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4:46 pm, November 28, 2014

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Pentagon chief Hagel stepping down under pressure

Pentagon chief Hagel is leaving under pressure; are more postelection departures on the way?

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:28am EST

The end is near ...

The clock is ticking on open season, when federal employees can switch their health care plans. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's not too late to save as much as $1,200 next year.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 02:00am EST

Open Season continues with AETNA Federal Plans

Tom Bernatavitz, vice president of Aetna Federal Plans, joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about Aetna health care plans that are available to feds during Open Season.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 09:41pm EST
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Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:52pm EST
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Contracting Myth No. 6: We don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector

It is true that a great deal of business can be conducted by sitting at your computer, but it is also true that email communications alone are inadequate without a personal relationship beneath them.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 06:46pm EST

Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Hagel says he'll stay in the position until the Senate confirms his replacement. That resignation starts the biggest insiders game in Washington -- the name game. Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO of the the Punaro Group and chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about what could happen next for the SecDef position.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 05:02pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) says congressional appropriators are making steady progress on an omnibus bill to fund your agency next year. Or at least keep it running past Dec. 11, when the continuing resolution expires. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he gave a breakdown of the appropriators' progress.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:19pm EST
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Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

The Defense Department is getting better at handling its contract data. The Government Accountability Office says 32 of its 33 components turned in an inventory review of their contracts. GAO also says more DoD components are following its recommendations to improve their contract reporting. Tim DiNapoli is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon's making progress, but it still has a way to go until it's perfect.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:16pm EST
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Jon Adler, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

The President's executive order on immigration includes a reorganization plan for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It creates three new law enforcement task forces along the U.S.-Mexico border. Jon Adler is national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted how the 10-point plan from the White House might affect his members.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:14pm EST
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Rafael Borras, Senior Adviser, AT Kearney

At the beginning of next year, your agency could have a new definition of risk. The Office of Management and Budget says it may issue new guidance that requires an enterprise-wide view of risk. Rafael Borras is senior adviser at AT Kearney, and former undersecretary for management and acting deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to build an enterprise-wide risk-management strategy.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:05pm EST
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Americans give USPS high ratings in new poll

In a recent Gallup poll, the American public overwhelmingly rated the U.S. Postal Service as the agency doing the best job, despite a recent cyber attack and budget deficits.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 12:20pm EST

Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief, State Department

Two years after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, training for the Diplomatic Security Service has undergone a thorough overhaul. The training course for high threat posts is now 10 weeks instead of five, and it's so realistic trainees might forget they're actually on a military base in Virginia. Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief for High Threat Training at the State Department, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:59am EST
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Everyone with a stake in the federal budget is looking toward Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out, and Congress will have to decide what to do next. Beyond that, federal agencies are looking at two long years of a Republican Congress and Democratic White House. Will it be the immoveable rock facing the irresistible force? Or can good things still happen? Don Kettl, professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and long-time watcher of all things federal, offered some insight on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:48am EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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DoD Secretary Chuck Hagel to resign

Monday - 11/24/2014, 09:22am EST

Hagel offers condolences to Romanian military

Eight people died and two sustained serious injuries in a military helicopter crash in Romania. They were on their way to train with U.S. forces in the region.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:46am EST

Monday federal headlines - November 24, 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, the Postal Service gets high marks from Americans, the White House names a new dessert honcho and up to 30,000 missing emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner have been recovered.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:09am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: VA's new scheduling system, bad financial decisions, and confiscating mobile phones

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community, as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Submit your ideas, suggestions and news tips to Jared via email.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 03:51am EST

A funny thing happened on the way to digital government

The difficulty with digital government is that it's easy to get distracted and lose sight of the goal, says Thom Rubel. But it doesn't have to be this way. Rubel offers three key strategies that can eliminate the sideshows which prevent true digital government.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 02:47am EST
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