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4:21 pm, November 27, 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.

Goode out, Toler promoted as DHS cyber roles churn

Brendan Goode, the director of the Network Security Deployment division in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), is leaving for the private sector. Danny Toler, deputy director of Federal Network Resilience division, will replace him.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 12:14pm EST

GSA seeks help to improve back-end management of NS2020 program

The General Services Administration released an RFI seeking industry input on how best to improve the "management and operations functions that include ordering, billing, inventory and service level agreements management" and "pricing concepts."

Friday - 11/07/2014, 11:33am EST

Issa, Ryan look to FERS reform

In a letter to the Congressional Budget Office director, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed their interest to revamp the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). NTEU president Colleen Kelley said the reforms would simply raise costs for federal workers.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 11:23am EST

Friday federal headlines - November 7, 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 inspector general says a Justice Department student hiring program was marred by nepotism, GAO says the FDA needs to be more thorough in how it samples imported food for pesticide testing and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says wait times at VA hospitals are down 18 percent since May.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 08:16am EST

Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance

It's no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:50am EST
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Judith Douglas, Hewlett-Packard

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Judith Douglas, a former division director at the General Services Administration and former adviser for management operations, information systems design and modernization at the IRS. Now she's a client industry executive in the global government industry group at Hewlett-Packard. Douglas joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her career and induction into NAPA.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:44am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's goal is straightforward: rebuild the trust in the VA. In his first 100 days as secretary, McDonald met with dozens of employees, lawmakers and other key stakeholders to both listen and understand how best to do that. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the steps McDonald has taken and plans to take.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 06:56am EST
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McDonald says ‘biggest reorganization of VA' to rebuild trust is underway

VA Secretary Bob McDonald said the new "Road to Veterans Day Action Review" released Thursday will help change the culture of the agency. The three-pronged strategy is part of McDonald's efforts during his first 100 days in office.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:45am EST
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Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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Former airman accused of stealing classified government files

After executing a search warrant, authorities seized more than 40 items from John Sember's home.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 02:32am EST

Government not yet brain-dead... but be patient!

The predicted "tsunami" of federal retirees may or may not come. Regardless, if you're planning to retire, you should still take steps to ensure financial security while your retirement is processed, says Federal News Radio's Mike Causey.

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

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's having success with a new data transparency effort that's designed to drive better business deals on sole-source contracts. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the initiative is designed to track all of its business arrangements with a certain vendor, so individual contracting officers can learn from past deals.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 05:00pm EST
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Contractors are looking for new approaches for reaching out to your agency. Some out-of-the-box business opportunities may make a big difference to your bottom line. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some thoughts about three of those business opportunities.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:57pm EST
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Alan Duncan, Assistant Inspector General, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service will miss its deadline to start using personal ID cards to get in and out of federal buildings. It was supposed to have the system ready by 2015 as part of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. Alan Duncan is assistant inspector general for security and information technology audits for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he expained why the IRS will miss the deadline.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:52pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Turbo-charged customer service and some more customized services may be available to Thrift Savings Plan investors in the future. Greg Long, the executive director of the TSP, says the TSP may provide these services -- since they see participants taking all their money out of their accounts when they retire. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what Greg Long is most worried about.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:50pm EST
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DISA seeking efficient cloud computing hardware

Cloud computing hardware should be more efficient, at least when it comes to plugging it into a network. . That's according to the Defense Information Systems Agency. DISA just wrapped up a request for information on easier ways to plug the hardware into different places.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:44pm EST

Jessie Roberson, Vice Chair, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is calling on the Department of Energy to improve emergency preparedness and response. Its most recent recommendation maps out a series of safety updates at DOE sites. Jessie Roberson is vice chair of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and a new National Academy of Public Administration fellow. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how she'll bring more than three decades in the nuclear engineering field to the NAPA fellowship.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:43pm EST
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Michael Brown, Vice President of Security Product Management, BlackBerry

The Defense Department is upgrading its military networks to increase its access to different types mobile technology. But many secruity experts say the gold standard for smartphones is still the Blackberry. Michael Brown is vice president of security product management and research for BlackBerry. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the importance of mobile security for federal agencies.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:26pm EST
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Cybersecurity a priority in the HHS OIG 2015 work plan

Cybersecurity will be top of mind in 2015 for the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department. In its work plan for next year, HHS OIG says it will heavily focus on federal oversight policy for medical devices and electronic health records.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 03:42pm EST

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with FEMA's Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner, chief information officer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities around the agency's resilience and security review, mobility, and IT governance, among other topics.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 03:00pm EST
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