligence workers have little job or legal protection when they report waste, fraud or abuse. Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Bernabei has represented federal whistleblowers. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss if the law really helps.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:30am EDT
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USPS offers buyouts to 3,000-plus postmasters

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs, the Postal Service will offer early-outs and buyouts to more than 3,000 postmasters. Those who accept will leave the agency Sept. 30 -- the last day of fiscal 2014.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:16am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - July 2, 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, a privacy board says NSA's collection of data is legal, and State's representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan retires.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 08:26am EDT

NSA revamps processes to more quickly approve commercial technology

The National Information Assurance Partnership, the U.S. implementation of what was supposed to be a faster, cheaper process to verify the cybersecurity of commercial IT products, turned out to be so slow and expensive that few companies could afford to go through it. But officials said they hope a recent overhaul in the procedures will breathe new life into the program.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:35am EDT
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GSA, DHS about ready to turn the spigot on for a new set of cyber tools

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts that will truly kickstart the federal move toward dynamic cybersecurity protections of agency networks and computers. The two agencies will release six task orders under the $6 billion CDM program in the coming year to implement tools and services across more than 40 agencies.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Cold Warrior Fed remembers: All ways to Berlin

Remember the Cold War? It seems hard to believe there was one, and to know what it was like. But today's guest column was written by a German-born DoD civilian who was back in Europe in the mid-1980s.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

A deeper look at GSA schedule pricing

Tony Fuller, principal at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, joins host Roger Waldron for a wide ranging discussion of GSA schedule pricing.
July 1, 2014

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 09:44pm EDT
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Refining the user experience

Doug Brashear, associate director, UX, at HZDG, will discuss what you can do to make your website more user friendly.
July 1, 2014

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 09:21pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts under the $6 billion continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. Jim Piche, a group manager at GSA's FEDSIM office, oversees the management and administration of the CDM contract. He tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller what's on tap for the CDM program. Read Jason's related article.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal officials say they're making changes to a program that was designed to let agencies use commercial hardware and software in national security systems. Until now, it hasn't moved nearly as quickly as commercial technology. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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Jim Porter and Capt. Deanna Gephart, ICE

A new electronic health records system is up and running at an agency you might not think of as a healthcare provider. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's system satisfies end users and hit deadline and funding targets. Capt. Deanna Gephart is Assistant director of Health Records at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Jim Porter is electronic health records program manager for Enforcement and Removal Operations and Acting Branch Director at ICE. Gephart explained on In Depth with Francis Rose what ICE had before they began the trek to the system they have now.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant

Every major agency has an inspector general. Some are enthusiastic about sharing their office's work with the general public. Others prefer to let their reports speak for themselves. Brian Miller used to be an inspector general -- he's the former IG of the General Services Administration and now managing director at Navigant. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for the beginning of an ongoing look into the world of inspectors general. He said there's an apprehension in some offices towards publicizing the work they do.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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IRS awards $68 million contract for database services

InSysCo received a multi-year contract to help the tax agency move to a data-centric organization.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 03:28pm EDT

OPM launching federal hiring toolkit, new interactive dashboard to reach cross-agency goals

The progress update on Performance.gov shows agencies are taking steps to improve the hiring process, keep Senior Executive Service officials more involved in management and continue promoting employee engagement.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 02:04pm EDT
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