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10:31 pm, May 28, 2015

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Pat Niehaus, National President, Federal Managers Association

The two easiest ways for agencies recruit and retain federal employees are under attack from Congress. Pat Niehaus is national president of the Federal Managers Association and chief of labor and employee relations at Travis Air Force Base. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said House proposals to cut salaries about nine percent for federal employees who make at least $100,000, and to switch retirement calculations from the High Three to High Five, are just two of multiple ways Congress is undermining your agency's workforce strategy.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:24pm EDT
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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. But the vote was a lot closer than it usually is. The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies oversees the release of that bill every year. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) is chairman of the subcommittee right now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the spending level in the bill isn't a cut for the VA.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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OPM lets agencies decide if conferences count as training

It will be up to agencies to decide whether to pay for employees to go to such events as part of their official duties, the Office of Personnel Management says.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:20pm EDT

OPM grants all agencies excepted hiring authorities for digital services

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta approved the use of excepted service appointments for up to two years at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for agencies with approved projects in need of digital services expertise.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 02:51pm EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

If the nation is thinking about the next presidential election, it might as well be thinking about the next presidential transition. A bipartisan Senate bill is aimed at ensuring smoother transitions in part by giving career officials the job of ensuring continuity. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some commentary on the bill.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:47am EDT
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Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

Everyone wants to prepare their child for life after school, whether that means college or something else. That's where College and Career Readiness standards come into play. They outline what a child should know and be able to do from kindergarten through the end of high school. Tom Brady is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the CCR standards.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT
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Capt. Andrew Tucci, Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard unveiled a new cybersecurity strategy earlier this month. It doesn't just focus on protecting Coast Guard networks and systems. It also includes the country's 3,600 ports. That's because so many ports are nearly fully automated, and therefore vulnerable to cyber attacks. Capt. Andrew Tucci is the chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Compliance. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said cyber attacks comprise the fastest growing risk, even at the ports.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:34am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 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, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:28am EDT

DoD grants new security approvals to 23 cloud providers

On Monday, the Pentagon made good on its promise to make more use of the government's FedRAMP process, certifying 23 cloud products as secure enough to host DoD low-level data.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:21am EDT

Thank a government employee this week

Commentary: It's Public Service Recognition Week, and former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal says government employees do not get the thanks they deserve for the great work they do.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:44am EDT

Time is right for a civilian employee compensation commission

Borrowing the military compensation commission concept and applying it to the civilian workforce could usher in a new era of certainty for employees, agencies and Congress.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:02am EDT

You know you're back on the East Coast when ...

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey returns to the Nation's Capital after a week in sunny California and learns there's no place like home.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

Senator: Sex-related crimes in military 'vastly underreported' as victims struggle for justice

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36pm EDT

TSP withdrawal strategies

Financial planning expert Dave Redden joins host Bob Leins to discuss strategies for withdrawing your TSP funds after you retire.
May 4, 2015

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:55pm EDT
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FOIA backlog almost doubles within a year

The Justice Department said the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests rose about 70 percent between FY 2013 and 2014, for a total of 160,000. The vast majority of the backlog belongs to less than a third of federal agencies, with 72 agencies posting a backlog of fewer than 100 FOIA requests.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:19pm EDT

Marketing to the federal government

Lisa Dezzutti and Monica Mayk of Market Connections join host Mark Amtower to discuss the top challenges that contractors face in marketing to the federal government, and how shrinking budgets are impacting marketing.
May 4, 2015

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:03pm EDT
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New board to advise OPM director on federal retirement plans

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will appoint a board to make recommendations about and advise on issues affecting federal retirement plans.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:52pm EDT

Tamar Hallerman, Acquisitions Reporter, Roll Call

The House passes the first spending bill of the year to fund military pay and benefits programs, and to pay for DoD's housing and equipment infrastructure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is usually one of the easiest appropriations bills to pass, but this year it drew far less support than usual. Tamar Hallerman is appropriations reporter for Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the lack of support could signal a overall tough appropriations process this year.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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Disaster Resilience for America - May 5, 2015

On this edition of "Disaster Relief for America", hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Harvey Johnson, the Executive Director for Recovery Operations for the American Red Cross.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:33pm EDT
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