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4:08 am, September 18, 2014

Michael O'Connell Reports

Michael O'Connell is a web editor and general assignment reporter for Federal News Radio.

Hale: No more cuts to DoD furlough days for FY2013

Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told In Depth with Francis Rose Friday the Defense Department will not be cutting any more furlough days for Fiscal 2013. Now, DoD is waiting for Congress to finish marking up the president's budget request. If it fails to do that before Oct. 1, Hale said his agency may be forced to trim $52 billion from next year's budget to offset automatic cuts from the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 08/09/2013, 03:37pm EDT
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NIH scientists break new ground in halting deadly outbreak

Over a 12-month period, a deadly bacterial infection spread through one of the nation's top research hospitals, killing seven patients. A team of scientists used new techniques to identify the source of the infection and develop a treatment.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 05:58pm EDT
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IRS postpones Aug. 30 furlough day

IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel announced to staff Wednesday the agency was postponing the agencywide furlough day scheduled for Aug. 30.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 04:10pm EDT

9 ways to make government more efficient and effective

A new report by the Partnership of Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton calls for a multiagency enterprise approach to the way the federal government handles major public policy goals.

Thursday - 08/08/2013, 09:00am EDT

OPM provision defines how Congress, staff receive health benefits in 2014

Congress and some congressional staff members will no longer be eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, when The Affordable Care Act goes in to effect in January. OPM explains what that means.

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 04:07pm EDT

NASA's Curiosity rover completes first year on Mars

Dr. James Green, NASA's director of planetary sciences, told Federal News Radio that Curiosity is uncovering scientific data that one day may lead to humans living on Mars.

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 05:57pm EDT
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Jobs website sees increase in contract employees seeking work

It's not only government employees who are suffering from sequestration, but contractors, big and small, are feeling the hit as well. Contractors may have to trim their staffs if they lose out on a government contract.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 05:33pm EDT
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Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Vantage point: Small and mid-sized contractors offer perspectives on sequestration

With fewer government contracts coming down the pipeline, small and mid-sized contractors are feeling the pinch of sequestration. Should they diversify, cut staff or sit tight and hope that big contract is just around the corner? Federal News Radio examines these issues in part 6 of our special report, Private Side of Sequestration.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 12:40pm EDT
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NIH's Gottesman at forefront of anti-cancer research

Dr. Michael M. Gottesman has spent four decades researching cancer cells and overseeing the development of anti-cancer drugs at the National Institutes of Health.

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 06:36am EDT
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Contractor hiring, morale take sequestration hit

With fewer new federal contracts on the horizon, vendors are trimming staff, changing direction and hedging their bets as sequestration plays out, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. Contractors are also blaming sequestration for low morale in their offices.

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 04:26am EDT

Want to appeal a furlough with the MSPB? Get in line

The Merit Systems Protection Board has 3,000 appeals from furloughed employees in the pipeline. Board Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann says her staff is working overtime to get them all processed.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:16pm EDT
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CDC team's quick response saves lives, earns kudos

Dr. Johnathan Todd Weber, the chief of CDC's Prevention and Response Branch, led the team of experts who identified the source of a rare form of meningitis that threatened the lives of thousands.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 07:37pm EDT
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Napolitano to step down as DHS secretary

Janet Napolitano announced that she would be resigning as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in early September to take a senior post at the University of California.

Friday - 07/12/2013, 10:17am EDT
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DoE's Silverman helps us breathe a little easier

Josh Silverman, director of the Department of Energy's Office of Sustainability Support, led a team that identified and eliminated 1 million tons of dangerous greenhouse gases that were being emitted from DoE facilities.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 11:46am EDT
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Borucki's career soars from Apollo to the stars

With a career spanning 50 years at NASA, space scientist William Borucki has had a hand in man's exploration of the Moon and distant stars.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 12:35pm EDT
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Web guru Dorris brings new life to government websites

Martha Dorris played a key role in a slew of Web platforms that are helping citizens to better connect with government services. For that work, she has been named a finalist for the 2013 Service to America Medals.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 11:41am EDT
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NOAA meteorologist helps save lives one storm at a time

For his three decades of work in developing severe weather forecasting models, the Partnership for Public Service has named Mark DeMaria a finalist for a Service to America Medal.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 12:00pm EDT
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29-year-old NASA engineer going where no one has gone before

The Partnership for Public Service recognized Manan Vyas, 29, for his work in aeronautical research by naming him a Call to Service Medal finalist.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 11:16am EDT
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GSA IG report blasts FAS managers for altering contracts

A new GSA inspector general report criticizes Federal Acquisition Service managers for altering contracts at the request of contractors and against the wishes of FAS staff and the IG himself.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 12:35pm EDT
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