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9:34 pm, April 16, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Cristina Boccuti, Senior Associate, Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare made millionaires out of a small group of doctors in 2012. A politically-connected Florida ophthalmologist got nearly $21 million in reimbursements. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It released information on more than 880,000 health care providers, but the American Medical Association says the data dump will do more harm than good. Cristina Boccuti, senior associate on Medicare policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the database and how someone can use, or misuse, it.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:02am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In the years that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal agencies made it a priority to create an integrated intelligence community. But one of the IC's top leaders says it's time to move to a new model, from "Integrated Intelligence" to "Immersive Intelligence." Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, previewed some of the agency's priorities in a conversation with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Long will offer more details about NGA's plans at the annual GEOINT conference in Tampa next week.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:28am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's been a tough few years for federal employees. From pay freezes to furloughs and a government shutdown, can it get any worse? Federal News Radio asked readers on the website, what if this is as good as it gets? Web Manager Julia Ziegler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what readers had to say. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:25am EDT
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The Navy Charts A Course for Information Dominance

For the U.S. Navy, Information Dominance has become just as important a pillar in its warfighting strategy as fast planes and sturdy warships. This week on AFCEA Answers, our guest, Vice Admiral Ted Branch, USN, the Navy's N2/N6 and Director of Naval Intelligence, explains how industry can benefit from understanding the Navy's priorities when it comes to Information Dominance. He will also explain how he manages to juggle four different jobs that are all related to the mission of Information Dominance.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:12am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - April 11, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the Senate passes their own version of the DATA Act, and more information from Russia could have helped prevent the Boston Marathon bombing.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 08:04am EDT

Fired nuke commander will retire at lower rank

Fired two-star general who commanded Air Force nuke missile corps will retire at lower rank

Friday - 04/11/2014, 05:00am EDT

DoD's latest efficiency push revolves around service contracting

A group of functional domain experts are reaching out to the military services and agencies to look at service contracting spending across 12 areas. The Defense Department's goal is to use strategic sourcing to improve how it buys in these categories. The Army created a governance board to bring together all stakeholders during specific points of the acquisition process to find opportunities to collaborate.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:25am EDT

Former Marine convicted of murder, could face death penalty

An ex-Marine was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday. He is already serving a life sentence for previous crimes and could face execution.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 03:55am EDT

Influential African-American women write to Hagel

Sixteen black female members of Congress are pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to change Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. The Associated Press reports the members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color." They say that references in the rules calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women "unkempt" and "matted" are offensive and show a lack of "cultural sensitivity."

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

30 years of asking: 'Are we there yet?'

The person who first said, "Getting there is half the fun," probably didn't work for the government, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And certainly didn't have to commute in D.C., Boston, New York or LA. So how do you do it?

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

All things AFCEA

Kent Schneider, president and CEO of AFCEA, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about the organization, and its activities in the government market.
April 14, 2014

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 09:28pm EDT
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House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

House Republicans approve Ryan budget that calls for big cuts to health programs

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 07:33pm EDT

McCaskill drafting new IG bill with focus on small agencies

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told a panel of agency IGs that she's currently drafting legislation that would pool together resources and establish an IG office specifically for the dozens of small agencies that fall outside the scope of the 1978 IG Act.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:18pm EDT

Federal Student Aid shifting toward a customer-centric approach to IT

Jerry Williams, the CIO of FSA, said he's reorganizing his office to establish customer service representatives to help the mission areas use IT more successfully.
April 10, 2014

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 01:54pm EDT
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Richard Levi, General Counsel, General Services Administration

The federal government market has provided a great living for a large number of contractors for a long time. But doing business with the government also comes with a heavy dose of regulation and oversight. That was the topic of a panel discussion Thursday at the Coalition for Government Procurement spring training conference. Richard Levi, counsel to the inspector general at the General Services Administration, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, which broadcast live from the conference. View photos and listen to interviews from our coverage.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:22pm EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - April 10, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, IRS employees are in hot water for violating the Hatch Act and Virginia Congressman Jim Moran loses his bid to give members of Congress a $25 per diem.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:19pm EDT

Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

It's one thing to know the government spends a few hundred billion dollars a year on goods and services. It's a lot harder to capitalize on the opportunities. Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst for Bloomberg Government spoke Thursday about which agencies are buying, and what they need. He also spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, which broadcast live from the Coalition for Government Procurement Spring Training Conference. View photos and listen to interviews from our coverage.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:10pm EDT
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Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford and Roth

How much control can agencies exert over employees' behavior when they are on work trips? And in social-work situations, what are the hard-and-fast rules that employees should follow? Two recent incidents make us ask. The Secret Service recently recalled three agents from an overseas trip after they were caught drunk. On the other hand, the Veterans Affairs Department has rehired an employee who admitted to drinking and driving on a business trip. A passenger fell out of his van and died. In this week's, Legal Loop, federal employment attorney Debra Roth discusses these thorny issues with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:01pm EDT
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Debbie Hersman, Chairwoman, National Transportation Safety Board

The long-time leader of the National Transportation Safety Board is stepping down at the end of the month. Chairwoman Debbie Hersman says it's been "a great ride." Under her leadership, the board has challenged the transportation industry and other government agencies in the name of passenger safety. Hersman told Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp she is moving on to what she calls a second "dream job" as the head of a safety advocacy group.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:40am EDT
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