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Federal News Radio News Stream

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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 In today's news, the White House has released draft guidance for how agencies should respond to the FITARA, a House panel moves forward a bill to change surveillance from the NSA and a watchdog says the IRS has taken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

TSP or an annuity? Look before you leap!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is away on assignment. But he still has a suggestion for readers on how to make their neighborhood financial planner happy.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 03:00am EDT

DHS No. 2 regrets perception of favoritism in visa cases

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas steadfastly defended his work on three foreign-investor visa cases while testifying before a House committee Thursday, following allegations that he used his post to help well-connected Democrats.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 12:40am EDT

TRICARE revamp rejected, other benefit changes backed

White House rejecting TRICARE revamp; backing retirement, other changes to military benefits

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 11:40pm EDT

Experts sound off on draft FITARA guidance

Federal News Radio is collecting reactions to the FITARA draft policy guidance from those who provided their decades of experience in federal IT, acquisition and management.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:13pm EDT

John Harvey, Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth

The military branches have a template that civilian agencies could use to build their workforces for the next decade. Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the tools civilian and uniformed leaders in the military will have to build a workforce for the year 2025, and how both forces will collaborate in the coming decade.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:02pm EDT
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Catherine Emerson, CHCO, DHS, and Miriam Cohen, CHCO, NRC

Strategies for building a workforce of the future are under development now at several different levels of government. Catherine Emerson is chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, and Miriam Cohen is chief human capital officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the tools they have to make sure their work forces are ready for the year 2025.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Congress slams EPA for turning blind eye to 'serial sexual harasser'

Is the EPA turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and pornography in the in the office? Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee gave the impression that they thought so at a hearing Thursday.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:06pm EDT

Military-style personnel system could smooth path to next-generation workforce

Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey, a former commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command and currently the secretary of of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia, said too much civilian workforce planning is left to chance. A more structured approach and funding would make a huge difference, he said.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:04pm EDT
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Former journalist, Obama adviser nominated to run aid agency

Obama taps former journalist, White House adviser Gayle Smith to run development agency USAID

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 03:40pm EDT

DCMA innovates IT through new virtual lab

Jacob Haynes, the chief information officer at the Defense Contract Management Agency, said the new innovation lab helps the agency use a disciplined approach to testing technology before making a major investment.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 02:39pm EDT
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