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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.

The last thong of summer?

As the unofficial end of summer arrives, feds are packing up their sneakers, thongs, spandex and comfortable clothes and donning their professional business attire -- or maybe not, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Obama to nominate new DHS undersecretary for management

Russell Deyo will be nominated to be the Homeland Security Department's next management czar. Danny Marti also is in line to be the next White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 06:15pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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MSPB: Congress should simplify veterans preference hiring laws

A new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that it's time for Congress to simplify the overly complex veterans preference laws to make sure they're doing what Congress put them in place to do.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to cut off new offerors on its services schedules. Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that GSA's Federal Acquisition Service would suspend additions to the seven contracts for a short time while it gave the program a facelift. But now GSA says it has figured out a way to run both the current schedules and the new consolidated schedule at the same time. Tiffany Hixson, Federal Acquisition Service professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the details on GSA's new plans. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:34pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

It's open season for marketing and recruiting at your agency. The start of the fall semester means the federal government has access to new talent and a chance to build its brand at universities across the country. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, spoke with Francis Rose on In Depth. He says a terrific resource for your agency this semester is the Federal Student Ambassadors Program.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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Pete Randazzo, Local 1690 Union President, NFFE

One of the longest-running conflicts the Pentagon deals with is the fight over employee performance management. The National Security Personnel System only lasted a couple of years before Congress voted it out of existence. Now the Defense Department is taking another shot at employee performance management. Pete Randazzo is Local 1690 Union President for the National Federation of Federal Employees. Randazzo was co-lead for a Performance Management Design Team that offered recommendations to the Pentagon. He explained his team's work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Thomas Boyatt, Former US Ambassador to Colombia

The State Department has five career tracks for its foreign service officers. The agency has online resources to make it easy for potential new employees to jump into one of those careers, but the biggest hurdle to finding new officers could be one the State Department can't control. Thomas Boyatt is former U.S. ambassador to Colombia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the difficulty of recruiting new officers.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Tim Hoechst, Chief Technology Officer, Agilex

Two tech giants collaborating is usually a big deal. But it's an especially big deal when one of those giants is Apple and the other one is IBM. The goal of their partnership appears to be to get more IBM and Apple hardware into the hands of enterprise end users. Tim Hoechst, chief technology officer at Agilex, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's a big evangelist for Apple in the enterprise.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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What is happening to the EPA's data stored in the cloud?

The Environmental Protection Agency can't keep track of the data it stores in the cloud. EPA's Inspector General says it a subcontractor for a water permit system was using a cloud system to run its share of the operation, but neither the agency nor the prime contractor was aware of it. Albert Schmidt is an IT auditor of Information Resources Management and audits for the EPA's Inspector General. He says this type of cybersecurity problem isn't entirely the agency's fault.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 11:29am EDT

Col. Rob Romer, Chief of the Military Force Policy Division, Air Force

Reserve officers face a continuing dilemma. They often want to stay current enough to return to active duty if needed. Yet, they also need to pursue their other professional lives. Now the Air Force is adopting a program pioneered by the Navy and Marine Corps to let them do just that. Col. Rob Romer, chief of the military force policy division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:20am EDT
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Tom Karygiannis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It seems like the whole world is going mobile, and that includes the federal government. Agencies are using more and more apps for collaboration and productivity. But some apps increase the potential for exposing government data. To help you guard against these security risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing tips to the federal community for vetting third-party apps. Computer Scientist, Tom Karygiannis, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the guidelines.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Two-star general stripped of star and retired

A two-star Army general blamed for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other allegations against a colonel on his staff will be retired with one star the Army announced Wednesday. The Associated Press's Robert Burns writes, "The decision by Army Secretary John M. McHugh comes more than a year after Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison was suspended from his duties as commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan. His case has been cited as evidence of why sex-crime victims say they don't trust the military to protect them, despite efforts by senior Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to make commanders accountable."

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 09:11am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - August 28, 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, agencies are missing the mark on whistleblower treatment, and bonus pay for Marines will drop Oct. 1.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 08:13am EDT

They picked who? How to select the right people to be supervisors

Great supervisors can make even the most trying agency a better place to work, while lousy supervisors can make even the best organization a horrible workplace. With that in mind, more attention is needed to improve the supervisory selection process, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:37am EDT

Army tries to solve supply chain management problems with mobile apps

The Defense Department has a plan to get its supply chain management issues off of the Government Accountability Office's high risk list, but progress has been very slow. The Army has a plan to speed things up.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:53am EDT
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GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

Investigators say VA provided shoddy care to Phoenix veterans, no proof delays caused deaths

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:22am EDT

Pay raises vs. COLAs: Are the numbers cooked?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he has lots in common with actor George Clooney. Yet, they may differ on what's cheap, what's a bargain and what's an outrage.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 02:00am EDT
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