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9:40 am, July 25, 2014

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Obama appoints new members to labor-management council

President Barack Obama has appointed four new members to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Union leaders from the Teamsters, American Federation of Government Employees, Federal Education Association and National Association of Government Employees will advise the President on federal labor relations.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Jim Silkenat, National President, American Bar Association

There are a lot of reasons the Department of Veterans Affairs has a huge backlog of disability claims. One is the vast number of new claims VA receives: about a million per year. A second is the sheer complexity of the process and the statutes and case law behind it. VA seems to be acknowledging the complexity of the system in a new partnership it's just formed with the American Bar Association. The new Veterans Claims Assistance Network will offer pro-bono legal services to veterans so that they can put together fully-developed claims. Jim Silkenat is the national president of the American Bar Association. He explained how the program will work on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:10pm EDT
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How ICE has found success with online training

Although cutbacks in training and travel normally create challenges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Student and Exchange Visitor Program is benefiting from its money-saving transition to online conferencing.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:03pm EDT
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Christopher Zember and Jay Harrison

The Defense Department has some significant blind spots when it comes to its ability to assess what's going on in the global technology landscape -- especially in the commercial and non-defense markets. DoD officials are keenly aware of the problem, and there's a nascent effort underway to help solve it. The new Technology Domain Awareness initiative is a project of DoD's Information Analysis Centers. Christopher Zember is the director of the Information Analysis Centers. And Jay Harrison is the director of the Center for Smart Defense at West Virginia University, which is helping DoD get the TDA effort of the ground. They explained the initial drive behind TDA on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Proposed Senate USPS reforms could save $17 billion

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's postal reform plan would save just under $17 billion. Changes to the agency would include maintaining increased postal rates and cutting delivery to five days per week.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:54pm EDT

OPM releases new employee engagement tool

The Office of Personnel Management is giving agencies a way to better understand and utilize data gleaned from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) and OPM's Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI).

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:36pm EDT

GSA to be 'more forceful' in real-estate decisions

The General Services Administration needs to step up its leadership to take advantage of cost-saving real estate opportunities, according to House members participating in a recent round table discussion.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

Army bid to take Apache helicopters from Guard loses first Senate test after states resist

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:30pm EDT

SBA delays in implementing rule changes costs small contractors millions

Lawmakers and small business contractors are wondering why the Small Business Administration has not implemented the procurement reforms that President Obama signed into law 18 months ago.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:14pm EDT

The public-private future of NASA

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, former NASA Deputy Director Lori Garver gives her take on the agency's future.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 11:39am EDT

NOAA faced with tough choices as hurricane-tracking planes near end of lifespan

NOAA planes used for tracking and forecasting hurricanes -- known as the P-3 Orion -- are reaching the end of their lifespan, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 10:25am EDT

The F-35 gets good and bad news

The F-35 is back in business, at least on a limited basis. The military is allowing some flying capabilities. It was grounded back in June when part of the engine of a U.S. Air Force F-35 A-model broke apart and ripped through the top of a jet as it prepared for take-off. As a result, the plane will not fly in the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 09:55am EDT

Levi Gundert, Technical Lead, Cisco

The Justice Department is asking Congress for more resources to fight cybercrime. Yesterday, a top official told Senators cyber criminals are becoming so sophisticated that the department, and the FBI in particular, are adapting their tactics and tools on a minute-by-minute basis. That might not be fast enough. The FBI estimates 500 million computers are infected by botnets each year, meaning that there are 18 victims per second. Levi Gundert is a former secret service agent and now a technical lead with Cisco's Threat Research, Analysis and Communications team. He told Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the government deserves credit for building partnerships that can track and find cyber criminals.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 08:57am EDT
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Ed Grace, Craig Hoover, Fish and Wildlife Service

It's been about six months since the Fish and Wildlife Service began the process of implementing a near-complete ban on commercial trade in ivory. There are very few exceptions, like for musicians traveling internationally. The service recently cracked one of the biggest wildlife trafficking rings to date. Ed Grace is the deputy assistant director for the agency's Office of Law Enforcement and Craig Hoover is chief of the Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch in the International Affairs Program. Hoover told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how this new effort got started.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 08:46am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - July 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 House will vote on funding for agencies through fiscal 2015, and the Office of Personnel Management releases a new data tool for agencies.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 08:11am EDT

Home Alone: What did you do during the shutdown?

Back in the day, when the draft was still around, kids used to ask, "What did you do during the war, Daddy?" Today, in major federal centers, they want to know what you were up to this time nine months ago?

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:00am EDT

Containers: A new variation on virtualization

Chris Carlson, CEO of Retriever Consulting, discusses the benefits of a new aspect of virtualization called containers.
July 15, 2014

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:55pm EDT
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What's the latest from Capitol Hill?

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., will give us an update on the procurement issues being discussed on Capitol Hill.
July 15, 2014

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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Lawmakers, OPM seek facelift for aging GS system

There's growing consensus on Capitol Hill and from the Obama administration that the pay and personnel system used by the federal government since 1949 and infrequently updated is showing its age and due for a major facelift. Lawmakers probed the General Schedule system Tuesday during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 06:11pm EDT

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

As Congress tries to piece together the big National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, it's also looking back to the version of the bill it passed two years ago and asking what ever happened with some of those provisions. The 2013 version of the NDAA included several provisions dealing with small business that made advocates happy. But several of those legal changes are still awaiting agency regulations to actually implement them. The House Small Business Committee held a hearing on the matter earlier today. Larry Allen was among the witnesses. He's president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He shared his insights on the neglected proposals on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 05:13pm EDT
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