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5:46 pm, August 22, 2014

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Necole Parker, Founder and CEO of The ELOCEN Group LLC

President Obama is renewing and expanding a policy that will let the government pay its contractors faster. Contractors will get to pay their subcontractors faster, too. The White House says QuickPay has generated more than a billion dollars for small businesses, freeing up their capital to invest and hire employees. For how this is playing out at the ground level, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Necole Parker, principal and CEO of the Elocen Group, on the Federal Drive. She described how QuickPay has benefited her company.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Jerry Irvine, CIO and Partner of Prescient Solutions

Federal employees are prime targets for hackers. If not properly secured, the computers and mobile devices they carry could open up their agency's network to malicious attacks. Devices can be especially vulnerable when you're on vacation and it's easy to let your guard down. Jerry Irvine is the chief information officer and a partner of Prescient Solutions. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive what feds should be aware of when they're traveling.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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OPM urges DC federal agencies to allow telework during US-Africa Leaders Summit

The Office of Personnel Management is recommending teleworking for agencies Aug. 4-6, to avoid road restrictions and delays caused by the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Due to the size of the event, OPM expects heavy traffic congestion in the city during the three days and suggests employees and agencies leaders prepare.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 03:55pm EDT

Retirement board sees spike in Roth TSP enrollment

Two years after launching the Roth option for the Thrift Savings Plan, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) has seen Roth TSP enrollment rise to 8 percent.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 02:23pm EDT
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NASA, FDIC score high marks for leadership communication

When it comes to leadership communication, NASA and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rise to the top, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis released Wednesday.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 12:02pm EDT

Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility'

Service's latest strategy document sees a future in which it will need to be more flexible and adaptable, including in its acquisition and personnel policies and organizational structures.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with GSA's Sonny Hashmi

Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer at the General Services Administration, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss everything from mobility to zero-based budgeting and collaboration, among other topics.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 11:00am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - July 31, 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, a new bill to reform tech acquisition, Anne Rung gets closer to heading the OFPP.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 09:23am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
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Steve LaFountain, National Security Agency

This fall, five more schools will offer an intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education track to students who are serious about federal cybersecurity careers. These Centers of Academic Excellence are overseen jointly by the National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department. Schools have to pass a meticulous screening process to qualify for the program. Steve LaFountain is dean of the NSA's College of Cyber. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:52am EDT
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Last Enola Gay crew member dies

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died. Theodore VanKirk, 93, passed away Monday in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The B-29 Superfortress aircraft dropped "Little Boy," the world's first atomic bomb, over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb killed 140,000 in Hiroshima. Three days later, 80,000 died in Nagasaki in a second bombing.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:51am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Does size matter when it comes to your cubicle? It's up for debate. Five of the largest agencies tell a House panel that they are trimming the total square footage per employee by at least 50 percent. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the shrinking federal office space. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:47am EDT
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National Security & Taxes: What's (not) In Your Wallet?

Money may be the root of all evil, but it's also a prime motivation for some turncoat federal employees, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 06:27am EDT

Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:28am EDT
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Ask the retirement expert

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan will answer your retirement questions.
July 30, 2014

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Is American sleeping on North Korea's missile tests?

North Korea's frequent testing of ballistic missiles is of great concern to the Pentagon. The testing of ballistic missiles and other weapons is up sharply compared to last year. Adm. Samuel Locklear, who heads the U.S. Pacific Command, is concerned that the regular testing may lull some into thinking it's not such a big deal. But frequent threats to attack the U.S. may prevent that from happening.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:47pm EDT

Contractor ethics rules too reactive, compliance focused, experts say

Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Five of the largest agencies detail their plans to decrease the total square foot per employee by at least 50 percent. Those agencies give Congress a preview of the space cuts that are coming. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about your shrinking office space.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:43pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's latest strategy document calls for a service that's more agile in just about everything it does. It also acknowledges it's likely to take a few decades to get there. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related story.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:37pm EDT
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