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7:04 am, November 21, 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.

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the next year, most of the Army's IT users at the Pentagon will see the PCs under their desks carted off and replaced with virtual desktops. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the Army's on an aggressive schedule to finish the project by the end of next year.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:32pm EST
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Anil Karmel, CEO, C2 Labs, Inc.

The next phase of FedRAMP will include a two-year roadmap to help agencies understand cloud-based cybersecurity better. FCW reports the roadmap will be ready in the next six months. Anil Karmel is founder and CEO of C2 Labs and former deputy chief technology officer of the National Nuclear Security Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his own advice for federal agencies to keep their cloud systems safe and compliant.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:30pm EST
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Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

More than 1,000 employees at the Veterans Affairs Department face disciplinary action over the next year. VA Secretary Bob McDonald says he's taking an aggressive approach towards the people responsible for long wait times and malpractice cover ups. Carol Bonosaro is president of the Senior Executives Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley the senior executive service won't have access to due process like other employees if they're punished.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:27pm EST
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in history, according to the Pew Research Center. When Republicans take over the Senate in January, they'll deal with President Barack Obama entering his lame duck years. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared legislation that helps federal employees she'll try to push through the political standoff.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:25pm EST
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

A renewed focus on customer service is at the heart of the massive re-org at the Veterans Affairs Department. VA Secretary Bob McDonald says the agency will hire a Chief Customer Service Officer. John Salamone is vice president for FMP Consulting, and former Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He's bringing his workforce management experience and knowledge to the National Academy of Public Administration as one of their new fellows. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared advice on how the VA can successfully deliver its promise for better customer service.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:20pm EST
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Dr. Michael Matthews, Professor, US Military Academy

The study of the psychology of the enemy, and one's own force and strategy, is becoming increasingly critical because of the new kinds of threats the country faces. One expert in that field suggests a psychological surge is necessary for the U.S. military to succeed in the future. Dr. Michael Matthews is an engineering psychology professor at the U.S. Military Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why some people are wrong to consider the term "war psychology" an oxymoron.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:06pm EST
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From Army sniper to IT professional: One vet's story of his transition to civilian life

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. A wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five-Nine Group.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 12:09pm EST

ATF CIO says technology refresh will push mobile

In a technology overhaul that will replace hardware as old as five years, Rick Holgate, CIO at the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the agency will move towards mobiles devices, including tablets.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 11:42am EST
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HHS pioneers responsive website design, shares out template

It seems like everyone has a smartphone or tablet device these days, and that new-found ubiquity has forced federal agencies to rethink their mobile sites — specifically how they're laid out. Leading the charge in increasing mobile friendliness is the Health and Human Services Department (HHSD), which recently moved its own site to a repsonsive design template. And now it's sharing its code with any federal agency that wants it.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:47am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy and Marine Corps peg 2017 as the date they'll integrate their public internet connections into a shared cybersecurity architecture. But the services say they still have some unanswered questions about who pays for what. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this and more in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 08:09am EST
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John Grant, General Services Administration

Although many have retired, the later wave of Vietnam veterans are still active in the federal workforce, including John Grant, the Region Eight customer accounts and research director in the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. At one time in special forces, Grant worked in the technology industry before joining the federal government. He's also active in the ACT-IAC group. Grant spoke with Tom Temin at the recent ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:40am EST
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Rick Holgate, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Around federal information technology circles, Rick Holgate's name is roughly synonymous with mobile computing. As CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Holgate is an early and enthusiastic adopter of mobile technologies. But what's new eventually gets a little dated. Now ATF is about to undergo a pretty big technology refresh. Rick Holgate joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:38am EST
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Randy Tharp, Director of Business Development, Five 9 Group

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. He's a wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, and he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five 9 Group. Tom Temin spoke to Tharp on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:31am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Thompson Coburn and Public Contracting Institute

Subcontractors live in a sort of netherworld. They often don't deal directly with the government, and they're subject to capriciousness by the primes. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. In today's installment, Sullivan tackles myth number four: It's better to work as a subcontractor because our company won't be exposed directly to the government the way a prime is. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:30am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - November 11, 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, more details emerge about the VA's restructuring, PTO employees face allegations of telework abuse and fraud, hackers broke into the USPS systems and compromised data on 800,000 employees and more.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:39am EST

Government Contracting Myth No. 4: It's better to be a subcontractor because primes are too exposed

Every contract presents risk, but a smart subcontractor realizes this and takes careful and prudent steps to mitigate that risk, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This column is the latest in the series, 10 Myths of Government Contracting.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:50am EST

What are you doing to help our returning heroes transition to civilian jobs?

More than 1 million veterans are expected to re-enter the workforce during the next five years and it's the business community's responsibility to help them, says Deloitte's Janet Foutty. She says the nation owes it to today's newest veterans to help them find the right opportunities, the right access to education and the chance to enjoy the future they fought so hard to protect.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:23am EST

Cooperative purchasing agreements: How can they benefit you?

Consultant Harold Good and immixGrop co-founder and Senior Vice President Steve Charles give us their take on cooperative purchasing agreements.
November 10, 2014

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:15pm EST
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Open season and Walton Francis

Insurance expert and author Walton Francis answers your questions about FEHBP Open Season.
November 10, 2014

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:13pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is coming back to Washington tonight after the mid term elections. But it's not the new Congress -- it's the same Congress that was here before the election, the same one that left your agency's budget on hold. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the work the House and Senate appropriations Committees are doing to get ready to fund your agency for the rest of fiscal 2015.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:14pm EST
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