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Acquisition priorities at GSA

Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive for the General Services Administration, will discuss his acquisition priorities for the agency.
August 26, 2014

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:02pm EDT
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DoJ IG investigates DEA payments to Amtrak employee

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 07:50pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is crowdsourcing its next set of research areas. Reggie Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at DHS, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about this effort to reach a broader set of minds to help secure the homeland. Read Jason's related article.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The VA Inspector General finds dozens of veterans in the Phoenix VA medical system endured waits that may have had medical consequences. But investigators say they can't conclude any veterans' deaths were directly caused by inappropriate scheduling practices. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more details.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:46pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Time is running out for 500 vendors that can expect to see some changes to their professional services contracts over the next year. The General Services Administration says it plans to consolidate them to create one mega-contract by next November. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose (and in his Week Ahead newsletter) he said federal contractors should get involved in GSA's consolidation process before they get hurt by any permanent policy decisions.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:38pm EDT
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Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The biggest number ever for federal employees saving for the future is in. More than ever are saving in the Thrift Savings Plan. Kim Weaver is Director of External Affairs the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the results make the people who run the TSP really happy.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

Congress has 12 business days to finish its list of appropriations bills once it gets back from recess in two weeks. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative for Federally Employed Women. She shared her predictions for Congress' to-do list for September on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Elana Broitman, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, DoD

Elana Broitman will soon leave the Defense Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy. Andre Gudger -- Director of the Office of Small Business Programs -- will take over her role on an acting basis until Secretary Broitman's position is filled. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Broitman said the companies she's worked with in the past year have shown her (and the department) they can do amazing things.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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GAO: More detail needed from GSA on swap-construct exchanges

If the General Services Administration wants to swap its underutilized assets for private sector properties, it needs to provide more detailed information to potential responders, says a new Government Accountability Office report.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

A subcontractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency is using a cloud system to store and analyze data for the agency. But EPA's Inspector General says that's a big problem because the agency had no idea the company's in the cloud. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reported the story on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Billy Rios, Director of Threat Intelligence, Qualys

The Transportation Security Administration brings in almost $2 billion in revenue every year from airport passenger security fees. TSA spends part of that money keeping its security systems up to date, but the agency still uses technologies that are proven security risks. Billy Rios is director of threat intelligence at Qualys. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TSA isn't alone in its struggle to keep its security systems up to date.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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CEO named for HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration picks Connecticut official Kevin Counihan to run HealthCare.gov.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 03:54pm EDT

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with Labor's Dawn Leaf

Labor Department Deputy CIO Dawn Leaf joins Federal News Radio for an online chat to discuss her priorities around IT modernization, data center consolidation and cybersecurity.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 01:00pm EDT

RFP officially begins DoD effort to modernize electronic health records

After more than a year of planning, the Defense Department issues the final solicitation for a commercial software to replace its AHLTA program. The Pentagon expects to make a single award for the contract that could be worth $11 billion over its lifetime.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:51am EDT

Troops need four months to leave Afghanistan

The Pentagon has worked up plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon. The Associate Press is reporting that shortly before landing in Kabul for a visit, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, told reporters accompanying him on the trip that under optimal circumstances the U.S. would need about 120 days to pull all troops and equipment out of the country if there is no agreement allowing them to stay into 2015.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:32am EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Life after the military can be a hard transition. Many veterans seek jobs in the civilian sector but to no avail. A new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board finds that part of the problem is that the rules governing veterans' job preferences are byzantine and need improvement. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the process can be tweaked.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:31am EDT
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Kristina Wong, Staff Writer, The Hill

The Obama administration is widening the assault on the Islamic State bit by bit. Pressure is mounting as the highly organized terror group takes over more and more territory. Kristina Wong, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for a situation report.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:22am EDT
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Sokwoo Rhee, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicks off the Global City Teams Challenge in September. Tech-savvy members from the federal government and private sector will come together to address issues including air quality, traffic management and emergency services coordination, all through the use of smart technology. Sokwoo Rhee, associate director for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the agency hopes to accomplish.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:53am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The percentage of Defense Department contract dollars the Pentagon awards via competitive bids has been falling every year since 2008. And its self-imposed goals for contract competition have been missed every year since then. Now Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, issues a set of orders to Pentagon leaders. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jared's related article.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:52am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - August 26, 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, President Barack Obama will issue executive orders to tackle access to mental health care for veterans, and a DoD space tracking website gets a facelift.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:28am EDT
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