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2:13 am, March 4, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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30K furloughs imminent if Congress can't pass DHS spending bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will have to furlough at least 30,000 employees if Congress doesn't pass a spending bill to cover DHS funding beyond Feb. 27.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 01:36pm EST

FACT CHECK: What are risks if Homeland Security shuts down?

FACT CHECK: Limited impact on national security if Homeland Security budget is shut off

Monday - 02/09/2015, 01:12pm EST

Dr. Paul Howard, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Food and Drug Administrator Dr. Margaret Hamburg is stepping down at the end of March after nearly six years on the job. Chief Scientist Dr. Stephen Ostroff will serve as interim commissioner until a full-time replacement is found. What sort of legacy is Hamburg leaving behind? Dr. Paul Howard, a health policy expert and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:08am EST
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Steve Anderson, Principal Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center

A Navy scientist won the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to aerospace science and technology or aerospace systems applications. The winner was Steve Anderson, a Principal Scientist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to detail how he won.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:02am EST
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Dr. Jeff Norris, OnSight Program Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up on a project to let scientists and astronauts walk virtually on Mars. Project OnSight employs new, wearable technology just released last month. For more on the program and its possibilities, Jeff Norris, NASA's OnSight program manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:59am EST
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Monday federal headlines - February 9, 2015

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, a Senate committee approves legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, Homeland Security officials are starting to warn about the consequences of a lapse in funding and the Postal Service sees a 4.3 percent boost in revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:01am EST

Accenture acquires IT contractor Agilex

Accenture Federal Services has agreed to acquire Agilex, a provider of digital solutions for the federal government, according to a press release from Accenture.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 07:19am EST

Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army to soldiers: get some sleep; DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Army wants its soldiers to have healthy exercise, nutrition and sleep routines and DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record. Also in this edition...

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:37am EST

Politics, the Goldilocks Rule and you

Are federal and postal unions that represent most government workers suffering political tunnel vision? Or are they doing the right/smart thing by helping friends (some friendlier than others) and ignoring or blasting foes real and perceived foes? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:00am EST

Preview of the Federal Manager's Association training seminar

Tony Vergnetti hosts a roundtable discussion of the upcoming training seminar at the Federal Manager's Association convention.
February 6, 2015

Friday - 02/06/2015, 06:54pm EST
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The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
February 6, 2015

Friday - 02/06/2015, 06:41pm EST
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

A unique group of federal employees has its own retirement plan that isn't part of the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employee Retirement System. They're covered by a plan called the CSRS Offset plan. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how that system works and why it's easy to overlook.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:28pm EST
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Federal News Countdown: IT spending, federal pay raise

Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, and Rafael Borras, senior adviser at A.T. Kearney, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:24pm EST

Greg Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service is making progress with controls over its purchase card program. The agency has implemented almost all the recommendations the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has made. But there are still some loose ends to tie up. Greg Kutz is assistant inspector general for audit -- management services and exempt organizations -- at TIGTA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said 14 examples of misuse turned up in a review, but that's a small fraction of the overall use of purchase cards.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:17pm EST
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SSA's big data project speeds up transition to innovation culture

The Social Security Administration used excess desktop computers and an open source platform to tackle its big data challenge. For its efforts, ACT-IAC named SSA's improper payments and data analytics program a finalist in the Igniting Innovation awards.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 11:05am EST
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The employment outlook from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy

What are the strategic priorities for the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy? What are the persistent barriers to employment for people with disabilities? How is technology creating new opportunities for people with disabilities? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 09:48am EST

Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

A call for more transparency in federal spending, the Taxpayers Right To Know Act would create a central database for financial data and performance metrics for every federal program. The bill cleared the House and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last year. But it has yet to have a full vote in the Senate. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer one view on this bill.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 09:13am EST
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Sharon Bradford Franklin, Executive Director, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Its original intention was ostensibly to help protect the U.S. from terrorist threats. But Edward Snowden's reveal of the extent of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone records program planted seeds of doubt in many minds. Records indicate the NSA was even monitoring domestic calls. Sharon Bradford Franklin is the executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the bulk data collection program, and whether it should even continue.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 09:09am EST
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Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration

Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration as Democrats block debate again

Friday - 02/06/2015, 08:42am EST
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