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3:40 am, December 26, 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.

Myth No. 10: Solicitations are filled with boilerplate provisions that don't need to be read carefully

Contracting expert Tim Sullivan says there is no excuse for not being aware of every provision in a government contract.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 04:09am EST

The 12 days of Fedmas

Former DHS senior executive Jeff Neal counts down the "12 Days of Fedmas," his adaptation of the holiday favorite for the federal workforce.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 03:43am EST

What I want to be when I grow up

Did you dream of being a doctor, astronaut or jockey when you grew up? Federal service may not have been your dream job when you were 9, guest columnist Nancy Crosby says, but that doesn't mean it can't be fulfilling or important.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 02:00am EST

Retirement - an opportunity to re-invent ourselves

Career transition coach Mike Townshend talks about retirement planning.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 10:00pm EST
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Content marketing in business to government

Business development and capture guru Carl Dickson discusses how to improve contractors can improve their content marketing and business development efforts.
December 22, 2014

Monday - 12/22/2014, 08:05pm EST
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Connect.gov is latest attempt to get buy-in to online ID management

The General Services Administration launched the Connect.gov portal in November and awarded two vendors contracts to provide secure electronic credentials. VA and USDA are among the first agencies to put applications on the cloud credential exchange. USPS is developing the technology infrastructure to allow this shared service to happen.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have a new tool to make online services easier and safer for citizens. The General Services Administration officially launches Connect.gov with two private sector vendors providing identity management services. Jennifer Kerber, director of Connect.gov in the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what the launch of the the new service means to agencies.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:45pm EST
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John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Today, 13,000 fewer employees work for the Internal Revenue Service than in 2010. The agency's budget is also down about 10 percent since then. John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, says his agency is facing major financial and staffing challenges. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his plans to keep the IRS running.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:37pm EST
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Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The amount of money the Homeland Security Department spends on administratively uncontrollable overtime is on the rise. The Government Accountability Office says it's up about 30 percent since 2008. But the overtime management system DHS uses is having a hard time keeping up. Dave Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the system.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:28pm EST
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Eric Brown, Program Manager, Vets to Feds, OPM

The latest round of the Vets to Feds program is ready at the Office of Personnel Management. Eric Brown, program manager of Vets to Feds at OPM, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the history of the program.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:15pm EST
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One year later, House lawmakers dissatisfied with VA's handling of eBenefits cyber breach

Reps. Jackie Walorski and Mike Coffman wrote separate letters to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking for details about how the agency is addressing ongoing cyber challenges. Walorski asked VA to answer four questions about how it's protecting the identity of veterans using the eBenefits site.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:26pm EST

Lockheed, Iron Mountain pay millions to settle overbilling allegations

The Justice Department settled two different cases with large contractors, both of which allegedly overcharged the agencies under the False Claims Act.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:19pm EST

The IT Vision of the Future and the Path to Get There

IT budget pressures and the need for agility and efficiencies are forcing government agencies to adopt a modern IT vision of the future. While many agencies have a clear vision of where they want to go, the path to get there is often clouded. In this interview, hear about the transformational path that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (CoPA) is taking to host and operate what is expected to be one of the largest secure, cloud-based, on-demand IT implementations by a U.S. state government.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 09:00am EST

Monday federal headlines - December 22, 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 Veterans Affairs Department tries to cater to a growing number of female veterans, federal employees under the General Schedule will receive a 1 percent pay increase in 2015 and the Army is a step closer to deciding the final fate of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 07:42am EST

So, federal senior execs to get nods for customer service

Federal Drive host Tom Temin explores the notion of government services being equal to what people get from the private sector.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 07:16am EST

David Dye, Director, Federal Human Capital Services, Deloitte

Some days, it's not easy being a senior career executive in the Federal Government. Ill will reached a peak last summer at the height of scandal in the Veterans Affairs Department. That led to Congress enacting legislation cutting the civil service protection of SESers at the VA. A couple of weeks ago, President Obama gave the SES a pat on the back, promising to make the service into how it was originally envisioned. So what will 2015 bring? David Dye, the director of Federal Human Capital Services at Deloitte and a former official at the Office of Personnel Management, offered some answers on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:57am EST
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Lori Walsh, Chief, Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics, SEC

For years the Securities and Exchange Commission has been seen as perhaps a step behind the securities fraudsters it's charged with stopping. But at least one branch is embracing the technological future, using the latest electronic tools to spot potential wrongdoing. Lori Walsh is the chief of the SEC's Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics. It houses some of the agency's brightest minds, all focused on stopping new forms of Wall Street crime. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how they're going about it.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:54am EST
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Mike Kucharek, Spokesman, NORAD

It's that most wonderful time of the year again. And as Santa gears up for his annual flight, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) prepares to track his progress. That will happen, as it always has, on Dec. 24, and Santa's location will be available to all the little and not-so-little prying eyes who can't wait for those shiny boots to drop down through their chimneys. Mike Kucharek is a spokesman for NORAD. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight into this annual event, starting with how it began.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52am EST
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Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:39am EST
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