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5:33 pm, April 19, 2015

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Rob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

The state of American diplomacy is in trouble, according to the American Academy of Diplomacy. The Academy says senior positions in the Foreign and Civil Services are moving away from career federal employees and towards political appointees instead. Rob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the shift and offered ideas for the future of the Foreign and Civil Services.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:58pm EDT
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Steve Koprince, Co-Founder, Koprince Law

Two rulings from the Government Accountability Office sustain two protests by the same vendor against two different agencies. The common thread though is reverse auction provider FedBid. Steve Koprince is founder of Koprince Law. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the facts of the cases are a little unusual.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:42pm EDT
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SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Jean Stack, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

This year's long-range strike bomber contract could reshape the defense industrial base, depending who wins the contract. But the mergers and acquisitions landscape may not shift only at the top level. Jean Stack is managing director at Houlihan Lokey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she described the M&A landscapre for the federal business space.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:16pm EDT
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Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

Homeland Security chief: Focus on morale hurts morale

Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday with a message for lawmakers: Stop focusing on low morale at my agency -- you're only making it worse.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 01:50pm EDT

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief amid allegations of sex parties

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 10:56am EDT

Col. Joseph Dupont, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare, U.S. Army

The Army's electronic warfare capabilities have been an important tool during the war in Iraq. They've taken a big evolutionary step with the new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. It's designed to give soldiers more options in dealing with improvised explosive devices, and it won't necessarily destroy local infrastructure when deployed. Col. Joseph Dupont, the Project Manager of the Electronic Warfare office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the tool.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - April 16, 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, the IRS has a very bad tax day on Capitol Hill, a congressional panel calls for the resignation of Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart and Homeland Security is asking for a big boost in cybersecurity spending next year.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:14am EDT

Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is ``a patriot'' who first came up with the idea about a year ago, a friend said.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 08:13am EDT

5 things to know about Tax Day: For most, it's not that bad

5 things to know about Tax Day: Getting refunds, audits, grappling with health care law

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 06:34am EDT

Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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Cyber award to Booz Allen begins CDM's value-chain evolution

DHS and OMB says the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program will begin to show 'intrinsic value' to the government as more and more agencies benefit from the cyber tools and services. GSA's $39 million award to Booz Allen is the second of six awards for tools and services under the program.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:22am EDT
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Fed tax deadbeats. Off with their W-2s!!!

Congress has been making a lot of noise about targeting tax deadbeats in the federal workforce. But what about those tax delinquents in their own ranks or White House staffers? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 03:00am EDT

Investigators warn airplane computers could be hacked

Government investigators warn that airline passengers could hack the computers in a cockpit

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:38pm EDT

Taxpayer advocate slams IRS service as 'officially worst' since 2001

Internal Revenue Service faced a tough day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with a spate of new bills passed and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying before Congress.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:21pm EDT

DHS defends FY 2016 cyber budget before Senate subcommittee

The total request for cyber programs at DHS adds up to $1.4 billion. That's just part of the total White House budget request for cyber, which is up 11 percent for FY 2016, or $13.9 billion.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:05pm EDT

VA employee says he was fired after warning of hospital cost

Veterans Affairs employee says he was fired after warning of cost overruns on Denver hospital

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:02pm EDT
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