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10:18 am, March 5, 2015

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.

Millisa Gary, Procurement Ombudsmen, GSA

Can we talk? That's what government and industry have been asking for decades. The answer is yes, and there's plenty of Federal Acquisition Regulation backup for that. Yet the administration thought it needed to launch the mythbusters initiative to get industry and government talking at the pre-solicitation stage. That was followed by last year's Open Dialog initiative. How's it all working? Millisa Gary, the procurement ombudsman at the General Services Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:30am EST
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Paul Bean, Contract Specialist/Business Adviser, TSA

With tens of thousands of companies doing business with the federal government each year, you'd think it's easy. But in reality, lots of barriers still stand in the way for many companies. "Barrier Busting" is the subject of a special session at today's ACT-IAC conference on acquisition excellence. Paul Bean, a contract specialist and business adviser at the Transportation Security Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on bringing down the walls.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:28am EST
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Frank McNally, Content Developer, ASI Government

Let's face it. People's eyes glaze over if you tell them you're in federal procurement. It's all a boring mass of rules, regulations and bureaucracy. Right? For the upcoming generation of federal procurement people and the companies they deal with, it's pedal to the metal when it comes to acquisition. Case in point: Frank McNally, content developer at ASI government. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC acquisition excellence conference in Washington to explain.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:20am EST
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Paul Gregory, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

All morning we've been talking about acquisition, and how to improve and modernize it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that acquisitions aren't just for their own sake; they support programs. So good program management is part of the mix of success. Paul Gregory, the vice chancellor of the Program Management School at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conference with more on that perspective.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:16am EST
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John Marshall, CEO, Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Everyone seems to agree: The use of shared services could save government agencies a lot of time and money. As the reasoning goes, why should multiple agencies have separate and expensive HR or financial systems all doing essentially the same functions? John Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. This long-term federal senior executive joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share some ideas for shared services.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:47am EST
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Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." That's how Carol Bonosaro views the current attempts to reform the Senior Executive Service. Bonosaro, the president of the Senior Executives Association, has written a commentary on FederalNewsRadio.com responding to the "Fixing the SES" series. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Emily Kopp asked Bonosaro to look back on the history of reforms to the SES a history nearly as old as the service itself.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:45am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - March 3, 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, federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, with the option of unscheduled leave or telework, it's looking more likely that Congress will pass a clean funding bill this week for DHS and Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek reelection next year.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:01am EST

House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses

The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:30am EST

Federal agencies open Tuesday with option of unscheduled leave or telework

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open Tuesday, but workers have the opportunity to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:53am EST

Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

Boehner leaves open possibility of long-term Homeland bill backed by Dems and the White House

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:24am EST

S&M on Capitol Hill

Some would argue that Republicans and Democrats in Congress make it a habit of torturing each other. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey knows that they're really there to torture us.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:00am EST

Do leaders have the stomach for real SES reform?

If there is to be major reform within the Senior Executive Service, the government needs the appetite to carefully consider exactly what problems it is solving, what it wants the SES to be and how best to get there, says Carol Bonosaro in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 02:00am EST

All things social

Geoff Livingston, president of Tenacity5 Media will discuss the state of social media with host Mark Amtower.
March 2, 2015

Monday - 03/02/2015, 08:57pm EST
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DHS issues shutdown guidance to its employees

While it's unclear whether Congress will approve another continuing resolution or full-year funding for the Homeland Security Department after this Friday, DHS has made plans in case of a lapse in funding.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:41pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The Homeland Security Department is running on a one-week continuing resolution after Congress couldn't agree on a long-term spending plan for the agency. The new CR is set to run out on Friday. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He outlined the debate over the DHS budget on Capitol Hill for Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:17pm EST
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David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

The Internal Revenue Service is making technology investments to move away from some programs it says started during the Kennedy Administration. Congress repeatedly slashed and froze its budget over the past five years, so it's important for the IRS to know exactly how much its IT investments will cost. According to the Government Accountability office, that's not exactly the case today. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at the GAO. He shared three recommendations to improve how the IRS tracks its investments with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:14pm EST
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Congress has three main responsibilities as Board of Directors for the Executive Branch. It has to set lines of business for Congress, create agency programs, and evaluate agency performance. All of those responsibilities imply Congress should try to solve agency problems before they occur. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University, and former member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu Congress isn't proactive enough regarding the well being of your agency.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:11pm EST
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Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, MOAA

The list of recommendations to change DoD's benefits system from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission have been getting their first hearings on Capitol Hill over the last few weeks. That list details a new healthcare system and a hybrid retirement plan for the four out of five troops who don't serve at least 20 years. The panel's ideas haven't sparked an open revolt in Congress so far, but some outside groups are warning that some of the changes might do more harm than good. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. MOAA's doing its own analysis of the recommendations, and shared some ways they could hurt retention with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:08pm EST
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OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST
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