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Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

The definition of the word "strategy" is changing at the Defense Department. And not in a good way. That's according to Frank Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the current definition of the word "strategy" needs to change in four ways, and should include some extra tweaks too.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, DHS

Customs and Border Protection is close to a final solution for its overtime problem. The agency has a program called Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, to give managers flexibility in scheduling. John Roth is Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. His office completes a deep dive on AUO at CBP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roth explained how the program works, the problems he looked at, and the progress the agency is making in fixing the issues.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:57pm EDT
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Christian Beckner, Deputy Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is releasing its latest annual report on the National Network of Fusion Centers. The assessment is the fourth the agency has released about how the fusion centers are functioning, and how well they're functioning. Christian Beckner is deputy director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this report corrects a misconception about where the money comes from for the centers.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Col. Scott Erdelatz, Director, Lejeune Leadership Institute

The Marine Corps University is reviewing lessons learned from a two-day training event at Marine Corps Base Quantico the middle of March. The Lejuene Leadership Institute is part of the Marine Corps University. Col. Scott Erdelatz is director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said some of the Institute's training may be new, but the program isn't.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:32pm EDT
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Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, Director, F-35 Integration Office, Air Force

The Air Force is adding triple the staff to its F-35 Integration Office. That increases the staff from four to 12. And Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, said the aircraft's cost curve is finally starting to come down. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian is the new director of the F-35 Integration Office at the Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about cost, capability, and lessons learned from the program.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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USPS must bargain with letter carriers over cyber breach, NLRB says

The National Labor Relations Board has accused the Postal Service of failing to communicate with its labor unions about last year's cyber attack that affected more than 800,000 current and former employees.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 02:13pm EDT

Jorge Uquillas, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Information technology companies are looking for new business in places they may not have looked before, such as the federal market. That's been driving some important mergers and acquisitions lately. So has the expanding health IT market. Bloomberg Government has examined several of these recent takeovers. Jorge Uquillas is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more of what's going on in the federal supplier base.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:55am EDT
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Dr. Steve Howell, Kepler Mission Project Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has given its highest award to NASA's Kepler mission team. The 2015 Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding work in aerospace science and technology. Kepler was the first to detect Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars at distances such that those planets might harbor life. Since its launch in March 2009, Kepler has discovered more than 4,000 of these exoplanets. Dr. Steve Howell, a Kepler Mission scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this work.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:52am EDT
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Nick Bristow, 18F Innovation Specialist, GSA

Online security and online access for people with disabilities have collided. Many of the most common Web practices for ensuring a user is actually human can be very difficult to use if you've got a disability. For example, Techniques like CAPTCHA, which requires users to type in a distorted word or symbol, can be impossible for the blind. To remedy that, the General Services Administration's 18F tech team recently held an "Accessibility Hackathon." They want to find a way to keep dot-gov sites secure and make them more accessible. Nick Bristow is an 18F innovation specialist working on this problem. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain some of the team's ideas.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:48am EDT
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Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

A number of changes to USASpending.gov took effect on April 1, and they've already got people irked. The site is supposed to provide easy public access to data on federal contracts, grants and financial assistance. Treasury Fiscal Assistant Secretary David Lebryk says in a blog post that the changes were supposed to help improve site navigation, and make the data it tracks easier to understand. Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the site changes and the blowback they've already generated.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - April 8, 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 power outage sends home several federal employees in Washington, D.C.,

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 09:02am EDT

The real emergency is the state of our nation's 911 capabilities

Satellite communications must play a larger role in emergency communications, says Tony Bardo of the satellite broadband provider Hughes.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:37am EDT

With or without BRAC, DoD's footprint is shrinking

In the absence of congressional authorization for another BRAC round, the Pentagon contemplates "alternative options" for base closure. Meanwhile, defense communities see fewer personnel spread across the same number of bases.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:27am EDT
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Navy finalizing strategy to begin moving cyber into warfighter domain

The Department of Navy's Cyber Fleet Command is among the first military services to recognize the need to operationalize cyber along with traditional weapons. DISA Director Gen. Ronnie Hawkins said the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) should move into a cyber range to test the security architecture against real-world attack simulations.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:04am EDT
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The Young and Restless: In your office

Who are millennials and why is the federal government expending so much energy in trying to woo them to the civil service? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has some answers.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 03:00am EDT

Obama aide: White House classified computer system secure following hack threat

A top aide to President Barack Obama says the White House's classified computer systems are secure while acknowledging vulnerabilities in its unclassified system.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 08:50pm EDT

Managing mobile devices at your agency

Matt Briddell, vice president of Health IT at LCG, Inc., joins host John Gilroy to talk about mobile device management in the federal government.
April 7, 2015

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:31pm EDT
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IT acquisition challenges in the federal government.

Van Hitch, senior advisor with Deloitte's Federal Consulting Practice, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about some of the IT acquisition challenges facing federal managers.
April 7, 2015

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:06pm EDT
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Craig Bond, Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

The Defense Department is considering changing how much the agency subsidizes commissaries to save the agency money. But changing the subsidy level may mean fewer people use the commissaries and buy at regular stores instead. Craig Bond, economist is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what he found would happen if prices at the commissaries go up.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Bob Behn, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Great Sewage Equation is something every public-sector manager should know about, according to Bob Behn. He's senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said most people don't actually call it the Great Sewage Equation.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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