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1:33 pm, December 19, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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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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Jenny Mattingley, Director of Government Affairs, Senior Executives Association

The Office of Personnel Management wants to change your agency's performance rating system for senior executives. Its proposal is in the Federal Register, and time's running out to weigh in with your own comments and critiques. Jenny Mattingley is director of government affairs for the Senior Executives Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what the new system might look like.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:06pm EST
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Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Several US government buildings lose power

Several US government buildings lose power because of transformer, construction troubles

Monday - 12/15/2014, 01:54pm EST

Retirement savings: Auto-enrollment in the TSP's lifecycle funds begins next fall

Now that Congress has passed the Smart Savings Act, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is programming a new savings default option for those who join the federal government late next year.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 01:15pm EST
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Innovation and Tech Superiority through Acquisition Reform

Challenging the status-quo of federal networks, and what can be done on the technology and procurement fronts to get new, lower cost, more efficient, and non-proprietary technology into agencies.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 12:32pm EST

Senate cancels vote on Obama Social Security pick

Obama pick to head Social Security runs into more trouble; Senate cancels confirmation vote

Monday - 12/15/2014, 11:28am EST

Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

NASA's launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That's the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they're all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency's findings.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:31am EST
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Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Congress is capping the pensions of top military officials in 2015. As part of National Defense Authorization Act, pensions for generals and admirals will be trimmed to ensure they make no more in retirement than they did on active duty. That reverses a 2007 law designed to help retain officers during wartime. What effects, if any, will this have on the military's ability to retain its senior officers? Larry Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look at this measure.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:55am EST
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Monday federal headlines - December 15, 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 says today is its busiest mailing day of the year, the Senate over the weekend agreed to a $1.1 trillion 2015 spending bill now awaiting President Obama's signature and Congress passes a bill to crack down on overtime pay at Customs and Border Protection.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 07:47am EST

Could solutions used to fight Ebola be a new model for procurement?

USAID's Ebola Grand Challenge opened the door for a new set of vendors to offer their products and services to the government. Contractor Doug Burr wonders if this could be a new way for agencies to procure products.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:21am EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST
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