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6:03 am, July 23, 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.

Asif Khan, Government Accountability Office

The latest check on the Defense Department's push to full audit readiness uncovers a domino effect of problems. The Government Accountability Office says DoD didn't follow a plan to improve how it tracks contract payments. Asif Khan is Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the GAO. Khan told In Depth with Francis Rose that because the Pentagon missed some steps of the plan, it's dealing with even more problems that could keep the agency from meeting an important deadline.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Beth McGrath & Dave Wennergren

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are trying to pay close attention to defense acquisition reform. Dave Wennergren is senior vice president of technology policy at the Professional Services Council and the Pentagon's former chief information officer. Beth McGrath is director of Deloitte Federal Practice and the Defense Department's former deputy chief management officer. They joined on In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss acquisition reform.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Ford Heard, Veterans Affairs Department

The Department of Veterans Affairs is building a "special ops" team of acquisition experts. Ford Heard, the associate deputy assistant secretary for procurement policy, systems and oversight at the VA, joined Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller and Francis Rose on In Depth. They discussed the latest results of Federal News Radio's Chief Acquisition Officer Survey.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Postal Service searches for solutions to its gas-guzzler problem

The U.S. Postal Service is looking at greener, more efficient vehicle options while waiting for funds to replace its outdated fleet.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:02pm EDT
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Health IT In Government-"Progress & Best Practices" 2014

Listen Tuesday July 8th @ 12pm

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:01pm EDT

Bridget Roddy, Program Manager, State Department

The barriers for hiring interns are getting lower. Nowadays, you don't even have to give them a desk. The State Department is recruiting students from around the world to serve as virtual interns at several agencies. The students do real projects but sometimes from half a world away. Program Manager Bridget Roddy joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the Virtual Student Foreign Service Program.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Director, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program

The shrinking Defense Department budget has the Pentagon looking for alternatives to fund its most expensive program. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program has faced years of delays and skyrocketing costs. Now, the Pentagon has a new strategy to control the F-35's bottom line. It is asking the builders to put skin in the game. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan is the F-35 program director. He described the F-35's progress as slow but steady, when he joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:18am EDT
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Jill Boezwinkle, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is making drinking water safer in Kenya and Uganda. It's a bread and butter issue for the development agency, but the solution is different. Jill Boezwinkle has taken a crowd-sourced idea and turned it into reality in the Dispensers for Safe Water program. Now, she is a finalist in the national security and international affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss her role in the Dispensers for Safe Water program.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:09am EDT
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How many US advisors are in Iraq?

Of the 300 troops authorized by President Barack Obama, 180 have arrived in Baghdad. Half are advisors and the remaining 90 are setting up an operations and intelligence analysis unit. The Pentagon confirms that Predator drones, armed with Hellfire missiles, are now also being used over the capitol for force protection.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 09:29am EDT

Monday federal headlines - June 30, 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, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will meet with VA secretary nominee Robert McDonald, and special forces arrive in Baghdad.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 08:30am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD releases missing piece of 2015 budget; defense acquisition 'good enough'

The Defense Department's request for its overseas contingency operations is about $20 billion less than initial estimates. Former Defense officials say realistic goals and managed expectations usually spelled success for weapons systems.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:49am EDT

Online Chat: VA Deputy Senior Procurement Executive Ford Heard

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs Department's associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, joins Federal News Radio for an online chat on June 30.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:53am EDT

Take my job, please!

When you go from intern to top manager and then, later, to retiree, you learn a lot. Today we hear from a NARFE local president who says the phased retirement program, when it starts, could be a great thing for young workers and old-timers, too.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

The state of terrorism at home and abroad

Terrorism experts Christopher Harmon and Michael Kraft will discuss what the federal government is doing to fight terrorism around the world, and Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated will talk about her new website vetsHQ.com.
June 27, 2014

Friday - 06/27/2014, 07:48pm EDT
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SESers leaving due more to age, time than other factors

A new report from the Senior Executive Association and the George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration found a majority of the reasons for a 10 percent decline in the SES workforce in each of the last three years is age and length of service.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 05:44pm EDT

Sen. Tester wants to clean up one messy part of the federal hiring process

The Competitive Service Act of 2014 would let agencies share information about potential job candidates when they are trying to fill similar needs.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 03:20pm EDT

The Business of Government magazine

Join host Michael Keegan this week for The Business of Government Magazine -- A SPECIAL EDITION of The Business of Government Hour. Government executives must also avoid the tyranny of the present or the next budget cycle, and recognize that the challenges of today often morph into the hazards of tomorrow. This edition of The Business of Government magazine underscores the importance of correlating short-term decision-making with long-range consequences. We highlight the latest trends and best practices for improving government effectiveness by introducing you to key government executives, detailing the work of public management practitioners, and offering insights from leading academics.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 03:17pm EDT

Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte

The Obama administration has set a bunch of new performance goals for individual agencies and for cross-agency priorities. They've come out as part of the 2015 budget preparations. Cross-agency goals concern missions such as cybersecurity, insider threats, job creation and STEM education. Agency goals involve each department. And then come the overarching goals, like open government, customer service and strategic sourcing. Jitinder Kohli, a director in Deloitte Consulting's public sector practice, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the 115 goals spread across government.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:50am EDT
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John Elwood, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

The Supreme Court has ruled to curb the President's power to make recess appoints. Basically, the court says the Senate has to really be in recess. And even if it's only keeping the lights on for light business and blocking appointments, that means it is open. John Elwood is a partner at the law firm Vinson & Elkins. As a former Justice assistant solicitor general and White House Counsel, he's argued seven cases before the Supreme Court. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the ruling means for future appointees.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:45am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees are singing the President's praises this week. He is calling on agency managers to expand workplace flexibilities. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the President's new memo.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 10:42am EDT
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