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3:01 pm, February 1, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Earlier this month, the Defense Information Systems Agency announced a major reorganization. It says the changes would help drive cybersecurity into everything the agency does. But DISA will never have unlimited resources, so it's now moving toward a "risk management" approach to cybersecurity: Accepting risk in some areas so that it can make sure that what really matters is highly secure. The risk management executive is a new position within the agency's organizational chart. DISA Risk Management Executive Mark Orndorff talked about the new cyber philosophy with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

Federal agencies are experiencing a drought of IT professionals. The best way to get around it is to build an elite team of IT experts that can spearhead innovation at your agency. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient, and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ideas for how to build that elite cadre of IT professionals.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:35pm EST
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John Pendleton, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO

The Defense Department knows it wants to reduce the size of its headquarters, but it doesn't know exactly how. John Pendleton, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the Pentagon should plan to trim down its management offices.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:32pm EST
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Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A new outreach initiative at the Thrift Savings Plan comes from their Enterprise Risk Management Office. That Office is about two years old. The TSP wants the longest list possible of potential risks to their operation. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the TSP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the ERM Office's new effort will look at risk in a number of different ways.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Steve Beltz, Senior Consultant, Guidance Software

Federal agencies need three critical ingredients in place for data to make a lasting impact on their mission. That's according to Steve Beltz, senior consultant for Guidance Software, and former assistant director of the Recovery Operations Center for the RAT Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he promoted the "three-legged stool approach" to federal agency data.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:13pm EST
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Pace of IT biggest challenge for agencies moving to cloud

Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, sat down with Women of Washington to discuss how the government can leverage cloud computing solutions.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 01:14pm EST

Online Chat: Mark Orndorff, risk management executive & CIO, DISA

Mark Orndorff, risk management executive & chief information officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his agency's new risk management organization and DoD's evolving approach to cybersecurity.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 11:00am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Henry Ford once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he's 20 or 80." You can apply that to the world of contracting, where everything is part of a bigger picture. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." His fourth Commandment is "Thou shalt stay informed." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said the more you know, the better protected you'll be.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:42am EST
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Eric Bachman, Office of Special Counsel

The Office of Special Counsel is helping Veterans Affairs employees bounce back after they've been punished for blowing the whistle. The office has obtained relief for 25 employees and counting. OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, Eric Bachman, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the operation.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:40am EST
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Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

We now turn to hopes of restoring native plants, preserving bird habitats and helping farmers cut pollution. The Agriculture Department has approved the first set of projects under a new program designed to get the rest of us investing in conservation. Congress squeezed the regional conservation partnership program into last year's mega farm bill. Jason Weller, chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the new program and its projects.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:36am EST
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John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The Obama Administration has two years to go two years with a Republican-led Congress. Some might assume not a lot will be done in these two years. "Oh contrare," says John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain further.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:30am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - January 27, 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, federal employees get an extra two hours this morning, a former Army prosecutor has been found guilty of rape and other sexual assault charges against multiple victims and a government employee has come forward to say he was the one who flew the drone that crashed yesterday on the White House grounds.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 08:09am EST

Contracting Commandment #4: Thou Shalt Stay Informed

Every contract or subcontract in which you are involved is just one part of a much bigger picture, says procurement expert Tim Sullivan. And the more you know about the big picture, the better you will be able to protect your organization. So, what publications should you be reading daily to stay in the loop? Sullivan offers a few of his favorites.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:31am EST
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Federal agencies open Tuesday under two-hour delay

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are open Tuesday under a two-hour delayed arrival, and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 03:49am EST

Orphans of the storm

Winter's here and we're all weathering the storm together. What's your blizzard survival secret? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 03:00am EST

Public satisfaction with government services lowest in 16 years

A new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index says that Americans' satisfaction with the services they receive from the federal government continue to decline. In addition, the public, by and large, is more satisfied with the services it receives in the private sector.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 02:00am EST

USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:30pm EST

Cooperative purchasing agreements: How can they benefit you?

Consultant Harold Good and immixGrop co-founder and Senior Vice President Steve Charles give us their take on cooperative purchasing agreements.
January 26, 2015

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:15pm EST
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De-stressing your life

Health and fitness consultant Patti Hudson joins host Bob Leins to discuss what you can do to de-stress your life.
January 26, 2015

Monday - 01/26/2015, 07:47pm EST
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VA begins biggest transformation in history

The massive reorganization the Veterans Affairs Department has unveiled begins with a simple premise: everyone should work from the same starting point. VA said it has now created a single map made up of five regions that the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, the National Cemetery Administration and several other offices will work from instead of the nine separate regional maps that existed previously.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 06:27pm EST
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