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12:46 pm, July 31, 2014

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Bill Lynn, CEO, Finmeccanica North America

The first change of command at U.S. Cyber Command is complete. General Keith Alexander made way for Admiral Mike Rogers recently. But new revelations from Edward Snowden are a reminder that the first four years of the combination of CYBERCOM and the National Security Agency aren't without controversy. William Lynn was Deputy Secretary of Defense when the Defense Department stood up Cyber Command. He wrote about the strategy behind it in Foreign Policy at the time. He is now Chief Executive Officer of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies. He explained on In Depth with Francis Rose the chain of events that caused DoD leadership to stand up Cyber Command.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:29pm EDT
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Committee outlines drastic changes to military as it works toward pay and benefits recommendations

A specially-formed commission tasked with modernizing military compensation released an interim report in anticipation of its full recommendations due in February. The document reviews massive changes that have occurred since the military switched to an all-volunteer force in 1973.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

We're learning a bit more about the General Services Administration's move toward a "category management" approach to federal purchasing. GSA's working on a new concept called "hallways" -- the first one's coming this fall. It'll deal with information technology. GSA says one person will manage a team of experts that will create new standards and best practices for a specific area of acquisition. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He explained how the hallways approach can help GSA expand its strategic sources contracts on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Congress helps set the stage for a one percent pay raise for federal employees next year, despite recent historical trends. The House and Senate versions of a government spending bill don't guarantee a salary bump, but they don't stop the president from declaring one, either. And the House already approved a 1.8 percent pay raise for military service members in 2015. Katie Maddocks is the government affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association. She explained the chances of seeing a pay raise next year on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

The Senate's to-do list this week includes the next steps on information technology contracting reform and enhancing the role of the Chief Information Officer at federal agencies. But the Senate is playing catch-up: the House has already passed its version of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is a cosponsor of FITARA. He explained on In Depth with Francis Rose what he likes about the Senate version and what he wants to change.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:46pm EDT
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DoD needs to be open to global, commercial technology, expert says

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn says the Pentagon needs to adjust its strategy to take advantage of the global and commercial technology markets.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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Linda Springer, Ernst and Young, and Dan Blair, NAPA

The White House will release details of the President's Management Agenda any day now, and observers expect embracing risk may be an aspect of that strategy. A risk- averse federal government may find that strategy hard to implement. Linda Springer is Executive Director of the Government and Public Sector at Ernst and Young and former Comptroller at the Office of Management and Budget. Dan Blair is President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration and former acting OPM Director. Linda explained the concept behind enterprise risk management on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

Congress returns this week to confront a number of issues that need immediate action. President Obama is asking for an additional $2 billion to help deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors. And time is ticking away for lawmakers to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to run out of money at the end of August. The Hill's White House Correspondent, Justin Sink, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a round up on what's going on this week.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Brian Lepore, Government Accountability Office

The Defense Department isn't following one of its own roadmaps. Back in 2012, defense planners devised a plan for protecting bases and installations from the potentially damaging effects of climate change. That's all started to affect DoD's planning, but there's a lot more to do. Brian Lepore is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the Government Accountability Office. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the roadmaps mean.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:52am EDT
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

New analysis shows that agencies are trending away from single award contracts in favor of task orders against multiple award contracts. At the same time they're consolidating MACs to cut down on duplication. It all means some agencies are downright slow in getting awards out the door. Miguel Garrido is a quantitative analyst with Bloomberg Government. He examined contracting opportunities among agencies and compared the timing trends between them. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what he found.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:50am EDT
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Recruiting, retaining young workers a challenge for agencies

Agencies' scales tip strongly in the direction of older workers. The percentage of millennials in the federal workforce fell to 7 percent in 2013 — an eight-year low. This compares to about 23 percent in the private sector workforce.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:38am EDT
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Chemical weapons destruction underway

The Pentagon says the transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray is complete. Cape Ray departed the Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Monday for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where neutralization operations will soon begin. The neutralization process should take several weeks to complete. Secretary Hagel expressed his thanks to Danish and Italian authorities for their support in this process and said in a statement he "is enormously proud of everyone who helped make possible this safe and incident-free transfer."

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:41am EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - July 8, 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 Highway Trust Fund is running low on funds, and the U.S. commander in Europe asks to stop the drawdown in Europe.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:05am EDT

Teachers' union wants DoE Secretary Duncan's resignation

Delegates of the National Education Association adopted a business item July 4 at its annual convention in Denver that called for Education Secretary Arne Duncan's resignation.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 03:26am EDT

The government contractor 'scam?'

In many agencies, federal workers and contractors work side by side. Sometimes they have a great relationship, while in other offices they can't stand each other. Today's guest columnist gives his view of the "scam" in his operation.

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Content (marketing) is king!

Joe Pulizzi, founder and executive director of the Content Marketing Institute, will discuss how to use content marketing to generate more business for your company.
July 7, 2014

Monday - 07/07/2014, 09:06pm EDT
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Race to finish fiscal 2015 agency budgets hits snag

The appropriations process was supposed to be easier this year compared to last, because lawmakers had signed off on a bipartisan deal that set top-line spending levels for the next two years. But action in both the House and the Senate appears to have largely stalled.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 05:56pm EDT

A look ahead

Co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan talk about the state of the federal workforce and legislation under consideration in Congress that could affect federal employment.
July 7, 2014

Monday - 07/07/2014, 05:05pm EDT
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Philip Joyce, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Congress needs to pass twelve annual spending bills -- which set agency funding levels -- before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. The House passed five of those bills so far. The Senate hasn't passed any. The appropriations process was supposed to be easier this year compared to last year. That's because lawmakers have already agreed on a bipartisan budget deal that sets topline spending figures for the next two years. Philip Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. In an interview with Web Writer Jack Moore, he said agencies should still plan for a continuing resolution.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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Congress puts pressure on OPM to release final phased retirement rule

Two letters sent from Capitol Hill in call for the Office of Personnel Management to explain why it's taking so long to release final phased retirement regulations, and demand a revised timeline for action. Phased retirement was passed into law two years ago this week.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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