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2:24 am, October 2, 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.

Dr. Rana Hajjeh, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

From cracking down on Medicare fraud to giving paralyzed veterans the ability to walk, over the past several months we've been telling you about the great work of this year's Service to America Medals nominees. The winners were recognized at a gala in Washington last night. Tom Temin spoke with this year's Federal Employee of the Year. Dr. Rana Hajjeh is director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She told Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her work and what's next.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:01am EDT
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John Teeter, Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG

Health care is a major concern of the federal government. That's one reason why health IT and health informatics are growth industries. Now the long standing American Council for Technology Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has formed a Federal Healthcare Working Group. Its initial focus will be on informatives. John Teeter is managing director in the Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he's helping the ACT-IAC effort.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 09:40am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - September 23, 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, U.S. forces launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, and the Postal Service adds 9,000 jobs.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 08:48am EDT

Pantless in D.C.

You've no doubt heard about someone "losing their shirt." Have you heard the one about the senior correspondent who lost his pants? Mike Causey has and he lived to tell about it.

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
September 22, 2014

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:32pm EDT
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A look at your federal retirement annuity estimate!

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein takes you through the process of understanding your retirement annuity estimate.
September 22, 2014

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:15pm EDT
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SEC giving $30M, biggest whistleblower award yet

The Securities and Exchange Commission is giving its biggest award yet, about $30 million, to a whistleblower who provided key information that led to an enforcement action in a fraud case.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:10pm EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

President Barack Obama's signature makes the continuing resolution through Dec. 11 official. And the leaders of the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate are already at work on a spending plan for the rest of fiscal 2015. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the committee's work on the omnibus bill.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is out of sync with the General Services Administration and their plan to consolidate DHS headquarters. Poor planning is causing cost overruns and delays, and the construction project still has another 12 years to go. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency about the progress on the $4.5 billion project, and shared his insight on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel's decision last week to move out of the federal chief information officer's position and into a more operational role for the U.S. Agency for International Development caught most people by surprise. But after spending more than three years as the federal CIO, many experts surmise VanRoekel's decision was as much about stepping into a new role fighting the Ebola virus as it was that he probably needed a change. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about VanRoekel's legacy in his bi-weekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. Jason tells In Depth with Francis Rose what some are saying about Steve VanRoekel's impact on federal technology.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

A continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11 now has President Barack Obama's signature. It prevents a full government shutdown from kicking in on Oct. 1, but it doesn't do much else for federal employees. Colleen Kelley is president of the National Treasury Employees Union. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed the impact of the CR for her members.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Charles Tiefer, Law Professor, University of Baltimore

A contracting loophole denies small businesses the chance to land subcontracting opportunities with the Defense Department. The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program removes the requirement for prime DoD contractors to report their small business subcontracting plans. That leaves them without an incentive to meet their small business goals. Charles Tiefer is a law professor and contracting expert from the University of Baltimore. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's time to end the 25-year old test program.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Johnson pitches DHS regional commanders as part of 'unity' campaign

Drawing upon his past as the Pentagon's top lawyer, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson envisions a clearer chain of command at DHS that would improve coordination among the department's 22 separate agencies.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 03:48pm EDT

Senate leaves Social Security's Colvin, others, waiting for confirmation

The Senate left Washington without confirming several of President Barack Obama's nominees for the executive branch, including Carolyn Colvin, his choice to lead the Social Security Administration.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 12:24pm EDT

Greg Wilshusen, Government Accountability Office

Open enrollment for health care insurance through the federal exchange is coming around again. Congress, among others, is wondering if the exchange and its website HealthCare.gov are secure. The Government Accountability Office took a look. It found some issues. Greg Wilshusen is the information security issues at GAO. He testified last week about what auditors say need to be done. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
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Reginald France, Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General, Miami Regional Office

Each year, fake Medicare claims filed by medical equipment suppliers, home health care agencies and pharmacies bill the federal government out of billions of dollars. Florida is considered ground zero for health care fraud. One reason is a big portion of its residents are over the age of 65. Reginald France is an assistant special agent in charge at the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General office in Miami. He and his team led Medicare fraud investigations resulting in nearly 700 convictions in South Florida. For their work, team members are winners of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal in this year's Service to America Medals. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss his role in the investigations.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:28am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - September 22, 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, Gen. Ray Odierno says sequestration will significantly degrade the Army's ability to carry out its mission, and a bill passed in the Senate would remove administratively uncontrollable overtime pay for border patrol agents.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:22am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel has decided to move out of the federal chief information officer's position. He'll be taking a more operational role for the U.S. Agency for International Development. That decision caught most people by surprise. Some who know him think VanRoekel was attracted to the challenge of fighting the Ebola virus. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about VanRoekel's legacy in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what some are saying about Steve VanRoekel's impact on federal technology.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 06:27am EDT
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Pentagon's new version of Better Buying Power focuses on ‘technical excellence'

The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am EDT
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Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT
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