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3:35 pm, October 21, 2014

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As the IT, acquisition world turns: Army gets new deputy CIO

The churn among federal CIOs and others in the IT community has been uncommonly high over the last year.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:13pm EDT

OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: White House gives agencies the lead role in combating ID theft

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, White House wants the government to lead a nationwide effort to reduce identity theft and fraud and OMB pushes back on report critical of cloud computing efforts at 19 agencies. Also in the notebook…

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:51pm EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Federal employees planning their retirement need to make a lot of decisions, including how to leave a surviving spouse in good financial shape after death. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, says its one of the most important questions you need to answer before retiring. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:23pm EDT
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Kathleen Cowles, Principal, Deep Water Point

Federal CIOs spend about 75 percent of their budgets on legacy IT systems. Experts say innovation on shared models, acquisition and technology policy will give government the ability to meet emerging needs. Building that collaboration culture across government is key to driving cost savings. Kathleen Cowles, industry chair of the Executive Leadership Conference and a principal at Deep Water Point, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the path forward for federal IT spending.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:21pm EDT
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Lack of movement on new locality pay locations frustrates feds, unions

The Federal Salary Council voted Friday to add 13 cities to a list of municipalities where federal employees are paid more, in an effort to close a growing wage gap between feds and private-sector counterparts in certain regions of the country. 12 of the 13 recommendations had been approved previously but have gone unimplemented by the President's Pay Agent, frustrating federal employees and the unions representing feds in those areas.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Cautious responders at Pentagon transport ill woman to area hospital

Arlington County officials have transported an ill woman found Friday in a Pentagon parking lot to a local Virginia hospital. According to a DoD spokesperson, the woman told first responders she had recently traveled to Africa.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 01:09pm EDT

Latest employee viewpoint survey shows dissatisfaction with VA's senior leaders

In an agency rocked by scandal and mismanagement, employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are becoming less pleased with their senior leaders. According to data from the Office of Personnel Management's 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey, only 37 percent of employees surveyed said they are satisfied with their senior leaders' policies and practices. The number is down from 40 percent in the 2013 survey.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 11:27am EDT

What role do US intelligence agencies play in the Ebola crisis?

The intelligence community appears to be avoiding becoming too deeply involved in the Ebola crisis to avoid mission creep. Besides, according to U.S. officials, their tool kit doesn't match the heavily scientific and medically- oriented information collection needs of a crisis like this.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 10:26am EDT

An acquisition wish list for Santa

Keith Trippie, a former Senior Executive Service member executive director for the Enterprise System Development Office at DHS, pens an acquisition wish list for Santa.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 10:15am EDT

Friday federal headlines - October 17, 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, Lawmakers grill a top government health official on the nation's response to Ebola, TSA chief John Pistole says he'll retire at the end of the year and FBI director James Comey warns tech companies against encrypting smart phone data.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 10:02am EDT

Communication, transparency key to successful procurements

Like virtually everything in the federal government, the relationship federal agencies and industry organizations is complex. Contracts, buying and selling are just a small piece of the pie. Communication and collaboration are key factors that must exist in the pipeline between the public and private sectors. As part of our special report, the Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio hosted a panel with acquisition experts.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 09:49am EDT

Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Bennie Adkins, Medal of Honor Recipient

The Army brought its top brass to Washington this week for its annual Association of the U.S. Army Expo. Among the dignitaries, an unusual recipient of the Medal of Honor. It's typically given to service members within three years of their heroics in battle. In the case of 80 year old retired Special Forces member Bennie Adkins, it took nearly five decades. Adkins tells Emily Kopp how he learned he would receive the nation's highest military award.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:06am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new analysis of federal procurement data confirms what Defense Department vendors already experienced. During the first year of sequestration contracting dollars fell abruptly, dropping 16 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:41am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A chief risk officer (CRO) may be the answer to how your agency manages risk. But whether or not your agency adds another to the growing list of chief this or that officers, the White House expects you to consider anything that may impede your mission success. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why measuring and mitigating risk will be a bigger priority in the coming year.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:40am EDT
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OMB to require agencies to measure risk at the enterprise level

The Office of Management and Budget to release a memo or guidance in the second quarter of 2015 to set governmentwide expectations for how agencies will manage risk. Controller David Mader said lessons from implementing Circulars A-123 and A-11 could be expanded into agency mission areas.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Anybody got a $1,000 toilet seat?

Remember the good old days when federal buyers were paying $435 for a claw hammer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey does and wonders whether the federal government ever really learned its lesson.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Nation's travel security chief Pistole to retire

John Pistole, nation's travel security chief who instituted risk-based screening, to retire

Friday - 10/17/2014, 01:36am EDT

Stephen King, Director, Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program

The program billed as the world's largest provider of assistive technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. The Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has made technology like speech recognition software or pens that double as recording devices mainstays in offices devoted to helping people with disabilities. CAP Director Stephen King joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a progress report on how the program has helped thousands of wounded service members and disabled federal employees so far.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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