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Federal News Radio News Stream

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Boko Haram & the drug war in Mexico

Mark Schroeder and Tristan Reed from Stratfor, will give us an update on the terrorist group Boko Haram, and the latest news on the Mexican drug war.
March 13, 2015

Friday - 03/13/2015, 07:43pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Diverse job seekers, innovative ideas

Jon Desenberg, director of policy at the Performance Institute, and John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:53pm EDT

Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, DOJ

The Justice Department wants every federal employee to understand his role when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. Sunshine Week begins next week, and DOJ is reinforcing the concept through a set of new tools and training. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how her office works to ensure there's a broad understanding of every employees' expectations when it comes to FOIA.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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Shoop: High-level feds avoid candor, controversy in emails

About half of the federal workforce is uncomfortable using their work e-mails. A recent survey by Government Executive magazine says they don't like the idea the public can review their internal office communications. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Gov Exec. He discussed the results on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:20pm EDT
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Sabatino: SSA uses customer feedback to build winning websites

The Social Security Administration cleans up on ForeSee's fourth-quarter E-Government Satisfaction Index. Five of the top 10 positions on the list are SSA sites. Robin Sabatino is associate commissioner of the Office of Electronic Services and Technology at the Social Security Administration. She said the agency's success is because of several reasons on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 05:05pm EDT
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D.C. Women's Center hosts annual leadership conference

Women of Washington hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black sat down with Sally Turner, president and board chair of the Women's Center, and Meg Artley, the Center's director of development and communications.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:48pm EDT

How many contractors does the government have?

The Congressional Budget Office recently revealed that it didn't have any comprehensive information about the size of the federal government's contracted workforce. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says knowing that number might not matter too much to taxpayers in the long run.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:31pm EDT

Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

The Justice Department wants federal employees to understand their responsibilities when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. As Sunshine Week is set to begin next week, DoJ is reinforcing that concept through a set of new instructions and training. Melanie Pustay is the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about what she's doing to broaden understanding of FOIA.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:40am EDT
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Bill Beyer, Partner, Deloitte

Shared services may be the biggest unrealized efficiency move the government can make. The principle is simple: Rather than duplicating the same function in every agency, use a common service provider. So why is the idea so slow to take off? That's what Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service tried to find out. Deloitte director Bill Beyer, co-author of their new report, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the findings.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:35am EDT
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David Sella, Program Manager, Warriors to Workforce, VA Acquisition Academy

Veterans Affairs' Warriors to Workforce program seems to work. It was one of the 124 programs recently honored by Harvard University's Ash Center with a Bright Ideas award. The VA program is designed to help wounded veterans transition into a new career. David Sella, the program manager of the Warriors to Workforce program, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:28am EDT
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Retired Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch, National Commissioner, CyberPatriot

Students are gathered in Washington to show off their chops in defending virtual networks and mobile devices. They're facing off against teams of professional aggressors. Middle and high-school aged finalists make up 28 teams in the seventh CyberPatriot National Finals. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch is the Commissioner of CyberPatriot National. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on the finals.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:06am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - March 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, some recently introduced bills in Congress could affect feds' jobs and salary, Americans' confidence in the federal government has reached new lows and thieves posing as IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail

Friday - 03/13/2015, 09:19am EDT

New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:44am EDT
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Fresh problems for Secret Service: Are leaders doing enough?

The latest in a string of baffling missteps by the Secret Service prompted fresh questions Thursday about whether the Obama administration has done enough to root out deep-seated problems plaguing the agency - and President Barack Obama's decision to put an insider in charge despite his administration's own review that called for exactly the opposite.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:36am EDT

Don't drink the proverbial Kool-Aid just yet!

Did you hear Congress was contemplating a 8.7 percent pay cut to federal employees earning more than $100,000 a year? Don't pack your bags just yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:00am EDT

Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 02:52am EDT

Shared services report reveals CFOs' skepticism

In a new report, the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting say the Obama administration needs to increase accountability and guidance if it wants agencies to embrace shared service providers. The study draws from interviews with 18 high-level officials, most of them chief financial officers.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 06:00pm EDT
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Allen: GSA offers industry carrot and stick on Price Reduction Clause

A new proposed rule from the General Services Administration includes some good news that vendors have wanted for a long time. But there's a bunch of potential bad news too, according to Larry Allen. He's President of Allen Federal Business Partners. He explained the carrot and the stick behind the new proposed rule on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:36pm EDT
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Aboulafia: DoD can't do much about industrial base consolidation

The U.S. Air Force will award a contract for a long-range strike bomber this year. That contract could completely change the landscape of the aerospace industry, according to Richard Aboulafia. He's vice president of analysis at the Teal Group Corporation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said if there's only one thing to pay attention to in the aerospace industry this year, this contract is it.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:29pm EDT
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Gwyn: Private sector doesn't buy enterprise IT like government

Data center consolidation is delivering more cost savings than the White House expected. The Government Accountability Office says by the end of fiscal year 2015, agencies will save $3.3 billion. That's $300 million beyond what the Office of Management and Budget expected. Dave Gwyn is the vice president of federal for Nutanix. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing out on a key detail that can drive up cost savings even more.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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