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6:32 am, December 22, 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.

Russian Air Force accused of recklessness

NATO says Russian air force jets are a danger to civil aviation in the Baltic region.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 10:55am EST

Tuesday federal headlines - December 16, 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 Veterans Affairs Department is getting some help from IBM's Watson, the Senate confirms Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocks a bill that aims to reduce the number of veteran suicides.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:30am EST

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer producing-states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year's list.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:04am EST
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 - from senior executives to civil service reform.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:00am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government contracting can be a very useful tool for enhancing social and economic changes that Congress deems worthy. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." Sullivan has been exploring these myths on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Today Sullivan tackles the penultimate myth - number 9: Only the big guys succeed. That myth seems easy to debunk given the amount of small business contracting the federal government does ... but not everyone reads past the headline of the big awards.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:56am EST
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David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

A Veterans Affairs hospital construction project is shaping up to be a classic failure. Late and over-budget, the billion dollar Denver facility is only 62 percent complete. And now a court rules, the contractor could legally walk away from the whole thing. Judges for the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals say the VA has acted in bad faith. This mess has not escaped notice of the Government Accountability Office. David Wise, the director of physical infrastructure issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more of what went wrong and whether it can be salvaged.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:49am EST
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Bill Evanina, Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Now that all of the people have been gathered at the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the work begins on building the same mindset. The new center houses ODNI employees, detailees from 15 agencies and contractors. What are they doing? For answers, we turn to Bill Evanina, the National Counterintellgence Executive (NCIX) and director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. On the Federal Drive, he told Tom Temin how the Center is working to prevent bad actors from getting security clearances, and making sure cleared people don't stay cleared if they no longer qualify.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:38am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

For cybersecurity, research and development and defense contracting, the Washington D.C. region carries a lot of weight. Now that Congress has passed a 2015 federal budget, lots of companies are looking to see how cyber, R&D and defense programs are likely to fare in the coming year. Jonathan Aberman has been looking into this. He's the managing director of Amplifier Ventures in Northern Virginia and the founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI, which brings new companies to the federal market. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for some analysis.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:31am EST
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Metro suspends train service on 3 lines in DC

Metro says train service has been suspended on the blue, orange and silver lines between Farragut West and L'Enfant Plaza due to a water main break at Metro Center.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 06:40am EST

Contracting Myth No. 9 - Only the big guys succeed

Congress ranks small business right up there with motherhood and apple pie. Small businesses should take advantage of this fact, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 03:27am EST

401(k) shakeup coming?

Federal and postal investors are entitled to feel a little bit smug as they follow what could be a landmark pension management case involving one of the nation's biggest firms. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says so can the people who set up and run the federal Thrift Savings Plan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Baylee Crone, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Nearly one in three homeless veterans calling a Veterans Affairs help hotline was sent to voicemail in fiscal 2013. That's just one of the issues uncovered in an Inspector General's report on the VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. The VA has pledged to make changes to the call center. But as the temperatures dip, what other challenges lie ahead in supporting homeless vets? Baylee Crone, executive director at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on these problems and details on her testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 12:01am EST
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Planning for several reasons

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein discusses year-end planning and benefit opportunities in 2015.
December 15, 2014

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:25pm EST
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What's working in marketing to the government

Mark Amtower hosts a roundtable discussion of content marketing, thought leadership, and trends in the federal market.
December 15, 2014

Monday - 12/15/2014, 08:21pm EST
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OPM proposes new metrics for FEHBP

The Office of Personnel Management wants comments on a new framework to measure the effectiveness of the insurance carriers under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 05:51pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The granddaddy of cybersecurity legislation has a new heart and soul. The Federal Information Security Modernization Act is on the way to President Obama for his signature. FISMA was one of five cyber bills Congress passed over the last week. In his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a few of the most important changes agencies should expect from the bounty of cyber laws.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:49pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The spending bill for the rest of fiscal 2015 -- except for the Homeland Security Department -- is on President Obama's desk, waiting for his signature. Congress was supposed to be gone by now; but, the Senate is still in session, and they may not leave for a while. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the confirmation parade the Senate is on.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:46pm EST
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Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

17 federal contractors each claim to know the best way to modernize the retirement system at the Office of Personnel Management. Those vendors pitched their ideas to OPM at an Industry Day earlier this year, and now the agency's gearing up for its fifth attempt to modernize its system. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said OPM needs to weigh its options carefully so the fifth try is the one that finally sticks.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:22pm EST
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

A bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's Lifecycle funds is ready for President Obama's signature. But first your agency needs to hire new people for that bill to make a difference. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted the federal hiring outlook for 2015.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:18pm EST
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Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow of Strategic Studies, CSBA

The Navy knows three things about its plan to build a stronger version of the Littoral Combat Ship. The first is it has the green light from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The second is who's going to build it. And the third is who's going to build it. Bryan Clark is senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's former Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and Director of his Commander's Action Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Navy's plan to buy two different versions of the small surface combatant ship from two different companies.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:11pm EST
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