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6:40 pm, May 29, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Thank a government employee this week

Commentary: It's Public Service Recognition Week, and former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal says government employees do not get the thanks they deserve for the great work they do.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:44am EDT

Time is right for a civilian employee compensation commission

Borrowing the military compensation commission concept and applying it to the civilian workforce could usher in a new era of certainty for employees, agencies and Congress.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:02am EDT

You know you're back on the East Coast when ...

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey returns to the Nation's Capital after a week in sunny California and learns there's no place like home.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 03:00am EDT

Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

Senator: Sex-related crimes in military 'vastly underreported' as victims struggle for justice

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36pm EDT

TSP withdrawal strategies

Financial planning expert Dave Redden joins host Bob Leins to discuss strategies for withdrawing your TSP funds after you retire.
May 4, 2015

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:55pm EDT
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FOIA backlog almost doubles within a year

The Justice Department said the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests rose about 70 percent between FY 2013 and 2014, for a total of 160,000. The vast majority of the backlog belongs to less than a third of federal agencies, with 72 agencies posting a backlog of fewer than 100 FOIA requests.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:19pm EDT

Marketing to the federal government

Lisa Dezzutti and Monica Mayk of Market Connections join host Mark Amtower to discuss the top challenges that contractors face in marketing to the federal government, and how shrinking budgets are impacting marketing.
May 4, 2015

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:03pm EDT
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New board to advise OPM director on federal retirement plans

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will appoint a board to make recommendations about and advise on issues affecting federal retirement plans.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:52pm EDT

Tamar Hallerman, Acquisitions Reporter, Roll Call

The House passes the first spending bill of the year to fund military pay and benefits programs, and to pay for DoD's housing and equipment infrastructure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is usually one of the easiest appropriations bills to pass, but this year it drew far less support than usual. Tamar Hallerman is appropriations reporter for Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the lack of support could signal a overall tough appropriations process this year.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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Disaster Resilience for America - May 5, 2015

On this edition of "Disaster Relief for America", hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Harvey Johnson, the Executive Director for Recovery Operations for the American Red Cross.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:33pm EDT

Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

The Defense Department competes about 60 percent of its contracts and task orders. DoD says the main reason it won't compete a contract is because only one company shows up to the bargaining table. Bill Woods is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked DoD's contract history to see if it's leaving money on the table.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:26pm EDT
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Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

The White House endorses 10 of the 15 recommendations the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission made in its report in January. The House Armed Services Committee included several of those recommendations in their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. Dov Zakheim was a member of the Comp commission, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained if it's important that both the White House and the committee are breaking those recommendations up.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

The federal government is taking two steps forward on ways to strengthen cyber networks for both the public and private sector. The House of Representatives passed two bills to strengthen information sharing in the private sector. The Office of Management and Budget is asking for public input on ways to overhaul the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. Chris Smith is vice president of technology for AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked progress on the recent push to improve the cyber systems inside and out of your agency.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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IGs creating 'fearful paralysis' among agencies, vendors

Kymm McCabe says inspectors general and Congress are so focused on oversight that it's creating fear and hurting communication across the federal market.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 01:11pm EDT
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Doomsday at Mercury: NASA craft falls from orbit into planet

Doomsday at Mercury: NASA spacecraft, Messenger, falls from orbit, slams into innermost planet

Monday - 05/04/2015, 12:16pm EDT

TSP rebounds solidly in April

The vast majority of the Thrift Savings Plan funds showed solid returns in the month of April. Only two of 10 funds posted a negative return, which was a solid turnaround from the month of March.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 12:09pm EDT

Lisa Danzig, Assoc. Director for Performance and Personnel, OMB

The Obama administration has built an elaborate apparatus for data-driven decision-making. It operates on the theory that good metrics require good data. And when you have both, you have the tools you need to improve performance. Coordinating all these moving parts is Lisa Danzig, the associate director for performance and personnel at the Office of Management and Budget. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, she joined Tom Temin with an overview on the scope of her responsibilities.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:44am EDT
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Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

If the federal government is operating in the information age, then its main currency is data. Agencies and Congress have been doing a lot to make sure federal data is accessible and transparent. For agencies, data is vital to improving performance. Hudson Hollister is executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to discuss how proper data can help any agency.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:42am EDT
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Gerald Ray, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Appellate Operations, SSA

If any agency operates in the spotlight, it's the Social Security Administration. Its work touches every American, as it deals with millions of claims for retirement and disability every year. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, Gerald Ray, the deputy executive director of SSA's Office of Appellate Operations, joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance in action.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:39am EDT
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Jon Desenberg, Policy Director, The Performance Institute

Once upon a time, you could measure government performance pretty easily. The main metric was, "Did we spend all of our budget on time?" No longer. Citizens, Congress and successive White House policies want government dollars to make a difference. John Desenberg is the policy director of the Performance Institute. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:38am EDT
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