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2:37 pm, April 19, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Ron Sanders, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Today's General Schedule system is a "relic of a bygone era," according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. It says the government needs to be more attuned to the private sector. At least one federal union is criticizing the plan. Ron Sanders, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, discussed the details of the report with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The U.S. government wants to offload old military equipment in Afghanistan and nearby countries so it doesn't have to pack it up and take it home. Pentagon officials say selling 800 mine-resistant armored vehicles, for example, could make hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and save $500 million in shipping. For more on the ins and outs of selling military hardware, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst for Bloomberg Government.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

The third round of selections for the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is about to start. Federal News Radio Web editor Shefali Kapadia goes inside the Fellows program in her special report this week: Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows. Kapadia says the program is a unique bridge between the public and private sectors.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Col. Jeremy Martin, Commandant, Defense Information School

A public affairs program for international students is helping the Pentagon meet its strategic defense goals. The Defense Information School is helping students from six different countries develop military communications strategies that are unique to their home countries. DoD says it's part of an overall military-to-military engagement plan. Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant of the Defense Information School, and one of his students, Capt. Rebecca Callas in the El Savladoran Air Force, were guests on In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Jack London, Chairman, CACI International

As the military's nuclear force suffers from a widespread cheating scandal, leaders promise to crack down on ethics. Not just for the rank-and-file but also for their commanders. CACI International Chairman Jack London has written a new book, "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor." In it, he reflects on the ethics lessons his company learned from being implicated in one of the biggest scandals of the Iraq War.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - April 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, NTEU asks Congress to restore full mass transit benefits for feds, and Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says she won't tolerate misbehavior by agents.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 08:18am EDT

Better trained supervisors key to improving morale

Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
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How to fix the General Schedule to meet the needs of the 21st century workforce

The General Schedule was designed for a federal workforce that no longer exists, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But there are ways to fix it.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:17am EDT

VA's disability claims backlog down by 44 percent, but problems remain

The Department of Veterans Affairs believes it is on track to end its disability claims backlog by 2015. It's an uphill fight, considering that more than half of its claims have been waiting for at least four months, and appeals take an average of more than two years.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:53am EDT
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Saving lives ... one mobile app at a time

When disasters strike, information sharing becomes key for both first responders and the people affected on the ground. Over the past 10 months, two members of the private sector have dedicated their time and skills working with the federal government to develop apps and crowdsourcing techniques that could help save lives when the next Superstorm Sandy hits. Federal News Radio learns more about their individual projects as part of our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:00am EDT

How the future of health care lies behind a Blue Button

The Blue Button Initiative started at VA as a way for veterans to more easily access their health care data. But, with the help of Presidential Innovation Fellows, the initiative is now enabling American people across the country to access their personal health records in a human-readable format. Federal News Radio examines the project's greatest successes and where it's headed next as part of our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:00am EDT

Current trends in cloud technology

Author David Linthicum discusses cloud computing and the challenges that agencies and businesses face as they make the transition to the cloud.
April 1, 2014

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:10pm EDT
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The state of the national security market

David Ramirez, general manager of the Federal Solutions business unit at the L-3 National Security Solutions group, will discuss innovation and what agencies are looking for in terms of services and technologies.
April 1, 2014

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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Report calls for broad overhaul of federal personnel, pay systems

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton calls for essentially throwing out the 65-year-old General Schedule system, comprised of 15 separate grade levels, and replacing it with five broad work levels. The report also calls for changes to the way federal pay is calculated and recommends setting up a governmentwide pay-for-performance process.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 06:07pm EDT

Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

"Executive branch Swiss cheese" is what Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee calls leadership vacancies at your agency. He and ranking member, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), are looking for ways to plug up the employment gaps at your agency. Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, testified before the committee at a hearing called Management Matters: Creating a 21st Century Government. He has a list of recommendations for Congress to follow as it plans a way to modernize your agency's workforce.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's reached a tipping point in its ongoing effort to eliminate its backlog of disability claims. The department says the backlog is 40 percent smaller than it was a year ago. But VA observers say there are several problems with the way VA is measuring success. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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From morale to training, NASA CHCO answers your HR questions

NASA Chief Human Capital Officer Jeri Buchholz joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat. View an archived version of the discussion now.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Larry Allen, Vice President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Changes are coming to the way your agency manages Multiple Award Schedule. Suggestions come from the General Services Administration Inspector General. Larry Allen, vice president of Allen Federal Business Partners and co-author of "The Week Ahead" newsletter, joins In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A bigger pay raise for federal employees is on Congress' agenda. But so are some cuts to some of your most important benefits. Jessica Klement, Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Gen. John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff, Army

A tight budget is forcing the Army to cut its ranks by at least 70,000 people over the next five years. The Army also has to let go of some weapons programs to keep its spending levels down. Those plans could come at the cost of military readiness.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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