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State Dept. official charged with soliciting minor

Police: State Department counterterrorism official charged with soliciting a minor

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 07:40pm EST

Dick Gregg, Managing Director, HJ Steininger

Some agencies have ambitious modernization goals because of the DATA Act. The Treasury Department replaced 30 legacy payment systems last year. But some plans work better than others. Dick Gregg is former fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department and managing director of H.J. Steininger. He's using his experience at the Treasury to think of the three best ways to take advantage of the DATA Act, and he shared them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:03pm EST
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Steve Krauss, Corporate Development Officer, Censeo Consulting

The Office of Management and Budget has directives on shared services on the desks of agencies across government. But cultural issues may be the big holdup from the government realizing the benefits of shared services. That's according to a new conclusion by the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group. Steve Krauss is corporate development officer at Censeo Consulting Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the analysis from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:55pm EST

Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:41pm EST
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Bill Hartung, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy

Chairman John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Pentagon doesn't have a sequestration problem. Instead it has a spending problem. Bill Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of the report "Promising the Sky: Pork Barrell Politics and the F-35." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the F-35 program is the perfect starting point for defense acquisition reform.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:16pm EST
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Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST

DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

DHS shutdown twofer: Burning money and morale at the same time

Former DHS chief human capital officer Jeff Neal talks about the real costs behind shutting down an agency.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:01pm EST

NIH plans massive overhaul of Bethesda campus

The National Institutes of Health has big plans for its Bethesda Campus 500 pages of plans, to be specific. The plan includes everything from replacing buildings to clearing traffic congestion to changing landscaping.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 11:25am EST
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Scott MacFarlane, Investigative Reporter, NBC NEWS4 I-Team

Federal employees are using their government-issued credit cards to buy gas for themselves, and sometimes friends and family. A lot of it in fact. A review of federal audits and court records by the NEWS4 I-Team found about 260 such cases. Scott MacFarlane is an Investigative Reporter with the NEWS4 I-Team. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what they found.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:44am EST
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Ricardo Herring, Director of Facilities Planning, National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health's massive Bethesda campus is going to undergo quite the facelift over the next couple of decades. NIH has put together a 20-year, 500-page plan for the campus that will include 17 new buildings. Ricardo Herring, the director of the Division of Facilities Planning at NIH, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what NIH is planning.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:04am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A good reputation might be a government contractor's most valuable asset. That makes maintaining integrity one of the most important activities. So says Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the eighth commandment: Thou shall maintain thy integrity. It might seem like common sense, but it's impossible to overstate its importance.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:00am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - February 25, 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,

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 07:45am EST

DHS: New cyber threat center is not strictly about cyber

The forthcoming Cyber Threat Intelligence Center would not only serve as a centralized hub for cyber intelligence, but also would fuse cyber information with other intelligence sources and serve as a central point for declassifying secret data about cyber threats.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:20am EST
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VA seeks budget help to beat back backlog of disability claims appeals

The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting $20 million in fiscal 2016 to move its appeals processes from a mix of paper and electronic processes to only electronic. The additional funding is part of VA's $4.13 billion IT request to Congress.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:58am EST

In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

With partial shutdown looming, Republicans offer to vote on Homeland Security funding

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:22am EST

Surviving 2015: What are the odds?

Will the federal pay raise be 1.3 percent or 3.8 percent or something higher or lower -- or nothing at all? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:00am EST

Will new Federal CIO Tony Scott make feds eat dog food?

Federal News Radio's Tom Temin asks if 'dogfooding' can help federal IT.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 02:32am EST

A look at the 2016 defense budget

Bloomberg Government analysts Robert levinson and Cameron Leuthy join host Roger Waldron to to talk about what's in the fiscal year 2016 defense budget.
February 24, 2015

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 07:56pm EST
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Understanding challenges in federal procurement

Contraqer President Scott Keough and CEO Dwight Gibbs join host John Gilroy to discuss the challenges IT companies are having in providing goods and services to the federal government.
February 24, 2015

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 06:56pm EST
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