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1:49 pm, August 23, 2014

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July living costs, January COLA drop

Thanks to a slight dip in July living costs, the tentative inflation-catch up for millions of retired Americans now stands at 1.8 percent. But, feds have two more months to endure before they know what their cost of living adjustment will be next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

EEOC attorney finds creative ways to uphold antidiscrimination laws

For nearly three decades, Robert A. Canino has been a champion for the underdog, finding creative solutions to protect the most vulnerable from discrimination.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 06:27pm EDT

Trovato's efforts lead to new policies at EPA, healthier schools

E. Ramona Trovato has been an agent of change at the Environmental Protection Agency when it comes to health policy in terms of the impact of pollutants on children.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 06:16pm EDT

Five firms get $2.5B contract to install new network on Navy ships

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award will converge the heterogeneous IT architectures aboard Navy ships - all 630 of them - into a single, standards based architecture.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:48pm EDT
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Jonathan Bell, Federal Employment Attorney

The government is on the hook for violating its own labor laws. A federal judge ruled this week that the government failed to provide on-time pay to federal employees who worked during last year's 16-day shutdown. Federal Employment Attorney Jonathan Bell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the complaint.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:01pm EDT
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Former Los Alamos National Laboratory worker sentenced

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni pleaded guilty to conspiracy to communicate and communicating Restricted Data to a person with the intent to secure an advantage to a foreign nation.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 01:59pm EDT

Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Wikipedia, for all its faults, is supposed to give fair and unbiased information. Only objective experts are supposed to have access to its articles for editing. So, why would someone want congressional staff members to come anywhere near Wikipedia? Cato Institute Senior Fellow Jim Harper joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a list of good reasons.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 01:52pm EDT
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FERS TSP enrollment hits record high

At its monthly board meeting Thursday in Washington, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) announced that 87.5 percent of FERS employees are actively contributing to their TSP accounts. The percentage just surpasses the previous record high of 87.4 percent in January 2003. Although participation is increasing, a lower percentage of participants are contributing full match to their TSP accounts.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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US won't reveal records on health website security

Citing threats from hackers, US won't release security details for federal health care website

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 11:08am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - August 21, 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, Congress looks into telework abuse at PTO, MSPB clarifies veterans hiring preferences for agencies and dozens of sailors are kicked out of the Navy.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 10:15am EDT

Guatemalan military leader dies in crash

The head of the Guatemalan military's Joint Chiefs of Staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico. The Associated Press reports that Interior Secretary Mauricio Lopez said Gen. Rudy Ortiz was killed along with four other military officers when the helicopter went down in a mountainous area of the western province of Huehuetenango. Lopez also said Gen. Braulio Mayen, commander of the Army's 5th Brigade, was among the victims.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 09:11am EDT

DoD revisiting security guidelines for commercial cloud

The Defense Information Systems Agency, which serves as the broker between Defense Department components and commercial providers of cloud computing services, says the certification standards it set for commercial providers may be too arduous for vendors. DoD also launched five pilots to test the use of commercial cloud providers and is reassessing how it develops cloud requirements.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 05:19am EDT
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NSA's mobility mission office puts itself out of business

The National Security Agency closed down an office dedicated to mobility, because devices and apps have become part of the fabric of everything the agency does. But NSA, like all agencies, still must figure out how to secure mobile devices using derived credentials.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 04:53am EDT
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Labor orders reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor to reinstate a worker who the department says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 04:20am EDT

AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 03:38am EDT

Options: Feds have plenty of them

So, you're reaping the benefits of your Thrift Savings Plan? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you still may be missing out on a host of other federal benefits that are available to you.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The National Security Agency is disbanding its mobility mission management office. The 3-year-old office is going away not because it failed but because it was too successful. Mark Althouse, out-going technical director of the NSA's Mobility Mission Management Office, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller how NSA is integrating mobile in everything it does.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency says it's undertaking a top-to-bottom review of the security criteria it uses to decide whether it should use commercial cloud computing systems for Defense data. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DISA thinks the current process is too stringent and too slow.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:04pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your agency needs to clarify what it expects from employees who telework. That's according to the Patent Office Professional Association. Their president says the recent telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office exposes problems with how agencies manage employees working outside the office. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained what he sees behind the controversy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Hanscom Air Force Base

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says DoD's fleet of A-10 jet fighters can't survive long term budget cuts. But Congress says it doesn't want to write them out of next year's defense budget, so the Pentagon needs to find a different way to pay for the fleet. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Lt. Col. Dan Ward of Hanscom Air Force Base shared a way to save the A-10 using some simple math.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:19pm EDT
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