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5:34 pm, April 23, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

The News Stream is a continuously updated list of every story, interview, panel discussion, and feature added to FederalNewsRadio.com. As a story is posted to the website, it will appear at the top of the News Stream. Never miss a beat with Federal News Radio's News Stream.

Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department promises to be "digital by default." The new initiative seeks to provide better and faster service to veterans. The department is hiring experts from outside the government to build the technology to streamline offerings. Marina Martin, VA's chief technology officer, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp the effort goes beyond simply tackling the persistent backlog of disability claims.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 11:20am EDT
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Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, GAO

The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - April 1, 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, DoD tries to sell off excess equipment to Afghanistan and Forest Service employees warn of toxic morale at the agency.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:25am EDT

What is a Presidential Innovation Fellow?

Over the past two years, 61 talented and diverse individuals from the private sector teamed up with federal agencies to develop solutions to some of the nation's toughest challenges. Watch the video to learn more about the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00am EDT

Inside the Presidential Innovation Fellows program: A Q&A with the White House

From saving lives to saving hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is already making a difference in its short two-year existence. In our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows, Federal News Radio gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the fellows program and examines some of its greatest success stories.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00am EDT

Rush hour or sleep late? Your call!

The way things are going, a lot of long-time feds are doing the math to see how much longer they can afford to work. So do you keep fighting rush-hour traffic or give yourself the option to sleep late? Follow the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your calls and emails about Social Security and retirement.
March 31, 2014

Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:11pm EDT
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All things social

Hewlett Packard social media guru Christina Morrison will discuss how to create a social media strategy for your agency or business.
March 31, 2014

Monday - 03/31/2014, 10:51pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The cave outside Boyers, Pa., is well known inside gederal government service. That huge Washington Post story last weekend isn't news to anyone inside the federal space. Several attempts to fix the system wound up dead on arrival. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes the system at Boyers isn't likely to change any time soon.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 06:39pm EDT
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Linda Kohn, Government Accountability Office

A lack of standards is undermining a push for better electronic health records at the Health and Human Services Department. Linda Kohn, director of Health Care Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose she is investigating how recent changes to the EHR strategy might expose program issues the department can fix later on.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 06:31pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Another effort to quantify morale at your is underway. The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), tells the Government Accountability Office to look at a number of factors that might affect employee morale. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he's seen it all before.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:55pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department isn't satisfied with the cloud security standards under the FedRAMP program. A new policy details additional requirements for vendors. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller writes about DoD's cloud security requirements in his biweekly features, Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:52pm EDT
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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.Y.)

The Littoral Combat Ship program is in turmoil as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sets up a task force to look at alternatives to the LCS. That task force's recommendations could include a modified LCS system, an alternative system or continuing with the LCS as-is. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, heard from leaders across the Navy and Marine Corps. In our Congressional Spotlight, he explains his concerns about the LCS.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment

Your input will help the Information Sharing Environment with Project Interoperability. It's the next stage in developing standards for sharing information, but the format of the project is different. Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the rollout of Project Interoperability.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:33pm EDT
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Former acting IRS chief says agency now on right track

The former acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service, who led the agency in the aftermath of the political-targeting scandal and who stepped down in December, says he believes the agency is on the right track. In an interview on on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Danny Werfel, who recently joined the Boston Consulting Group, cited strong leadership at the agency.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 03:26pm EDT
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Marshall Strauss, CEO, Workplace Giving Alliance, CFC

Sequestration, pay freezes and furloughs appear to have taken a toll on the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign. Figures published by the Office of Personnel Management show Donations fell 19 percent compared to a year earlier. Marshall Strauss, CEO of the Workplace Giving Alliance, was a member of a task force on the CFC.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 12:09pm EDT
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Ethan McMahon, Project Manager, International Space Apps Challenge, NASA

In just a couple weeks, two science agencies launch a global code-a-thon focusing on coastal flooding. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provide the raw data. Participants will develop mobile apps, software and other solutions that fit with the agencies' goals in space and on Earth. Ethan McMahon, project manager of NASA's International Space Apps Challenge, talked about the code-a-thon with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp

Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:57am EDT
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How to use program evaluation to your agency's advantage

What is program evaluation? What can be done to better integrate evidence and rigorous evaluation in decision-making? How can federal agencies conduct rigorous program evaluations and data analytics on a tight budget? How can federal agencies increase and enhance their evaluation capacity? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Kathy Stack, advisor for Evidence-Based Innovation at the Office of Management and Budget.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:15am EDT

Monday federal headlines - March 31, 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, Senators say OPM is stuck in the past when it comes to processing retirement claims, and AFGE continues to push for armed TSA agents.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 08:10am EDT

Army spends $500 million per year on vacant facilities

The Army is the first service to begin an analysis of its excess real estate after a Congressional prohibition against even studying the subject expired. Early results show up to a quarter of its stateside infrastructure isn't being used right now, and the Army will need even less as it shrinks in size.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 04:01am EDT
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