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7:28 am, August 28, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

The News Stream is a continuously updated list of every story, interview, panel discussion, and feature added to FederalNewsRadio.com. As a story is posted to the website, it will appear at the top of the News Stream. Never miss a beat with Federal News Radio's News Stream.

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its own voice to a growing list of associations and members of Congress with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what DoD is looking to change. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
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IGs warn of potential threats to all inspectors general

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, IGs from large and small agencies say constraints placed upon auditors from EPA, DoJ and Peace Corps represent a serious challenge to the authority of every IG.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:35am EDT

Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Why industry and women need to take more chances

Industry needs to be "more creative and bold" when it comes to helping agencies solve their biggest challenges, says AT&T executive Casey Coleman, the former chief information officer at the General Services Administration. (This is an archive program that originally aired July 9, 2014.)

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 02:23am EDT

A new approach to data management

Rick Caccia, vice president of Strategy at Delphix, will discuss the benefits of taking an agile approach to data management.
August 5, 2014

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 08:36pm EDT
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Insider threat program training starts with Security 101

Quite a number of insider threat incidents have happened because basic security principles were absent, overlooked or ignored. Why Jim Henderson says it's time we get back to the basics.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 06:23pm EDT

Afghan soldier kills US general, wounds about 15

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was on his first deployment to a war zone and was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year. He was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 06:05pm EDT

The 4th quarter scramble: Opportunities for contractors?

Gormley Group President Bill Gormley and Bloomberg Government's Cameron Leuthy and Miguel Garrido discuss the end of the fiscal year budget scramble, and what contractors should be doing to take advantage of the surge in buying.
August 5, 2014

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 05:45pm EDT
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Technology Insights

ViON Corporation President and CEO, Tom Frana talks to Steve Picot, VP of Federal Sales for ViON about ViON and the Marine Corps.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:52pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its voice to a growing list of associations and lawmakers with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu what DoD is looking to change.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Last week, the Government Accountability office released some of its conclusions about the problems surrounding the launch of HealthCare.gov, like cost overruns, schedule delays and an alleged lack of proper oversight over the project's prime contractor. It warned problems with the website could resurface later this year. GAO says the management weaknesses that caused the problems in the first place are still in place at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, joins In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu. He says the procurement side of the issue isn't the true villian in this ongoing I-T saga.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Newly hired federal employees don't have any sick leave during their first year on the job. Instead they accrue it over time and can start using it their second year. That creates a dilemma for wounded veterans who want to work for a federal agency, but can't miss a doctor's appointment. A newly-introduced piece of legislation aims to eliminate that dilemma. Katie Maddocks, government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why it's a staunch advocate of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One is Nick Nayak, former chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said human resource management is key to procurement success.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:59pm EDT
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Despite rise in retirement claims, OPM remains on course in cutting backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received 9,101 retirement claims -- about 1,000 more than it had projected for the month, according to data OPM released Tuesday.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:05pm EDT

Will Levy, Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey, in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Will Levy, associate director for management and chief information officer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how he tackled the problems with employee engagement at the bureau. View more about our 2014 Causey Award winners.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:47pm EDT
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Ben Goad, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Federal contractors are gearing up to fight a new executive order. President Barack Obama last week signed the directive to protect contractors' employees. The businesses, though, say it goes too far and infringes on their rights. Some are threatening to sue the government. Ben Goad, staff writer for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the battle.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:40pm EDT
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Bob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

One of the toughest jobs in the State Department these days might be ambassador to Russia. That job was conferred just days ago on veteran career diplomat John Tefft. He arrives in Moscow when tensions between Russia and the United States are as high as they've been since the Cold War. Bob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Tefft will have to go about his job.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT
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Dr. John Grant, Geologist for Earth and Planetary Studies, NASA

NASA is celebrating the two year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover's landing on Mars. The robot has used its six wheels to tour the red planet, searching for signs that something once lived there. John Grant is a geologist for Earth and Planetary Studies at NASA. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap what the rover has accomplished in the past two years.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:29pm EDT
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Sammies finalist puts FCC 'on the map' -- literally

Michael Byrne provided comprehensive data about nationwide broadband coverage to citizens, activists, policymakers and industry, helping them to make better informed decisions.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 01:06pm EDT
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