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11:49 pm, July 12, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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The CFO Agenda: Delivering value from financial transparency and audit efforts in the public and private sector

Two dates are etched in minds of Defense Department officials--September 30, 2014 and 2017. Those are the two dates by which DoD and all of its services and agencies must first achieve audit readiness of the Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR), and the second, 2017, is when they must achieve full audit readiness. DoD is mobilizing toward both of these goals in only the way it can--by bringing people, resources and focus to these efforts.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 03:57pm EDT

House bill raises tension with IRS, lowers funding

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut more than $300 million from last year's Internal Revenue Service budget. This adds to the tension between Congress and the IRS over lost emails.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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OPM reminds feds of mental health importance

OPM's Katherine Archuleta and HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration release a memo providing guidance to agency leaders about how to identify individuals in mental health distress. The guidance also offers resources to federal employees looking for help.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 12:48pm EDT

DHS to take 'multi-threat' approach to fighting terrorism, cyber attacks

The Homeland Security Department will channel its efforts into battling terrorism, cyber threats and natural disasters, according to a quadrennial review the agency released Wednesday.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 10:55am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) into law just over a month ago. Now the Office of Management and Budget is sketching out how to implement the law over the next three years. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with an exclusive look inside OMB's plan. Read Jason's related article.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:45am EDT
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J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

The House and Senate have appointed members to a conference committee on legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs health care system. Regardless of how Congress ends up changing the structure to address long wait times for patients, the system will need more money for emergencies. That is one request from the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many front-line VA employees. J. David Cox is the union's president and a former VA nurse. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the problems at the VA are affecting the front-line employees.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:43am EDT
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Doug Norton, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. As a senior scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, Doug Norton has led projects to protect the nation's waterways for more than two decades. His colleagues call him a can-do person who uses the latest technology to communicate with environmental officials and the public. Now, he is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the importance of the public understanding the local waterways. Read a related story.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:39am EDT
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Marines to conduct scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait

U.S. Marines from the USS Gunston Hall will conduct previously scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait in the coming days. The Marine Corps has conducted sustainment training in Kuwait on a regular basis for two decades. The region is of specific concern because of the terror group ISIL's march toward Baghdad. The Gunston Hall is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. It departed Norfolk, Va. in February and is operating in the 5th fleet area of responsibility on a routine deployment to support maritime security operations. The deployment of U.S. Navy assets are regularly scheduled and are in accordance with our longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 08:58am EDT

Monday federal headlines - June 23, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, VA struggles to provide health care to female vets, and DHS releases its quadrennial review.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 08:03am EDT

Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Burwell appoints new manager to revamp HealthCare.gov

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell appointed a new high-level operations manager to closely supervise the online portal to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. She also announced that she's hiring a CEO and a technology leader to specifically handle all aspects of the health law's coverage expansion.

Saturday - 06/21/2014, 03:46am EDT

What is vetsHQ.com?

Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated will talk about a new website that helps veterans navigate their way through the with benefits claims process.
June 20, 2014

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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The future of performance reviews

Dr. Janice Presser, CEO of the Gabriel Institute and Grant Thornton's Virginia Gibson will discuss the importance of performance reviews and how to improve them.
June 20, 2014

Friday - 06/20/2014, 08:41pm EDT
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

When it comes to getting better results out of federal programs, the Office of Management and Budget says it's all well and good to measure past performance, but it's time to start pivoting from a focus on short term goals to implementing lasting improvements. To do that, OMB is telling agencies to put their energy into a new regime of "strategic reviews" in response to the 2010 Government Performance And Results Act Modernization Act. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, writes about the direction OMB is pushing agencies. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three parts of the implementation process.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:46pm EDT
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Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation

Over the past few years, there's been no shortage of frightening assessments warning the U.S. faces a serious shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. But a brand new report from the RAND corporation offers a fresh take. After an exhaustive review of existing literature and interviews with cyber experts, researchers concluded the situation right now is pretty dire, particularly in the federal government. But there's also cause for optimism. Both the public and private sectors have already begun to respond to the shortage, and the problem may eventually solve itself. It's just a matter of how long it takes. Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the broader picture behind the numbers.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

An early House version appropriations language for 2015 would bring the IRS budget below sequestration levels in fiscal 2015. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved funding levels that are more than $300 million below what the agency has to spend this year. IRS officials have been adamant that even that level is far too low. The bill comes right after warnings from the Government Accountability Office for the IRS to make some long term budget plans to better deal with an uncertain financial future. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is looking at what the cuts would mean for agency operations and the workforce. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose these cuts go too far. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Stephanie Wasko.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:39pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

When President Barack Obama signed the Digital Transparency and Accountability Act last month, outside experts said implementing the latest open government law would be a big lift for agencies. In some new draft documents obtained by Federal News Radio, the Office of Management and Budget seems to be acknowledging as much but also signaling a commitment to get it done. It's one of the topics Executive Editor Jason Miller covers in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The Merit Systems Protection Board knew more than a year ago it was likely to be swamped with federal employees appealing their furloughs when sequestration first kicked in. But it's been a busy 19 months for the agency. It's still dealing with the 32,000 appeals it got from furloughed employees. And as Federal News Radio's Mike Causey discussed with Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose, none of them have been approved so far.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DATA Act is law, IT, acquisition A-11 changes

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. Senate lawmakers prepare to mark-up IT reform bill next week. CIO's spend time at camp where OMB and others emphasize the word of the year: effectiveness.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:32pm EDT

Mari Galloway, Women's Society of Cyber Jutsu

It's no secret the U.S. faces some big challenges with the size and capacity of its cybersecurity workforce. But putting a finer point on those challenges isn't as easy. An all-week event at Virginia Tech tried to answer those questions. At the 2014 U.S Cyber Challenge Summer Cyber Camp, attendees got intensive training on discrete cyber skills but also an overview of the overall workforce shortage, and where their specialized skills might be able to help. Mari Galloway, director of finance for the Women's Society of Cyber Jutsu, was one of the 45 participants in this week's event. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a few of her main takeaways.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:29pm EDT
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