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VA defends 'outlandish' performance rating, bonus systems

Despite reports of delayed patient treatments, falsified records and preventable veteran deaths, the Department of Veterans Affairs said all of its 470 senior executives have been rated "successful" over the past four fiscal years. The ratings have sparked outrage among members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, whose chairman called the performance rating and bonus system at the VA "outlandish."

Friday - 06/20/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Conversation with Authors: Dr. Zeke Emanuel

How did the US Healthcare system evolve? What's surprising about the history of healthcare reform in the U.S.? What are the Six Megatrends in Healthcare? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, author of Reinventing American Healthcare. That's next week on The Business of Government Hour.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:22pm EDT

Obama picks Colvin to head Social Security agency

President Barack Obama will nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin, who has been the deputy commissioner for three and a half years and acting commissioner since Michael Astrue stepped down in February 2013 at the end of his six-year term.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 12:48pm EDT

CIO Boot Camp participants tweet out their reactions

The Federal CIO Council conducted its annual boot camp June 18 and 19, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. Here are some tweets that participants posted during the event.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 12:21pm EDT

Who are the Green Berets?

The Green Berets are an Army Special Operations Force tasked with five primary missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism. Key components of their training are language and cultural skills to work with foreign troops. Other duties include combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, and peacekeeping to name a few

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:44am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

After a decade of growth, the number of federal employees has begun a slight decline. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 63,000 fewer feds on the government's payroll today than there were a year ago. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what this means for agencies as they try to complete their missions.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Like the fast food chain, agencies have it their way when developing their strategic review processes. The Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the Burger King approach to strategic reviews. Read Jason's related article.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 09:27am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - June 20, 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, the Veterans Affairs Department has contacted about 70,000 veterans to get them off of wait lists and the Supreme Court hands public employee whistleblowers a victory by overturning the firing of an Alabama community college professor.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 07:51am EDT

Agencies taking the 'Burger King' approach to strategic reviews

OMB is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet key parts of the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010. NASA, NSF say they are developing strategic review processes that fit their specific mission goals. Agencies are going through the first set of reviews and rankings this summer.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:04am EDT
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Army captain sentenced for kidnapping, assault

An Army officer was convicted of violating three military laws including abusive sexual contact, kidnapping and assault.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 03:30am EDT

Hail to the You-Know-Who Persons!!!

What happens when a tiny federal agency tells a man worth billions of dollars that his business is racist and offensive? It boils down to what's in a name, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to Iraq

Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:27am EDT
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Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The IRS keeps revealing more instances of lost emails of employees in its tax exempt division. This week's revelation from the House Ways and Means Committee follows Friday's disclosure that a computer crash eliminated thousands of emails from former division chief Lois Lerner. Investigators now say another six division employees had their computers crash. Two Republican lawmakers call on the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Commissioner John Koskinen faces skeptical members of Congress today. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the records management side of this issue.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:22am EDT
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Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

Between budget ups and downs, Congressional fiddling with procurement, and fast-changing technology, the federal market has been rough lately. A related business, associations and trade groups representing technology contractors, has also had a bit of turmoil and change. Now the Professional Services Council has announced a reorganization. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the change.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:19am EDT
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Jill James, Director of ED.gov, Education Department

The Education Department has two ambitious goals to reach by 2020: see the U.S. become the nation with the highest percentage of college graduates in the world, and see low income and minority students find the same successes as their peers in graduating from high school and having access to college education. The department's Open Government Plan is key to achieving these goals. Jill James is director of ED.gov in the Office of Communications and Outreach. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the plan and how Education is communicating with the public.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:16am EDT
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Missing service members located

The Department of Defense announced today 17 service members have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster aircraft that was lost on Nov. 22, 1952. On Nov. 22, 1952, a C-124 Globemaster aircraft crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from McChord Air Force Base, Washington. There were 11 crewmen and 41 passengers on board. Adverse weather conditions precluded immediate recovery attempts. Attempts to locate the other crew and passengers continue.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 05:40pm EDT

That's The View Inside Government - June 20, 2014

During the final edition of Inside Government on Federal News Radio, your host Ward Morrow speaks with Chris Garlock of the DC Labor Film Fest and discusses issues at the Bureau of Prisons with Eric Young, the AFGE Council of Prisons Locals. Inside Government also looks back through AFGE history with the union's Chief of Staff, Brian DeWyngaert, and discusses what's next with AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 05:01pm EDT

NIH shares 3D printing data in effort to enhance medicine

As President Barack Obama proclaims a National Day of Making, the National Institute of Health made 3-D files publicly available online.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

After a five-year period during which the Air Force had no Senate-confirmed official at the top of its acquisition chain, the service finally has a leader in place. Dr. William LaPlante was confirmed in February as assistant secretary for acquisition. In a speech at the Atlantic Council last week, he outlined his five main priorities. Arnold Punaro introduced LaPlante at that event; he explained the potential for defense acquisition reform on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Like the fast food chain, agencies have it their way when developing their strategic review processes. The Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet the Government Performance and Results Act, or GPRA. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explains how agencies are taking a different approach.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:51pm EDT
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