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10:04 am, April 20, 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.

The flat tops of the civil service

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: How can you tell the difference between a long-time GS-15 from San Francisco or Houston and two GS-15s from Huntsville, Ala., or Washington, D.C.?

Friday - 04/18/2014, 02:00am EDT

Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is developing an agile workforce to embrace "crisis as the new normal." Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, describes some of the workforce challenges facing the Intelligence Community and the threats they're preparing for. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has the story.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:24pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Intelligence Community is building a system of shared IT services for all 17 of the nation's intelligence agencies. The Pentagon is doing the same for the military services. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu has this report on DoD's plan to tie those two efforts together.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:20pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says budget cuts are forcing the Pentagon to put all kinds of options on the table. Four billion dollars go toward the Human Resources and EEO workforce. But your agency could share that burden. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer and the Department of Homeland Security, writes about why you shouldn't be scared of shared services on the ChiefHRO blog.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:08pm EDT
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Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Defense Department could look a lot different if sequestration continues past fiscal 2015. DoD would invest $66 billion less in procurement and research and cut 17 joint strike fighters. The Air Force would drop its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers. The Navy would sideline six destroyers. In Depth with Francis Rose asked Dov Zakheim, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Defense Department Comptroller, if the new Pentagon report is a serious strategy document or a scare tactic.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:58pm EDT
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Michael O'Connell, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

One Smithsonian museum is celebrating a big milestone this year. The National Museum of American History turns 50-years old. Federal News Radio is taking a look back at the museum's creation with a special Web feature Friday. Web editor Michael O'Connell gives In Depth with Francis Rose a preview.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:42pm EDT
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Industry Chatter: Darryl Hairston & Lourdes Martin-Rosa

The Small Business Administration is working with agencies across government to boost small business contracting numbers. One of the ways they're doing it is the 8a program. On Industry Chatter, Darryl Hairston, associate administrator for the 8(a) Business Development program at SBA and Lourdes Martin-Rosa, chief executive officer of GovBiz Solutions, discuss where the program is today and where it's going.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:27pm EDT
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Charities, lawmakers voice concerns over OPM's rewrite of CFC rules

New regulations published this week by the Office of Personnel Management aim to overhaul the Combined Federal Campaign, in part by eliminating cash donations in favor of online giving and requiring charities to pay fees to cover the administrative costs of the program. But some charity groups say OPM's regulations are too focused on wringing more efficiencies out of the annual fundraising drive instead of on re-energizing a workplace-giving program that has seen declining donations in recent years.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:09pm EDT

Va. defense contractor pays $1.1M to clear name

Computer Sciences Corporation agreed topay $1.1 million to resolve the allegations that the company submitted to false resumes to qualify for higher paying positions.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 03:39pm EDT

How DoD is tackling smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity

Capt. Kim Elenberg, deputy director of the Public Health Service at the Defense Health Agency, discusses what her organization is doing to reduce smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity within the military ranks. On this week's Agency of the Month radio show, Elenberg talks to host Lauren Larson about the nutrition and wellness programs the Pentagon is offering.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 12:44pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

When you download an app or update your software, do you read those fine-print licensing agreements? Few people, including federal employees, do. The Office of Management and Budget says those agreements essentially don't apply for government purchases. Instead, new regulations call for a standard clause in nearly every contract. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo breaks down the new provision with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:12am EDT
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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board is fishing for ideas. It asks for help from the public as it refreshes its research agenda. The board is mandated by Congress to conduct studies on issues in the federal workforce. Recent reports have focused on workplace violence and perceptions of favoritism. Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the board strives to make an impact with its research.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:09am EDT
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Daniel Schuman, Congressional Data Coalition

A new Congressional Data Coalition launches to push Capitol Hill into the big data era. The group says Congress could run better, give its staffers fewer headaches and provide a big public service if it changes its approach to data. Already, it has scored an initial victory. The House Appropriations Committee said by the beginning of the next Congress, information about the disposition of bills will be published in a way that computers can easily process, and thus can be easily reused by apps and websites. Daniel Schuman, a founding member of the coalition and policy director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what a digital Congress will look like.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:04am EDT
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GSA's Dave McClure leaves for private sector

David McClure of the General Services Administration announced Wednesday that he will leave the agency for the private sector. McClure is just one of many senior executives to recently leave federal service for the private sector.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 09:35am EDT

Biden promotes GI Bill website

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is promoting a new website called the GI Bill Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs. "In just a couple easy steps they can figure everything out," she told The Associated Press Wednesday. She said using the website, service members can estimate tuition and fees, housing allowances and book stipends for each school.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 08:36am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - April 17, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the IRS steps up work on identity theft and refund fraud, and the Navy pitches in to help rescue efforts in South Korea.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 08:08am EDT

National Cancer Institute hopes to find a cure in the cloud

George Komatsoulis, the National Cancer Institute's deputy director of the center for biomedical informatics and IT, and acting chief information officer, said through the Cloud Atlas Genome project, NCI is trying to reduce costs to access data by medical research institutions and to make sharing of the this data and collaboration easier.
April 17, 2014

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 07:51am EDT
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Air Force presses vendors to tackle supply chain costs

In a budget environment in which cost overruns are very likely to lead to canceled programs, the Air Force says it's pressing it prime vendors to remove any costs they possibly can from their subcontracted supplier base.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:07am EDT
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Dead feds with credit cards!

Despite publicity and crackdowns, credit card abuse continues in federal agencies. Sometimes it's shocking, sometimes amusing, sometimes creepy ... as in dead men charging, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems

The intelligence community is ready to start deploying shared IT systems. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports all 17 IC agencies will use the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise or ICITE. It's just one of the big IT programs government agencies are working on. Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former CIO of the Homeland Security Department, is writing about five elements for managing a successful IT program.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 06:18pm EDT
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