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11:47 pm, July 12, 2014

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Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Employees under the age of 30 make up 7 percent of the federal workforce. Employees under age 30 made up more than 20 percent of the federal workforce in 1975. But your agency shouldn't just bring on young people just for the sake of making young hires. Finding the right talent to fill your agency's mission means taking a more holistic approach to hiring. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He explained why the numbers shouldn't scare off agencies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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Gavin Baker, Center for Effective Government

The year 2012 saw more Freedom of Information Act requests than any time in the law's history. The Administrative Conference of the United States says about 650,000 requests came in and it cost the federal government at least $23 million in litigation costs, and it considers that cost a conservative estimate. Gavin Baker is an open government analyst at the Center for Effective Government. He wrote about the recommendations in the center's blog, The Fine Print, and shared them on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:38pm EDT
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Sharon Burke, New America Foundation

The Pentagon says it's making a $9 billion investment over the next five years to minimize how much diesel and jet fuel it needs for combat operations. But DoD's consumption is still expected to rise over the next half decade because of new energy hungry technologies like the F-35 and Littoral Combat Ship. Sharon Burke, senior fellow for the International Security Program at New America Foundation, is also former assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, she argues DoD's energy appetite isn't just a budget concern. She said on In Depth with Jared Serbu it's increasingly going to challenge the military's ability to perform its missions.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:33pm EDT
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John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

As of now, there are an estimated 7,000 politically appointed positions in the federal government. Again, it's an estimate, because there is no centralized list of political jobs, so no one knows the actual number. Nor is there a list of how many of those jobs are vacant on any given day. John Hudak argues that missing data created an embarrassing management and oversight problem for Congress and OMB. He has some ideas for how to close that information gap. Hudak is a fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He explained on In Depth with Jared Serbu how the government machine can still run with a large number of vacancies.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:29pm EDT
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Q&A with Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel

Steven VanRoekel, the federal chief information officer, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss the White House's latest IT priorities. View an archived version of the discussion.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 01:00pm EDT

The New Generation of Database

As businesses face ever growing data diversity and volume, Enterprise Data Management is moving beyond established EDW and ETL practices toward logical data warehousing strategies that include different mechanisms and tools. In a world where big data has entered into common practice, NoSQL is coming into its own because we are constantly reminded that 80% of our data is unstructured and so a new generation of databases is needed to help deal with it. Why is NoSQL important to organizations/agencies? This panel will discuss ACID Enterprise Compliance, NoSQL vs. Relational Technologies, Enterprise NoSQL addressing security, transactions, availability and scalability.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 12:00pm EDT

Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Ines Mergel, Associate Professor, Syracuse University

Today, agencies are expected to maintain a social media presence, not just a website. A new Manager's Guide from the IBM Center for the Business of Government looks at social media efforts across the government and how they support the strategic goals of the administration. Ines Mergel is associate professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and author of the report. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what it means to be effective with social media.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:37am EDT
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Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

The trial of four former U.S. security contractors in the deaths of Iraqi civilians is just getting underway. The former Blackwater employees allegedly opened fire at a busy Baghdad intersection in 2007. Now, seven years later, prosecutors are sorting out if they can be held criminally responsible. In this week's legal loop segment, employment attorney Debra Roth joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. She explained why the case has taken so long to go to trial.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:34am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - June 19, 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, a new billaims to increase contracting for women-owned small businesses, and the FTC works on a new weapon to fight robocalls.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 08:18am EDT

DoD to test cloud security requirements above, beyond FedRAMP

DISA is working with the services to identify a mission-critical application in the cloud to ensure the additional requirements for Level-3 security are appropriate and achievable. Meanwhile, the FedRAMP program office is beginning to consider what the program will look like in two to three to five years.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

Social Security closes record number of offices as millions of baby boomers reach retirement

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:34am EDT

VA chief: More vets wait 30 days for appointment

About 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment -- more than twice the percentage of veterans the government said last week were forced to endure long waits.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:12am EDT

Furloughs: Can we 'afford' the savings?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

The state of the Civil Service & the VA controversy

On this week's Your Turn radio show, an encore presentation of host Mike Causey's interview with OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. She discusses the status of phased retirement, the retirement-claims backlog and other civil service issues. Andy Medici from the Federal Times joins the show live to discuss President Obama's executive order banning discrimination among LGBT employees of contractors.
June 18, 2014

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Retiree COLA outpacing workers' pay raise

What's one area where federal retirees are financially better off than feds who are still working? If you said cost-of-living adjustments, you are a winner, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The January COLA for retirees will be bigger than the planned pay raise for active-duty feds.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:56pm EDT

Kattala captured

The alleged Benghazi ring leader Ahmed Kattala was captured on June 15th, but it wasn't announced until June 17th. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby explains the time lapse as, "This was very much an interagency effort. There is a legal component to this and we had to respect the integrity of that process." There is also the question of why it took almost two years to find him when journalists could get him. Experts say he simply made himself available to the journalists, while hiding very well from others.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:46pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is testing what cybersecurity in the cloud would look like for certain mission critical systems. DoD's pilots come as the agencies leading the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, are just beginning to explore what the future state of cloud security would look like. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Kevin Dulany, DoD's chief of the risk management oversight division in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Maria Roat, FedRAMP director. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:40pm EDT
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Lee Dougherty, Principal, Offit Kurman

D.C.'s Objective Rally Point will have its monthly business networking breakfast next Tuesday. The goal is to connect veteran businessmen and women with their colleagues and other people interested in joining their teams. Lee Dougherty is a principal at Offit Kurman and a former legal advisor to the Army. He shared his views on the state of veteran employment with Jared Serbu on In Depth.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:37pm EDT
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