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2:19 pm, October 23, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
October 6, 2014

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:32pm EDT
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VA begins process to remove executive at center of FedBid scandal

Sloan Gibson, VA's deputy secretary, said he's proposed the removal of Susan Taylor, the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration. Gibson will use the new authorities provided by Congress and President Barack Obama in August under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Capt. Tom Chaby, Special Operations Command

Members of the special forces and their families need a lot of resilience. Combat is hard and dangerous, and service members may be away for long periods. Special Operations Command is embarking on a new initiative to help ease the pressure on members of the elite force and their families. It's called the The Preservation of the Force and Family Task Force. Task Force Director, Capt. Tom Chaby, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:26pm EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Acting Secret Service Director Joe Clancy has a tough road ahead. Employee satisfaction and commitment hit an all-time low last year. That's according to the 2013 Best Places to Work rankings. Those numbers came out before the fence-jumper embarrassment that's got the whole world wondering about the Secret Service. Turning things around will take patience, determination and strong leadership. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:24pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

You have some new tools to use to plan your retirement. They are wizards, but they don't have pointy hats and magic wands. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why sometimes people think she's kidding when she recommends the wizards.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal executives are on the move today, but one high-profile executive is moving thanks to a new law. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller covers this and more in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose who's leaving and why.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 03:54pm EDT
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Helpdesk award continues USDA's trek toward more shared services

Cheryl Cook, USDA's CIO, said the Forest Service awarded a contract to AbilityOne for tier one helpdesk services. This is one of several enterprisewide services the agency is creating to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 12:26pm EDT
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Conversation with Authors Series with Profs. Jack Gansler and Bill Lucyshyn on Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition

In an era of fiscal austerity, DoD must continue to maintain operations and modernize forces in order to support national security. What acquisition challenges are facing the U.S. Department of Defense? What actions can be taken to improve defense acquisition and the Defense Industrial Base? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Profs. Jack Gansler and Bill Lucyshyn, authors of the IBM Center report, Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 12:00pm EDT

Government hackers attempt to break into Healthcare.gov

Government hackers see a way to break into Healthcare.gov, but in some ways that's good news. Cyber experts from the Health and Human Services Inspector General's Office found a big hole in the site's security system. But once the hackers found the hole and tried to exploit it, the site's defense system blocked them. The agency says its working to fix the problem.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 10:48am EDT

NASA SEWP lowers fees for agencies

When it rolls out its fifth version next month, NASA's SEWP will have the lowest fees of any governmentwide acquisition contract. It will charge less than 0.4 percent to participating agencies. SEWP IV fees are 0.45 percent, compared to the General Services Administration's 0.75 percent.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 10:13am EDT
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OPM's retirement claims backlog inches downward

The Office of Personnel Management received about 1,000 fewer claims than it expected in September. Compared to the last several months, the agency is processing an increasing percentage of retirement claims, 82.3 percent, within 60 days.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 10:11am EDT

The increase of cloud budgets across federal agencies

Cloud budgets at some federal agencies are twice as large as they were in 2012.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:27am EDT

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

A new law signed by the President last month gives the Veterans Affairs secretary lots of discretion to fire or demote members of the Senior Executive Service. The law came in response to management problems resulting in long wait times for admittance to VA facilities. The law means SESers at VA work under a different set of civil service rules than those in the rest of government. It also imposes new burdens on the Merit Systems Protection Board. The board issued an interim final rule on how the agency will carry out the new mandate. Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the comments the board received about the rule and what the law does require of the board.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

One of the longest running governmentwide procurement contracts (GWACs) is about to enter its fifth generation. Solutions for Enterprise-wide Procurement (SEWP) has been a mainstay offering of NASA since 1993. Back then, it was known as the Scientific and Engineering Work Station Procurement. The SEWP team has awarded contracts for SEWP V. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:00am EDT
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PSC hires Navy acquisition exec to lead defense, intel committee

Jerry Punderson, the outgoing director of contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command, will join PSC as its new senior vice president of defense and intelligence.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:58am EDT

Monday federal headlines - October 6, 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 White House gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:30am EDT

Lights, camera, jail time for feds???

Whoever said that a picture is worth a thousand words knew what he (or she) was talking about. That's especially true of a high federal official photographed in a Las Vegas luxury suite in their birthday suit, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 02:00am EDT

Hiring and managing millennials

This week, Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of why government agencies should recruit and hire members of the millennial generation.
October 3, 2014

Friday - 10/03/2014, 07:51pm EDT
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Character counts!

CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. Jack London will talk about his book: "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor".
September 26, 2014 (Encore presentation October 3, 2014)

Friday - 10/03/2014, 05:34pm EDT
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OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT
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