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6:12 am, July 30, 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.

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Making the call to turn your investment decisions over to a financial planner is a big decision for just about anybody, but there are several important factors that make that decision even more complicated for federal employees. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She's writing about some of the elements of that decision making process for soon-to-retire feds, and shared her thoughts on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:47pm EDT
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Jon Adler, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

The House's top overseer over federal law enforcement agencies thinks the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has outlived its usefulness. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he plans to introduce legislation that would abolish the ATF -- and fold its current responsibilities into other federal agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service. His argument: the ATF has been marred by high-profile blunders and it has missions overlap with other agencies. Jon Adler is national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He took a different view on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:44pm EDT
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VA names interim medical inspector

VA names interim medical inspector; office was criticized over failure to act on complaints

Friday - 07/11/2014, 03:38pm EDT

Pending threats: Separating the sharks from the minnows

Thanks to summertime and the upcoming election, even the most anti-bureaucrat politicians have called a time out in their whack-a-fed agendas. But there are some real threats out there.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Convicted spy dies in prison

Pete Earley, author of Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring, reports Walker's brother Arthur Walker, 79, has died. Earley says he died July 4th at the Butner Prison in Butner, North Carolina of acute kidney failure, about one month shy of a parole hearing. In his blog, Earley explains Arthur was the older brother of John Anthony Walker Jr., "who remains in poor health, at the same Butner prison. John, who is 76, is scheduled for parole on May 20, 2015, but is in the later stages of throat cancer, according to a family friend."

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:56pm EDT

House panel debates merits of Senior Exec Service, comes down hard on VA

In examining the viability of the Senior Executive Service, House members called out the Veterans Affairs' compensation program, with a pledge to introduce another piece of legislation to take back bonuses. The Senior Executives Association relayed concerns that talent is fleeing senior executive positions.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Anne Rung nominated to head OFPP

President Obama has tapped a senior advisor at OMB to be the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 12:17pm EDT

Obama renews initiative helping small fed contractors get paid quickly

President Obama announced Friday that he will renew the QuickPay initative, requiring federal agencies to expedite payments to small business contractors. He also will launch SupplierPay, bringing together 26 large and small companies. SupplierPay builds on the success of QuickPay, and requires committed companies to pay small suppliers faster. It also asks them to support those suppliers' access to low-cost capital.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 11:38am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

When it comes to the contractors working for your federal agency, how do they stack up? Are they trained and ready to hit the ground running when they walk in the door? Or, are their skills sub-par, frustrating the feds they've been hired to work with? There are lots of answers to these questions. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss some of your answers.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:29am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - July 11, 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, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says the immigration crisis is making the agency run out of money, and the Selective Service apologizes to 14,000 men for mistakenly sending them reminders to register for the draft.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:18am EDT

Hal Chrisman, Vice President, ICF International

The military is trying to figure out why an F-35 engine caught fire, leading the Pentagon to ground the fledgling fleet. Meanwhile, program office planners are looking long term. They're thinking about how to control maintenance costs on a fleet that will eventually reach more than 2,000 aircraft and fly for the next 40 years. Defense News reported that planners are considering a worldwide competition for maintenance. Hal Chrisman, vice president of ICF International, has 25 years experience in the aviation industry. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what sustainment work entails.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 06:48am EDT
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TSA offering early retirements

The Transportation Security Administration has received approval to offer early retirements this calendar year.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:39am EDT

Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

Amid need for intelligence in Afghanistan, top Army brass defend troubled intel tech system

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:08am EDT

What happened to all of the young federal employees?

The lack of 30-and-under talent in the federal workforce means agencies will be facing significant shortfalls in the future, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:00am EDT

Former Army employee charged with theft of military goods

A former civilian employee at Sierra Army Depot faces a two-count charge for conspiracy and theft of military equipment.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 03:49am EDT

Why a do-nothing Congress is good news for feds

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers - and retirees - these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

House panel probes DoD's acquisition workforce

The size of DoD's civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. That's thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department's focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:14pm EDT

Conversation with Authors Series with Profs. Jack Gansler and Bill Lucyshyn on Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition

In an era of fiscal austerity, DoD must continue to maintain operations and modernize forces in order to support national security. What acquisition challenges are facing the U.S. Department of Defense? What actions can be taken to improve defense acquisition and the Defense Industrial Base? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Profs. Jack Gansler and Bill Lucyshyn, authors of the IBM Center report, Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 04:53pm EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

A lot of people are saying that the relentless wave of retirements is a threat to the health of the federal workforce. But there's a problem on the other end of the age spectrum too -- OPM data shows there's been a sharp drop in the number of federal employees under the age of 30 over the last few years. As of last year, those younger workers made up just 8 percent of the workforce. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He explained the numbers behind the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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Senate confirms housing chief to run budget office

Senate OKs housing chief for new job running Obama's budget office, completing Cabinet shuffle

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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