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10:07 pm, January 29, 2015

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Tom Simmons, Area Vice President, Public Sector, Citrix

From law enforcement to population counting, the federal government is going mobile. Nearly every department has at least one mobile computing deployment going on. And that preference for BlackBerry is melting away fast. Tom Simmons, public sector vice president at Citrix, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer an overview of mobility trends in 2015.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:41am EST
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John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
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Dr. Donald Reago, Director, Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, CERDEC, U.S. Army

Army scientists and engineers are advancing sensors research in hopes of giving future soldiers enhanced situational awareness. Soldiers of 2025 and beyond may wear sensors to help detect and prevent threats like dehydration or elevated blood pressure. Dr. Donald Reago is the director of the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the possibilities.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:22am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - January 22, 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, officials are investigating a Navy officer who may be connected to the death of a civilian, a former Postal Service employee fails to deliver 1,000 pieces of mail and two Navy warships are waiting in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, in case the State Department needs to evacuate Americans from the country.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 08:03am EST

With money in the bank, Patent and Trademark Office sets long-term agenda

The Patent and Trademark Office can plot a long-term strategy for the first time, thanks to newfound financial security, said Deputy Director Michelle Lee. Her top priority: improving patent quality.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 05:28am EST

DoD intel chief Vickers gives cyber premier priority status

Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, said cybersecurity and terrorism are his top two short- and long-term concerns. He said protecting space-based systems is becoming more important than ever. Vickers also wants to continue to transform the military intelligence community to meet ever-changing threats.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:22am EST
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Why the Sony hack marks a new age of cybersecurity

The hackers that went after Sony wanted the company to know it was under attack and they wanted to do it harm, says Rob Roy of HP Enterprise Security Products. In a new commentary, Roy says the attack was a watershed moment in cybersecurity, marking a change in attackers' motives.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 03:03am EST

IRS' tale grows legs

The mainstream media has finally caught up to what Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has been reporting on for months: that budget and staff cuts at the IRS are negatively impacting the tax agency's ability to do its job.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 03:00am EST

Navy officer fired, probe involves affair, suspicious death

The Navy captain in charge of the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired and is being investigated in connection with an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 12:28am EST

Obama taps longtime aide to replace Podesta in senior role

President Barack Obama has chosen Brian Deese, a veteran White House aide and a deputy director in his budget office, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer, White House officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 09:10pm EST

Fearless forecast

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will predict what's ahead for federal workers and retirees in 2015.
January 21, 2015

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 08:07pm EST
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Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

An Obama Administration initiative to fund social programs relies on one critical factor. Agencies had to use a data-driven and evidence-based approaches for planning and spending. Ron Haskins, senior fellow for economic studies at the Brookings Institution and author of "Show Me the Evidence," tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the evidence-based funding approach works.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Earl Crane, Senior Principal, Promontory Financial Group

Cybersecurity was a prominent part of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech last night. He made a direct request to Congress for more legislation that would impact cybersecurity policy and protection. Earl Crane is senior principal of the Promontory Financial Group, and former chief information security architect at the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the cyber State of the Union.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:28pm EST
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Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey

The Supreme Court makes a decision today on a whistleblowing case at the Homeland Security Department. DHS fired an air marshal for blowing the whistle on the Transportation Security Administration after it canceled overnight missions during a hijacking alert. Mathew Tully is a founding partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the details of the case.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:25pm EST
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House bills slash federal workforce, start possible hiring freeze

A collection of new House bills aim to slash the federal workforce, let go of 120,000 civilian employees at the Pentagon and take back top secret security clearances for contractors in the intelligence community.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:13pm EST

Supreme Court decision helps clarify whistleblower protections

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court's decision that Robert MacLean is eligible for whistleblower protection. The TSA fired the former air marshal for leaking information to the media.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:17pm EST
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Don't ask GSA how many full-time teleworkers it has - it doesn't know

An inspector general audit slams the General Services Administration's telework program. It says the agency poorly tracked employees who work outside the office and the costs they incurred.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:00pm EST

Supreme Court rules in favor of fired whistleblower

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former air marshal who was fired after leaking plans to the media about security cutbacks can seek whistleblower protection.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 01:30pm EST

GSA begins issuing SmartPay Chip & PIN cards to agencies

The General Services Administration expects to hand out over 1 million new SmartPay cards this year. The new cards include an embedded microprocessor chip that will enable data to be encrypted differently each time the cards are used.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:55am EST
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