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Federal News Radio News Stream

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Marcus Owens, Caplin and Drysdale

The IRS is reorganizing its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division.That's the office at the center of a controversy about whether it targeted conservative groups' applications. Under the new move, technical law specialists and support staff will shift to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Marcus Owens, the former head of the Exempt Organizations Division, now with the law firm Caplin and Drysdale, spoke to Federal Drive about how fundamental a change the move is.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:05am EDT
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Joshua Rose, Senior Associate, Tully Rinckey

House and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is accusing the White House of violating the Hatch Act. He is demanding that the Obama administration turn over documents related to the re-opening of its Office of Political Outreach and Strategy during an election year. In this week's legal loop, Joshua Rose, senior associate at the law firm Tully Rinckey, spoke with the Federal Drive about the do's and don'ts of the Hatch Act.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 09:37am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - March 27, 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,the Peace Corps diversifies its volunteers and donations to the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign are down 19 percent.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 08:04am EDT

Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a Congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:34am EDT

Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:30am EDT
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NIST, DHS push for more engagement around cyber framework

Federal officials say they need help from Congress to ensure companies are protected under the law for sharing cyber information with the government. Officials also say building up the cyber workforce is a top concern.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Investing: Channel your inner robot

Investing for retirement might be a lot easier if you were a robot, rather than a flesh-and-blood human-being, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Especially one who watches the news a lot.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSA wants police at checkpoints after LAX shooting

A 25-page report to Congress makes 14 recommendations in response to last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, including posting armed law enforcement officers at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 09:00pm EDT

Navy: Sailor died at Va. base protecting colleague

Navy: Slain sailor jumped in front of colleague during gunfight at Virginia base

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 08:58pm EDT

The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Nicole Blake Johnson and Andy Medici of the Federal Times will discuss a possible downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service.
March 26, 2014

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

Keeping industry engaged and expanding and improving the federal cyber workforce were hot topics in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has more.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:54pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon leaders say the reductions to military personnel spending they're proposing as part of the 2015 budget weren't easy decisions, but Congress needs to OK them this year, or the overall budget picture will get far worse over the next five years. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

The Postal Service's financial problems are the subject of several bills on Capitol Hill to give them more flexibility for making benefits payments, changing their benefits structures, changing their business model and obligations and other options. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose at his office on Capitol Hill yesterday about the problems the Postal Service is facing. In our Congressional Spotlight, Francis Rose asked him what he thinks the Postal Service's business operation looks like several years in the future.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:49pm EDT
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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

House Democrats have a bill proposing a 3.3 percent pay raise for federal employees in fiscal 2015. It's more than three times higher than what the White House calls for in its fiscal 2015 budget request. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, offers her take to In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:44pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

President Barack Obama's proposal for a 1 percent pay increase may be headed out the window. The latest proposal is for a 3.3 percent increase. The proposal is getting a big thumbs up from Federal employee unions. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this proposal hearkens back to the past.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

The Littoral Combat Ship program is struggling to stay afloat financially. But Congress has another concern. The ships themselves might be easy to sink. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus testified before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on the Navy's budget request yesterday. Subcommittee member Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) asked him to explain how this is possible if the LCS is supposed to be the ship of the future.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:34pm EDT
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Mike Sullivan, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

Half a decade of reports and recommendations on the F-35 program has led to one conclusion: It's still not out of the woods. The fifth annual progress report from the Government Accountability Office has some bad news that looks all too familiar to some people. Mike Sullivan, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, testified about the F-35 program at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces today. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:31pm EDT
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OPM's focus in hiring reform shifting from speed to quality

The Office of Personnel Management is making tweaks to how agencies report time-to-hire data. But experts who spoke to Federal News Radio say they don't think OPM is giving up on the idea of improving the federal hiring process. Instead, they say, it appears OPM may be shifting its focus to measuring the quality of new federal hires.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:54pm EDT

John Palguta, Partnership for Public Service

Federal employees will soon get their annual chance to speak out about how they're feeling about their workplace, morale and management within agencies. The Office of Personnel Management will soon roll out this year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Federal Drive host Emily Kopp spoke with John Palguta, vice president of public policy at the Partnership for Public Service, who offered some tips for agency managers prepping for the survey.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:18pm EDT
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Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine

The Food Safety Modernization Act passed three years ago boosted the Food and Drug Administration's power to keep our food supply safe. But like any new law, the devil is in the details and they've been a long time coming. The FDA is still working on the major rules. Mike Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine, spoke with Federal Drive host Emily Kopp about what comes next with the rules.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:12pm EDT
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