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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 10:33am EST

Justice applying lessons learned in kindergarten to IT

Joe Klimavicz, the Justice Department's chief information officer, said shared services needs to be part of the culture of the organization. His office launched version 1 of the IT shared services catalog late last year.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 10:08am EST
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James White, Director of Tax Issues, GAO

The IRS has a problem. It needs to send refund checks to law-abiding taxpayers in a timely fashion, while also looking out for identity thieves. A new report from the Government Accountability Office says one way to do that is to change the formula the agency uses to assess identity theft fraud. Last year, the IRS handed out $6 billion in fraudulent claims. James White, the director of tax issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report's findings.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:23am EST
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Administration's cyber sharing proposal a 'policy puzzle,' not a panacea

DHS officials tell Congress that while liability protections are key to encouraging companies to share cyber threat data with federal agencies, the department must also work to earn their trust. It must also work through a "policy puzzle" regarding roles and responsibilities surrounding information sharing.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:22am EST
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Lt. Col. Scott Nelson, Cyber P3 program manager, U.S. Army Reserve

Cyber challenges are more prevalent than ever. That's driving the need for more people with the professional skills necessary to prevent and mitigate attacks. To that end, the Army Reserve has launched a new partnership to build its network of cyber warriors. The program is designed to train soldiers in cyber warfare for both the Reserve and private sector employers. Lt. Col. Scott Nelson is the Army Reserve's Cyber P3 Program Manager. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how it all works.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:13am EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - February 26, 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 government watchdog files a complaint over a congressman's travel spending, the Transportation Security Administration says more than 90 percent of its employees would still report to work in the event of a shutdown and Senate vote on funding the Homeland Security Department could come as early as today.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 08:33am EST

How to unleash the full potential of GSA's Federal Supply Schedules

The full potential of the FSS program remains untapped, says Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. In a new commentary, he offers two key contracting reforms he believes will bring the program into the 21st century.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:24am EST

Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate

Senate on track to fund Homeland Security without immigration limit; House uncertain

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:14am EST

TSP or an annuity? Look before you leap!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares some expert advice on why converting your TSP balance to an annuity might not be a good idea.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:00am EST

State Dept. official charged with soliciting minor

Police: State Department counterterrorism official charged with soliciting a minor

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 07:40pm EST

Dick Gregg, Managing Director, HJ Steininger

Some agencies have ambitious modernization goals because of the DATA Act. The Treasury Department replaced 30 legacy payment systems last year. But some plans work better than others. Dick Gregg is former fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department and managing director of H.J. Steininger. He's using his experience at the Treasury to think of the three best ways to take advantage of the DATA Act, and he shared them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:03pm EST
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Steve Krauss, Corporate Development Officer, Censeo Consulting

The Office of Management and Budget has directives on shared services on the desks of agencies across government. But cultural issues may be the big holdup from the government realizing the benefits of shared services. That's according to a new conclusion by the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group. Steve Krauss is corporate development officer at Censeo Consulting Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the analysis from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:55pm EST

Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:41pm EST
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Bill Hartung, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy

Chairman John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Pentagon doesn't have a sequestration problem. Instead it has a spending problem. Bill Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of the report "Promising the Sky: Pork Barrell Politics and the F-35." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the F-35 program is the perfect starting point for defense acquisition reform.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:16pm EST
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Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST

DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

DHS shutdown twofer: Burning money and morale at the same time

Former DHS chief human capital officer Jeff Neal talks about the real costs behind shutting down an agency.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:01pm EST

NIH plans massive overhaul of Bethesda campus

The National Institutes of Health has big plans for its Bethesda Campus 500 pages of plans, to be specific. The plan includes everything from replacing buildings to clearing traffic congestion to changing landscaping.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 11:25am EST
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Scott MacFarlane, Investigative Reporter, NBC NEWS4 I-Team

Federal employees are using their government-issued credit cards to buy gas for themselves, and sometimes friends and family. A lot of it in fact. A review of federal audits and court records by the NEWS4 I-Team found about 260 such cases. Scott MacFarlane is an Investigative Reporter with the NEWS4 I-Team. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what they found.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:44am EST
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