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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.

Lauren Augustine, legislative associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

An influential veterans organization is demanding action from Congress on a number of legislative fronts, including the growing number of veteran suicides. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America introduced its 2014 policy agenda to Congress this week. It's all a part of the 10th annual IAVA Storms the Hill. Lauren Augustine, legislative associate for IAVA, talked to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what's being asked of Congress.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Steve Cauffman, lead for the Disaster Resilience Framework, NIST

The massive mudslide in Washington State is the most recent example of the need for resilience in the face of disaster. The National Institutes of Standards and Technology is launching the Disaster Resilience Initiative. It will help communities recover from the aftermath of natural disasters such as the mudslide or Superstorm Sandy, which struck New York and New Jersey in 2012. Steve Cauffman, lead for the Disaster Resilience Framework at NIST, spoke to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the initiative's expected impact.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:11am EDT
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Larry Meinert, mineral resources program coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

As the United States prepares to leave Afghanistan, officials want to make sure the Middle Eastern nation's economy has a fighting chance. The Defense Department and the U.S. Geological Survey have teamed up to provide Afghanistan investors with maps showing where extraction wealth might be located. For more on this program we turn to the head of the Mineral Resources Program at U-S-G-S, Larry Meinert, mineral resources program coordinator at U.S.G.S, explained on the Federal Drive how the mapping will go.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:05am EDT
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Friday federal headlines -- March 28, 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, an outside review dubs the National Nuclear Security Administration a failure and the FBI is fixated on finding corrupt politicians.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 08:44am EDT

Records: Shooter at Naval Station Norfolk was convicted felon

Records show the civilian truck driver who killed a sailor at the world's largest Naval Base was a felon. Jeffrey Tyrone Savage was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and spent time in prison for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 04:56am EDT

DHS turns to mentors to strengthen cyber workforce

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is trying to promote cyber skills across several disciplines.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:49am EDT
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Another budget quandary for DoD: What if war funding dries up?

Military officials say overseas contingency operations dollars are vital to ongoing operations around the world, even after the wars end. All the services tell the House Armed Services Committee that OCO funding is helping with readiness and maintenance challenges.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:44am EDT
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Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

The Air Force fired nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announced it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal. Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:12am EDT

Your 3.3 percent raise and the R Word

Is that 3.3 percent proposed federal pay raise missing an important political component? Some would say it needs the R word to be a winner, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:30am EDT

Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The next generation of cybersecurity professionals needs more than just the obvious math or computer class. As part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, students are getting practical advice on things like how to conduct yourself on social media. They also get hands on experience. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has more from the CyberForce Summit in Arlington.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:56pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As if there weren't enough uncertainty in the Pentagon's budget future, officials are wrestling with another looming threat: When the war in Afghanistan formally ends, there's no guarantee DoD will hold onto the overseas contingency account that's funded that operation since 2001. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, military leaders say losing those funds would create a huge problem.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Vice President for Education, Partnership for Public Service

Applying data to problems is a solution agencies are using all over government. Tim McManus, vice president for education at the Partnership for Public Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose you can do it in the hiring process too.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:47pm EDT
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Cathy Read & Corey Rinder, State Department

The administration's strategic sourcing initiative applies to all agencies, but implementation looks different at every agency. The State Department's acquisition process has a different emphasis and produces different results than other agencies. In Depth with Francis Rose talks to Cathy Read, State's director of acquisitions management. Also, Corey Rinder, procurement executive at State, explains some of the differences and similarities between how State does acquisition and how your agency may do it.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:36pm EDT
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Tom Temin, Co-host, Federal News Radio

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) are sponsoring a bill that would give feds a 3.3 percent pay raise. Federal Drive's Tom Temin says the bill has one major strike against it.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:11pm EDT
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Industry Chatter: Shawn McCarthy, IDC Government Insights

The popularity of big data is helping your agency earn more money for its information technology budget. IT spending across the federal government rose about half a billion dollars over the past two years. A third of the overall spending goes to the IT infrastructure that keeps the big data flowing. Shawn McCarthy, research director for IDC Government Insights, was Francis Rose's guest for Industry Chatter.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:03pm EDT
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Former SSA employee pleads guilty to stealing beneficiaries' information

In our weekly Crime of the Week feature, Federal News Radio reports on a federal employee who is under investigation or charged with a crime.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 01:21pm EDT

OPM wants to keep FEHBP premium increases 'in check'

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta says she wants to keep premium increases for federal employees' health coverage "in check." In a keynote speech at the annual FEHB Program Carrier Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday Archuleta also called on insurance carriers to make prescription drugs more affordable and urged more federal employees to sign up for wellness programs.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 11:34am EDT

Senators concerned by Secret Service allegations

Senate chairman and top Republican concerned by alleged Secret Service conduct in Netherlands

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 11:10am EDT

Chris Cate, Vice President of Research, Student Veterans of America

Just over half of veterans are using the post-9/11 GI Bill to earn a college degree -- 51.7 percent.to be exact. The data comes from a newly-released study by the Student Veterans of America. Vice President of Research Chris Cate spoke about the findings on the Federal Drive.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Marcus Owens, Caplin and Drysdale

The IRS is reorganizing its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division.That's the office at the center of a controversy about whether it targeted conservative groups' applications. Under the new move, technical law specialists and support staff will shift to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Marcus Owens, the former head of the Exempt Organizations Division, now with the law firm Caplin and Drysdale, spoke to Federal Drive about how fundamental a change the move is.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:05am EDT
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