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Federal News Radio News Stream

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GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services prioritizes efficiency

What are the strategic priorities for the GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services? How does ITS maximize the value of government IT while also lowering its cost? What is ITS doing to improve its operations and become more efficient and agile? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Mary Davie, assistant commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

Monday - 07/07/2014, 11:00am EDT

John Landwehr, Chief Technology Officer for Federal, Adobe

The federal IT market has always been a lively one for companies willing to take the time and effort to understand it. Adobe has been a federal player for a while. Now it has a new chief technology officer just for its federal business. John Landwehr joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the government's progress toward mobile compared to the private sector.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Sean Young, Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. A civilian engineer is reshaping the way the military performs operations in the air and on the field. Sean Young is an electronics engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio. He helped save soldiers' lives in Afghanistan by creating a new aerial sensor system to detect improvised explosive devices. For his creativity, he is a finalist in the National Security and International Affairs category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his nomination. View a gallery of all the Sammies nominees. Read a Q&A with Sean Young.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:14am EDT
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NSF's Borg leads effort to unlock scientific mysteries of Antarctica

As head of the Antarctic Sciences Section of the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs, Scott Gerald Borg oversees the funding and helps plot the direction of scientific research in Antarctica.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:11am EDT

Dr. William Gahl, Program Director, National Institutes of Health

Each year, sick people are told they have diseases so rare, they can't be diagnosed. Investigators at the National Institutes of Health looked at hundreds of cold cases. They've created a new network to tackle these mysterious diseases. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network will recruit doctors to conduct research that planners hope will lead to better understanding of these puzzling symptoms and find treatments. Six universities around the country have signed on. NIH Program Director Dr. William Gahl joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new effort.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:06am EDT
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OPM stays on track in reducing retirement claims backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received fewer claims in June, but it continued to whittle away at its claims backlog.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 09:53am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Two more agencies recently announced they'll be offering buyouts. Who are they and what do the buyouts look like? Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 08:59am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - July 7, 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, DHs' Jeh Johnson says the department is gaining control over a surge of illegal immigrants, and the Pentagon grounds its F-35 fleet.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 08:07am EDT

With budget cuts looming, officials struggle to make case to maintain large Army

Among ten topics the Army's new undersecretary says he's pondering: the service's seeming inability to convince policymakers of the need to keep a standing active duty force of about the size the nation has today, even during budget cuts.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT

The business of threat assessment

Chuck Tobin, president of Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, will talk about how threat assessment can be used to prevent workplace violence.
July 4, 2014

Friday - 07/04/2014, 07:46pm EDT
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VA says patient access to medical care improving

VA says fewer veterans face long waits for medical appointments as outreach improves

Friday - 07/04/2014, 02:30pm EDT

July 4 -- on a hammock or stuck at work?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey hopes you're enjoying your day. But if today finds you at work, that's good too. Maybe not for you, but certainly for us.

Friday - 07/04/2014, 02:00am EDT

New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Another round of budget cuts seems right around the corner, and the military is shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific region. Army officials worry they haven't been able to effectively make their case for an Army with about 500,000 soldiers. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on the questions the service is asking about its future. Read Jared's related article.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:07pm EDT
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Army issues 'worst-case' scenarios for reductions

Army bases and surrounding communities across the country would lose up to 80 percent of their military and civilian workforces if maximum cuts in both budget and force size go into effect at the end of the decade, according to worst-case scenario projections.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 04:51pm EDT

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

A new set of hiring tools is coming from the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget. Those tools will help agencies attract and keep talent — faster and more efficiently. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose some of the tools themselves aren't really new.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

President Barack Obama says agency performance is one of his top two priorities. The Office of Management and Budget is already preparing an award system for customer service. The Office of Personnel Management is building a new interactive dashboard to streamline hiring systems. But the President says agencies can still do more. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a recent cabinet meeting where the President reinforced his performance goals for the executive branch.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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Marvin Bond, Editor, Recreation News

In Depth with Francis Rose starts its summer recess on July 4th. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter, Jared Serbu, will be filling in for Francis while he's on vacation. Federal employees can also enjoy some vacation time thanks to Independence Day. Marvin Bond is the editor of Recreation News. He's a subject matter expert regarding fun things and deals for federal employees around the area. He shared some fireworks ideas that would be good alternatives to visiting the National Mall.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:53pm EDT
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Dan Katz, Vice President of Technology Solutions, INADEV

The one year anniversary of Project Open Data approaches, but some agencies are still getting used to the idea of sharing their data with colleagues across government and with the public. Dan Katz is vice president of technology solutions at INADEV and a former Web initiatives leader at DHS. He said the government isn't doing too badly with Project Open Data overall on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:51pm EDT
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