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11:48 am, December 21, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Dr. Terry Allard, Warfighter Performance Department, ONR

The Office of Naval Research is reviewing its takeaways from the Warfighter Performance Focus Area Forum. They will use what they learned at that event to start the preparation for the Naval Future-Force Science and Technology Expo, here in D.C. in February. Dr. Terry Allard is head of ONR's Warfighter Performance Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he detailed what he took away from the forum the first week of November.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:14pm EST
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OPM warns 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

Joe Brennan, Managing Director, JLL Government Investor Services

The General Services Administration is signing short-term real estate leases before some of its contracts expire. The Washington Business Journal reports it helps GSA avoid paying higher prices to renew a deal after it runs out. But it also means GSA's locking itself into longer deals. That's a long-term problem, because the agency is supposed to be shrinking its real estate portfolio. Joe Brennan is managing director of JLL Government Investor Services Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his vision of the future for federal real estate.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:06pm EST
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VA bringing latest cyber tools to bear to improve network defenses

Steph Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said the agency is the first to implement advanced cyber capabilities from DHS known as Einstein 3A, and is expanding its continuous monitoring capabilities.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:55pm EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases one in the federal sector and one in the private.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:24am EST
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Ann Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation

It's a casualty that people generally don't like to talk about. But it's a real one — the toll that months at war can take on a service member's sexual health and intimate relationships. The Bob Woodruff Foundation just concluded a two-day event with the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to address these issues. Ann Marie Dogherty is executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the foundation's programs and progress.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:21am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - December 18, 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, lots of federal agencies will have new assignments under the Obama administration's new policy towards Cuba, top Air Force officials cancel their plans for involuntary force reductions in 2015 and OPM updates its closure procedures.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 08:23am EST

Nation's travel security chief Pistole to retire

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole will leave the agency at the end of December to serve as the president of a Christian college in Indiana.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 07:40am EST

DISA takes cyber temperature of computer networks with CMRS

Dave Bennett, DISA's chief information officer, said the agency is beginning to implement a new approach to cybersecurity. He said the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRS) looks at a variety of factors to give the agency a score based on a set of predetermined analytics.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 03:54am EST
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Washington's secret (until now) shutdown squad

Who are the decision makers in Washington, D.C.? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not who you think.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:00am EST

House lawmakers call for OFPP to issue reverse auction guidance

Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are "misusing" reverse auctions to "evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations."

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 04:50pm EST

Bob Behn, senior lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

With about two years left in the Obama administration and a new President's Management Agenda, measuring that success becomes more critical. One way people do it is with Key Performance Indicators. Bob Behn is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and author of "PerformanceStat Potential." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said having too many key indicators may be worse than not having enough.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:00pm EST
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Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:54pm EST
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Kim Weaver, director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

President Obama signs a bill that changes how new Federal employees will save for retirement. Instead of having 3% of their pay go into the G Fund if they don't choose for themselves, the money will go into one of the TSP's lifecycle funds. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the TSP has been behind this idea for a long time.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:43pm EST
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Linda Robinson, senior analyst, RAND Corporation

The war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are the two best recent examples of asymmetric warfare, according to the RAND Corporation. So now it's looking at the last 13 years to see how U.S. military strategy evolved, and to see if it offers clues on how best to change it in the future. Linda Robinson is senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She offered extensive analysis on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:36pm EST

OPM updates closure procedures; no excused absences for pre-approved paid leave

Under new dismissal and closure procedures issued by the Office of Personnel Management today, federal employees who are on pre-approved paid leave during a government closure will no longer be given an excused absence.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 01:35pm EST

Thousands of veterans' calls for help go to voicemail

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General identified a total of 40,500 missed opportunities for the call center to refer veterans to appropriate care and services.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:54am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Get rid of data centers and start using cloud computing. It seemed like a simple directive from the White House. But nothing in the federal government is that easy. Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards into cloud contracts has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is jumping in to clarify the best ways for agencies to use the Federal Risk Authorization and Management (Fed-RAMP) standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the expected changes to Fed-RAMP in 2015.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:32am EST
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Daniel R. Elliott III, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

The news from this year's "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list is not that great. It shows federal employees' morale at the lowest point in the last 11 years. But it's not doom and gloom for every agency, and there are some encouraging signs. The Surface Transportation Board was number one among smaller agencies on this year's list. How did they do it? STB chairman Daniel R. Elliot III joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:28am EST
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Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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