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7:24 pm, April 19, 2015

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Census Bureau guard shot and critically wounded at headquarters

A Census Bureau security guard was shot at the agency's headquarters in Suitland, Md., Thursday night. The incident began with a kidnapping in DC, continued to the Census campus, and ended back in the District after a police chase. Census employees were forced to shelter in place for hours before being allowed to go home.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:58pm EDT

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Despite reforms, VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:58pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department released Thursday its update to Better Buying Power. It includes marching orders to the acquisition community on how to recreate a technology gap between the United States and other countries. DoD officials worry the militaries of other nations are quickly closing that gap. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the 3.0 version of Better Buying Power includes a new emphasis on cybersecurity.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:56pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Washington, D.C. is a great place to look for business deals with federal agencies. But it's not the only place. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, has a top-three list for increasing federal business opportunities. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the first is to think outside of the capital city.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:51pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Millenials are leaving the federal government in big numbers. A lack of innovation is one contributor. The Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in Government research shows the government's innovation score is down again. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach for the Partnership for Public Service, says innovation, or lack thereof is a sticky topic in government right now.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:32pm EDT
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Rocky Galloway, Senior Counsel, General Counsel

Some companies team up to bid on an agency contract. But more organizations can complicate the details of the contract, and that can turn into legal trouble for some organizations. Rocky Galloway, senior counsel in the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a specific case where a team solution ended up in court.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Bid protests at the Government Accountability Office are up, according to the latest numbers from GAO. The actual number of protests in fiscal 2014 was 2,561. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable and former deputy administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the total number of protests is pretty small.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:22pm EDT
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Army deploying warfighting version of in-flight Wi-Fi

Within weeks, the Army says it will deploy systems that, for the first time, will give commanders access to the systems they need for mission command and planning, while they and their troops are airborne.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 12:55pm EDT
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Secret Service supervisor placed on leave after allegations

Secret Service supervisor placed on leave after allegations of 'potential criminal activity'

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 11:16am EDT

Katie Tubb, Research Associate and Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation

When Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced he would not run for re-election, he reopened the debate about nuclear waste disposal in this country. Reid had staunchly opposed a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain in his state. But never say never. Today five members of Congress, led by the Republican chairman of the House Environment and Economy Subcommittee are visiting the site. Katie Tubb is a research associate and coordinator for the Heritage Foundation who has studied this issue.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:21am EDT
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Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
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Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - April 9, 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, federal contractors can't discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees; Secret Service places a high-ranking supervisor on administrative leave after allegations and NASA scientists are confident they'll find alien life in the next few decades.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 09:54am EDT

Death by a thousand cuts or improving the civil service?

There are a lot of proposals floating around Washington that purport to be solely for cost savings or making government more efficient. Jeff Neal, a former chief human capital officer, examines these claims in a new commentary.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 06:00am EDT

GSA's schedule contract consolidation kicks major overhaul effort into gear

The General Services Administration plans to substantially complete the merger of eight professional schedule contracts into one by November. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said 440 professional services contractors owning more than 4,400 total schedules need to migrate to the new construct.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:03am EDT
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War of the Worlds: Gen X vs. Millennials

Whether you are about to turn 24 or are one of the many feds still working into their 80s, you have a stake in the next generation of civil servants, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 03:00am EDT

Millennials in the federal workforce

Susan Fallon, vice president for Global Strategy and Business Development at Monster Government Solutions will explain why federal agencies should be hiring more millennial workers, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times will bring us up to date on the House and Senate budgets.
April 8, 2015

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:27pm EDT

Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

The definition of the word "strategy" is changing at the Defense Department. And not in a good way. That's according to Frank Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the current definition of the word "strategy" needs to change in four ways, and should include some extra tweaks too.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, DHS

Customs and Border Protection is close to a final solution for its overtime problem. The agency has a program called Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, to give managers flexibility in scheduling. John Roth is Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. His office completes a deep dive on AUO at CBP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roth explained how the program works, the problems he looked at, and the progress the agency is making in fixing the issues.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:57pm EDT
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Christian Beckner, Deputy Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is releasing its latest annual report on the National Network of Fusion Centers. The assessment is the fourth the agency has released about how the fusion centers are functioning, and how well they're functioning. Christian Beckner is deputy director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this report corrects a misconception about where the money comes from for the centers.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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