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6:15 pm, September 16, 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.

Online Chat: Phased Retirement

Federal News Radio experts answer your questions on phased retirement.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 11:00am EDT

Claire Giordano, Senior Director, Quantum

These days, it's only a matter of time before the next data breach occurs. Just ask Home Depot, it could also be your agency. Hackers recently breached HealthCare.gov and installed malicious software. Although the attack took place in July, it took the Health and Human Services Department more than a month to detect it. Claire Giordano is a senior director at Quantum. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how network forensics can play a critical role in protecting agencies' data.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 10:01am EDT
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Security officials prepare for 9/11 anniversary

As the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, there are no specific threats against Washington or New York, but authorities are concerned about the rising power of militant groups around the world, which presents a complex terrorism picture. New York and Washington are still the top terrorist targets but U.S. intelligence officials recognize that the rest of the country is just a vulnerable.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 09:55am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - September 10, 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 House votes no on an EPA proposed rule, and the FCC awaits a flood of traffic on its website today as part of a protest supporting net neutrality.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 08:29am EDT

OPM plans to terminate contracts with USIS

An Office of Personnel Management official said Tuesday that agency officials decided not to renew USIS' background investigations and support contracts.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 07:05am EDT

Rep. Cuellar pushing for agencies to link performance, budget

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said he put provisions in the fiscal 2015 spending bills that build upon the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act in linking agency metrics to its budget request. He also added a provision that requires agencies to set customer service standards.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 05:34am EDT
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VA scheduling investigation finds misconduct in dozens of facilities

During an ongoing Veterans Affairs inspector general investigation, more than a dozen VA officials lied to investigators. Given what officials have learned so far, the practices that raised alarms in Phoenix are pervasive throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Nude sunbathing, retirement, death

For today's column, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey suggests you check on your nest egg, get your affairs in order and pack some extra sunblock.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Justice Dept. IG complains of interference

The Justice Department's inspector general said Tuesday that his staff is routinely blocked from getting access to documents it needs for audits and reviews of the department and its law enforcement agencies.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:50pm EDT

House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

House Republicans moved Tuesday to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:00pm EDT

Managing complex IT systems

Rebecca Halstead, president of the local chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis and David Pradko, vice president of Finance for the IIBA, will how their organization can help your agency with its software development projects.
September 9, 2014

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 09:57pm EDT
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Cybersecurity and CDM

Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Brad Medairy, will discuss how Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) can help your agency meet its cybersecurity challenges.
September 9, 2014

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 08:46pm EDT
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Federal whistleblowers face 'best and worst' of times, expert says

Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told a House subcommittee Tuesday that some agencies are circumventing the protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 06:09pm EDT

How the Government Will Buy Future Technologies, NextGov Prime

The Federal Acquisition Regulation gets in the way of innovative information technology acquisition in government, according to many industry leaders and even some agency IT leaders. Some experts believe the FAR can be, and should be, your friend for innovative procurement. A panel of experts addressed that idea at NextGov Prime 2014 with Dave McClure of the Veris Group, Joanne Woytek of NASA SEWP, Jaymie Durnan of the Defense Department and Karen Evans of the US Cyber Challenge. McClure tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose how the process that exists now is perceived.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 05:20pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency efforts to measure performance and continually improve upon those results are slow. Two House members want more action and more progress. That means new language in the House appropriations bill could hold your agency to higher performance standards. Congressman Henry Cuellar, author of the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act and co-author of the new Lean and Responsive Government Act, says there are some new spending provisions on performance management. He tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the GPRA Modernization act progress so far.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The VA patient scheduling scandal that began in Phoenix has expanded to an investigation that spans nearly 100 separate facilities. As the department's Inspector General works through the hundreds of complaints it's received about scheduling, it's becoming increasingly clear that the off-the-books scheduling practices were a pervasive, nationwide phenomenon. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:54pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration has two new tools to help federal agencies navigate the world of IT acquisition. The names of the programs should be a hint to what GSA's trying to do: One is called the Enterprise Acquisition Solution Integrated, or EASI -- and the other is the Assisted Services Information System, or ASSIST. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered predictions for how well the programs will live up to their names.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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Miguel Joey Aviles, Young Government Leaders

Agencies struggling to find talented young employees can find help outside the federal government. The group Young Government Leaders has its own university to connect young people with federal training and mentoring opportunities. Miguel Joey Aviles is chief learning officer for Young Government Leaders, and a talent management strategist for the Defense Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some data to help you understand if the federal new-talent pipeline needs some adjustments.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Dr. Tom Plaisted, Materials Engineer, Army Research Lab

The 3-D printing revolution now includes an effort to replicate the human skull. The Army Research Laboratory is working on skulls that can be used for research on brain injuries. Dr. Thomas Plaisted is a materials engineer at the Composites and Hybrid Materials Branch of the Weapons and Materials Directorate at the Army Research Lab. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the skulls won't solve the head injury problem, but they'll be an effective tool to help find a solution.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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VA customer-service warriors on mission to streamline veterans' needs

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has pledged to put veterans first at the department. Maureen Ellenberger is one of his warriors in the battle. As director of veterans relationship management at the Veterans Benefits Administration, she is trying to standardize the customer service that veterans receive and make sure their experiences are positive.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:02pm EDT
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