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PTO's new approach to IT system development begins to pay off

John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office's chief information officer, said moving to an agile approach and creating small teams of experts is helping the agency get capabilities to the mission area faster and more successfully.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 11:40am EST
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Eddy Mentzer, Manager, Defense Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership's goal is simple. They want to eliminate one of military families' biggest problems: finding employment for the spouse of the service member. Because of frequent relocation, military spouses often face high unemployment rates and a significant wage gap in the jobs they do have. Through the initiative known as Joining Forces, 38 new organizations joined the Employment Partnership program earlier this month. Eddy Mentzer is the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program manager. On the Federal Drive, he gave Tom Temin an update on the program and the companies involved.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:47am EST
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Mark Geyer, Orion Program Manager, NASA

NASA's Orion is on her way home for the holidays. The spacecraft is being transported to Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a successful first test flight, splashdown, and recovery. Orion will be examined and disassembled so NASA researchers can prepare for the next stage of its Space Launch Systems programs. Mark Geyer is the Orion program manager at NASA. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what comes next.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:44am EST
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Friday federal headlines - December 12, 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, tension between the executive and legislative branches took a new twist, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says farewell to his colleagues and Congress approves a bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's lifecycle funds.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 08:38am EST

Government shutdowns: The 'real' losers

Many federal employees were impacted by the 2013 government shutdown. But the negative effect such shutdowns have on some groups, such as government contract employees, often goes unnoticed, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 02:00am EST

Pentagon lays out plan for new combat ship

The Pentagon announces the Navy will upgrade its littoral combat ship program and build a more lethal fighting vessel that can better survive today's volatile security threats.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 12:08am EST

OMB holds shutdown calls 'over abundance of caution'

As a matter of "caution," the Office of Management and Budget discussed shutdown contingencies with agencies today as Congress continues to debate a bipartisan budget deal. Federal funding runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 05:24pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Your agency's funding runs out at midnight, but it's not panic time like it's been so many times in the past. There is a tricky path -- but a doable one -- for Congress to get its business done and get out of town. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call and writer of the Hawkings Here blog, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the last minute maneuvers on the Hill.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:13pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget are collecting more data to put in the new Prices Paid Portal. That portal lists prices without giving information on terms and conditions of the contract, market conditions or commitment requirements. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's little skeptical of the new model.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:11pm EST
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog is down by about 10,000 claims in the past 10 months. The average processing time is at 37 days. OPM says an updated case management system will help it do better, but it's not sure yet what exactly that system will look like. Jessica Klement, legislative director for National Active and Retired Federal Employees, and her association's president, Richard Thissen, testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Census. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the concerns she's hearing from NARFE members.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:07pm EST
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Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

The U.S. Transportation Command fired its incumbent vehicle shipping contractor, America Auto Logistics. Instead, it gave the award to International Auto Logistics for $38 million less. USTRANSCOM said AAL's past performance isn't worth the higher price tag. But big problems with IAL's services have the agency thinking it may have gotten what it paid for. Bill Welch, partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, is following this protest for the Washington Business Journal. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what contractors can learn from this case.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:59pm EST
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Leading America's workforce: Did President Obama hit the mark?

President Barack Obama proposed reforms to the Senior Executive Service got a mixed response Tuesday. But former DHS senior executive Jeff Neal says Obama's plan is a change for the better.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 02:37pm EST

Inside some of the "Best Places to Work"

We get the inside scoop from some of this year's award winners.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 02:03pm EST

Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force

The Air Force recently completed a test launch of one of its Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 5,000 mile flight test was supported by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and several other contractors. So how does the Air Force maintain readiness of the ICBM fleet? How can it assure the Commander-in-Chief that in the unlikely event of a real launch, the 40-year-old missiles would go where they're supposed to? Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander of the 20th Air Force, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the test flight and the ICMB program.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:30pm EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

When awarding a competitively-bid contract on past performance, you better make sure you look carefully at references the bidders provide. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found this out the hard way. It lost a protest when a services contractor complained ICE didn't do its due diligence on past performance. The Government Accountability Office agreed. In this week's Legal Loop Segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the lessons learned from the case.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:26pm EST
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Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Telehealth and mobile health technology will become more common as the federal government moves into a new phase of Health IT priorities. The new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 lays out five goals for collecting, using, and disseminating interoperable information. 35 agencies contributed to the plan. Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the strategic plan.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:21pm EST
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Obamas sort gifts in annual Toys for Tots drive

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama helped sort donated gifts on Wednesday at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling as part of the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 09:36am EST

Thursday federal headlines - December 11, 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 White House wants to withhold documents on a Justice Department investigation into the CIA's torture program, construction of a giant new Veterans Affairs near Denver has come to a grinding halt and a bill to address cyber attacks at agencies heads to the President's desk.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 08:41am EST

OPM plots steps to modernize retirement system IT in 2015

Office of Personnel Management officials told the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Census about its plan to buy a case management system. The case management system will serve as the foundation for yet another attempt at modernizing the retirement system.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:27am EST
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FBI: Cyber attack against Sony would have bested most federal defenses too

Whether or not North Korea was behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, its level of sophistication suggests it was sponsored by a country, not a group of hackers. And the FBI believes the same attack could just as easily have penetrated most sophisticated networks, including government ones.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:50am EST
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