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8:51 am, May 30, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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TSP rebounds solidly in April

The vast majority of the Thrift Savings Plan funds showed solid returns in the month of April. Only two of 10 funds posted a negative return, which was a solid turnaround from the month of March.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 12:09pm EDT

Lisa Danzig, Assoc. Director for Performance and Personnel, OMB

The Obama administration has built an elaborate apparatus for data-driven decision-making. It operates on the theory that good metrics require good data. And when you have both, you have the tools you need to improve performance. Coordinating all these moving parts is Lisa Danzig, the associate director for performance and personnel at the Office of Management and Budget. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, she joined Tom Temin with an overview on the scope of her responsibilities.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:44am EDT
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Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

If the federal government is operating in the information age, then its main currency is data. Agencies and Congress have been doing a lot to make sure federal data is accessible and transparent. For agencies, data is vital to improving performance. Hudson Hollister is executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to discuss how proper data can help any agency.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:42am EDT
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Gerald Ray, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Appellate Operations, SSA

If any agency operates in the spotlight, it's the Social Security Administration. Its work touches every American, as it deals with millions of claims for retirement and disability every year. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, Gerald Ray, the deputy executive director of SSA's Office of Appellate Operations, joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance in action.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:39am EDT
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Jon Desenberg, Policy Director, The Performance Institute

Once upon a time, you could measure government performance pretty easily. The main metric was, "Did we spend all of our budget on time?" No longer. Citizens, Congress and successive White House policies want government dollars to make a difference. John Desenberg is the policy director of the Performance Institute. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:38am EDT
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Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

President Barack Obama has ushered in Public Service Recognition Week with a proclamation that recognizes federal employees have had a rough time lately. He cites "pay freezes, budget cuts, sequestration and a political climate that too often does not sufficiently value their work." The organizers of this week's events can't do much about the first three things. But they're tackling the issue of respect with a theme called "Government Works." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the week ahead.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36am EDT
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House approves bill banning VA SES bonuses

An amendment to the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill would prohibit the agency from awarding performance bonuses to senior executives.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:22am EDT

Ann Ebberts, CEO, Association of Government Accountants

The Association of Government Accountants has a new CEO. Ann Ebberts leads the association during a time of change, thanks partly to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA puts chief information officers on a rough par with chief financial officers when it comes to budget authority. The financial function itself is under a lot of pressure to help improve agency performance not just count beans. On a special Federal Drive live from the AGA Government Performance Summit, Ebberts joined Tom Temin to discuss her new role.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:40am EDT
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Carl Demaio, Senior Fellow, Performance Institute

Politicians might be focused on 2016, but some groups say it's not too soon to consider 2017. That's when a new President, whoever it is, will take over. Federal News Radio is among the 16 Washington-area organizations helping to launch a bipartisan discussion about the transition. Leading the charge is Carl Demaio, a senior fellow at the Performance Institute. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the effort.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:38am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - May 4, 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, 30 finalists have been selected for the prestigious Service to America Medal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the military isn't being honest about sexual assault and defense officials will have to come up with more gender-specific ways to help victims of sexual assault.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 08:56am EDT

Digital services shouldn't feel like thumbscrews

People don't want digital services per se so much as they want easy access to whatever services they seek, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:04am EDT

Everyday 'federal' MacGyvers matter too

Letter to the editor: The White House shouldn't overlook the career staff who keep the government running as it gets excited about the new, shiny people at USDS, 18F and other places.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:36am EDT

OMB looks for new ways to modernize shared service centers' aging IT

The decision a decade ago to migrate agencies' payment functions into a few government mega-centers that specialize in HR and financial management has saved money and kept checks moving on time. But the IT systems backing those shared service centers are getting old, and no one's quite sure how to fund their replacements.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:44am EDT

Special savings plan for CSRS types

How would you like the option to amass a separate tax-free retirement fund in addition to the CSRS annuity you will get when you retire from government? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:00am EDT

Service to America Medal finalists honor feds' hard work

Out of nearly 500 entries, the Partnership for Public Service has selected 30 finalists for the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

Sunday - 05/03/2015, 06:00pm EDT

Social media & cybersecurity

Chris Cullison and C.W. Walker from ZeroFOX, join host Derrick Dortch to discuss how hackers and terrorists are using social media to further their agendas.
May 1, 2015

Friday - 05/01/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: IT reform, Disappearing reinventors

Federal consultant Jeff Koch and Jonathan Breul, former executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 06:37pm EDT
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Strategic priorities of the DHA

What are the strategic priorities of the Defense Health Agency Healthcare Operations Directorate? What is DHA doing to save money and gain efficiencies? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Major General Richard Thomas, Director, DHA Healthcare Operations Directorate.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:28pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Congress is lifting the Windfall Elimination Program for a select few members of the federal workforce. The WEP can sometimes be the barrier between an extra $400 a month in Social Security benefits. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the recent lift from Congress means for members of the Civil Service Retirement System.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:22pm EDT
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