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4:47 pm, December 22, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Cooperative purchasing agreements: How can they benefit you?

Consultant Harold Good and immixGrop co-founder and Senior Vice President Steve Charles give us their take on cooperative purchasing agreements.
December 1, 2014

Monday - 12/01/2014, 08:15pm EST
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What will the President's immigration plan mean for CBP, ICE employees?

John Adler of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association wondered what impact President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration would have on the resources of CBP and ICE officers.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 05:40pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The work begins for Congress today, and next Thursday is the deadline to finish some of the most important work of the year. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. He says a cromnibus looks like a possible solution to the CR deadline next Thursday.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:44pm EST
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Transform to Modern Mission Critical: Modernizing Your SAP Landscape

Many federal agencies recognize the need to modernize their mission-critical data centers to gain greater agility for more interdependent real-time applications while addressing the proliferation of anytime-anywhere mobile data access. To do so, organizations must find a way to move their current SAP applications from dedicated, legacy environments. However, for many, this means sacrificing mission-critical security and reliability to achieve the benefits of flexibility and cost efficiency. Learn how agencies can achieve the best of both worlds as Unisys and SAP experts discuss key strategies and solutions for transitioning SAP environments.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:42pm EST

David Trimble, Director of Natural Resources, GAO

The National Nuclear Security Administration has a guide for predicting how much its large projects will cost. But the agency's project managers don't know it exists, and it's not entirely their fault. That's according to David Trimble -- he's Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he suggested ways to improve NNSA's cost estimation process.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:32pm EST
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The deadline to nominate one of your colleagues for a Service to America medal is just about a month away. That means now is the time to figure out who that's going to be, and to start collecting all the information you'll need for the nomination. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's important to recognize and reward your stellar co-workers during this era of tight budgets.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:31pm EST
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Jo Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Army

Wednesday is the five-year anniversary of the Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program. The program gives veterans a chance to learn new skills that will help them transition to civilian jobs. Jo-Ellen Darcy is assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how the program started, and why they're celebrating.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:28pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department takes a new view of the best way to secure cloud computing services the Pentagon gets from the private sector. A new report by the DoD chief information officer highlights potential changes to the security levels required for commercial cloud services. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about DoD's 45-day cloud computing study. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the Pentagon's plans.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:25pm EST
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Janet Hale, Former Undersecretary for Management, DHS

Congress comes back to work today to wrap up the 113th Congress. No one thinks streamlining oversight of the Homeland Security Department is one of the things they'll address in the lame duck session, but many people think it's something they should address -- at least soon. Janet Hale is one of those people. She's former Under Secretary for Management at DHS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how we got here.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:19pm EST
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Insight from the Navy's PEO EIS

What are the strategic priorities for the Navy's PEO for Enterprise Information Systems? How is the Navy balancing cost with systems capability? What is the Navy's PEO EIS doing to realize greater operational effectiveness? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Victor Gavin, Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems within the U.S. Department of the Navy.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 12:00pm EST

All TSP funds grow for November

Every Thrift Savings Plan domestic fund showed growth in November, including the troubled I Fund, which had been in the negative for months.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 10:34am EST

Darci Marchese, Reporter, WTOP

Returning from war can be difficult for service members. Those who leave with physical and mental wounds often face long recovery times. The Warrior Canine Connection is trying to make that process a bit easier. Reporter Darci Marchese, from Federal News Radio's sister station WTOP, reports on the extraordinary journey that's helping to turn dogs into healers.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:56am EST
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Joshua Kneifel, Research Economist, NIST

When architects and engineers design buildings, they have to meet local building codes. But, simply meeting those codes won't ensure you have the most efficient design for the long haul. Joshua Kneifel is a research economist in the engineering laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson about a new tool NIST engineers developed that lets builders measure the economic and environmental impacts of everything from the floor to the roof.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:55am EST
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Open Season continues with Kaiser Permanente

This week on the For Your Benefit radio show, hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan welcome John Patrick, FEHB director for Kaiser Permanente for the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Virginia region to the show. This is the latest in our series of weekly shows devoted to the range of health insurance plans available to feds during Open Season.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:15am EST
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Monday federal headlines - December 1, 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, Congress returns to work today, Researchers say a new vaccine against Ebole appears safe after tests on 20 healthy people and Syrian activists say Islamic State militants were pounded by as many as 30 airstrikes Sunday by U.S. led coalition warplanes on Sunday.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 08:24am EST

Commerce takes bigger oversight role in its bureaus' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity within the Commerce Department has traditionally been overseen and managed by its 14 individual bureaus. Those agencies will still operate their own IT systems, but a new Commercewide oversight center will aggregate all information about the department's vulnerabilities into a single dashboard to be used by senior management.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:33am EST
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The lull before the lull

Uncle Sam isn't Detroit. At least not yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. But a growing number of politicians -- some seeking better ways to do things, some bureaucrat-haters -- are looking at the government retirement program as the place to make savings.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 02:00am EST

Continuing resolution or omnibus? Decision looms for Congress as holidays approach

When Congress returns on Dec. 1, it will be pressed for time on deciding its next course on funding before the current continuing resolution expires at midnight on Dec. 12.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 12:13pm EST
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FedRAMP developing a FISMA high baseline in 2015

The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, the acting director of the FedRAMP program, said the high-impact baseline would apply only to non-classified technology systems as characterized under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 07:33am EST
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TGIF or not

Whether you are working today or at home, take a minute to emerge from your turkey-induced haze and think about your 2015 health plan, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 02:00am EST
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