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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.

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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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The federal government is supposed to be four years into an effort to inventory all the programs it runs. But that effort hasn't made it very far. The inventory is a requirement of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Chris Mihm is managing director of Strategic Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared recommendations to help OMB find duplicative programs to cut.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:11pm EST
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Simon Szykman, Chief Technology Officer for Federal, Attain

An effort to bring 12 bureau-level IT operations under one umbrella continues at the Commerce Department. Former Chief Information Officer Simon Szykman started that effort. He's now the Chief Technology Officer for Federal at Attain. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agency still has a way to go to call its consolidation effort a success story.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:06pm EST
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Are you in the wrong health care plan?

Health plan expert Walton Francis says that about half of all federal employees are paying too much for heath care. Now that it's Open Season, feds have a chance to turn that around.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:59pm EST
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Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Videos and simulations are just some of the innovative tools the Hubert Project at the University of Minnesota places in the hands of futue public sector leaders. Eric Schwartz is Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a new National Academy of Public Administration fellow. He's also former assistant secretary of State for population, refugees and migration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Schwartz explained how to train the next public affairs leaders at your agency.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:39pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Information on more than 800,000 current and former employees of the Postal Service is now in the hands of hackers. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says there's no evidence anyone has used the information improperly. The Postal Service Inspector General's Office learned about the attack in September, but employees only heard the details today. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what we know right now.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:30pm EST
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Conversations with Authors Series with Prof. Sandford Borins on The Persistence of Innovation in Government.

What does the landscape of public sector innovation look like and what does this mean for innovators and those who study their efforts? How do awards programs promote innovation efforts? How can a climate for innovation be created in public organizations? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with Prof. Sandford Borins, author of the IBM Center report, The Persistence of Innovation in Government.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:11pm EST

MSPB report unravels veterans' rights under workforce laws

In a report released just before Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board outlined some of the complications in two key veterans workforce laws. Sharon Roth, MSPB senior research analyst, said managers need to better understand veterans' rights when hiring.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 12:32pm EST
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Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
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Ellen Herbst, Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Ellen Herbst is the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Commerce Department. She's also one of the newly elected NAPA fellows. Herbst joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she can contribute to the academy's work.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:11am EST
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Dick Stapleton, Health and Human Services Department

Everyone's on smartphones and tablets these days and lots of websites are becoming more mobile-friendly. This year, the Health and Human Services Department moved HHS.gov to a responsive design template. That lets users more easily read, pan and scroll on a website regardless of the viewing device. Now HHS is sharing its design code so other agencies can make their own websites more responsive. Dick Stapleton, deputy director of the HHS Digital Communications Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:06am EST
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Sharon Roth, Senior Research Analyst, Merit Systems Protection Board

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board has issued fresh guidance for federal managers on the topic of veterans hiring preferences. Two laws underpin the myriad of veterans preference regulations. Sharon Roth, a senior research analyst at the Merit Systems Protection Board, was the project manager of the report. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the new guidance.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:02am EST
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Cyber breach at Postal Service leaves employees vulnerable

Hackers have broken into some of the Postal Service's information systems. They may have stolen sensitive data on 800,000 postal employees, according to the agency.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 10:25am EST
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