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New captain, advisers leading Commerce more deeply into open data

The Department of Commerce will hire its first-ever chief data officer, Secretary Penny Pritzker said recently. Pritzker also is establishing a data advisory council and introducing a "developer portal," which she said will help advance the agency's open data initiatives.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:28am EDT

OMB expands requirements under some cross-agency management goals

The Office of Management and Budget will collect spending and budget information from agencies to ramp up personnel security. This management priority accompanied other requests in a memo released Friday, which also included agency's benchmarking and providing customer service data.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:03am EDT

Agencies need to put laser focus on business optimization

Now is not the time to play 'small ball.' As budgets shrink, agencies should be bold as they look to improve mission effectiveness and modernize operations, says Beth McGrath, former deputy chief management officer at the Pentagon.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 02:34am EDT

Feds of the future: Not a pretty sight!

Here's a sobering thought: Will the federal worker of the future be a hybridized version of his or her counterpart in the U.S. Postal Service?

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Army intelligence system DCGS-A pulled from key test

Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network, DCGS-A, from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 08:18pm EDT

Silicon Valley on the Potomac

Keith Trippie, a former DHS IT executive, offers a unique approach to funding technology programs that borrows partly from the intelligence community and partly the start-up culture on the West coast.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 05:42pm EDT

Retired feds on career and retirement

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan as they welcome a couple of retired feds into the studio.
July 21, 2014

Monday - 07/21/2014, 05:36pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The goal to get a spending bill done for your agency looks less and less likely by the time the fiscal year ends September 30th. And the other work Congress thought it could get done -- reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs -- seems to be hitting a wall too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and he shared the progress for both of these major pieces of work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, MOAA

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will consider the nomination of Robert McDonald as the next VA Secretary tomorrow. If the Senate confirms him, he'll inherit a Veterans Health Administration that hasn't had a major review of its healthcare system since the mid-1980s, according to the Military Officers Association of America. Vice Admiral Norb Ryan is president of MOAA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Congress and the White House should build a commission focused on reforming the VHA.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Steve Kelman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Federal agencies that want cheap web design and app developer contracts face a potentially large roadblock called the the Federal Acquisition Regulation. One reason is a part of the FAR that can limit how numerous (and how cheap) an agency's IT options are. Steve Kelman is professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He said those requirements are scaring smaller companies away from competing for those types of IT contracts on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Restructuring the way the federal government organizes its employees is all of a sudden a big focus on Capitol Hill. Bills to change or kill the General Schedule are already floating around, and more may come. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census looked at the future of the General Schedule with witnesses from the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Managers Association, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Government Accountability Office. Robert Goldenkoff is Director of Strategic Issues at the GAO. He told the committee HR management in the Federal government has been on the GAO's High Risk list since 2001, but he said not all the news is bad on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Guy Timberlake, American Small Business Coalition

The fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 is in full swing. Last year's fourth quarter saw federal agencies hand out $125 billion in new contract obligations, according to Guy Timberlake. He's chief visionary and chief executive officer of the American Small Business Coalition. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors can find plenty of ways to take advantage of the fiscal year-end spending spree -- as long as they take a simple approach.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

Congress has put the onus on federal contractors to make sure they are not including counterfeit or obsolete parts in equipment they sell to the government. The law was passed in 2012. Only now has the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council come out with a proposed rule. It requires contractors to report counterfeits, suspected counterfeits, and anything they suspect of being non conforming. The proposed rule covers primes, sub contractors, and subs to subs, all down the line. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel to the Professional Services Council, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what contractors think of the new rule.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:07am EDT
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John Cymbalsky, Energy Department

An Energy Department program designed to help consumers save money and the environment wasn't doing so well. It was hampered by lawsuits and a tug-of war between manufacturers and environmental groups. Then John Cymbalsky became program manager in 2010. Since then, the Energy Department has spit out energy-efficiency standards at double the pace. Now, he's nominated for a 2014 Sammies award. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what he did differently to fix the program.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:05am EDT
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Nancy Flynn, Founder, ePolicy Institute

More than a few eyebrows were raised last month when members of Congress learned that IRS officials may have sent instant messages instead of emails. They allegedly made the switch after learning that the messages would not be preserved as federal records. The agency may not have preserved the messages, but that doesn't mean they're not federal records. Nancy Flynn is the founder of the ePolicy Institute. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give advice on preserving instant messaging.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:01am EDT
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Don Kettl, Professor, University of Maryland

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has filled out its leadership under an unusual political deal. The Senate has confirmed the agency's Enforcement Chief Norman Bay to chair the commission. But he will have to wait nine months. In the interim, Acting Chairman Cheryl LeFleur will continue to lead the agency. Bay will serve as a board member while learning the ropes. Don Kettl is a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual case.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 10:59am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - July 21, 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, Housing and Urban Development plans to add 1,000 jobs, and the Transportation Security Administration is crowdsourcing for ways to speed up airport screenings.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 08:04am EDT

FAR Council's broad reading of counterfeit parts law causes concerns

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council would require all contractors at the prime and sub levels to report counterfeit or suspected counterfeit parts to the government.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Reform yoga: Bend over and smile

When your political bosses tell you to bend over and await further instructions, chances are you are about to be reformed. So if you've been there and done that, get ready for another exercise in excellence, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 02:00am EDT
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