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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.

Jeffrey Rogers, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Ret.)

The Defense Department has mine detectors and satellites to watch for threats around the world. Now troops have an injury detector that can scan for brain trauma nobody can see. Jeffrey Rogers is program manager of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Science and Environment category for inventing a traumatic brain injury sensor. He explained how it works on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, is back from a round of visits to Army bases to see how they're dealing with climate change. She says readiness is dependent upon how they prepare for a future of limited energy resources. She explained what she saw on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Air Force C4I Innovation

In order to stay on the cutting edge of mission-focused innovation, the Air Force Research Lab's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. conducts research on matters regarding command, control, communications, cyber and intelligence, better known as C4I . On this edition of AFCEA Answers, we'll learn more about the activities of the AFRL Information Directorate from its director, George Duchak. He'll tell us how a newly-developed device that mimics the human brain - a neuromorphic computer - may someday help future Air Force officers make better and faster decisions. We'll also learn how AFRL scientists are teaming with local students to determine how to commercialize the results of their research. And, on this edition of AFCEA Answers, you can glean insights from Mr. Duchak on how to improve the acquisition of information technology.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 12:50pm EDT

The UK is helping out in Iraq

Britain's Royal Air Force has sent Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham to support humanitarian operations in Iraq. In a statement, the government says a small number of planes equipped with Litening III reconnaissance pods are being deployed. Litening III is an infrared targeting, navigation and reconnaissance pod. The system can capture advanced still images as well as video. The planes will be based in Cyprus and will be used notice to provide vital intelligence to assist the delivery of the U.K. aid.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 11:53am EDT

Breaking the gender barrier in scientific research

Dr. Nadine Kabbani, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University, joins the Women of Washington radio show to discuss the history of women in research science and the problem of getting more women interested in scientific fields.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 11:44am EDT

Brian Hitson, Office of Science and Technical Information, Energy Department

Following a White House directive, the Energy Department is putting the research it funds on a fast track to the public. It has launched a web portal it calls the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). It will provide free public access to accepted peer reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. Brian Hitson, acting director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained why DoE launched the portal.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A report on employees' abuse of telework is damaging a Patent and Trademark Office program long held as a model for other agencies. PTO's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to update the rules that define what work means. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful. Read Jason's related article .

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
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Ciera Crawford, Producer, Federal News Radio

Who in the federal government saves Uncle Sam money? Who makes money for him? Federal News Radio's special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, answers these questions. You know about the IRS and and Medicaid Fraud Control Units. But many other programs also keep an eye on federal coffers. In part one of our report, Ciera Crawford profiles three modern day federal Robin Hoods who redistribute the wealth. Read Ciera's related article .

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:19am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - Aug. 13, 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, HHS warns Americans that their health insurance may run out in September, and ICE releases detainees because it doesn't have enough funds to keep them.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 08:32am EDT

Agencies slow to move out on DHS cyber program, survey says

A large chunk of the government IT workforce that's charged with implementing the Homeland Security Department's new continuous diagnostics and mitigation initiative still doesn't know much about it. The lack of awareness is most acute with agency inspectors general. But those that have pressed forward with CDM say their networks have already become more secure or less costly.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 05:08am EDT
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PTO's telework troubles open new pothole in feds' road to success

The Patent and Trademark Office's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Experts say PTO's challenges are part of the growing pains of telework.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:51am EDT
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SSA OIG employees turn limited budget into 20-to-1 return on investment

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General almost tripled its goal to return $8 for every $1 spent on the agency. Between October 2013 and March 2014, the IG recovered millions in criminal convictions, audits and legal penalties, contributing to an overall 20-to-1 return on investment for American taxpayers. In part two of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the SSA OIG to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in billions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Dirty money: How asset forfeiture is returning billions to the federal coffers

In 2013, the U.S. Marshals Service sold more than 22,000 seized assets for a total of $2 billion. In part one of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the Justice Department's asset forfeiture programs to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in billions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 03:55am EDT
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Phased Retirement: Empowered or Embalmed?

Is the perfect job -- one with less work, a shorter commute and less time in the office -- within reach? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says phased retirement may hold the key to a perfect job for some feds.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Transforming data into smart business analytics

David Rubal, Public Sector Pre-Sales Consulting Manager with Tableau Software, will discuss how his company is helping agencies analyze and process big data.
August 12, 2014

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 08:27pm EDT
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What's the latest from Capitol Hill?

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., will give us an update on the procurement issues being discussed on Capitol Hill.
August 12, 2014

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Patent and Trademark Office's model telework program is in trouble after a negative report on employee abuses. PTO's challenges may demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful.v

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is off to a slow start in the move to a continuous monitoring approach to cybersecurity. They've been working at it for about a year. That's the bad news. On the plus side, the agencies that have gotten the ball rolling are already seeing good results. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Congress is in recess, which means your pay and benefits won't change -- at least for the next month. But budget conversations in September (when Congress comes back) may mean you should keep your ears open again. Congressman Chris Van Hollen is ranking member of the House Budget Committee and Democratic representative of the 8th district of Maryland. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the most important issue you should watch is money (of course!).

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:48pm EDT
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Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

Employees under the age of 30 make up about 7% of the federal workforce. Federal managers are looking for ways to attract millennials to government, but also get young feds who are in government to stick around. Virginia Hill is national president of Young Government Leaders. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said Generation Y craves feedback from their federal managers.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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