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Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

If Congress passes the defense acquisition reform bill, introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry this week, it won't be enought to fix the defense acqusition system. And he's the first to admit that. But the legislation does attempt to chip away at what Thornberry views as clear problems, including a lack of clear lines of authority, and too much paperwork. Beth McGrath, federal practice director of Deloitte and former deputy chief managment officer for the Defense Department, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what she thinks of the bill.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:58pm EDT
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Big Data Analytics as a Service; Accelerating Your Big Data Strategy

Data is at the center of everything, providing opportunities for information-centric decision making and process improvement. Data is now viewed as an enterprise asset - No longer is technology the driving force in an IT environment. Information now drives future business decisions, not the technology. As data becomes a fundamental asset of the enterprise, organizations need to extract the most pertinent information out of existing data to create new value. Having this new wealth of big data information also presents challenges including analyzing the data and sharing it across organizations to get the most value out of it. Having the right analytics tools to look at the data is crucial coupled with trained staff that know what they are looking for and not overlook key information. While government agencies have domain expertise, they also need skilled data scientists, tools and infrastructure to unlock the value of their data assets. Buying products won't solve your data analytics problems. Big Data as a Service is an out of the box service that pairs a cloud platform with custom analytics. This approach allows rapid integration best of breed analytics with your unstructured data at a low cost entry-point where you pay only for what you actually need, not what you might need. It is unique in the government marketplace.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:01pm EDT

Matt Clemens, Security Solutions Architect, Arxan Technologies

Pretty much everyone has a mobile device now. Lots of feds even carry more than one. And so the security of those devices and the apps on them have become increasingly important. How can you better secure those devices? And just what is the state of mobile security now? Matt Clemens, a security solutions architect at Arxan Technologies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain. The short answer is there's a lot of work still to do.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:19am EDT
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Cmdr. David Ditallo, National Defense University

The National Defense University offers a new course focusing on cyber intelligence. Cmndr. David Ditallo is teaching that course at NDU's Information Resources Management College. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the course, and what it entails.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:14am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - March 27, 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, the Senate passes it's budget plan and a group of congressmen want to reform the Secret Service.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 07:25am EDT

David Bray, CIO, FCC

You think you're facing cybersecurity threats now just wait. Cyber threats coming at agencies will dramatically expand over the next five years as the amount of data and the use of mobile devices grow. It means agencies and contractors both need to think differently about cybersecurity. David Bray is the FCC's chief information officer. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about some potential ways to stay afloat in the rough cyber seas ahead.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 06:26am EDT
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March Madness gives agencies a how-to guide to build championship HR teams

Liam Ackland, president of NGA.NET North America, encourages agencies to model their recruiting strategies after successful college basketball teams, which traditionally shy away from "one-and-dones."

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:43am EDT

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops headed to war zones using flawed intel analysis software

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:10am EDT

Navy seeks data analytics to help overhaul personnel practices

The Department of the Navy plans to use one of the three projects in its Innovation Cell to create data analytics for talent management. The goal of the cell is to rapidly acquire commercial IT by involving industry early in the requirements process.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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GOP-controlled Senate ok's budget plan

The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:40am EDT

New cybersecurity models driven by tsunami of data, devices

David Bray, the Federal Communication Commission's chief information officer, said the rate of increase around the world of information and computers is forcing agencies to rethink their focus on security. He said managing behaviors, working in teams and copying the public health approach are part of the long-term considerations.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:26am EDT
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Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval

Senate pushes toward approval of conservative budget to erase red ink, cut trillions

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:16am EDT

Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The fifth generation of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract at NASA releases some winners Thursday. Companies have been waiting for SEWP V for a long time now, so the release of the names is good news for the winners, and not so good news for the ones that aren't on the list. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose we know so far about SEWP V.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:41pm EDT
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Ron Prater, Partner and Co-Founder, Corner Alliance

Leaders at the National Institute of Health have a new BRAIN to leverage. The Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network is based in the cloud, and it's ready for other agencies to leverage. Ron Prater is partner and co-founder of the Corner Alliance, one of the co-developers of the program. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how BRAIN works.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:37pm EDT
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Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

When the Government Accountability Office rules in favor of a contract protest, it doesn't automatically mean the protester wins the contract. That happened in a recent case involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bill Welch, a partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's one of two important lessons federal agencies and contractors need to learn from this case.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:35pm EDT
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NASA announces winners of SEWP V contract

NASA has released the awardees of the multi-billion dollar SEWP V contract for two of the four procurement groups.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:20pm EDT

Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, wants to alter the chain of command in the defense acquisition reform process. But his reform bill also zeroes in on the Pentagon's IT acquisition process. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president for public sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those details of the bipartisan bill will help the Defense Department keep its technological edge.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
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Air Force gives sex assault victims a voice to their choice'

Lt. Col. Andrea deCamara, chief of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency's Special Victims Counsel Division, said victim empowerment is extremely important. "The conviction is not what we'd like to focus on for the victim; it's empowering the victim to be able to make informed choices," she told Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month radio show.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:52pm EDT

Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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