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5:06 am, October 31, 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.

Charlie Armstrong, CIO, Customs and Border Protection

Federal chief information officers say overwhelmingly that cybersecurity is their top priority. That data is from the 2014 Federal News Radio Chief Information Officer survey. Charlie Armstrong is the chief information officer for the Customs and Border Protection directorate in the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller how CBP's priorities begin and end with cybersecurity.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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Hacks, CDM continue to push cyber to forefront of CIOs' priorities

A new Federal News Radio survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found cyber above all else is the top priority. Charlie Armstrong, the CIO for Customs and Border Protection, said his focus is to protect the data first and foremost and his systems a very close second.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

Federal agencies not following cloud security rules

Federal agencies are falling short on following the rules and regulations of cloud security. The Council of Inspectors General looked at 77 different cloud computing contracts at 19 different agencies and found most are not following FedRAMP guidelines and federal best practices.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:03pm EDT

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Ebola is more than a nasty virus. It's a national security concern, a big data problem, a technology challenge and perhaps a business opportunity. Jonathan Aberman is founder and CEO of Amplifier Ventures. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the business and technology implications of Ebola.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:15pm EDT
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J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Understanding acquisition needs key to training workforce, experts say

Knowing and appreciating the industry side of the acquisitions process is key to training the acquisition workforce of the future, according to two acquisition experts.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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Mystery submarine surfaces in Sweden

Reminiscent of something that would've happened during the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day on Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 10:41am EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - October 21, 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, the number of veterans running for Congressional office is dropping, U.S. military officials say it's still too early to tell if air drops to Kurdish forces in Khobani will help and the Government Accountability Office sustains a protest against the embattled contractor USIS

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 08:01am EDT

GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:58am EDT

Government Contracting Myth No. 1: We should never protest

In the first part of a 10-part series on government contracting, expert Tim Sullivan says even if a company has a no-protest policy, it is na´ve to believe that it can completely insulate itself from the protest process.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:52am EDT

It's your choice: Bankruptcy insurance or catastrophic coverage

During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Social Security and retirement

Lester Austin, retired public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security and retirement questions.
October 20, 2014

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:09pm EDT
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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 06:16pm EDT

Treasury names Bhagowalia as its new CIO

Sonny Bhagowalia comes back to the federal government after spending almost three years working for the Hawaii state government as a technology executive.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 05:24pm EDT

Real procurement reform needs to come from within, experts say

Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council discuss what hurdles stand in the way of real procurement reform as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and Member, Public Contracting Institute

Salesmen have an old saying, nothing happens until someone buys something. When the government buys something, all sorts of things can happen, good and bad. For the next 10 Tuesdays, we'll be bringing to life a blog series called 10 Myths of Government Contracting. The author, Tim Sullivan, is a 40-year contracting veteran from both sides of industry and government. Now he's a partner in the law firm Thompson Coburn. His blog gives insight to companies that contract with the federal government and those looking for new opportunities. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the first myth: you should never lodge a protest.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Commercial and government online identity theft forces the White House to give agencies a lead role in better protecting web transactions. President Barack Obama announces major changes to the security of government credit cards and other payment methods. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about those changes. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about you should expect starting in January.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The government's response to Ebola will get another look from Congress. But that look won't be for a while, and it won't be from a health oversight committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee will look at Ebola on Nov. 6, after the Congressional elections. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and hosts the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Congressional plan.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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