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7:45 pm, November 21, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Government Contracting Myth No. 3: The contracting officer really isn't our customer

Contracting expert Tim Sullivan says vendors that want to have good relationships with the agencies they do business with must remember one thing. Nothing happens in government contracting unless the contracting officer says it does.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 03:52am EST

Vote: But please, just once and only if you are still alive. Thank you!

The good news, for federal and postal workers, military personnel and retirees, is that they can vote for their "board of directors" today at the polls, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 02:00am EST

All things Channel

Bob Laclede, vice president of Channels for the immixGroup, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss how his organization is helping channel participants do more business with the government.
November 3, 2014

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:57pm EST
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Ellen West Lazar, Independent Consultant

A new infusion of talent will provide your agency -- and every agency -- with extra brainpower. Ellen West Lazar is former senior advisor to the chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and now an independent consultant. She is newly elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what areas of expertise she's passionate about that she'll be able to contribute to NAPA's work.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:35pm EST
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Anne-Marie Fennell, Natural Resources Director, GAO

The total price for professional services contracts at the Agriculture Department is about $2 billion over the last four years. The Office of Management and Budget says those types of contracts can be very risky for you to use. Anne-Marie Fennell is Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said with risk factors in mind, USDA needs to strengthen its oversight of professional services contracts.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:22pm EST
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Eight myths stand in the way of one of the premiere recruitment programs in the federal government. And it's hurting your agency's chances of hiring talented new employees. That's according to Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the Partnership's Myth Busters campaign to help agencies get new talent in the door.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:20pm EST
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Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight

A new future of electronic warfare is coming to the Navy. But budget pressure may stunt the growth of that future. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight is former commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and former commandant of Naval District Washington. He's also former deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters in the National Capital region. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the time is ripe for a successor to the ANSLQ 32 electronic warfare suite.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:16pm EST
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Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Experiments with agile development are underway at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service. The agency is borrowing ways to run some technology projects from agencies like the Health and Human Services Department, but the concept might not be one-size-fits-all. Rory Schultz is Deputy Chief Information Officer of FNS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said his agency still has a lot of testing to do, and also needs to double-check to make sure it's legal.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget recently released an update to Circular A-123, a guide for agencies on managing risk at an enterprise level. A new report from the Association of Government Accountants examined the revision. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about why A-123 is a big deal in government accounting circles.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:52pm EST
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NASA Ames exploring a shift to the cloud

NASA Ames Chief Information Officer Jerry Davis says he's working with agency headquarters to set up a cloud service office that will help the agency start a transition to a commercial government-only cloud system.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:51pm EST

Subpoena issued for former HHS CTO

House Republicans issue a subpoena for Todd Park, former CTO of HHS, to testify about his role in launching Healthcare.gov. Park has already refused to testify before the House Science Committee five times, according to committee chairman Lamar Smith. The White House says it has the subpoena and will not stop Park from testifying.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:08pm EST

GSA puts more category management pieces in place

Kevin Youel Page is named the new deputy commissioner of FAS, replacing Bill Sisk, who shifted to an assistant commissioner position. GSA also publicly unveils the first three hallways under category management.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:17pm EST
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Mark Borkowski, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske wants his troops to be more innovative. Turning that wish into reality falls squarely on the shoulders of the agency's IT and acquisition executives. Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner and chief acquisition executive in CBP's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, is the brain power on the acquisition side of this innovation challenge. He spoke about his strategy with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00pm EST
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Rafael Borras, Former Under Secretary for Management, DHS

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to study and report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Rafael Borras. Until recently, he was the under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. Borras spoke with Emily Kopp on today's Federal Drive radio show about his new appointment.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00pm EST
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The DHA and DoD healthcare delivery

How is the Defense Health Agency changing the way DoD delivers healthcare? What are some of the key challenges faced in restructuring such a complex system? How is DHA transforming its health information technology portfolio? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with LTG Douglas Robb, Director, Defense Health Agency.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 12:00pm EST
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GAO: OMB program inventory needs work to detect duplicative programs

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Office of Management and Budget revise its guidance to agencies in order to collect better data for its governmentwide program inventory, which is meant to cut down on overlaps in program services.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 11:45am EST
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Monday federal headlines - November 3, 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, unions ask Congress to improve whistleblowing rights for intelligence contractors, more federal workers who joined the government a decade ago have earned advanced degrees and certificates while working and DoD civilians fighting Ebola in West Africa have options when it comes to quarantine.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:17am EST

Comey tackles terrorism

FBI Director James Comey will deliver a keynote counterterrorism speech in New York City at Fordham Law School on Monday. With the rise of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, international terrorism remains a key national security and law enforcement dilemma for the U.S. and its allies.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 08:52am EST

Navy's 'awakening' means cyber threats aren't just an IT problem

A new task force widens the Navy's cybersecurity aperture worrying about ships and airplanes as being vulnerable to attack just as email and database servers are.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 05:46am EST
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Takeaways from TechAmerica's Vision conference — DoD style

If you are looking to understand the trends and drivers in the federal contracting market, few events are better than TechAmerica's annual Vision conference.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:45am EST
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