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2:10 pm, November 23, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

The News Stream is a continuously updated list of every story, interview, panel discussion, and feature added to FederalNewsRadio.com. As a story is posted to the website, it will appear at the top of the News Stream. Never miss a beat with Federal News Radio's News Stream.

Chris Mihm, Government Accountability Office

In a study destined to produce big headlines, the Government Accountability Office finds thousands of federal employees are taking prolonged periods of administrative leave. In the past three years, more than 50,000 employees were on paid leave for up to three months. But for most federal employees, paid time off amounts to about a day per year. Chris Mihm, managing director for Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what they found.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:00am EDT
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2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Senior leaders get low marks

Federal employees' opinions of senior leaders are at a five-year low, based on the Office of Personnel Management's survey of nearly 400,000 employees across government. More broadly, the survey suggests employees are even less enthusiastic about their jobs than they were last year, when OPM warned agencies to heed signs of low morale.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:00am EDT

Former Commerce CIO Szykman lands in the private sector

Simon Szykman is joining Attain as its chief technology officer of the federal services division.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:38am EDT

US troops to remain in South Korea longer

The U.S. has kept combat forces on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War fighting halted on July 27, 1953, with the signing of an armistice. There are still about 28,000 American troops based in the South. However for years the U.S. has tried to reduce South Korea dependence on the American military by setting a target date for the transfer of authority.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:24am EDT

Friday federal headlines - October 24, 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, the Office of Special Counsel says the Army engaged in gender-identity discrimination, the Postal Service gets the go-ahead to test grocery delivery and a surveillance technology the Army uses in Afghanistan could soon provide an eye in the sky over the Mexican border.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 08:38am EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

For years, the White House has been prodding agencies to cut costs by using shared services. But like the proverbial water trough, sometimes the horses don't drink. Now the Office of Management and Budget has once again deputized the General Services Administration to help it turn policy into reality. GSA will set up a program office to help agencies get over the most common hurdles to using shared services. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 06:13am EDT
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Energy rebounds from cyber attack thanks to new IT asset tracking tool

The Energy Department developed a new tool to ensure outdated software doesn't remain on its network to create cyber vulnerabilities. Rick Lauderdale, Energy's chief architect, said business and mission leaders receive a dashboard view of potential problems.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Marine Corps weeks away from beta testing BYOD approach

The Marine Corps will begin a small scale pilot in the next several weeks to determine whether commercial-grade security containers on mobile devices can meet DoD's security demands. If it's successful, Marines envision a BYOD strategy that begins implementation as soon as next year.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Could Ebola become Obama's Katrina?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders whether the current "crisis" around Ebola will have a similar impact on President Barack Obama as the Hurricane Katrina crisis did on his predecessor.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

What you need to know about retirement security, health insurance

Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm talk to Brenda Sulick, director of the Eleanor's Hope project at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 05:00pm EDT

AFGE questions Ebola protection efforts for frontline feds

The American Federation of Government Employees wants mandatory safety guidelines for federal Ebola responders. Those include nurses, doctors and employees at agencies including the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. Among the union's priorities are better communication between agencies and universal protocols.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Rick Lauderdale, Chief Architect, Energy Department

The Energy Department has a new tool to help ensure an agency updates outdated software before it becomes a security risk. It's a good outcome from a bad event. Last year's cyber breach exposed data of more than 50,000 employees. Rick Lauderdale, Energy's chief architect, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about a new approach to give business leaders the data to make better risk-based cyber decisions.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Marine Corps says it's a couple weeks away from a beta test that could pave the way for a bring-your-own-device approach to mobility in the Defense Department as soon as next year. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Ron Sanders, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Trust in senior management is falling across the federal government. That's just part of what we're seeing from early results from this year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Ron Sanders is vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed some of the survey results.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Angie Petty and Kyra Fussell, Deltek

Economic forecasters expect the health information technology industry to grow half a billion dollars over the next five years. Angie Petty is senior principal analyst for industry analysis, and Kyra Fussell is senior research analyst at Deltek. Deltek points to a federal plan to modernize the nation's healthcare system as the primary driver of that economic growth. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Angie and Kyra explained why.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Acting management head Cummiskey to leave DHS

Chris Cummiskey, the acting undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, announced he's leaving government after 24 years on Oct. 31.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 02:00pm EDT

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Americans are breaking down the doors to join the little old Peace Corps, virtually speaking. More than 17,000 people applied for two year service positions over the last year. That's the most applications the agency's received since 1992. Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what contributed to the agency's recruiting success.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 01:10pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Consider this: You're a contracting officer. Your technical representative recommends one contractor out of three who are competing for task orders. You give eight orders to the recommended one, two to another and zero to the third contractor. Now, suppose your representatives were bribed by that first contractor. Yep, it all ended up in court. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the lessons learned.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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New GSA program to standardize shared services

The General Services Administration is setting up a program office to help agencies get over the most common hurdles to using shared services, following a request by the CIO Council.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 12:55pm EDT

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with NASA Ames' Jerry Davis

NASA Ames CIO Jerry Davis joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities for NASA Ames, including workforce development, big data analysis and his efforts to improve the center's cybersecurity.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 11:00am EDT
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