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11:57 am, April 24, 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.

Pamela Baker-Masson, Smithsonian National Zoo

In celebration of Earth Day, the Smithsonian National Zoo releases the Endangered Song. Only 400 people get a copy, because there are just 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Pamela Baker-Masson, associate director of communications for the zoo, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why the song is so important to the zoo's mission. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:06am EDT
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Kate Tummarello, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The Federal Communications Commission has released a plan for auctioning off radio spectrum next year, but it still has tough decisions to make. The tech industry wants the FCC to set aside more free, unlicensed airwaves, but that won't help the government generate more revenue. Kate Tummarello, a staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the FCC plans to do.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:02am EDT
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Ensign Jean-Pierre Spence, U.S. Coast Guard

Criminals on the waterway know no boundaries. The Coast Guard has signed an agreement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which will let the two work side-by-side as they enforce laws in the waters. Ensign Jean-Pierre Spence joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss the Shiprider program.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:58am EDT
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Dr. Kenton Gregory, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, RevMedX

A new medical device is coming to aid soldiers on the battlefield. XSTAT is an expandable, multi-sponge dressing that controls bleeding in areas where tourniquets cannot. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the device. Dr. Kenton Gregory is chairman and chief technology officer at RevMedX, the company that makes XSTAT. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the device works.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:55am EDT
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Diane Chalfant, Deputy Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service is developing a bison management plan. In the late 1990s, bison began moving to Grand Canyon National Park and staying there. Now they are taking a toll on the park's resources. Diane Chalfant, deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the management plan.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:51am EDT
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Agencies celebrate Earth Day with hashtags, 'selfies'

From selfies to hashtags, agencies have asked Americans to actively participate in Earth Day by using social media.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:56am EDT

GAO blames 'uneven' IRS performance on budget cuts, staffing decline

Budget cuts and a steep drop in the size of the Internal Revenue Service's workforce have resulted in "uneven" performance by the agency, according to the Government Accountability Office. In the wake of reduced staff and shrinking budgets, IRS service levels decreased, the agency was forced to delay two major IT projects and spending on employee training has been slashed by more than 80 percent, according to GAO.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:48am EDT

Army shrinking the size of its workforce

The Army says it must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to reduce to 420,000. The Associated Press reports while a lot of the reduction may come from voluntary retirements, resignations and decreased enlistments, Army commanders will have to force as many as 3,000 officers to leave by the end of October 2015. Of those, nearly 1,500 are captains, 550 are majors.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 08:46am EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - April 22, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, GAO says budget cuts have led to staff shortages and uneven performance at the IRS, and FDA will decide how to regulate "E-Cigs."

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 07:56am EDT

What is the Federal Communicators Network?

David Hebert and Cori Bassett from the Federal Communicators Network, will talk about the organization, and the services it provides to communications professionals in the federal government.
April 21, 2014

Monday - 04/21/2014, 08:23pm EDT
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Belva Martin, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department issues far more sole source contracts than any other agency. Full and open competition is supposed to be the holy grail of awarding Federal contracts. Figuring out when sole source contracts are OK and when they're not is drawing attention from Congress. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a new report that says little competition isn't always a good thing.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Your next pay raise might be bigger than the 1 percent raise President Obama requested in his fiscal 2015 budget request last month. But the operative word there is "might." Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey spells it out in his column today titled "3.3 pecent pay raise: What are the odds?"

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:23pm EDT
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Mark Gunzinger, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Today's Combat Air Force has the fewest bombers and fighters and the oldest aircraft ever. The Defense Department and Congress are hitting a sweet spot to fix that, according to two experts in military aviation. Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, writes about the future of the Air Force with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, now a senior scholar at the Air Force Academy. Gunzinger talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about revamping the Air Force for the next fight.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:13pm EDT
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Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.), president, National Guard Association

An independent commission to make recommendations about the restructuring of the Army isn't meeting with much welcome from Army leaders. But it does have some support. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association, is one of the most outspoken advocates for the outside commission. He told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army needs an outside look before it downsizes.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:01pm EDT
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Financial literacy & estate planning - important together!

Certified Financial Planner Karen Schaeffer and attorney Megan Schaeffer answer your calls and emails about how to create a financial plan for your family.
April 21, 2014

Monday - 04/21/2014, 04:58pm EDT
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Universities awarded $800,000 grant for cyber research

Three universities will share an $800-thousand dollar grant from FEMA. The money will be used to help the U.S. better prepare for cyber attacks.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 02:27pm EDT

More doctors turn to e-health systems to care for patients

Almost 50 percent of doctors today now use electronic records to help care for their patients. That's up from 40 percent in 2012 and just 11 percent in 2006, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 02:15pm EDT

GSA plans $70M effort to consolidate agency office space nationwide

The General Services Administration is spending nearly $70 million on a major effort to consolidate federal-agency office space nationwide, the agency announced Monday. GSA has plans to continue or start renovations on 19 federally owned buildings across the country.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 01:47pm EDT

Conversation with Authors: Dr. Satish Nambisan

Is the emerging vision of government-as-a-platform too far-fetched and unrealistic? Or does it portend a new era of citizen engagement in public service innovation? What are the distinct roles for citizens in public service co-creation and problem-solving? Are there strategies for creating an environment for co-creation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with Satish Nambisan, co-author of "Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Services."

Monday - 04/21/2014, 12:00pm EDT

US to block Iran's UN ambassador

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday to block Iran's chosen ambassador from coming into the country to work at the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But according to the Associate Press, the President says he's only treating the legislation as guidance. It bars anyone from entering the U.S. as a U.N. representative if they've engaged in espionage or terrorist activity and still pose a threat to U.S. security.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 10:30am EDT
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