11:29 am, October 31, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

Contractors are casting a wary eye on President Barack Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. It seems innocuous because most contractors already comply with labor laws. Still, the EO could cause a lot of mischief. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the EO affects contractors.

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:38pm EDT

Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Big changes are coming to one corner of the General Services Administration in January. GSA's Federal Acquisition Service plans to overhaul its professional contracts by consolidating several multiple award contracts into one big schedule. The new vehicle could generate more than $5 billion in sales. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:34pm EDT

What's going on in federal hiring?

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
October 10, 2014

Friday - 10/10/2014, 08:17pm EDT

Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The backlog of retirement claims is shrinking at the Office of Personnel Management. That's partly due to OPM receiving1,000 fewer claims in September than expected. Still, about 6,000 federal employees chose a day last month as their best day to retire. But September might not be the best month for everyone. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells Sean McCalley on In Depth with Francis Rose what's really the best day to retire.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:24pm EDT

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

A large majority of millenial employees appreciate their jobs in the federal government. Eighty-six percent of employees born in the 1980s said their work is important in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that's good news -- the bad news is millenials are far more likely than older employees to leave the federal government because of a lack of leadership opportunities.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:22pm EDT

Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

Federal agencies are forgetting to save their work to help with future acquisition projects. The Government Accountability Office looks at 28 different contracts to see if market research is helping them make better procurement decisions. Tim Dinapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agencies do the market research, but aren't saving it to use in future projects.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:20pm EDT

Federal News Countdown: Feds pay another $14M, shared services governance

Mike Hettinger, federal IT expert, and Jeff Koch, federal consultant, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:17pm EDT

Schneider leaves a legacy of change at DIA

Grant Schneider was the chief information officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency for seven years before leaving for a two-year detail at OMB earlier this month. Schneider said DIA relies less on contractors and is knee deep in shared services.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:35pm EDT

IRS Commissioner pushes Congress for mass-transit decision

In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate tax commitees, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded Congress of the importance to make a firm decision on whether to extend a mass-transit subsidy before November.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 11:36am EDT

Friday federal headlines - October 10, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Ebola aid money gets stalled in Congress, VA breaks records in processing disability and pension claims and the Pentagon wants to station American aircraft at a Turkish air base near the Syrian border.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 10:24am EDT

Ted Pestorius, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ebola outbreak has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into overdrive. About 100 staff members are in West Africa. Hundreds of other employees are working at the agency's emergency operations center in Atlanta. Still more are working stateside to protect Americans from Ebola or just picking up extra work so their colleagues can focus on the disease. Ted Pestorius is a management officer for the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, where his focus is on the center's employees. Emily Kopp caught up with him at NIH this week, at a conference where he was speaking about ways supervisors can support their employees. She asked Pestorius how is the CDC supporting these employees, and what concerns he hears the most about their well-being?

Friday - 10/10/2014, 10:23am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House still holds out hope for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation from Congress, but not a lot of hope. Instead, the administration's more likely expectation is a series of smaller bills that address challenges everyone can agree on. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the White House's new approach.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:34am EDT

Army aims for complex battlefield simulations in real-time, via smartphones

As part of a project dubbed Command Post 2025, the Army wants to begin running complex modeling and simulation programs on the battlefield, using low-power devices in austere conditions.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:12am EDT

White House now thinks smaller is better for cyber bills

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the administration believes getting cyber legislation through Congress on small pieces is more likely to be successful than in one comprehensive bill. Legislation to update FISMA, to improve information sharing and to expand the workforce all have garnered bi-partisan support.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:19am EDT

Maximizing your final hours, or, What a difference a day makes!

Does it really matter which day a federal employee decides to retire? Yes, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, and he introduces readers to the expert who's come up with a system to help feds choose their best retirement day.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Financial help coming for Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in Africa still isn't under control and some countries have asked for help.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 05:35pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is taking the next step in connecting soldiers on the battlefield: letting squads and platoons run their own complex modeling and simulation programs, even when electric power is pretty scarce and an enemy is jamming satellite communications. The Army has already invested billions of dollars in systems that try to connect small groups of soldiers to the network when they're in austere environments. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 05:01pm EDT

Labor: Minimum wage increase for federal contract workers

The Department of Labor released its final rule for a minimum wage hike for federal contracting employees by 2015.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The White House celebrates 50 federal innovators for their contributions to STEM fields. At an event with the Office of Personnel Management, they showed off five prototype programs that may one day help your agency recruit and retain new STEM talent. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He attended the event and shared details on how the White House plans to bring more STEM talent to your agency with Francis Rose on In Depth.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House still holds out hope for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation from Congress. Just not a lot of hope. Now, the administration's goal is to get smaller bills passed through Congress that address challenges everyone can agree on. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the White House's new approach.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:50pm EDT
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