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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.

Tuesday federal headlines - July 8, 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, the Highway Trust Fund is running low on funds, and the U.S. commander in Europe asks to stop the drawdown in Europe.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:05am EDT

Teachers' union wants DoE Secretary Duncan's resignation

Delegates of the National Education Association adopted a business item July 4 at its annual convention in Denver that called for Education Secretary Arne Duncan's resignation.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 03:26am EDT

The government contractor 'scam?'

In many agencies, federal workers and contractors work side by side. Sometimes they have a great relationship, while in other offices they can't stand each other. Today's guest columnist gives his view of the "scam" in his operation.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Content (marketing) is king!

Joe Pulizzi, founder and executive director of the Content Marketing Institute, will discuss how to use content marketing to generate more business for your company.
July 7, 2014

Monday - 07/07/2014, 09:06pm EDT
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Race to finish fiscal 2015 agency budgets hits snag

The appropriations process was supposed to be easier this year compared to last, because lawmakers had signed off on a bipartisan deal that set top-line spending levels for the next two years. But action in both the House and the Senate appears to have largely stalled.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 05:56pm EDT

A look ahead

Co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan talk about the state of the federal workforce and legislation under consideration in Congress that could affect federal employment.
July 7, 2014

Monday - 07/07/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Philip Joyce, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Congress needs to pass twelve annual spending bills -- which set agency funding levels -- before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. The House passed five of those bills so far. The Senate hasn't passed any. The appropriations process was supposed to be easier this year compared to last year. That's because lawmakers have already agreed on a bipartisan budget deal that sets topline spending figures for the next two years. Philip Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. In an interview with Web Writer Jack Moore, he said agencies should still plan for a continuing resolution.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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Congress puts pressure on OPM to release final phased retirement rule

Two letters sent from Capitol Hill in call for the Office of Personnel Management to explain why it's taking so long to release final phased retirement regulations, and demand a revised timeline for action. Phased retirement was passed into law two years ago this week.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:17pm EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House is beating the Senate five to nothing in the race to pass next year's appropriations bills. The topline spending amounts for federal agencies are already set, but even so Congress isn't exactly sprinting to finalize the budgets. But the clock is still ticking and September 30th is only about three months away. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He explained where Congress stands in the appropriations process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO, Council on Cybersecurity

The Senate would like to grant new powers to federal chief information officers and update federal IT laws that haven't gotten much attention for the past dozen years. Those are a couple of the effects of new legislation the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved recently. One of the bills is the Senate version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act -- the other is an update to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, which Senators have been trying to modify for the past several years, without much success. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the proposals are a big step in the right direction.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Administration empowering agencies for more lab-to-market innovation

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Energy are simplifying intellectual property licensing, and encouraging more private sector involvement in federally-funded research and development.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 02:21pm EDT

Air Force engineers develop lifesaving, IED-detecting technology

Sean C. Young and Benjamin J. Tran, two electronics engineers with the Air Force Research Lab created an aerial sensor that has helped U.S. service members to find and destroy dangerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 01:45pm EDT

Obama discusses Iraq with Abdullah

President Obama spoke recently with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to convey his best wishes as Ramadan begins. The two leaders discussed the current situation in Iraq, and the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to the stability of Iraq and to the entire region. They reaffirmed the need for Iraq's leaders to move expeditiously to form a new government capable of uniting all of Iraq's diverse communities. The President thanked the King for Saudi Arabia's pledge of $500 million to help alleviate the suffering of all Iraqis who have been displaced by the violence. The two leaders agreed to continue to consult closely on regional developments.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 11:58am EDT

GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services prioritizes efficiency

What are the strategic priorities for the GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services? How does ITS maximize the value of government IT while also lowering its cost? What is ITS doing to improve its operations and become more efficient and agile? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Mary Davie, assistant commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

Monday - 07/07/2014, 11:00am EDT

John Landwehr, Chief Technology Officer for Federal, Adobe

The federal IT market has always been a lively one for companies willing to take the time and effort to understand it. Adobe has been a federal player for a while. Now it has a new chief technology officer just for its federal business. John Landwehr joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the government's progress toward mobile compared to the private sector.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Sean Young, Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. A civilian engineer is reshaping the way the military performs operations in the air and on the field. Sean Young is an electronics engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio. He helped save soldiers' lives in Afghanistan by creating a new aerial sensor system to detect improvised explosive devices. For his creativity, he is a finalist in the National Security and International Affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his nomination. View a gallery of all the Sammies nominees. Read a Q&A with Sean Young.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:14am EDT
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NSF's Borg leads effort to unlock scientific mysteries of Antarctica

As head of the Antarctic Sciences Section of the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs, Scott Gerald Borg oversees the funding and helps plot the direction of scientific research in Antarctica.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:11am EDT

Dr. William Gahl, Program Director, National Institutes of Health

Each year, sick people are told they have diseases so rare, they can't be diagnosed. Investigators at the National Institutes of Health looked at hundreds of cold cases. They've created a new network to tackle these mysterious diseases. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network will recruit doctors to conduct research that planners hope will lead to better understanding of these puzzling symptoms and find treatments. Six universities around the country have signed on. NIH Program Director Dr. William Gahl joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new effort.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:06am EDT
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OPM stays on track in reducing retirement claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received fewer claims in June, but it continued to whittle away at its claims backlog.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 09:53am EDT
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