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1:50 pm, March 29, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Pre-judging an opponent is a sure path to making a mistake in contract negotiating. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn. He's also authored the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the 10th and final commandment: You shall not stereotype your opponent. That's one of the biggest mistakes a contractor can make.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:10am EDT
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Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Last year was a record-setting one for the National Park Service, with visitation at an all time high. More than 290 million people traipsed through the National Parks last year the highest total since 1987. And with 2016 marking the parks' centennial celebration, that number might rise. How is the Park Service coping with all the wear and tear? Jonathan Jarvis, the 18th director of the National Park Service, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the parks, and the new push to attract visitors.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:08am EDT
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USDA, GSA put out 'help wanted' signs for new CIOs

Sonny Hashmi, GSA's CIO since January 2014, is leaving government for the private sector. Cheryl Cook spent almost three years at USDA's CIO before leaving government earlier this month.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:07am EDT

Bobby Smart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Air Force

Military contractor requirements seem simple enough: Get the right material to the right location on time. Some contractors are better at it than others. It's true that you get what you measure, which is why the military branches have the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). They use it to create an incentive program to spur on suppliers. Bobby Smart, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for Acquisition Integration, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the system works.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:06am EDT
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Mike Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department couldn't provide reliable data on many of its current Acquisition Category II and III programs. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Those programs include everything from a multi-billion dollar radar modernization program to soldier clothing. Mike Sullivan, the director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:03am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - March 11, 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,a bipartisan bill would build on programs to reduce veteran homelessness; the American Civil Liberties Union, Wikipedia and eight other groups are suing the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives backs off a plan to block a popular type of ammunition

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 08:51am EDT

David Mader, Controller, Office of Management and Budget

After a few years of declines, the government's improper payment rate jumped 14 percent in 2014. The Government Accountability Office said the increase came from major programs including Medicare fee for service, Medicaid, the earned income tax credit, unemployment insurance and supplemental security income. David Mader is the White House controller. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Executive Editor Jason Miller about some new steps to move the needle in the right direction.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 06:20am EDT
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Army to deal with budget cuts by sharing services with local communities

The military already has shown it can improve services on bases through public-private partnerships. As budgets shrink, the next task is to partner with local governments.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:25am EDT

OMB plays data matchmaker to combat rise in improper payments

David Mader, OMB controller, said the administration will target specific agencies with new technology to access more data to combat this long-standing challenge. GAO reported Feb. 26 that the governmentwide improper payment rate was 4.02 percent, meaning agencies misspent almost $125 billion in 2014.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:41am EDT
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Secret Service testing drones, how to disrupt their flying

AP Exclusive: Secret Service to test drones over DC, looking at ways to stop rogue flights

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:24am EDT

Investment Tip: Build or buy a time machine

When it comes to investing and most other things, hindsight is 20/20. Past investments in the Thrift Savings Plan may point to strategies for the future, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:00am EDT

GSA proposed rule raises 'significant concerns' over competition

A system that seeks to drive down pricing through constant comparison of individual transactions leads to a downward or death spiral in pricing that is inconsistent with the dynamics of the commercial marketplace, acquisition expert Roger Waldron says in a new commentary about the proposed rule.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 02:39am EDT

Government to drop charges in federal employee hacking case

A National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to federal investigators will have charges against her dismissed if a judge approves the prosecution's request.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 10:00pm EDT

All things procurement with Bill Gormley

Gormley Group President Bill Gormley joins host Roger Waldron for a wide ranging discussion of interagency contracting, strategic sourcing and data collection through contracting.
March 10, 2015

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:10pm EDT
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Cloud migration & data center consolidation

Dave Gwyn and Chris Howard, vice presidents of Federal sales at Nutanix, join host John Gilroy to discuss how their company can help your agency move to cloud and consolidate its data.
March 10, 2015

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 07:58pm EDT
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Obama calls for effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

Obama getting help from local governments and employers to boost high-tech training, hiring

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 07:46pm EDT

Disaster Resilience for America - March 11, 2015

On this edition of "Disaster Relief for America", hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Bob Crouch, a former state, federal, and local government official and works closely with the Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Consortium.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:34pm EDT

Sanders: Government needs uniform exit survey to gauge millennials

Four out of 10 federal employees are eligible to retire in the next five years. The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy to attract new hires to government, and get millennials who are already in government to stay. The strategy is called Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Ron Sanders is vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and a former chief human capital officer for the intelligence community. He detailed the strategy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:06pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) is proposing a bill to change how to calculate cost of living adjustments for federal pension plans. The high-five method would factor in the five highest-earning years of service instead of three years. The Congressional Budget Office says it would save the federal government #3.1 billion over 10 years. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered her take on the bill.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:36pm EDT
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Deloitte: 26 years of GAO reports yield lessons for better management

Text analytics can turn tens of thousands of oversight reports into solid action plans that help your agency run smoother. The consulting firm Deloitte is using it to transform more than 40,000 recommendations from the Government Accountabilty Office into hard data. Bill Eggers is global public sector research director, and Daniel Byler is a data scientist at Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to turn the hard data from GAO's recommendations into action plans of reform.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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