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4:42 am, July 14, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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White House: IRS made good-faith effort on e-mails

Facing a furor from angry Republican lawmakers, the White House said Monday that the Internal Revenue Service engaged in a good faith effort to find lost emails from an IRS official whose division processed applications for tax-exempt status by politically oriented groups.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 06:08pm EDT

Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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GSA ends office supplies 2 contract; faces new protest on version 3

Vendors protested GSA's desire to extend the Office Supplies 2 contract for six more months. GSA says agencies can buy office supplies through the multiple award schedules. National Industries for the Blind protests the OS3 contract to the agency, not to GAO.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:25pm EDT

Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Negotiations continue on Capitol Hill between the House and Senate on legislation that could let the Secretary of Veterans Affairs fire senior executives at the agency. That legislation would make big changes to the rights of employees at the VA. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey said on In Depth with Francis Rose that Congress may be ignoring the biggest issue about the VA problem.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The second batch of cross agency performance goals is up on Performance.gov. As agencies plan how to meet them, the Government Accountability Office says silos that prevent meeting those goals are still in place. Chris Mihm is managing director for strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that understanding the GPRA Modernization Act's point is important to understanding how to hit the cross agency goals.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Both chambers of Congress are back at work. One of the focal points of concentration this week will be agency appropriations bills. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. He told Francis Rose on In Depth the pressure to make progress on spending bills is coming from the calendar.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 03:56pm EDT
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Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry is in the middle of a bipartisan effort to reform defense acquisition policies. The goal is to save money and inspire new technology development in the defense industrial base. But plenty of ideas to reform DoD acquisition have floated around Washington for years. Steve Grundman is former Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Industrial Affairs and Installations and George Lund fellow at the Atlantic Council. He shared a list of principles to finally turn those ideas into action on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 03:50pm EDT
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Crosse shines light on FDA's regulatory challenges overseas

For her efforts in raising awareness of the regulatory challenges the Food and Drug Administration was facing due to globalization, the Partnership for Public recently named GAO's Marcia Crosse as one of the finalists for the 2014 Citizen Services Medal.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 02:17pm EDT

Fat cat feds? Up to a point

It will be months, at least, before the full scope of the VA scandal is known. But for many taxpayers, it is further proof that federal workers are overpaid, underworked and fireproof, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Blaise Misztal, Director, Bipartisan Policy Center's Foreign Policy Project

The militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken over parts of the country and threatens Baghdad. That has forced Washington's national security apparatus into overdrive. The United States is sending some diplomats away from Baghdad. It has moved some military in to help with security. Blaise Misztal, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Foreign Policy Project, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the rise of ISIS and alliances in the Middle East.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:59am EDT
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Daniel Patterson, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

For federal rangers in the Southwest, it's been a rough few months with threats of violence and open defiance of their rules. Now a group representing federal employees says their agency, the Bureau of Land Management, isn't being up-front about what it's doing to protect them. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has sued the bureau for documents related to a standoff with a Nevada rancher and armed militia members. Daniel Patterson is the southwest director of PEER and a former Bureau of Land Management employee. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the details of the lawsuit.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:53am EDT
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Marcia Crosse, Government Accountability Office

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to the finalists. As the director of healthcare at the Government Accountability Office, Marcia Crosse has drawn Congress' attention to needs at the Food and Drug Administration. Her boss says she's been at the forefront of her field: identifying needed improvements in the oversight of medical products. In part because of her work, the FDA now has more tools to regulate drugs and medical devices from overseas. Crosse is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the data she analyzes. Read a Q&A with Marcia Crosse.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:46am EDT
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8,400 additional businesses to qualify for SBA loans, assistance

The Small Business Administration adjusted its monetary size standards for inflation, allowing nearly 9,000 additional small businesses to qualify for loans and financial assistance.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:15am EDT

Monday federal headlines - June 16, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, FCC gets involved in an Internet dispute with Netflix, and the State Department reinforces security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 08:18am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon launches program to recognize its best suppliers

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this edition, DoD kicks off its "superior supplier" program, and DoD asks Congress to stop pushing acquisition reforms.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Families wait for final rule granting flags for feds killed in line of duty

Congress unanimously passed the Civilian Service Recognition Act in late 2011, allowing agency heads to present an American flag to federal employees killed in the line of duty as the result of a crime, terrorism or natural disaster. But OPM has lagged in implementing regulations.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:00am EDT

Senate bill doubles spending on veterans' health

Spending on veterans' health care could double under Senate bill to cut long treatment waits

Monday - 06/16/2014, 03:50am EDT

Lawmakers fume over lost emails in IRS probe

The IRS said Lois Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, wiping out an untold number of emails that were being sought by congressional investigators. The investigators want to see all of Lerner's emails from 2009 to 2013 as part of their probe into the way agents handled applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.

Saturday - 06/14/2014, 03:20pm EDT

An update on the clearance jobs market

Evan Lesser, founder and director for ClearanceJobs.com, will discuss the state of hiring in the clear community.
June 13, 2014

Friday - 06/13/2014, 07:08pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Unified veterans' bill, civil-service reform

John Salamone of FMP Consulting and Ron Sanders of Booz Allen Hamilton counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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