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8:40 pm, January 27, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Federal News Countdown: HealthCare.gov sends out personal data, Policing online terrorism

Karen Evans, executive director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and Dale Meyerrose, president of the Meyerrose Group, counted down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 05:24pm EST

Contracting whistleblowers may get new channel to report wrongdoings

The Office of Special Counsel has proposed a rule change that would allow federal contractors and grantees a new channel to report wrongdoings at federal agencies.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:25pm EST

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Two congressional updates to the Federal Employee Retirement System are creating different groups of FERS employees. Those are on top of the separation between FERS employees and employees under the Civil Services Retirement System. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared her expertise for the first wave of FERS employees to start retiring.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Perry Pederson, Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Langner Group

The Homeland Security Department tries to do the right thing when it gives reporters information through the Freedom of Information Act. But DHS made a huge mistake and wound up releasing dangerous information about the nation's critical infrastrucure. Perry Pederson is co-founder and managing principal of the Langner Group, and former Director of the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what might happen now that the public knows about Operation Aurora.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:07pm EST
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CyberSecurity/Defense & Homeland "Progress & Best Practices" 2015

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:23pm EST

No sequestration cuts in 2015, OMB says

A new report from OMB stated the discretionary spending budget caps for defense and non-defense categories matched or came in less than what's called for in the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 12:36pm EST

DISA's 'one belly button' approach to IT services

The Defense Information Services Agency has reorganized its services to be more customer focus and have accountability over what technology they provide.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 10:54am EST

How Health IT is revolutionizing the healthcare industry

What is health information technology? How can it transform the practice of healthcare? What is happening to facilitate the adoption and use of Health IT? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 10:18am EST

Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

In Nina Olson's new report to Congress covering 2014, the National Taxpayer Advocate told of a grim situation for the IRS. Service has eroded badly, oversight is poor and tax administration is being reshaped in negative ways by forces outside the agency's control. There's plenty of blame to go around. But the situation isn't hopeless. Olson joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the problems and possible solutions.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:30am EST
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Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

He's been the voice for the farmer when EPA regulations call for spilled milk to be treated like an oil spill. Advocacy is about relieving unnecessary burden for small businesses without losing sight of the goal of the regulation. Dr. Winslow Sargeant is chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Today is his last day on the job. Before leaving, he joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review his time at the agency,

Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:28am EST
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Friday federal headlines - January 23, 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, a new bill would cut pensions for some senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department, the Social Security Administration is extending hours at its field offices after getting a budget boost this year and U.S. and Iraqi military forces are planning for a summer assault to take back the city of Mosul.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 08:12am EST

House bill would reduce SES pensions at VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 07:46am EST

VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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The truth about the federal hiring process

Do federal managers know who they want to hire before even posting a job? Do they rig the process to the benefit of their candidate? And, is it worth it to even apply for a job at an agency given these barriers? Former federal HR exec Jeff Neal offers his candid advice based on his 33 years of experience.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:04am EST

Gridlock and your pension package!

Is congressional gridlock really a bad thing? Maybe not if you're a federal employee or retiree, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:00am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity for the intelligence community has become what terrorism was in the early 2000s an all encompassing priority. It's such a big priority that Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, is making cybersecurity transformation the hallmark of his tenure. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how Undersecretary Vickers is trying to take on the cybersecurity challenge.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 05:16pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When the Department of Veterans Affairs started building a new state-of-the-art hospital in Denver, it was supposed to cost $600 billion and be finished by 2014. Today, it's less than half complete, the price tag has doubled and it's likely to go even higher. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the VA is turning to the Army Corps of Engineers to help avoid similar blunders in the future.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration's 18F wants input from vendors on how they could use Schedule 70 for agile development. But the model for agile development in government is already available for 18F, and anyone else that wants to use it. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's own schedules program is the answer.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:25pm EST
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Roger Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, Agilex, Former CIO, VA

The commercial-cloud versus private-cloud debate is starting to turn in favor of the commercial cloud. Roger Baker is chief strategy officer at Agilex and former chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said commercial clouds can be more secure because that's their business.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:18pm EST
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