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6:07 pm, February 1, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The Department of Defense is making another push for an electronic health record system. One factor is interoperability with the system at the Department of Veterans Affairs. EHRs, and a functional, interoperable system, may become a national security asset. Phil Carter is senior fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans & Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. He participated in a CNAS event called A Conversation About Healthcare Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes. Dr. Karen Guice -- the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs -- was one of the speakers. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what his takeaways were from the event.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:14pm EST
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Ray Chandler, Sergeant Major of the Army

Friday is the last day of service for Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler. He will retire as the top enlisted man in the Army after nearly 34 years of service. He's the 14th Sergeant Major, and his main job is advisor to Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what thoughts are top-of-mind for him as he prepares to wind down his service.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Robot door greeters first step toward robot Marines?

The Navy is funding robotic door greeters to learn more about potential futuristic training options for the Marine Corps.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:49pm EST

Fighting for whistleblower rights, OSC gains higher profile

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:24pm EST
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TSP investors get a bargain in 2014

Retirement plan participants last year paid less than 29 cents in administrative costs for every $1,000 they invested, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's Kim Weaver told Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 11:24am EST
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Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

If the recent Washington Metro tunnel fire showed anything, it's that emergency coordination down under is practically non-existent. Equally missing was interoperable radio communications something the federal government has deemed essential for emergency response. Federal efforts to improve radio go back at least 20 years. Alan Tilles, chairman of the Telecommunications Department at the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the communications failure.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:57am EST
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Allison Wiley, Senior Research Analyst, MSPB

Hiring in the federal government is supposed to be open, competitive and fair. But you get what you measure. The Merit System Protection Board recently released its annual Fair and Open Competition report. It's designed to ensure federal employees are hired based on their qualifications, not their connections. Allison Wiley is a senior research analyst at the board. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report's findings. One of the key ones, she said, is that fair and open competition is still the standard in the majority of government hires.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:48am EST
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Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Contrary to what you may have heard earlier in the week, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not been charged with desertion. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. He was returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange last May. Multiple media outlets reported desertion charges had been handed down or were impending. But the Army said no decision has been made. Brian Bouffard is a military defense attorney and former JAG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to speculate on what happens next.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:46am EST
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Next step for DoD cybersecurity: Ditch passwords once and for all

The Pentagon led the way for the rest of the government by implementing two-factor authentication across many of its systems. But plenty of important IT infrastructure still relies on a "reckless" system that depends on passwords alone for authentication.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:44am EST

Wednesday federal headlines - January 28, 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, the man who flew a drone onto the White House lawn works for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, health care enrollment is getting closer to the Obama administration's goal and there's a little less gobbledygook coming from the federal government.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:10am EST

Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

Pentagon documents: Obama to request big Pentagon spending hike

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:50am EST

Federal CTO Smith wants tech experts who speak the language

Megan Smith, the federal chief technology officer says agencies need employees with a high technical quotient to help build digital services. Four months into the job, Smith said digital services, policy and innovation, and STEM are her top priorities.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:54am EST
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GAO: Headquarters reduction plan still missing at Pentagon

The Pentagon wants to start the process of cutting 20 percent from its headquarters staff. But it still doesn't know who should stay, who should leave, or how to find that out, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:02am EST

Government innovation? It gets an 'A' for effort

Federal Drive host Tom Temin reports that agencies and companies at a recent technology conference are betting on innovation.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:56am EST

Phased Retirement: When? Where? Who?

Agencies are dragging their feet in implementing phased retirement. When they do, how will that affect you? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:00am EST

Adobe: putting the "portable" into the PDF

John Landwehr, Public Sector CTO at Adobe, explains how his company can assist federal agencies with their IT challenges.
January 27, 2015

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 07:18pm EST
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DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'

The Center for Plain Language issued its annual plain language report cards Tuesday, with the Homeland Security Department, Social Security Administration and Security Exchange Commission earning top scores.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 06:16pm EST

2014: A year in review

Carolyn Alston and Bill Gormley with the Coalition for Government Procurement, look back at what happened in government wide contracting in 2014, and what's ahead in the new year.
January 27, 2015

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:31pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks get a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes about a year and a half after the VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the report and what it means for veterans' data.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:43pm EST
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