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6:02 am, March 1, 2015

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Waldron: GSA misses other direct costs problem in schedule redo

The General Services Administration and MITRE are modernizing the GSA schedules program. They've asked a number of stakeholders to look at questions they want to ask industry to determine how to move ahead. Roger Waldron is the President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's effort is welcome -- and overdue.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:59pm EST
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Katz: Academia can't take same cyber steps as government

A hacker group called Lizard Squad finds a backdoor into federal computer networks. It's leveraging university supercomputers that also have access to government data. Jonathan Katz is director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center at the University of Maryland. On In Depth with Francis Rose, be broke down the different ways hackers like Lizard Squad can penetrate your agency's network.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:37pm EST
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White House names VMWare's Tony Scott as federal CIO

Tony Scott comes to government after spending his 35-year career in the private sector.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:21pm EST

Steve Kelman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

President Barack Obama's FY 2016 budget request includes $15 million for cross agency goals. The administration wants to provide an infrastructure for hitting the goals to go with the personnel it's already committed. Steve Kelman is professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said using data to hit the goals is a great priority to have for the last two years of the Obama administration.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Allen: Reverse auctions sometimes 'wrong tool for wrong job'

You can learn a very important lesson from former Secretaries of State that could make or break your company's government business portfolion. But it doesn't have anything to do with foreign policy. That's according to Larry Allen -- he's president of Allen Federal and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what you can learn from diplomats.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Byers: VA moving from volume to value-based health care

The Veterans Health Administration wants to reinvent how it pays its doctors. To do that, it's modernizing its health care system in a data-driven way. Mark Byers is CEO of DSS Inc. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways data can reinvent and improve health care for the federal government.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:10pm EST
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Unions gather troops for battle over pay, sequestration

AFGE and NTEU -- the two biggest labor unions in the federal government -- bring members to Washington to persuade Republican lawmakers to support a pay raise and repeal sequestration.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:12pm EST

OPM retirement backlog climbs in January

As is typical for the beginning of the year, retirement claims spiked at the Office of Personnel Management, but the number was slightly smaller than expected. The agency also processed fewer claims than it planned to for the month.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 02:15pm EST

Commerce to pilot big data technology

Steve Cooper, the chief information officer at the Commerce Department, said the agency needs better storage technologies and analytical tools to make better sense of the huge amount of data Commerce collects each day. During an exclusive Federal News Radio online chat, Cooper also discussed his IT priorities around shared services and FedRAMP, as well as upcoming procurements.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 01:00pm EST

Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST
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Dana Leigh Marks, President, National Association of Immigration Judges

President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration have had reverberations throughout the federal government. They've drastically changed the way Border Patrol and Immigration officers do their jobs. The changes also heavily impacted immigration judges, delaying many of their thousands of pending cases by as much as five years. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, explained just how overloaded the court systems already are.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 11:04am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - February 5, 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 nominee Ash Carter finally gets to Capitol Hill for questioning by the Senate Armed Services Committee, funding for the Homeland Security Department remains held up in the Senate and IRS commissioner John Koskinen tells senators the proposed 2016 budget will help the agency restore service that's been curtailed under its current funding level.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 10:20am EST

Obama's pick to run Pentagon grilled on Capitol Hill

Obama's pick to run Pentagon grilled by GOP in Senate hearing, but will likely be confirmed

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 09:12am EST

FDA commissioner announces resignation

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will resign at the end of March after nearly six years on the job, according to an FDA-wide email sent Thursday morning.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 07:42am EST

New ONR chief charts nine priorities for Navy S&T

The Navy highlighted several of these applied research technologies at the conference, including the rail gun, the shipboard autonomous firefighting robot (SAFFiR), an autonomous swarmboat, and an autonomous flying wing underwater glider.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:36am EST
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Commerce's IT modernization is all about shared services

Steve Cooper, the Commerce Department's CIO, said the agency is looking to move four back-office functions to a private sector provider over the next two years.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:22am EST
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Second defeat for GOP on Homeland, immigration bill

No certain path to compromise as lawmakers joust over immigration, Homeland Security funding

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:26am EST

Reorganize or politicize?

Sometimes, the secret to getting things done is as simple as including the word "reform" in your proposal, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:00am EST

Answers to your questions about survival benefits

David Snell, retirement director of the federal benefits service department at NARFE, will answer your calls and emails about the federal survivor benefits package.
February 4, 2015

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:13pm EST
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How confidence, ambition and having fun propelled NGA's Ellen McCarthy to the top

Ellen McCarthy, director of Plans and Programs at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency shares her tips for success on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:40pm EST
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