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9:30 am, December 19, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Jim Taylor, Managing Director for Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton

A revamp is coming to give agencies more power to collect improper payments. Mark Reger of the Office of Federal Financial Management says his team will release an update to A-123. Jim Taylor is managing director for Grant Thornton's global public sector and former Chief Financial Officer at the Labor Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the power behind A-123, and what changes might mean.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:41pm EST
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FedRAMP's promising future

The future of FedRAMP looks bright as it enters the next phase of development. Agencies can expect a new two-year roadmap to help them stay FedRAMP compliant.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 03:39pm EST

White House to hold federal managers accountable for employee engagement

Senior managers soon may have more to fret about when it's time to discuss their performance with the boss: Are they engaging employees and creating inclusive work environments?

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:03pm EST

VA fires troubled Phoenix hospital director

VA fires head of troubled Phoenix vets hospital amid nationwide scandal, agency overhaul

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 12:06pm EST

NIST draft document solicits cloud users' input

The National Institute of Standards and Technology needs your help with its guide to user experiences on cloud systems. NIST has a draft document out to explain what users expect from a cloud-based network, which should be a foundation piece for your agency's cloud computing plans. The framework NIST is suggesting has 5 main attributes to a cloud's user experience and 21 examples of what those involve. They're meant to serve as a guide to explain what most people expect when they try to use a cloud system. It's going to be part of the next volume of the agency's Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, the third installment of that particular series. NIST expects that roadmap to come out in the next six months.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 12:05pm EST

The VA fails another cybersecurity audit

The Veterans Affairs Department failed its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row, so it still can't properly protect the private health data of veterans. The VA Inspector General sees about 6,000 cyber weaknesses in the agency's IT networks, and says it falls short of complying with the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:56am EST

Jim Thomas, Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments

The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is bringing the administration's military and foreign policies into a new light. The next secretary will have to deal with the lingering issues of pay and benefits reform, sequestration, and the new technology offset strategy. Jim Thomas, vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, analyzed what Hagel's resignation means for the agency's present and future on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:08am EST
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act appeared to sail through the Senate. The goal is to hold agencies more accountable for disclosing records and create a more uniform system for the public to file FOIA requests. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously. Sean Vitka, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the bill would do.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
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Linda Kohn, Director of Healthcare Issues, GAO

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operate websites meant to help Medicare patients navigate the tangled world of health care providers. But the sites often fail at basic tasks. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office found some don't provide enough information to compare prices, while others don't give adequate information about quality of care. Linda Kohn is director of Healthcare Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what GAO found.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:03am EST
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Brian Krenzien, Science & Technology Transportation Security Lab, DHS

When things go boom, often the Homeland Security Department wants to know what it was. To do that it requires sophisticated explosives detection equipment. In fact, the idea is to detect the presence of explosives before they can be detonated. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has just broken ground on a new lab for evaluating explosives detection equipment. Brian Krenzien, acting executive director of the Transportation Security Lab, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:02am EST
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Barbara Helland, Department of Energy

New supercomputing technology under development at the Energy Department carries a price tag of $425 million. An explosion in data and in computing power requirements are among the challenges. Secretary Ernest Moniz says the two projects, Coral and FastForward 2, will foster what he calls "transformational advancements in basic science, national defense, environmental and energy research." Barbara Helland is facilities division director for Advanced Scientific Computing Research program at Energy. She just returned from a Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:01am EST
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Hagel meets with Brownlee

New Zealand Minister of Defense Gerry Brownlee visited the Pentagon this week. During his meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Hagel praised the growth of the bilateral defense relationship and expressed appreciation for New Zealand's support for the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 09:39am EST

Military granted approval to target Taliban

President Barack Obama has approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al Qaeda after this year.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 09:24am EST

Tuesday federal headlines - November 25, 2014

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, the Veterans Affairs Department has fired the head of its Phoenix Health Care System, former Defense undersecretary Michele Flournoy is a top contender to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel and the U.S. and Turkey come to an agreement over opposition fighters in Syria.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 08:03am EST

Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure

Pentagon chief Hagel is leaving under pressure; are more postelection departures on the way?

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:28am EST

The end is near ...

The clock is ticking on open season, when federal employees can switch their health care plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not too late to save as much as $1,200 next year.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:00am EST

Open Season continues with AETNA Federal Plans

Tom Bernatavitz, vice president of Aetna Federal Plans, joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about Aetna health care plans that are available to feds during Open Season.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 09:41pm EST
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Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:52pm EST
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Contracting Myth No. 6: We don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector

It is true that a great deal of business can be conducted by sitting at your computer, but it is also true that email communications alone are inadequate without a personal relationship beneath them.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 06:46pm EST

Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Hagel says he'll stay in the position until the Senate confirms his replacement. That resignation starts the biggest insiders game in Washington -- the name game. Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO of the the Punaro Group and chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about what could happen next for the SecDef position.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 05:02pm EST
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