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4:54 am, October 22, 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.

T.J. Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

Nearly every week, it seems like a local or national security event occurs requiring multiple agency response. A challenge for first responders has been communications among agencies. FirstNet, which bills itself as the first responder network authority, has the job of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network to help foster interoperable communications. T.J. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress report.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 10:29am EDT
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Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

The Islamic State is a media savvy organization. Not only does it broadcast high profile executions, it uses social media to manipulate and recruit beyond borders. The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has been using the Islamic State's own videos to discourage would-be recruits since July. Dafna Rand is deputy director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department policy staff member. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual propaganda war.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 10:24am EDT
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On DoD: Letitia Long, NGA director on a 32-year career in the intelligence community

On this week's On DoD, retiring director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Letitia Long talks about changes she's seen in the intelligence community.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Maj. Gen. David Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, Strategic Command

A space tracking website maintained by the Defense Department is getting a makeover. Space-track.org is a hub for organizations that conduct space operations to see where space debris may, or may not, be floating around endangering satellites. Maj. Gen. David Thompson is director of Plans and Policy for Strategic Command. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how many objects are currently on STRATCOM's radar.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:55am EDT
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Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

The Treasury Department's long-term vision for USASpending.gov is getting a boost by the DATA Act. President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act into law in May. Christina Ho is the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. In part 2 of their interview, she tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the DATA Act implementation effort dovetails into the USASpending.gov improvement plan.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:23am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department is a classic. It's a tale of a senior veterans health administration deputy chief procurement officer committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:20am EDT
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DoD takes aim at predatory lending

DoD is taking new steps to stop predatory lending.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 08:51am EDT

Monday federal headlines - Sept. 29, 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, part of the Broadcasting Board of Governors is consolidating offices, and an American Ebola patient is being treated at the National Institutes of Health.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 08:37am EDT

VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

The Veterans Affairs inspector general issued a report alleging the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration used her position to promote and award a contract to FedBid, a reverse auction vendor, and improperly acted as an agent of the vendor, creating a conflict of interest.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:26am EDT
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Army will spend up to $7.2 billion on consolidation of its intelligence contracts

The Army's Intelligence and National Security Command made awards to 21 firms under an indefinite-delivery contract called Global Intelligence Support Services. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:45am EDT

Better Buying Power 3.0 doesn't mention LPTA contracts, but DoD says it remains ‘aware' of industry concerns

Careful observers of last week's rollout of Better Buying Power 3.0 - the "technological superiority" edition of the Pentagon's ongoing acquisition improvement program - will have noticed that there was no mention this time around of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:37am EDT

Halvorsen wants more discrete deliverables on path to JIE

This week's Q&A between reporters and Halvorsen -- the first in what he promised will be quarterly chats with the press -- also included a fair amount of discussion about his overall management approach in the CIO position. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:29am EDT

Pentagon sees big savings in cutting duplicate databases

IT officials in DoD and within the military services have made no secret of the fact that they have many of examples of overlapping systems with duplicate data, and identifying an authoritative data source is often quite difficult. This post is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:25am EDT

DoD to propose stricter lending protections for military members

The Defense Department is set to propose tighter rules that it says would close several loopholes in current regulations that are designed to protect service members from predatory lenders. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:17am EDT

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Pay, pensions and health insurance premiums are all going up in the next several months. But definitely not at the same rate, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. White collar workers know what their January 2015 raise will be. But the cost of living adjustment for retirees is still to be decided, and new (and in some cases higher) health premiums will be unveiled in October.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

Saturday - 09/27/2014, 03:40pm EDT

Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

Anti-addiction activists call for FDA chief's resignation amid painkiller abuse epidemic

Saturday - 09/27/2014, 10:02am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

On Monday, the Defense Department will propose new rules designed to close up some of the gaps officials see in the financial protections military members are entitled to as of today. DoD concluded that the way it's been implementing a 2006 law was riddled with loopholes. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explained the changes as part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Brian Miller, Navigant

Former General Services Administration official Jeff Neely is under indictment for conduct around the Las Vegas conference scandal, and for other misconduct. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration and a former prosecutor. He led the investigation into Jeff Neely's conduct. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the significance of an indictment from a legal perspective.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:43pm EDT
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive magazine

The Service to America award ceremony on Monday is a great example of federal success stories that the public never hears. Tom Shoop is editor in chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he sees some common traits in the SAMMY winners that could explain why these stories aren't as well known as agency scandals.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:25pm EDT
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