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12:06 am, April 24, 2014

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.

Fear not: The case for shared services in government

Faced with decreasing budgets and shocks such as sequestration, agencies can no longer afford to carry out business-as-usual with respect to common support services.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 12:50pm EDT
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Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute

Federal cybersecurity officials are in knots over the Heartbleed threat. The vulnerability potentially affects a common data encryption system used on internet servers. Homeland Security says federal web servers are OK. Qualys has a free online SSL Server Test that can analyze a web server. Alan Paller, director of research at the cybersecurity education firm SANS Institute, explained the threat to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health agency is streamlining healthcare. It's standardizing the clinical process across its 57 hospitals and 300 clinics and cutting back on excess medical supplies, with the help of the Defense Logistics Agency. Dave Bowen is director of health care IT and chief information officer of the Defense Health Agency. Navy Capt. James Poindexter is acting division chief of Medical Logistics Shared Services. In this week's edition of Agency of the Month, they tell Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson how the new processes save the agency money. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:52am EDT
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Yevgeniy Feyman, Fellow, Manhattan Institute

The Veterans Affairs Department has paid out $200 million in wrongful death suits to 1,000 families over the past decade. That number brings up questions about the quality of care in VA centers. VA says it investigates every preventable death. It says they represent a tiny fraction of the people who receive care at its medical centers. Yevgeniy Feyman is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute specializing in health care policy. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how VA's death rates compare with all hospitals.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:47am EDT
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OMB: Plan for implementing security-clearance fixes coming soon

In the coming months, the federal government will release a detailed plan for implementing more than a dozen recommendations to improve the security clearance process, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert. The government's recommendations, which were included in an interagency report published by OMB last month, call for "continuous evaluation" of clearance holders and strengthened oversight of the background-investigation process.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:45am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Watchel

The Supreme Court stands by the government's expansion of federal jobs deemed sensitive to national security. A few weeks ago, the high court refused to hear an appeal in a case stemming from the demotion of a Defense Department employee. He managed a commissary and did not have access to classified information or a security clearance. But the government considered his job "sensitive," barring him from appealing the demotion to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Attorney Lynne Bernabei told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the court's decision means for all federal employees.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:44am EDT
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CIA clarifies Brennan's Ukraine visit

With all the misinformation flying around about what's happening in Ukraine, the CIA is disconnecting Director John Brennan's weekend visit to Kiev from the crackdown in eastern Ukraine. "The claim that Director Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations inside Ukraine is completely false. Like other senior U.S. officials, Director Brennan strongly believes that a diplomatic solution is the only way to resolve the crisis between Russia and Ukraine," said a CIA spokesperson in a statement.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 08:41am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - April 16, 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, the Government Printing Office is a step closer to getting a much wanted name change, and the Air Force plans to cut its civilian workforce next year.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 08:11am EDT

Intel agencies ready to start deploying shared IT systems

After two years of planning, the intelligence community is ready to start deploying the set of common IT services that make up the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE).

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 03:54am EDT
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Sex and your salary

When you get your paycheck deposit notification, do your thoughts automatically turn to sex? If not, maybe they should, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

What's hot and what's not

Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm from Accelerated Growth Strategies will discuss new technologies that could help federal agencies save money and operate more efficiently.
April 15, 2014

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 08:08pm EDT
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The state of the national security market

David Ramirez, general manager of the Federal Solutions business unit at the L-3 National Security Solutions group, will discuss innovation and what agencies are looking for in terms of services and technologies.
April 15, 2014

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

Social Security suspends program that seized tax refunds to recoup decade-old overpayments

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 06:42pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says it's time to start deploying the project known as ICITE, a common IT environment for the entire intelligence community. More details from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:15pm EDT
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Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management, OMB

Beth Cobert, the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management, spoke at a Professional Services Council luncheon this afternoon. Among her top priorities is rolling out the President's second-term management agenda. Cobert says the new plan targets the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs. She shares a preview of her long to-do list with In Depth with Francis Rose

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:11pm EDT
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John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

PerformanceStat meetings are supposed to be a constructive opportunity for your employees to collaborate on your agency's priorities. But more often than not, they're probably just boring. John Kamensky, senior fellow and associate partner at the IBM Center for the Business of Government, writes about the "Secret Sauce of Effective Progress Reviews." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose cartoon characters may hold the secret to making your agency's progress reviews more valuable.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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Pat Niehaus, National President, Federal Managers Association

The Government Accountability Office will take a close look at the morale of federal government employees. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) ask for a full review of federal workforce trends from the GAO. And the Office of Personnel Management will soon have a better idea of feds' job satisfaction. It's sending the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey later this month. Pat Niehaus, national president of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose a solution for your agency's morale problems is coming from the inside.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:00pm EDT
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Martha Dorris and Ira Hobbs

The latest small business contracting numbers numbers show agencies are struggling to hit their goals for doing business with small businesses. Those companies and entrepreneurs want to bring innovation and agility to the federal government, but they struggle to navigate the process. Martha Dorris, deputy associate administrator at GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies and ACT-IAC Small Business Conference Government chair, and Ira Hobbs, principal at Hobbs & Hobbs and former chief information officer at the Treasury Department and ACT-IAC SBC industry chair, tell In Depth with Francis Rose small business could hold the keys to success for your next IT project.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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Massive explosion in Nigeria kills dozens

On Monday at 6:45 a.m. local time in Abuja, Nigeria, a large explosion rocked a crowded bus station in the Abuja suburb of Nyanya. Nigerian authorities say at least 71 people died in the blast and more than 150 were seriously injured. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but authorities believe terror group Boko-Haram placed a large vehicle-borne explosive device in the area.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 01:34pm EDT

Cuts, tax loopholes and sequestration - April 4, 2014 and April 18, 2014

This week on AFGE's Inside Government, Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness discusses the realities of tax reform; Bill Press of the Bill Press Show talks about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the midterm elections, Union Radio and sequestration; Katherine McFate, president and CEO of the Center for Effective Government examines the impact of current federal funding levels; and, AFGE National President J. David Cox explains why AFGE is advocating for a 4 percent pay increase for government employees.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 10:36am EDT
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