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Office space consolidation inspires HHS IT upgrades

Frank Baitman, the Department of Health and Human Services chief information officer, said moving to an open office floor plan drives the agency to be more mobile and take more advantage of cloud services.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:24am EDT

For federal IT vendors, a lot to like in House, Senate Defense bills

House and Senate versions of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act include numerous acquisition reform provisions, including several that press DoD to embrace commercial technology.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:59am EDT
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Leaving the TSP: Is that really a good idea? Or, engineering a 28 percent nose dive

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains what impact a recent Supreme Court decision will have on your Thrift Savings Plan.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:00am EDT

What is the best date for you to retire?

Tammy Flanagan with the National Institute of Transition Planning will answer your retirement planning questions, including how to choose the right retirement date for you.
May 27, 2015

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 05:11pm EDT

Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says she wants the General Services Administration's 18F program and U.S. Digital Service to stick around once the Obama administration leaves. And a new hiring authority from the Office of Personnel Management means tech experts will soon join other agencies, like the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. Mark Forman, vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this could be a hard sell for the next administration.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:31pm EDT
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Human capital management has stayed on the Government Accountability Office's High Risk List since 2001. But there are four main areas government hasn't tackled yet to solve its biggest human capital challenges. Yvonne Jones, director of strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management last week. She's tells In Depth with Francis Rose about government's progress on strategic human capital management over the last year.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:29pm EDT
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

Twenty-five agencies can now make special appointments to hire new digital services experts faster. The Office of Personnel Management says jobs are at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for up to two years. It's similar to the pilot program OPM launched for the General Services Administration's 18-F program and Office of Management and Budget's Digital Services office last year. On In Depth with Francis Rose, John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, says the authority is better late than never.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Kathy Hutson and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos, NSA

The top of the agency is where the National Security Agency's strategy is for building the next generation of intelligence and intelligence personnel. Kathy Hutson is director of human resources and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos is chief of personnel assessment research and development at the National Security Agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Hutson explains how the NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers is involved in planning the agency's human capital strategy.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:21pm EDT
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Proposal to keep repeat labor-law violators off contracts draws opposition

The Obama administration wants keep companies who routinely violate labor laws from being eligible for federal contracts. Contractor representatives are calling the administration's proposal flawed and unfair.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:27pm EDT

Mail or no mail, USPS facilities remain open for now

Facing opposition stretching from Capitol Hill to rural communities, the Postal Service has put off a key part of its plan to cut costs, even as it continues to lose billions of dollars a year.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 01:43pm EDT

Sorry feds, pot still illegal, OPM says

The Office of Personnel Management reminded feds that federal laws on marijuana use remain unchanged following the passage of a ballot initiative in the District of Columbia that took effect in February.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 10:49am EDT

Erik Wasson, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

What will your agency's budget look like next year? The picture is a little clearer now that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed outlines for all 12 annual spending bills. Like its House counterpart though, the plan has increases for some programs and cuts for others. Still, Congress is a long way from passing and reconciling everything required for the government to get a fresh start come Oct. 1. Bloomberg Government reporter Erik Wasson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the Senate outline and speculate on what comes next.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:47am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:02am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - May 27, 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, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the latest cyber criminals are no amateurs, thirteen cities will see an increase in federal locality pay starting next year and President Obama urges the Senate to extend provisions of the Patriot Act before they expire in four days.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 08:49am EDT

Government overlooks diamonds in its own back yard

Commentary: Before turning to Silicon Valley for all the answers, government agencies should look to local talent in the D.C. area, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27am EDT

VA plans for 'doomsday' cyber scenario

With its networks and systems facing upwards of 1 billion attacks a month, the Veterans Affairs Department is bringing together cyber and mission owners to discuss its courses of action if the situation becomes worse. The agency also is looking to its digital services team to make across-the-board improvements to its online applications.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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IRS shuts down Web app after criminal network steals taxpayers' data

A suspected overseas criminal organization tried to get access to the returns of 200,000 taxpayers earlier this year, successfully gaining access to records of 104,000 U.S. taxpayers

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:34am EDT
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APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves used online agency service to get access to 100,000 tax returns

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:19am EDT

Faulty fan, smoke blamed in brief evacuation of US Capitol

Faulty kitchen exhaust fan, smoke, blamed in brief evacuation of US Capitol, visitor center

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:16am EDT

40 minutes to a richer retirement

By picking the right date, federal employees can maximize their income for that year, minimize taxes for the following year and get the most money out of their unused annual leave, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:00am EDT
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