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7:17 pm, December 19, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Coming at you in fiscal 2015: Highlights of the omnibus

What federal employees should know about the $1 trillion, 1,603-page spending bill for fiscal 2015.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:32pm EST

Coalition forces continue to pound ISIL

U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:24pm EST

Feds praise, criticize Obama's proposed SES reforms

Federal News Radio polled its readers on how they felt about the President's proposed reforms to the Senior Executive Service. Many were "indifferent," but others said the reforms didn't go far enough.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:03pm EST

Dan Chenok and Rick Holgate, Co-Chairs, ACT-IAC

The Office of Personnel Management is trying for the fifth time to modernize its technology for processing retirement claims. OPM will choose a foundation for a fully automated system next year. Rick Holgate is Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Dan Chenok is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. They're both co-chairs for ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies like OPM, and others, are planning their IT futures.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:34pm EST
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

President Bacack Obama's "thank you" speech to his agencies' senior leaders is causing mixed reactions among the federal community. Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro appreciates the effort, but also wonders why it took six years. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his own thoughts on the President's speech yesterday.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:26pm EST
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Patrick Costello, Deputy Director, Council on Foreign Relations

The Pentagon's new Defense Innovation Initiative is called the third offset strategy. But it's not the only offset the defense industrial base should pay attention to. Patrick Costello is deputy director of Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what these offsets are.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act give the Defense Department certainty for the rest of Fiscal 2015. After that: Nobody knows for sure. Sequestration is back on the table, at least for now. Robert Hale is former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller -- he's now a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the impacts the sequester had on the department.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:12pm EST
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On the hunt for 10,000 good cyber men and women

The US is in need of thousands of cyber professionals. Karen Evans, national director of the US Cyber Challenge, says the goal of her organization is to find 10,000 of them.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 03:50pm EST

Online Chat: Ask the DHS Cyber R&D Expert

Dr. Doug Maughan, cybersecurity division director at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, joins Federal News Radio at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, for a free online chat to discuss the agency's upcoming research and development showcase and S&T's focus for 2015.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 11:00am EST

Hagel encouraged about Iraq

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, after meeting with Iraq's leaders in Baghdad, has indicated he was encouraged by their progress and vision for the future.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 10:31am EST

Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer, Qualys

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but connected electronic medical devices really can be dangerous if someone is able to hack into them. Jonathan Trull is the Chief Information Security Officer at Qualys. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why these devices can be vulnerable and what to do about it.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 09:56am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - December 10, 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, House and Senate negotiators agree to a $1.1 trillion, 2015 spending bill, Secretary of State John Kerry asks Congress for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State and Customs and Border Protection is in the midst of a drive to recruit women to become agents.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 08:46am EST

Dispatch from the middle of the pack: EPA struggles with morale and 'green ceiling'

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy analyzes her agency's poor showing on the list of "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government."

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:57am EST

DoD aims for more consistent decisions on ‘commercial' items

The Defense Contract Management Agency is creating a new team of dedicated pricing experts, looking for more consistent decisions within DoD about what constitutes a commercial product.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:52am EST
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Lawmakers seal deal on $1.1T spending bill

House, Senate lawmakers seal bipartisan deal on $1.1T spending bill preventing shutdown

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:10am EST

DHS S&T offers outlet to commercialize cyber research

The Science and Technology Directorate is giving more than 50 companies a chance to show off their DHS-funded cyber innovations. The cyber showcase is the first of its kinds from S&T.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:07am EST
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Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Lawmakers reach deal on $1.1 trillion spending bill, may add pension provision

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 03:08am EST

Use it or lose it: Guess what people are doing?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and some federal benefits experts guessed that lighter traffic in the D.C. area may be due to feds staying home during use-it-or-lose-it December. It turns out they may be right.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 02:00am EST

Securing your agency's IT infrastructure

Adam Firestone, president and general manager at Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, will discuss how to make your agency's IT infrastructure more secure.
December 9, 2014

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 08:27pm EST
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A pathway to transformation

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, will discuss a new report that looks at how to fix the defense acquisition system.
December 9, 2014

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 05:36pm EST
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