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1:49 am, October 31, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Defense is planning a major ramp-up in its effort to deploy Apple and Android devices. The Pentagon has been working on fitting modern mobile devices into the Defense Department's cybersecurity regime for several years. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports DoD expects to adopt 40,000 of those smartphones and tablets by the end of next year.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President, CNAS

Leadership at the top of the Defense Department believes the United States military is in danger of losing its technological edge over the rest of the world. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports the Defense Department is already trying to save money by changing its acquisition policies for major projects in the technology development phase. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, and co-director of the "Beyond Offset" project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways the U.S. military can maintain its military edge.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

The midterm elections are less than a week away now, and a lame-duck session of Congress follows that. The House and Senate may try to pass a budget plan for your agency fiscal 2015. But they will also need to do a Defense Authorization Act. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president of public sector for the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors and agencies need to keep an eye on the future of the 2015 version of the Act.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:40pm EDT
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Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

One concept could change the way the Federal government does business. Dan Tangherlini is the Administrator of the General Services Administration and addressed the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that concept is one the federal government has proven before it can execute.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:29pm EDT
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Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A very experienced investment expert thinks you're in good shape, retirement-wise. Kim Weaver is Director of the Office of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she talked about the Wall Street executive that thinks between the TSP and your pension, you're in pretty nice shape.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Investment king tells TSP Board: Feds are in good shape for retirement

Larry Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock, spoke at a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the Thrift Savings Plan.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Charles Bolden, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA has a lot going on these days, and not just the investigation into Tuesday evening's explosion of a privately-operated rocket at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA has received high marks for employee satisfaction, and it's also moving ahead with plans to end U.S. reliance on Russia. NASA chose contractors Boeing and Space-X to transport astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The Tuesday crash involved a rocket made and operated by Orbital Sciences, which is not involved in astronaut transport. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp, Administrator Charles Bolden spoke about new rockets and why they're special.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Robert Bohn, Cloud Technical Program Manager, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its final version of the Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. It incorporates more than 200 comments from government and industry, and it's intended to support the government's adoption of cloud computing. Bob Bohn is the Cloud Technical Program Manager at NIST. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the roadmap.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Col. Lee Ackiss, Marine Corps

Life after the military just got a little easier, at least for Marines planning to muster out. The Marine Corps has rolled out new a website where Marines use their military training to earn equivalent civilian certifications that could potentially lead to civilian jobs. The site is called "COOL." Col. Lee Ackiss is the Personal and Professional Development Deputy Branch Head for the Marine and Family Programs Division. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the new site intends to do.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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US to increase security at some federal buildings

US to increase security at various federal buildings; move announced after Canada attack

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 12:48pm EDT

Mike Espy, Former Secretary of the Agriculture Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They'll take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government, and reporting to Congress. Newly elected fellow Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the Agriculture Department, and now a county attorney in Mississippi. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Marcia Smith, Editor, Space Policy Online

All eyes are on NASA after the Antares Rocket exploded at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the blast, but an investigation into the explosion is being launched. Marcia Smith is Editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the explosion means for NASA's mission going forward.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:50am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials to review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development. That's the phase commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the current and future impact of BBP.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:48am EDT
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House GOP subpoenas former CTO Todd Park over HealthCare.gov

Citing cybersecurity concerns, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is compelling Park to testify about his role in the development of the health insurance exchange portal.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:34am EDT

The good news from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

A lot has been written about the bad news from this year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. But former DHS chief human capital officer Jeff Neal says 70 percent of government workers still get a feeling of accomplishment from their work, despite a four-year pay freeze and flak from politicians.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:04am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - October 29, 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, an Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are in isolation at a base in Italy, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson orders beefed up security at certain federal buildings and the Obama administration is scrambling to show it's in charge of the Ebola response.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 08:39am EDT

DOD asks leaders to grade RFPs earlier in acquisitions

Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of Defense for acquisition, said senior officials review solicitations before they get Milestone A approval to move into the technology development phase. This type of analysis had been missing previously or only done after it was too late.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:33am EDT
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Supply rocket headed to space station explodes

Unmanned supply rocket headed to space station explodes seconds after launch in Virginia

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:29am EDT

Why this year's FISMA drill is different

Now that continuous diagnostics and mitigation plays a role, this year's FISMA evaluation cycle shouldn't be regarded as a checkbox exercise, says former CISO Pat Howard.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:24am EDT

Parting shot from an old friend of feds

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks to an outgoing congressman who has been a loyal supporter of federal employees.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 02:00am EDT
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