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11:47 am, March 1, 2015

Michael O'Connell Reports

Michael O'Connell is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

Agencies improve, but still fall short of cybersecurity CAP goals

Although most agencies are making progress in securing their information and protecting themselves from cyber threats, they're still falling short of the Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals set by the Obama administration.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 03:12pm EST

5,500 women apply to join border patrol

Customs and Border Protection received more than 5,000 applications from women to join the border patrol. The hiring surge is part of a CBP effort to bring more women into all levels of the agency, CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 10:15am EST
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Goddard CATS project poised for January launch

Scientists are waiting for the Jan. 6 SpaceX 5 mission to carry a new scientific instrument to measure the composition of the atmosphere to the International Space Station. The Clouds and Aerosol Transport System, or CATS, is the first piece of earth-science technology developed at Goddard Space Flight Center to be deployed to the ISS.

Friday - 12/26/2014, 07:30am EST

Uniform Guidance alters how agencies manage $600B in annual grants

Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget cuts financial management regulations governing federal grants and other assistances by 75 percent, reducing the risk of waste, fraud and abuse and promoting greater transparency.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:11pm EST

OPM warns 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

OPM updates closure procedures; no excused absences for pre-approved paid leave

Under new dismissal and closure procedures issued by the Office of Personnel Management today, federal employees who are on pre-approved paid leave during a government closure will no longer be given an excused absence.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 01:35pm EST

Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Navy begins to embrace ICITE capabilities, Haith says

The Defense Department has been slowly rolling out the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment departmentwide. The Navy's Deputy CIO Janice Haith told an industry audience Friday that the Navy is already embracing ICITE's capabilities.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:14pm EST
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OMB holds shutdown calls 'over abundance of caution'

As a matter of "caution," the Office of Management and Budget discussed shutdown contingencies with agencies today as Congress continues to debate a bipartisan budget deal. Federal funding runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 05:24pm EST

Feds praise, criticize Obama's proposed SES reforms

Federal News Radio polled its readers on how they felt about the President's proposed reforms to the Senior Executive Service. Many were "indifferent," but others said the reforms didn't go far enough.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:03pm EST

Obama gives feds four-day holiday weekend

President Barack Obama signed an executive order closing all executive branch offices and agencies on Friday, Dec. 26, creating a four-day weekend for most federal employees.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:19pm EST

Retirement claims take a dip in November, OPM says

After receiving 4,000 more retirement claims in October than it expected to, the Office of Personnel Management received 2,000 fewer than it expect to in the month of November.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 03:06pm EST

What will the President's immigration plan mean for CBP, ICE employees?

John Adler of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association wondered what impact President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration would have on the resources of CBP and ICE officers.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 05:40pm EST
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Art therapy opens up creative world for recovering soldier

While receiving therapy for a traumatic brain injury, wounded warrior discovers artistic talent he never knew he had.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:19pm EST

Public Buildings commissioner wants to help agencies consolidate, modernize workspace

Commissioner Norman Dong sees the Public Buildings Services' role as helping other agencies cut administrative costs and creating more collaborative places to work.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 05:19pm EST

OPM nominee to focus on improving security review process, veteran hiring

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay on his nomination to be the Office of Personnel's first deputy director in three years.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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Julia Ziegler, Mike O'Connell, Federal News Radio

From working at orphanages to helping injured dogs, federal employees and their families stationed overseas are going above-and-beyond by volunteering. Six individuals have been recognized for their exemplary service with Secretary of State Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad. Web Editors Mike O'Connell and Julia Ziegler attended the ceremonies and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:30am EST
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Foreign Service members honored for volunteer efforts abroad

From helping dogs in India find new homes in the U.S. to obtaining shoes for a school of Bulgarian children, award-winning volunteers help Foreign Service transform "tea and crumpets" image.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 05:42pm EST

Are you in the wrong health care plan?

Health plan expert Walton Francis says that about half of all federal employees are paying too much for heath care. Now that it's Open Season, feds have a chance to turn that around.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:59pm EST
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Surge of retirement claims hits OPM in October

After several months of a declining number of federal employees filing for retirement, the Office of Personnel Management received 2,300 more retirement claims than it expected to for the month of October.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 03:13pm EST
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