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Federal News Radio News Stream

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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

OPM final rule bestows flags for fallen feds

Two years after passage of the Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011, the Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule to grant flags to the families of fallen feds.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:20am EDT

Neil Fretwell, Operations Director, ISS Global

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have a new tool to help them zero-in on terrorists. Dfuze is a software application that helps investigators link bomb fragments to bomb makers. The software has been adopted by the U.S. Special Operations Command, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other organizations in 20 countries. Neil Fretwell is operations director at ISS Global and former lead investigator at the United Kingdom Police National Bomb Data Centre. He joined Tom Temin via skype on the Federal Drive to talk about the software.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Irma Westmoreland, Chairwoman, National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has ramped up referrals to private doctors in order to get patients the care they need more quickly. But several unions that represent VA employees argue, the uptick in referrals could signal a shift toward privatizing the VA. This all comes as Secretary Robert McDonald aims to fix how the VA treats its veterans following major reform legislation passed by Congress this past summer. Irma Westmoreland is a registered nurse and chairwoman of National Nurses United for Veterans Affairs. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with her take on changes at the VA.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:11am EDT
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Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Nobody likes Congress, at least that's the conventional wisdom. One group of people especially peeved these days is technology executives. Many of those in Silicon Valley have opened their wallets to politicians. But they don't like the legislation, or lack of legislation, they're getting. Julian Hattem, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:08am EDT
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Chris Zinner, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services

Just when you thought airlines and cable companies could do no worse, American consumers say the federal government is even worse when in comes to customer service. That's according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The Partnership for Public Service and Accenture say in a report that agencies should work together if they want to get better. Chris Zinner, managing director at Accenture Federal Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the report. Read related article.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:07am EDT
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USIS pushes back against 'misleading allegations'

The troubled federal contractor issued a release to try to separate myth from fact about its handling of security clearances.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:02am EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - September 9, 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, air strikes against ISIS will widen, and fewer military recruits are testing positive for HIV.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 08:15am EDT

New VA secretary promises flatter, more open organization

Robert McDonald, the new secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. He's promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages dissent.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:56am EDT
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DHS: 'Worst is over for now' on border

The Obama administration renewed its plea Monday for Congress to provide additional money to deal with the unaccompanied migrant children at the border, even as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared that "the worst is over for now."

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:00am EDT

Phased retirement: Ready, set, go?

Do you dive headfirst into cold water? Maybe you prefer to ease into it. If so, you might feel the same way about retirement. For those "easing in" kind of feds, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey suggests you consider phased retirement.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

The end of FY 2014, SES reform, and more

Tom Temin, anchor of the Federal Drive on Federal News Radio, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss a wide range issues including the end of the fiscal year, and a possible SES exodus.
September 9, 2014

Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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Top Senator calls for review of military equipment use by civilian police

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review a program that provides high-powered rifles and other surplus military equipment to civilian police departments across the country. The Senate's second ranking Democrat on Friday said he has long been concerned about their use of military equipment and military-style tactics by local police departments. He said the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer gives "new urgency" to a review of the Pentagon program.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 06:42pm EDT
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