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6:02 am, April 19, 2015

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.

Answers to your retirement questions

David Snell, NARFE's director of retirement services, will answer you retirement questions, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on the latest news on Capitol Hill.
March 25, 2015

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:35pm EDT

Steve Koprince, Partner, Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird

Prime contractors that don't meet small business subcontracting goals can lose deals because of that failure. The Government Accountability Office denied a protest from a prime that wasn't even able to get into the final competition. Steve Koprince is a partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the facts of the case and what the GAO found when they looked at it.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:52pm EDT
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Justin Herman, SocialGov Lead, GSA

The General Services Administration launched the first-ever Public Participation Playbook. GSA said it will help federal agencies meet their open goverment priority goals. Justin Herman is SocialGov lead and manager of the Public Participation Playbook project at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how it works.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:49pm EDT
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Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

The House and Senate Budget Committees are working through plans today that would add funds to the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. But the White House has already said President Barack Obama won't sign a budget with a huge increase in OCO funding. Long-term financial planning for the military is one aspect of a long-term strategy detailed in a new work called "Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security." Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is the author and senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jerry explained where the term "avoiding trivia" comes from and how it applies to military strategy.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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Should the Postal Service go into banking?

The Postal Service doesn't want to go into banking, but the idea just won't go away, according to experts on a Brookings Institution panel.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:47pm EDT

House puts 100,000 tax-delinquent feds on notice

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed two bills Wednesday - one that would fire tax-delinquent federal employees and another that prevents agencies from awarding contracts or grants to companies with tax debt. More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce currently owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 01:58pm EDT

Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce

The Commerce Department recently hired its first ever chief data officer. The inaugural role went to Ian Kalin. He's a Navy veteran and came over from the private sector, having worked at Google and startups like Socrata. There, he helped modernize data and transparency programs. His first day on the job was Monday. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on his new position.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 12:09pm EDT
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Abolish the IRS? Easy to say, but awfully hard to do

It's a conservative applause line - abolish the IRS! - but impractical for a tax-fueled gov't

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 09:42am EDT

Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Patent and Trademark Office

The first-ever Patent Quality Summit kicks off later today, hosted by the Patent and Trademark Office. Officials there hope it will be the first of many. The two-day event has attracted a who's-who of people interested in improving patent quality. Valencia Martin-Wallace, the PTO's deputy commissioner for patent quality, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the PTO is hoping to accomplish with this summit.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 09:17am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - March 25, 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, Defense Secretary Ash Carter hears pushback from senior military leaders on lifting the ban on transgender people serving in the military and a Senate panel urges the President to fill vacant inspector general posts.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 07:53am EDT

OMB targets further federal office space reductions

David Mader, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will issue a memo today requiring agencies to set an annual square foot reduction target and to adopt space design standards for future office space. The Reduce the Footprint memo builds on the 2013 Freeze the Footprint policy that saw a reduction of more than 20 million square feet of office space.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 06:00am EDT
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Federal CIO Scott to pilot IT initiatives toward smooth landings

Tony Scott, the new federal chief information officer, said in his first public speech his priorities are to ensure existing administration technology efforts are successful. But Scott offered some insights into tweaks and focus areas.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:22am EDT
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Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas helped efforts to secure the visas in ways that created the appearance of favoritism and special access, the DHS IG said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 03:16am EDT

Federal retirement: When, where, why?

Does your retirement game plan have an end date? Have you figured out what you will do with 100 percent more leisure time, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 02:00am EDT

Mobile device management

Paul Christman, vice president Public Sector at Dell Software, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how his company can help federal agencies manage and secure mobile devices.
March 24, 2015

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 10:40pm EDT
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How can the Virginia Department of Veterans Services help you?

John Newby, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss what his agency is doing to help returning veterans who are transitioning to the civilian work force.
March 24, 2015

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 08:45pm EDT
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Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)

December 2013 was a major milestone on DoD's path to audit-ready financial statements. The Marine Corps became the first military service in history to get a clean opinion on a major part of its general fund. But new information has come to light since then, and on Monday, the DoD inspector general rescinded its favorable audit opinion - saying it's no longer reliable. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is a member of the House Armed Service Committee and is focused intently on DoD audit readiness over the last several years. He spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the latest developments and what they mean for DoD's broader audit goals.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
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Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

Reverse auctions can save your agency money, but only if it uses them the right way. That's according to Dan Gordon, a procurement professor at George Washington University and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, who testified about reverse auctions to the House Small Business committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he told the committee agencies should ask themselves a few questions before they decide to use reverse auctions.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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Dave Wennergren, Senior Vice President for Technology, PSC

25 percent of the federal contracting workforce has less than five years of experience. And there are ten times more contracting employees over 50 years old than under 30. Dave Wennergren is senior vice president for technology at the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those splits between age and experience mean your agency's not using innovative solutions you already have.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:33pm EDT
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Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A hidden proposal in the new budget resolution the House of Representatives is about to pass would change the way the G-Fund in the Thrift Savings Plan bears interest. The idea is to save the government money by paying less into the fund. But that means participants would receive less money out of the fund. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, about the details behind the proposal and why it could be a big headache.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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