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Federal News Radio News Stream

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DoD's 'vertical integration,' effort to further pare administrative costs

Two early pilot programs have shown the Pentagon that it can reduce overhead spending by carefully studying its excess costs rather than cutting each office's budget by an arbitrary figure. Once expanded across DoD's support agencies, the savings could run into the billions.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:54am EST

Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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What are your odds of surviving 2015?

Few of us are going to live into our 100s, but choosing the right health care plan for you may make getting older more comfortable and put money in your wallet too, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 02:00am EST

Public interest watchdogs discuss agency watchdogs

Project on Government Oversight general counsel Scott Amey and Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project join host Debra Roth to talk about the inspector general community and the challenges IGs face in identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal government.
November 21, 2014

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 09:34pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The first case of a fired Senior Executive Service member at the Department of Veterans Affairs has a decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose that SESer isn't an SESer any more.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:19pm EST
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Former officials seek new course for SES

Former government officials are diving into the debate over the future of the Senior Executive Service by drafting a blueprint for reform.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Clear evidence is in: the agile software development concept is leading to more successful federal technology projects. The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo calling for modular project development in 2012, and it's been monitoring its uptake since. Lisa Schlosser is acting federal chief information officer. Mikey Dickerson is the director of the U.S. Digital Service and the deputy federal chief information officer. Haley Van Dyck is a member of the Digital Services Team. All three of them sat down with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller to discuss the progress in using the agile concept commonly known as DevOps.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:50pm EST
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Postal employee pleads guilty to seven-year disability scam

Colette Lee was charged with making false statements to obtain federal employee compensation benefits.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:32pm EST

Senate Judiciary approves bill to codify ‘presumption of openness'

Senate committee lawmakers voted to send a manager's amendment to the Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act to the full body for consideration. The bill would require agencies to release documents more proactively.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:20pm EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon will work to cut its administrative costs, but this time around, officials would like to do it much more surgically than they have in the past. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on DoD's plans for a "vertically integrated" approach to reductions at the Pentagon and it agencies.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:05pm EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration is tightening up its Integrated Technology Service, the organization that manages all of the agency's IT contracts. The news comes on the heels of GSA's plans to consolidate some of its largest professional services contracts, too. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said all of this consolidation feels like déjà vu all over again.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:03pm EST
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Dale Meyerrose, President, The MeyerRose Group

The National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee is warning President Obama that time is running out to secure the Internet of Things. In a new report, industry leaders caution that the next three to five years are critical to ensuring the cybersecurity of the millions of objects, devices, and sensors connected to the Internet. They want "an immediate and coordinated response" to minimize security risks. Dale Meyerrose is president of the MeyerRose Group, and former Chief Information Officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained at what your agency should do next.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:56pm EST
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Melissa Adamson, Agilex, and David Yang, ICF International

Mobile technology will be at the forefront of a newly announced IT overhaul at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF says a move to new platforms like tablet computers will help the agency meet its cybersecurity goals. Melissa Adamson is vice president for advanced technologies at Agilex, and David Yang is vice president of ICF International. They're also industry co-chairs of the ACT-IAC Advanced Mobility Working Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about the state of mobile in government.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:54pm EST
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Bid protests continue to rise as agencies take corrective action more quickly

The Government Accountability Office released its annual report showing vendors submitted 5 percent more protests in 2014 than in 2013. But the overall sustainment rate dropped significantly for the first time in five years.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:30pm EST

DoJ collects record $24B in criminal, civil cases

The Department of Justice has recovered an unprecedented sum of money in civil and criminal cases this fiscal year, having collected billions in penalties from JPMorgan and Citgroup, Inc. for their role in the 2008 financial crisis.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 12:50pm EST

Merit Board upholds senior exec's firing in VA scandal

The Merit Systems Protection Board has affirmed the Veterans Affairs Department's decision to ax James Talton, one of the first senior executives targeted under a new law that speeds up the removal process. Talton headed the Central Alabama Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 11:45am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But yesterday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov never did get to the bottom of the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, what he knew and when leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explained the hearings highlights on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:50am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - November 20, 2014

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, members of the Senior Executive Service get an invitation to meet with President Obama in person, federal government and critical infrastructure operators in the private sector have a new cybersecurity challenge and the Labor Department cites a shipyard in Norfolk for health and safety violations.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 08:09am EST

CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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The FEHBP's three prime numbers

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan is a game of numbers. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares which three numbers feds should be focusing on during open season.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:00am EST
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