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2:47 pm, August 29, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Contract performance reporting improves, but not good enough

Although agency compliance with evaluating and reporting on contractor performance has improved 17 percent overall in the past year, the majority of agencies have not met the targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 05:14pm EDT

Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department has an extra layer of healthcare coverage it doesn't need. DoD's Family Health Plan offers premium health benefits for employees that can't access a TRICARE facility. But the Government Accountability Office says most of the people enrolled in the Family Health Plan have access to a TRICARE facility. Debra Draper is Director of Health Care Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained where the FHP comes from, and why the Pentagon doesn't need it anymore.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Lt. Col. Bob Saxon, Enterprise Management Decisions Support, Army

Big data success at the Army's Enterprise Management Decisions Support earns that team an honor. Lt. Col. Bobby Saxon receives the 2014 GOVTek GTRA Executive Technology Award for Excellence in Big Data. Saxon is system program manager for the EMDS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how big data will impact decision making in the military.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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EPA Administrator McCarthy defends statement about firing feds

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is clarifying remarks she made on simplifying the federal firing process. The clarification comes after the American Federation of Government Employees challenged a statement she made in her recent testimony before Congress.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 01:52pm EDT

Big Data In Government-"Progress & Best Practices" 2014

Listen Tuesday August 12th @ 12pm

Monday - 08/11/2014, 01:21pm EDT

Ramona Trovato, Environmental Protection Agency

Ramona Trovato helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on children. She is the associate assistant administrator for Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency and a finalist in the Career Achievement category of this year's Service to America Medals. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she changed the EPA's approach to pollution. Read a Q&A with Trovato.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to know how it can improve the way it buys information technology. It has released a request for information as it plans the next version of its $12 billion T4 contract. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:38am EDT
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Robert Parker/David Roberts, NASA's Langley Research Center

Astronauts recently honored two engineers from NASA's Langley Research Center. They sent Robert Parker and Dave Roberts Silver Snoopy lapels flown on board a space shuttle mission. Parker helped develop Orion flight hardware used in that spacecraft's first mission. Roberts was honored for his technical expertise and leadership in unique research hardware. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss their accomplishments.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:36am EDT
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What is a 500lb bomb?

Navy jets have been dropping 500 lb. bombs in Iraq on ISIL positions in northern Iraq. The 500 lb. bomb is one of the smallest and one of the most common air-dropped weapons in the world. Although the nominal weight is 500 lbs., its actual weight varies considerably depending on its configuration, from 510 lbs. to 570 lbs. It comes with a streamlined steel casing containing 192 lbs. of Tritonal high explosive. The bombs being used in Iraq are laser-guided for precision.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:22am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is losing two senior technology executives. Another senior cyber executive at the Homeland Security Department is heading to the private sector, and a leader in the federal cloud computing community is switching agencies. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller is keeping score in his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:14am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - Aug. 11, 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, agencies fail to keep their email safe, and the Air Force is proactive in protecting the environment.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 08:12am EDT

Everything old is new again

A Senate bill would abolish the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency that serves as a repository for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business-related information. But Jeff Neal says there is more to consider than just how the Internet has changed the storage and retrieval of information.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 03:58am EDT

Phased retirement: A double-edged perk

Some of life's toughest, most important choices include marriage, children, divorce and retirement. Not necessarily in that order. Which is why Nov. 6 is the new D-Day for federal workers.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Upcoming training for federal employees

WIFLE president Cathy Sanz and Dexter Brooks, with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will discuss upcoming federal employee training programs that their organizations are sponsoring.
August 8, 2014

Friday - 08/08/2014, 07:30pm EDT
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Crisis on the border

Fred Burton, vice president for Intelligence at Stratfor, will discuss a wide range of border security issues with host Derrick Dortch.
August 8, 2014

Friday - 08/08/2014, 07:19pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is losing two senior technology executives. Another senior cyber executive at the Homeland Security Department is heading to the private sector. And a leader in the federal cloud computing community is switching agencies. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller is keeping score in his Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature. He explained the details on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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The DHA and DoD healthcare delivery

How is the Defense Health Agency changing the way DoD delivers healthcare? What are some of the key challenges faced in restructuring such a complex system? How is DHA transforming its health information technology portfolio? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with LTG Douglas Robb, Director, Defense Health Agency.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:25pm EDT
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Jay Healey, Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Back in 2012, then-defense secretary Leon Panetta warned of a catastrophic cyber attack that could cripple an entire nation or its military. He called it a cyber Pearl Harbor. It was emblematic of a lot of the conventional wisdom that's built up around cyber warfare over the past decade or so. In a recent op-ed, Jay Healey challenges some of that conventional wisdom. Healy is director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he argued not only is deterrence possible in cyberspace, it's been a reality for a couple decades now.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:38pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The final rule is out on phased retirement for federal employees. The Office of Personnel Management says people can start submitting their applications for phased retirement on Nov. 6. But not everyone can qualify. Tammy Flanagan is senior benefits director of the National Institute of Transition Planning. She explained the details of the final rule on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:33pm EDT
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