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6:48 pm, January 30, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Pentagon to shutter 15 facilities in Europe, saving $500 million per year

Realignment won't change overall U.S. presence in Europe, but will close several facilities and add more than 1,000 personnel to support the new F-35.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 03:51am EST

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 03:22am EST

2015 Pay Raise: The silence of the lambs!

This year, again, feds got a 1 percent raise. So that's 2 percent (slightly more with compounding) in five years. So did anybody notice? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 02:00am EST

Joanne Woytek, Program Manager, SEWP 5, NASA

NASA is still five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract known as SEWP 5. But that isn't stopping the space agency from rolling out a series of new initiatives to give customer agencies more data -- and context about their spending -- than ever before. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the status of SEWP V and where NASA is heading next.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:49pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Bid protest numbers indicate things are getting worse. But the numbers also indicate things are getting better. Roger Waldron is the President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He looked at the numbers, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why they can be getting better and worse at the same time.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:22pm EST
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Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is finalizing the new leaders of the House Appropriations Committee. Bloomberg reports today it names staff for the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, the Energy and Water subcommittee, and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee. As the new Congress takes shape, those leaders will prioritize spending for federal IT. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud at The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC) and he was the first e-gov administrator of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a Federal IT wish list for the new Congress.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:20pm EST
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Barney Rubel, Former Dean, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, US Naval College

Critics of the Navy's maritime strategy -- or lack thereof -- are all over the federal defense community. One retired officer tells the U.S. Naval Institute the defense community may not understand what the word "strategy" means anymore. Congressman Randy Forbes has an open letter to chief of naval operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, asking him to lead an effort to restore strategic planning to the Navy. Barney Rubel is former dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those critics are missing an important piece of the strategy puzzle.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:13pm EST
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Ted Davies. CEO, Altamira Technologies

The first commandment of government contracting is "do your homework", according to contracting expert Tim Sullivan. He says, in part one of a 10-part series, the complex details of every procurement cycle demand preparation and understanding from federal contracting officers if they want to build successful programs. Ted Davies is CEO of Altamira Technologies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained a host of federal business trends that can help your agency's contracting officers prepare for the next big project.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:05pm EST
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Digging through the new bills: Across-the-board cuts and more

We've gone through the first 400 bills in the new Congress to pull out those you'll want to watch, from a measure to kick political appointees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to three that embrace across-the-board spending cuts.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 11:15am EST

Rep. Mark Meadows, Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new Congress has lots of new committee and subcomittee chairs. That's especially true of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Its subcommittee on government operations has a new chairman with new priorities. On the Federal Drive, Rep. Mark Meadows (R, N.C.) spoke with Tom Temin and outlined what the subcommittee wants to achieve this session and where it plans to start.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:43am EST
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Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Members of Congress from both parties have signaled they're ready to consider privatizing air traffic control, or at least changing how it's funded. One reason is the FAA's struggle to modernize the systems that support safe flight. Many in Washington are wondering whether the system would function more efficiently as a commercial entity. Trish Gilbert, executive vice-president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain NATCA members' concerns over the proposed switch.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:39am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. If you tell contractors bidding on a big procurement you're going to use Plan X for evaluating prices, you better use Plan X. Otherwise you could lose a protest. That's what happened to the Navy in a $2.5 billion program. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more of what happened and the lessons learned in this week's Legal Loop.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:34am EST
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Matt Stuck, First Coast Guard District Aids to Navigation Manager

Hundreds of New Englanders are sounding off about a Coast Guard plan to update its coastal foghorns. It wants to replace 1970s technology, which the Coast Guard says has gotten more expensive than replacement. They'll be activated via radio signals by users of marine radios. That will mean fewer soundings. Matt Stuck, the First Coast Guard District Aids-to-Navigation Manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the modernization efforts.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:27am EST
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APNewsbreak: Official says VA shooter was retired soldier

APNewsbreak: Official says VA hospital shooter was medically retired Army soldier

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 08:40am EST

Thursday federal headlines - January 8, 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, a former HUD employee is sentenced for stealing more than $800,000 dollars from the government, the Postal Service breaks an agency record for parcel deliveries and Chuck Hagel might be secretary of Defense a month longer than he and President Obama anticipated.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 07:55am EST

Influx of employees is part of HUD's ongoing culture change

The Department of Housing and Urban Development hired 1,000 new employees in 2014. The new workers are helping the agency reverse a downward trend around morale.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 03:47am EST
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IRS & the USPS, going, going, gone?

These are tough times for the Internal Revenue Service and the Postal Service, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and things might be getting worse for the two reach-out-and-touch-me operations.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 02:00am EST

The incredible shrinking IRS

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union joins host Mike Causey to talk about proposed cuts at the Internal Revenue Service, and their impact on the agency.
January 7, 2015

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 08:03pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Housing and Urban Development expects the 1,000 new employees it hired in 2014 to do more than just help it to meet its mission.The new employees are an important way HUD is leading a culture change. Michael Anderson is HUD's chief human capital officer and Towanda Brooks is HUD's deputy CHCO. In part two of their interview with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller, they discuss the secondary goal of HUD's 2014 hiring spree.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:40pm EST
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The retirement claims backlog reached its lowest level in more than a year. The Office of Personnel Management said it received 1,600 fewer claims last month than expected. But it's predicting 19,000 new claims for the month of January. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says more federal employees will retire this year than in the last -- but there's a whole group of people leaving government that isn't getting enough attention.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:37pm EST
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