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9:35 am, October 20, 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.

Improving the user experience on your agency's website

Tim McLaughlin, CEO of Sitework, will discuss how his company is helping agencies make their websites more user friendly.
September 30, 2014

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:34pm EDT
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Rep. Coffman calls on VA to take swift action against Susan Taylor

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald wanting more details on the actions it will take in light of the inspector general report involving the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and FedBid.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:34pm EDT

Survey: Retirees want greater flexiblity in TSP accounts

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board conducted a survey to find out why so many former feds are withdrawing all the money from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts so soon after retirement.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The Pentagon's chief information officer has a plan to save up to $20 billion in IT spending over the next five years. The CIO's office will try to consolidate databases from every single defense agency to get rid of data duplication. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a similar cost-saving strategy for federal contractors and agencies that have too many data reporting requirements built in their contracts.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Minority Whip, House

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the government shutdown. This year that won't happen until at least Dec. 12, and most people on Capitol Hill (from both parties and both chambers) believe we won't see another shutdown for a long time. But Congress still has a way to go to get a deal done for the rest of fiscal 2015. On In Depth with Francis Rose, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said he's not sure what to expect when Congress comes back after the election.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Even with Congress out of town, the clock is ticking to figure out a budget plan by Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out. Katie Maddocks is government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the CR is the biggest source of tension among her members.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Wanted: The ideal federal IT manager

Four chief information officers list the qualities they'd like their IT managers to have, drawing upon both their experiences and imaginations.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 03:37pm EDT
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Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

Secret Service boss vows White House breach 'will never happen again'

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 12:40pm EDT

Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

President Barack Obama is going it alone for the time being. He's sending military resources to drop bombs and shoot missiles at the Islamic State line in Iraq and Syria. He's working largely without the counsel, much less consent, of Congress. Is there a big vacuum in Washington with Congress gone until after the mid-term elections? Or is there a streamlined operation without too much distraction? Justin Sink, White House correspondent for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:05am EDT
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Relmond Van Daniker, President, Association of Government Accountants

A long-time government financial management expert is calling it quits. Relmond Van Daniker retires as the president of the Association of Government Accountants today. During his 11-year tenure at AGA, Van Daniker helped the organization grow in membership and prominence. He also led an initiative to encourage government to create a four page citizen-centric report, which offers taxpayers information to help them make better decisions within their communities. Van Daniker joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why he feels now is the perfect time to retire.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - Sept. 30, 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 Office of Special Counsel said it persuaded VA to settle with three whistleblowers in the Phoenix medical center, and a secretive data mining firm wins a big contract.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:17am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is proposing stricter lending protections for service members who take out short-term loans. The department says the move would close several loopholes in current regulations that are supposed to protect service members from predatory lenders. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details from his DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:57am EDT
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VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistleblowers

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has settled complaints filed by three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:36pm EDT

Considerations for your ongoing financial planning

Joe Sullender, certified financial planner and senior vice president of investments of the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, answers your financial planning questions.
September 29, 2014

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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The end of FY 2014, SES reform, and more

Tom Temin, anchor of the Federal Drive on Federal News Radio, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss a wide range issues including the end of the fiscal year, and a possible SES exodus.
September 29, 2014

Monday - 09/29/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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DoD helps service members to vote

With the November 4th midterm election coming, DoD officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:58pm EDT

White House unveils new open government initiatives

The White House has unveiled new or expanded commitments to open government. Included are plans to adopt an open source software policy, with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2015, as well as plans to improve delivery of government digital services.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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