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2:16 am, May 26, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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David Walker, Senior Strategic Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers

A leadership vacuum may be the biggest holdup to transforming government operations. David Walker, the former Comptroller of the United States, is now with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why political appointees should think of themselves as executive leaders: chief operating officer types -- not just secretaries -- or whatever titles they have.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:19pm EDT
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Controversial agency rule-making bill advances in House

The All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2015 advanced Tuesday in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee along party lines, with some Democrats saying it would add red tape on top of red tape for agencies trying to finalize rules.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:06pm EDT

From bomb-detecting elephants to catfish inspections, new waste books slam agency spending

Agencies are wasting more than $1 billion on duplicative and unnecessary programs, according to two new reports from members of Congress.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 03:44pm EDT
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IGs given power to subpoena former feds, contractors under new bill

Inspectors general would have the power to subpoena former feds and contractors to testify in cases of fraud or waste of more than $100,000, or when criminal activity is suspected.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 02:54pm EDT

State Dept. plans release of Clinton emails by next January

State Dept. proposes releasing portions of 55,000 pages of Clinton emails by next January

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 11:39am EDT

Dan Waddell, Director of Government Affairs, ISC2

Despite significant investments in cybersecurity, the government's current state of readiness leaves a lot to be desired. That's according to security managers themselves, responding to the latest survey from ISC2. Dan Waddell, director of government affairs for the National Capital Region of ISC2, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the Global Information Security Workforce Study.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - May 19, 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 House passes six bills related to veterans, a new bill in the House seeks to bring down the government's costs for employees' prescription drug benefits and with lots of federal leases expiring, Congress sees a chance at reining in the dollars spent on office space.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 09:05am EDT

Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service

Forest Service researchers expect 2015 to continue the trend of above average fire activity. That's according to testimony Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently delivered to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. That forecast means the Forest Service's costs could exceed one billion dollars. Chief Tidwell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how his service is preparing for a long, hot summer.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 09:00am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The Merit System Protection Board's new report on due process doesn't just talk to federal employees. It says a lot to managers. The report covers how agencies can handle adverse personnel situations, and what kind of constitutional protections employees enjoy. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to highlight the managerial impact.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 08:55am EDT
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Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has nominated senior officers to lead the Army and Navy. He recommends Adm. John Richardson to be the next chief of Naval operations, and Gen. Mark Milley to be the Army's next chief of staff. Both now face Senate confirmation. What sorts of challenges will they face atop these military branches? Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 08:54am EDT
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Disaster Resilience for America - May 19, 2015

On this edition of "Disaster Relief for America", hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Robert Salesses, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA).

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 08:51am EDT

TSP aims for better customer service, participant education

In a few years the Thrift Savings Plan could feel more like a private plan. With a more participant-focused strategy the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board will make a shift to providing greater access and flexibility and a more informative customer service experience.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 05:28am EDT

Republicans clash over NSA surveillance powers

Republicans clashed over the future of government surveillance programs on Monday, highlighting a deep divide among the GOP's 2016 presidential class over whether the National Security Agency should be collecting American citizens' phone records in the name of preventing terrorism.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:20am EDT

How benefits, financial and tax planning coordinate with each other

Certified financial planner John Jilek joins hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott to discuss tax brackets, TSP distributions, retirement tax rates and more.
May 18, 2015

Monday - 05/18/2015, 08:07pm EDT
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Content marketing in business to government

Business development and capture guru Carl Dickson discusses how contractors can improve their content marketing and business development efforts.
May 18, 2015

Monday - 05/18/2015, 08:05pm EDT
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New bill aims to improve oversight of FEHBP prescription drug benefits

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced a new bill that would improve federal oversight of the prescription drug benefits of federal employees and retirees and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 06:30pm EDT

Bill aims to save government billions of dollars on leased space

The legislation represents a "limited, tremendous" opportunity to fix the General Service Administration's leasing process, as half of federal buildings' leases expire soon.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 05:08pm EDT

Work of Cancer Genome Atlas leads to breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis, treatment

The Partnership of Public Service recently named Jean C. Zenklusen, Carolyn Hutter and the Cancer Genome Atlas Team as finalists for the 2015 Science and Environment Medal.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:56pm EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The defense appropriations process starts in earnest this week. The Overseas Contingency Operations fund will likely be at the center of debate for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. It will likely mark up its fiscal 2016 bill Wednesday. House Republicans want $38 billion in the OCO fund. But President Obama says he will veto any measure that uses the OCO as a way to avoid defense spending caps. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu how this might all play out before Congress breaks for recess next week.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The number of workers ages 65 and up will likely go up 23 percent by 2022. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says a heavier focus on education rather than work means the number of young employees in the workforce is going down. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, says as more Americans show an inclination to continue working later in life, government is a good place for people looking for a second or third career.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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