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7:12 am, July 28, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

The News Stream is a continuously updated list of every story, interview, panel discussion, and feature added to FederalNewsRadio.com. As a story is posted to the website, it will appear at the top of the News Stream. Never miss a beat with Federal News Radio's News Stream.

VA medical inspector retires after scathing report

VA medical inspector retires; office was challenged on treatment of whistleblower complaints

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Report finds blind spots in DoD's view of global science and technology

New study by the National Research Council says DoD needs to develop a new strategy to better understand what's happening in a world of more globalized defense research. By 2050, the authors note, more than four-fifths of R&D activity will be happening outsize the U.S.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 12:56pm EDT
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Hagel expresses condolences

Defense Secretary Hagel called his Israeli counterpart this week to express his condolences to both the families of the Israeli teenagers who were found dead in the West Bank and to the people of Israel. The Pentagon says Hagel pledged his continued support for finding the perpetrators and urged all parties to refrain from steps that could be further destabilizing. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon thanked Secretary Hagel for his call and updated him on events unfolding in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 11:54am EDT

Female reaches top Navy ranking

The Navy has its first female four-star admiral, Michelle Janine Howard. She was promoted on Tuesday to the service's highest rank. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and in 1999 became the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship. She was a key figure is the real-life rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somalia pirate. The story later became a block-buster movie.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 11:38am EDT

Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

IG Report: Obama administration struggles to resolve 'inconsistencies' in health sign-ups

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 10:50am EDT

GSA building manager charged with bribery, theft

The federal complaint alleges that Timothy Francis Cashman accepted bribes in exchange for steering hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of GSA contracts to a partner in crime.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 10:27am EDT

Sharon Franklin Bradford, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The National Security Agency's collection of Internet data may be massive, but it's constitutional. An independent agency, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, has released a thorough report on how federal agencies track foreigners' communications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law has come under fire since Edward Snowden leaked documents on NSA programs a year ago. Sharon Bradford Franklin, executive director of the PCLOB, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the board's investigation.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Kathy Helmick and Dr. Therese West, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

We should all probably get more sleep. But patients suffering from concussions or traumatic brain injury really need to get more sleep. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is releasing new recommendations and products for doctors to use to help their patients with brain injuries get enough rest. It's a critical problem for the Defense Department, which estimates that 300,000 troops have suffered from TBI since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. DVBIC Deputy Director Kathy Helmick and Dr. Therese West, a subject-matter expert at the center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:56am EDT
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Stephen Ryan, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

A Texas businessman wasn't content when federal charges against him were dismissed. William Moore, Jr., spent 25 years trying to get back at prosecutors and Postal Service inspectors. Now he's getting his day in court. Steve Ryan, head of the government strategies practice at McDermott Will & Emery, told Tom Temin on the Federal Drive the implications of the case against Moore.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:50am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new study by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the U.S. can't take its current technological superiority for granted. By 2050, the U.S. will only account for 18 percent of global R&D spending. Its share has already fallen to less than a third of what the world collectively spends. Dr. Arden Bement co-chaired the research project and spoke to Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Read Jason's related story.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:45am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Health and Human Services Department tech staff is saying, there's got to be a better way when it comes to technology projects. It's not just the sour taste of HealthCare.gov, but also the long history of failed IT programs. Federal News Radio's executive editor, Jason Miller, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Carole Watson, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is investing in war. Its Standing Together Initiative aims to help Americans understand the experiences of service members as they return to civilian life. As part of the initiative, NEH seeks grant proposals to explore the aftermath of war through advanced research in the humanities. Acting Chairman Carole Watson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the initiative.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 09:33am EDT
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Building the Hybrid Cloud

When it comes to cloud, practical CIOs have sidestepped the impossible-to-choose binary question of public or private. They've come to realize that they'll have to deal with hybrid environments for the foreseeable future.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 08:59am EDT

HHS Buyers Club opens door to innovative approaches to IT projects

The Department of Health and Human Services isn't following in the footsteps of the Oscar winning movie, Dallas Buyers Club. Rather, HHS is trying to help contracting officers recognize agile and iterative approaches to buying and managing technology programs.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 08:39am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - July 3, 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, CBO has some ideas on how to reduce military pay and benefits, and USIS wins another contract.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 08:10am EDT

Cold War fed remembers: Getting through Checkpoint Charlie

During the height of the Cold War, there was only one entry-way through the Berlin Wall. Everybody had to pass through Checkpoint Charlie. That's now ancient history for some people but very real to many feds and vets who were literally on the front line, like today's guest columnist.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 02:00am EDT

Ask the retirement expert

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan will answer your retirement questions.
July 2, 2014

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Health and Human Services is taking on the simple premise of "there's got to be a better way" when it comes to technology projects. It's not just the sour taste Healthcare.gov left in their collective mouths, but the long-history of failed IT programs. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose the details on a new approach to IT projects by HHS.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:29pm EDT
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OMB and GSA developing unified measures to cut down on costs

The Office of Management and Budget and General Services Administration plan to use benchmarks and shared data to help agencies become more efficient and effective.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:21pm EDT

Scott Borg, Head of Antarctic Sciences Section, National Science Foundation

Helping coordinate the discovery of a new species of dinosaur is no ordinary accomplishment. But try discovering two new species and collecting a 15-million-year-old water sample trapped half a mile below the surface of Antarctica. Scott Borg, head of the Antarctic Sciences Section in the Division of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation, is a Service to America medal finalist in the Career Achievement category. Borg and his team support university researchers and scientists to help make their scientific visions a reality. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what draws him to this kind of work. View a photo gallery of other SAMMIES finalists. Read a Q&A with Borg.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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