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4:42 pm, December 19, 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.

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Eleven members make up the Postal Service Board of Governors. They're a little short on manpower right now though. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp reports they only have five members. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose how they got that way and why that's hurting their work.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:50pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards in procurements has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is writing a new policy to give agencies some guidance on how to include the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program, or FedRAMP, standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the new policy and other expected changes to FedRAMP in 2015.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:48pm EST
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Jeff Steinhoff, Executive Director, KPMG Government Institute

About half of cabinet level agencies can prove to their Inspectors General that they're reducing improper payments. The Government Accountability Office reports some agencies continue to struggle, though. Jeff Steinhoff is executive director of the KPMG Government Institute, and former Assistant Comptroller General of the United States for Accounting and Information Management at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies have made progress since 2009.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:46pm EST
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Lockheed Martin faces a class-action lawsuit against 120,000 employees for how it handles their 401(k) retirement plans. The case focuses on whether the company's provider made the employees pay higher fees than they needed to and made bad investment decisions. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says there isn't a direct connection between the Lockheed Martin case and federal employees. But he told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley they should pay attention to what happens afterward.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:42pm EST
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OPM proposes changes to SES performance standards

The goal of the proposed rule is to clarify and update the three-year-old performance appraisal system for senior executives, and provide more oversight.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:32pm EST

Michael Horowitz, IG, Justice Department, Brian Miller, Navigant

New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General in the federal government. The Chair of that organization serves a two-year term, and the new leader takes over Jan. 1. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration. He brought the council's new leader on In Depth with Francis Rose to officially introduce him.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:08pm EST
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DIA gets a permanent CIO; DoD losing a cyber expert

Janice Glover-Jones will remove the "acting" from her title to be DIA's permanent CIO, while Rocky Young is retiring and going to work for a research firm.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:52pm EST

Senate gridlock forces Postal board into emergency committee

The Postal Service Board of Governors says it will keep working, even though it doesn't have enough members for a quorum.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:13am EST

OPM sets deadline for agency SES requests

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to forecast how many Senior Executive Service positions they'll need for the next two fiscal years.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:09am EST

Russian Air Force accused of recklessness

NATO says Russian air force jets are a danger to civil aviation in the Baltic region.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 10:55am EST

Tuesday federal headlines - December 16, 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, the Veterans Affairs Department is getting some help from IBM's Watson, the Senate confirms Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocks a bill that aims to reduce the number of veteran suicides.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:30am EST

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer producing-states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year's list.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:04am EST
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 - from senior executives to civil service reform.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:00am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government contracting can be a very useful tool for enhancing social and economic changes that Congress deems worthy. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." Sullivan has been exploring these myths on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Today Sullivan tackles the penultimate myth - number 9: Only the big guys succeed. That myth seems easy to debunk given the amount of small business contracting the federal government does ... but not everyone reads past the headline of the big awards.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:56am EST
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David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

A Veterans Affairs hospital construction project is shaping up to be a classic failure. Late and over-budget, the billion dollar Denver facility is only 62 percent complete. And now a court rules, the contractor could legally walk away from the whole thing. Judges for the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals say the VA has acted in bad faith. This mess has not escaped notice of the Government Accountability Office. David Wise, the director of physical infrastructure issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more of what went wrong and whether it can be salvaged.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:49am EST
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Bill Evanina, Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Now that all of the people have been gathered at the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the work begins on building the same mindset. The new center houses ODNI employees, detailees from 15 agencies and contractors. What are they doing? For answers, we turn to Bill Evanina, the National Counterintellgence Executive (NCIX) and director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. On the Federal Drive, he told Tom Temin how the Center is working to prevent bad actors from getting security clearances, and making sure cleared people don't stay cleared if they no longer qualify.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:38am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

For cybersecurity, research and development and defense contracting, the Washington D.C. region carries a lot of weight. Now that Congress has passed a 2015 federal budget, lots of companies are looking to see how cyber, R&D and defense programs are likely to fare in the coming year. Jonathan Aberman has been looking into this. He's the managing director of Amplifier Ventures in Northern Virginia and the founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI, which brings new companies to the federal market. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for some analysis.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:31am EST
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Metro suspends train service on 3 lines in DC

Metro says train service has been suspended on the blue, orange and silver lines between Farragut West and L'Enfant Plaza due to a water main break at Metro Center.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 06:40am EST

Contracting Myth No. 9 - Only the big guys succeed

Congress ranks small business right up there with motherhood and apple pie. Small businesses should take advantage of this fact, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 03:27am EST

401(k) shakeup coming?

Federal and postal investors are entitled to feel a little bit smug as they follow what could be a landmark pension management case involving one of the nation's biggest firms. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says so can the people who set up and run the federal Thrift Savings Plan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:00am EST
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