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Digital services shouldn't feel like thumbscrews

People don't want digital services per se so much as they want easy access to whatever services they seek, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:04am EDT

Everyday 'federal' MacGyvers matter too

Letter to the editor: The White House shouldn't overlook the career staff who keep the government running as it gets excited about the new, shiny people at USDS, 18F and other places.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:36am EDT

OMB looks for new ways to modernize shared service centers' aging IT

The decision a decade ago to migrate agencies' payment functions into a few government mega-centers that specialize in HR and financial management has saved money and kept checks moving on time. But the IT systems backing those shared service centers are getting old, and no one's quite sure how to fund their replacements.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:44am EDT

Special savings plan for CSRS types

How would you like the option to amass a separate tax-free retirement fund in addition to the CSRS annuity you will get when you retire from government? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:00am EDT

Service to America Medal finalists honor feds' hard work

Out of nearly 500 entries, the Partnership for Public Service has selected 30 finalists for the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

Sunday - 05/03/2015, 06:00pm EDT

Social media & cybersecurity

Chris Cullison and C.W. Walker from ZeroFOX, join host Derrick Dortch to discuss how hackers and terrorists are using social media to further their agendas.
May 1, 2015

Friday - 05/01/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: IT reform, Disappearing reinventors

Federal consultant Jeff Koch and Jonathan Breul, former executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 06:37pm EDT
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Strategic priorities of the DHA

What are the strategic priorities of the Defense Health Agency Healthcare Operations Directorate? What is DHA doing to save money and gain efficiencies? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Major General Richard Thomas, Director, DHA Healthcare Operations Directorate.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:28pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Congress is lifting the Windfall Elimination Program for a select few members of the federal workforce. The WEP can sometimes be the barrier between an extra $400 a month in Social Security benefits. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the recent lift from Congress means for members of the Civil Service Retirement System.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:22pm EDT
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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), House Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has an email tip line so federal employees can tell him about what they see at their agencies. His subcommittee just held a hearing called, ''The Worst Places to Work in Government." But he says he wants to highlight the good things the Executive Branch is doing too. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he and his staff have focused on since he took leadership of the subcommittee.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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Non-binding budget plan omits retirement contribution hike

Republican leaders in the House and Senate passed a compromise bill that seeks significant cuts to agency operating budgets, while boosting Defense spending. Absent from the non-binding plan is mention of an increase in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:43pm EDT

House adopts compromise GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare'

House adopts compromise GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare,' boosting Pentagon

Friday - 05/01/2015, 01:00pm EDT

Vince Kane, Veterans Affairs Department

Veterans Affairs wants to help put an end to veteran homelessness. The department is repurposing its West Los Angeles campus to serve particularly vulnerable veterans, such as women or severely disabled vets, who are also homeless. The campus redesign will help VA implement the White House policy that no veteran should live on the streets. Vince Kane, the director of the VA's National Homeless Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the plan.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:41am EDT
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Nominations open for 2015 Causey Awards

The Causey Awards recognize federal employees and government contractors for their innovations and achievements in the human capital arena. Nominate someone today.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:36am EDT

Friday federal headlines - May 1, 2015

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 White House has released draft guidance for how agencies should respond to the FITARA, a House panel moves forward a bill to change surveillance from the NSA and a watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:26am EDT

Tom Grzymski, Associate Commissioner, Telecommunications & Systems Operations, Social Security Administration

Social Security has been operating its new data center for about a year now. The badly needed facility was funded back in 2009 by the economic stimulus bill. It took several years to find a site and build the new data center. Perhaps the hardest part was migrating data and other assets to the new data center. After all, it's not as if Social Security can shut things down for a week or so. Overseeing this effort was associate commissioner Tom Grzymski. He and his team won a project management award at the recent GITEC conference. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review SSA's efforts.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:17am EDT
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New federal leave policies a good start, but more should be done

President Barack Obama's memo directing OPM and federal agencies to implement leave practices that support parental leave was a good start, but more needs to be done, says former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:40am EDT

White House punts on military retirement reforms, House presses for changes

The Obama administration said Thursday that it not yet ready to express its views on key military compensation issues including health care and retirement, even after two years of study. A key House committee says retirement has been studied enough.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:20am EDT
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Former HealthCare.gov IT program manager Chao retires from CMS

Henry Chao is leaving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after more than 21 years at the agency. Chao led the IT portion of the Affordable Care Act portal development and implementation.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 03:54am EDT
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