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7:10 am, January 31, 2015

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.

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon's top IT official told vendors, DoD wants a much closer partnership with commercial technology providers, and it fully intends to move as much of its data as it can into commercially hosted environments. They'll do it as soon as officials figure out how to solve the cybersecurity implications. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:37pm EST
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Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant, Former IG, GSA

The Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, John Roth, is raising objections about the alteration of a report from his office about Transportation Security Administration activities at John F Kennedy Airport. Brian Miller is managing director of Navigant, and former inspector general of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether or not it's common for agencies to change IG reports.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:31pm EST
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Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

Independent panel recommending changes to military health care, retirement

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:30pm EST

Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder, Chertoff Group, Former Secretary, DHS

A 10-point plan to protect the country from a looming terror threat is complete. The group Business Executives for National Security are behind the group, and former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz is president of BENS and one of the movers behind the plan. Michael Chertoff is executive chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group, and former secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He served as Vice Chairman of the Domestic Security effort. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he reviewed the 10 points.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:29pm EST
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Jason R. Baron, Co-Chair, Information Governance Initiative, Drinker Biddle

The next step in the evolution of records management may come from the non-profit sector. And the help will include some people who are pretty experienced with the federal government. Your agency doesn't have to meet its records management obligations by itself. The private sector and nonprofits want to help. Jason Baron is co-chair of the Information Governance Initiative, of counsel for Drinker Biddle, and former director of litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained some solutions for information governance.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:23pm EST
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Ryan McCullough, Vice President for Federal, GovPlace

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says agencies need to boost their TQ to meet today's digital services demands. A TQ is like someone's IQ, but instead of an Intelligence Quotient, it's a Technical Quotient. Ryan McCullough is vice president and general manager for federal at GovPlace. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies can improve their IT performance, and for healthcare in particular.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:09pm EST
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Johnson to Congress: Don't make DHS budget a 'political football'

The Homeland Security Department cannot pay for more border security or make recommended changes to the Secret Service as long as it's operating on a continuing resolution, Secretary Jeh Johnson said during a speech at the Wilson Center.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 11:33am EST

When is phased retirement coming to your agency?

The waiting game continues for agencies to implement their own guidance and put phased retirement into practice. An OPM spokesman told Federal News Radio it hasn't received any applications for phased retirement so far, and it has no reports on agencies implementing the program.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 10:12am EST
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Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Just two weeks ago, the acting head of the secret service removed four long-time executives. That brought the number of assistant directors sacked or demoted to six. The moves follow a series of embarrassing incidents of agent misconduct and ineptitude, culminating in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. How does an agency with such a proud history get into this situation? Cheri Cannon is a federal employment attorney with the law firm Tully Rinckey. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:16am EST
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Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:12am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - January 29, 2015

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, a new bill would make the details, costs and performance metrics of every federal program more transparent, the Justice Department has pushed back the court dates for thousands of immigrants who are waiting for hearings and an independent panel will recommend changes in the military health and retirement system designed to save $20 billion dollars over the next four years.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:17am EST

McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST

Winter Blast: A tale of two-plus cities

Charm City and D.C. may be close in physical proximity, but they're far apart in just about everything else, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:00am EST

Phased retirement: Is it coming to your agency?

Julie Perkins, partner at Shaw Bransford and Roth will answer your questions about phased retirement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on a new round of legislation that affects federal workers.
January 28, 2015

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:16pm EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

Obama administration unveils plan to shift Medicare payments, rewarding quality vs. quantity

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 05:06pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith describes the type of people needed to populate the new digital services offices across government in a simple way: TQ. So what kind of person is that? Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller describes Smith's formula on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:25pm EST
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Jim Russo, Network Services 2020, GSA

Federal agencies are seeing an explosion in the use of satellite services. A lot of that growth is happening the defense and national security sectors, but it's not all happening there. Mary Davie, the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, writes about the explosion on her Great Government Through Technology blog. Jim Russo is the Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Technical Lead at GSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the DoD connection is important in the satellite category.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:22pm EST
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