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Federal News Radio News Stream

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Postmaster general: Agency looking for new revenue sources

The nation's new postmaster general says the Postal Service is looking beyond its regular mail and package delivery for new sources of revenue.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 01:43pm EST

Obama budget to fix IRS' service woes, says commissioner

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen wants to get his agency to a point where Americans can make all their tax transactions online, and told the Senate Finance Committee that it needs funding close to what President Barack Obama has proposed.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 12:26pm EST

GPO trims workforce with first quarter buyouts

The U.S. Government Publishing Office has trimmed its workforce by 5 percent as a result of employee buyouts.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 10:53am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

One of the worst mistakes a company can make in performing a government contract is to treat its customer exactly the same way it treats its commercial customers. Because the government is a very different animal. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." This week he explores the fifth commandment: You shall document your actions. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why that concept is more urgent in federal space than the commercial one.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:25am EST
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Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

As part of the Obama administration's strategy for dealing with immigration, immigration enforcement and customs and border patrol officers have new orders. They must now ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify to avoid deportation. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release. It means a lot for work and a new change in mind-set for Customs and Border Protection agents. Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how it's going.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:16am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - February 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, the Senate is at an impasse on funding for the Homeland Security Department, Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter promises to crack down on Pentagon mis-spending and cost overruns and the Army is preparing to destroy the country's largest remaining stockpiles of chemical-laden artillery shells.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 08:29am EST

GSA searching for right people to run category management

The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:20am EST

GSA's new contract to feed hunger for agile IT development services

With more business than it can handle, 18F hopes a new blanket purchase agreement for IT software development will prove the culture is changing. GSA will issue a final RFQ in the coming weeks and make the initial award in late spring.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00am EST
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Dems block action on DHS-Immigration bill

Senate Democrats have blocked action on legislation that provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security and rolls back President Barack Obama's steps to shelter millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. from deportation.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:50am EST

Congress must force DoD, VA to work together as part of military compensation overhaul

In their first round of congressional testimony, members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission cited glaring gaps between the policies and services provided by DoD and VA. Their report found that existing systems to bridge the gap are mostly a paperwork exercise.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:14am EST
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Resetting your expiration date

As a federal or postal employee, or a retiree, you are worth a small fortune to someone you love, care about or who depends on you, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 03:00am EST

Contracting Commandment No. 5: Thou shalt document thy actions

When it comes to government contracting, if it's not in writing, it doesn't exist, says acquisition expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 02:33am EST
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Defining "DevOps"

Jeff Gallimore, partner at Excella Consulting joins host John Gilroy to talk about "DevOps", and how they can save your agency money on complex software development projects.
February 3, 2015

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 10:39pm EST
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The "cloud" from a contracting perspective

Alexander Major, an attorney at Sheppard Mullin, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the state of the cloud market and what cloud providers should consider when working with the federal government.
February 3, 2015

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 07:53pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies obligated more than $18 billion in spending against the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services over the last five years. And one vendor got more than 10 percent of that revenue. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the winners under Alliant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those interesting trends.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:57pm EST
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Shawn McCarthy, Program Manager, IDC Government Insights

The White House budget request for 2016 calls for a 2.3 percent increase in IT spending across the federal government. That's about a $2 billion increase for a total of $86 billion. Shawn McCarthy is program manager for government IT at IDC Government Insights. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he outlined the top five IT management trends you should think about as you plan to spend that money.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:52pm EST
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The White House budget proposal includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees next year. But that doesn't stack up too well against the yearly pay increases for the private sector. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she says the request for a pay raise is nice, but it's probably not enough to retain talented employees at your agency.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:43pm EST
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Dave Perry, Senior Analyst, Canadian Defense & Foreign Affairs Institute

The Defense Department depends on its partners in the F-35 coalition to keep the price per copy of the aircraft down. But one of those partners may be having second thoughts and is even thinking about specific alternatives. Dave Perry is senior analyst for the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute, and author of "Putting the Armed Back Into the Canadian Armed Forces: Improving Defence Procurement in Canada." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Dave explained the current status of the F-35 program in Canada.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees

The White House budget request for 2016 details a new leadership development program for your agency's senior executives. Starting later this year, SES members would have a chance to work in another agency for a short time to learn new skills. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those kinds of details in the new budget request is a step in the right direction for his members.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:34pm EST
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IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST
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