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8:10 pm, February 28, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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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

IRS workers hope to sway Congress to reverse budget cuts

IRS employees join other members of the National Treasury Employees Union for a week of lobbying Congress to support a funding increase. But will lawmakers listen?

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 02:49pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies could get a two percent bump for their technology spending accounts in fiscal 2016. Obama's annual budget request to Congress is trying to make the case that, after years of small IT increases, it's time to spend more to get bigger long-term savings. Federal News Radio's Executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details and analysis of the 2016 IT budget request.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 11:32am EST
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3 incentives to encourage the adoption of the cyber framework

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said to encourage adoption of the critical infrastructure cyber framework, the government would focus on streamlining regulations, cybersecurity research and development and federal procurement policies and practice.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 10:10am EST

Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

While the 2016 budget was crashing into the news yesterday, a quiet change took place in the contractor community. The TechAmerica Foundation became part of the Professional Services Council. The Council got TechAmerican from the trade group CompTIA, which acquired the foundation just last May. Although the name will change, you can still count on the annual events you've come to expect each year. Those include the Vision Forecast and Conference, the CIO survey and the American Technology Awards. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the acquisition.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:51am EST
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Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

We now know the big picture for the 2016 budget, or at least what the Obama administration would like -- $4 trillion. What would that look like closer to the ground? For some insight into the civilian side of the spending proposal, Bloomberg Government Senior Analyst Cameron Leuthy joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:35am EST
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I. Charles McCullough III, Intelligence Community Inspector General

"Slow and disjointed" is how Senator Dianne Feinstein, former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, described the federal document declassification process. But a routine inspector general report found no violations within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Such reviews are required under a law called ROCA, the Reducing Over-Classification Act. The review only recommended "refinement." Charles McCullough is the Intelligence Community's Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report and how some of the other intelligence agencies stacked up next to DNI.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:34am EST
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Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), School of International Service, American University

Defense spending would get a 7.7 percent boost in 2016 under President Obama's proposed budget. Officials say the department is still feeling the disruption of reduced spending and sequestration cuts from recent years. The 2016 proposal includes funding for a broad range of weapons systems, missile defense and a 1.3 percent raise for service members and department civilians. Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now with American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more analysis.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:32am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - February 3, 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, President Barack Obama has tucked a 1.3 percent pay raise for General Schedule employees and service members into his $4 trillion blueprint for fiscal 2016, information technology spending would rise by more than $2 billion in 2016 under the president's budget proposal and the President's Defense Secretary nominee says he'd consider changing plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 07:22am EST

Budget calls for consolidation within multiple agencies

President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes merging components of the Agriculture Department and FDA that handle food safety, as well as business and trade agencies.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 06:40am EST

TSP posts mixed results for January

The January numbers for the Thrift Savings Plan funds are a mix of good and bad news, with some funds rising out of the negative and others falling into the red.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:49am EST

PSC acquires TechAmerica Foundation, ending 15-month saga

CompTIA decides to get out of the federal sector and focus on its core capabilities.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:16am EST
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OMB seeks approval for agencies to ante up $15M for cross-agency goals

The White House proposed in its 2016 budget request to Congress that lawmakers approve the interagency transfer of money to pay for long-term progress against the 17 cross-agency objectives.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:53am EST

Reality Check: Pay raise vs. take home pay

President Barack Obama released his FY 2016 budget proposal Monday. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it includes some good news and bad news for feds.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:00am EST
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