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Federal News Radio News Stream

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GAO's report on federal employee performance

Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion of the recently released Government Accountability Report on federal employee performance.
March 20, 2015

Friday - 03/20/2015, 07:37pm EDT
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Reverse auctions draw strong criticism on Capitol Hill

Reverse auctions are overused, underregulated and might be a monopoly, according to recent testimony on Capitol Hill.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 06:20pm EDT

Federal News Countdown: Dark cloud over Sunshine Week, GOP's budget divisions

Rob Burton, procurement attorney at Venable, and Mark Forman, vice president for IT services at TASC, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:47pm EDT
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Rep. Chabot takes new approach to increasing small business contracting

A new bill from the House Small Business Committee chairman would require SBA to develop a new methodology to measure how effective agencies are in ensuring small firms receive prime and subcontracts awards.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:36pm EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Retirement experts at some agencies aren't exactly sure what they used to be. One agency requires retirement counselors to switch jobs after two or three years. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why it's more important than ever to understand the retirement process yourself.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:15pm EDT
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Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C) proposed a bill that would cut federal employee pay by 8.7 percent if the employee makes over $100,000 a year. Uniformed military personnel are exempt. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rice tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he chose the percentage cut he chose and why he wants to cut federal pay in the first place.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:03pm EDT
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GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

Cyber center advances Energy's understanding of, defense against threats

Rod Turk, the Energy Department's associate chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer, said the Joint Cyber Coordination Center is moving into the advanced capabilities phase after building the information sharing foundation over the last year.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 02:16pm EDT
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These lucky feds are getting a 30 percent pay raise

What would you do if your pay increased by 30 percent or more? A handful of federal employees in North Dakota and Montana's booming oil region are about to find out with their next paychecks.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 11:31am EDT

Obama drives ahead on climate with government emissions cuts

Obama order steep cuts in government emissions, aiming to spur global action on climate

Friday - 03/20/2015, 11:26am EDT

Kevin McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Few agencies have been busier than Customs and Border Protection. Its Global Entry program just enrolled its 2 millionth member. The agency is on the front lines of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. With summer approaching, CBP agents are on alert for another possible influx of illegal immigrants from South America. Overseeing day to day operations is the new deputy commissioner, Kevin McAleenan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on his tenure.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:16am EDT
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24 feds get to work with Obama on fixing the SES

The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:15am EDT

Paul Scharre, Director, 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security

The Defense Department has to look past the current budget struggles and try to see the long-term future. Paul Scharre is the director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security. A former Army Ranger and Pentagon expert on unmanned systems, he's done a lot of thinking about long term military affairs. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a look beyond fiscal 2016.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:14am EDT
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Matt Rumsey, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

The government has started releasing comprehensive indexes of data showing how agencies operate and conduct oversight. That's in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation. It's been more than a year in the making, and most of the data has never been publicly identified before. Matt Rumsey, the director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on just what's in those indexes.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:08am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - March 20, 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, a former Facebook exec takes a big tech role at the White House, a new employee-of-the-month-type awards program is launched to honor feds and a new dashboard is launched to track traffic on agency websites.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 07:22am EDT

White House taps former Facebook executive for new IT role

President Barack Obama appointed David Recordon as the director of White House Information Technology. The new position will be responsible for modernizing and securing IT within the Executive Office of the President.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:25am EDT

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

House, Senate panels adopt budget plans but defense, spending hawks remain at odds

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:14am EDT

Pay cut: That ain't funny

Funny is a relative thing, especially when it comes to members of Congress cutting federal pay, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. It's hard sometimes to see the humor in that.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:00am EDT

White House launches 'employee of the month'-type awards for customer-focused feds

Beginning next month, agencies can begin honoring certain front-line employees through the administration's new Federal Customer Service Awards Program.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:02pm EDT
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