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11:05 pm, December 20, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
December 8, 2014

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:53pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees may not be able to release the 2015 omnibus spending bill Monday. Policy riders could derail its chances for passage. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the chances that Congress will pass an omnibus bill before the continuing resolution runs out on Thursday.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:22pm EST
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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The results of a governmentwide sweep to see how well agencies are meeting the goals set by the DATA Act is headed to Congress. The Government Accountability Office is bringing its results to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The GAO reports most agencies still have a tough road ahead. That road includes a 2015 deadline to create governmentwide data standards. Chris Mihm, managing director for strategic issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, the sooner your agency meets those goals, the better.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:20pm EST
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Federal agencies are losing the leadership skills that truly inspire employees to do a good job. Bob Tobias, professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, draws that conclusion after looking at the results from different categories in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what leaders are lacking.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:16pm EST
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Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

Some changes will come to the highest levels of the Defense Department if the National Defense Authorization Act becomes law. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller says the deputy chief management officer will become the undersecretary of defense for business management and information starting Feb. 1, 2017. The NDAA includes language that will merge the DoD CIO and performance improvement officer into the new undersecretary position. Beth McGrath was Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Pentagon, and she's now with Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explains what the effect of the law will be.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:13pm EST
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Scott Quehl, Accenture Federal Services, Simon Szykman, Attain

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is closer to passage as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It will empower Chief Information Officers to make more budget decisions, and be more embedded in the strategic directions of federal agencies. Simon Szykman is Chief Technology Officer of Federal Services at Attain, and former chief information officer of the Commerce Department. Scott Quehl is Senior Principal at Accenture Federal Services, and former chief financial officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Commerce Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they said there was no "one moment" the Commerce team decided to work collaboratively in the C-Suite.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:10pm EST
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Disability hiring on the rise, OPM says

Four years after a push from the President, the federal government is hiring employees with disabilities at a rate that's higher than it's been in decades, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:39am EST

IG: Patent and Trademark Office wasted $24 million on labor contracts

Slipshod administration led the Patent and Trademark Office to spend at least $24 million on risky labor contracts for unknown reasons, according to a report by the Commerce Department inspector general.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:27am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

How a company's business systems are organized sets it up for success or endless trouble when it comes to doing business with the federal government. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 8: We can treat our government customers the same way we treat our commercial customers.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:44am EST
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Tim Fullerton, Director of Digital Strategy, Department of the Interior

If you're searching for ways to improve your agency's social media game, look no further than the Interior Department. The DOI has racked up 247,000 Twitter followers and 382,000 Instagram followers. It's finding creative ways to use other platforms. Interior's photos of Alaskan bears and Texan bobcats don't hurt, but there's more to it than fuzzy animal pictures. Tim Fullerton, Interior's director of digital strategy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about his agency's social media success.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:36am EST
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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is still attached to the 2015 Defense authorization bill the House passed and the Senate will debate this week. The latest version of FITARA looks a bit different than the original. Still, the new bill would hand civilian agency CIOs more authority, prioritize hiring of specialty IT experts and maximize use of data centers. Trey Hodgkins is Senior Vice President of Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, a division of the Information Technology Industry Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what we can expect from the compromise version of FITARA.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:30am EST
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Monday federal headlines - December 8, 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 than 10,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan early next year, a Navy civilian engineer is indicted on charges that he tried to steal aircraft carrier schematics and have them sent to Egypt and the number of federal employees filing for retirement dips in November.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:20am EST

GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 03:22am EST

Bonus holiday and a shutdown - one down one to go

Friday was a good day for feds. They found out they will receive a bonus holiday at Christmas. But will this week bring more holiday joy or will Scrooge show up in the form of a government shutdown, asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 02:00am EST

Obama shakes up Pentagon leadership, not policy

Obama shakes up Pentagon leadership with Carter nomination, but policy changes less likely

Saturday - 12/06/2014, 02:34am EST

What's ahead for federal CIOs and CTOs?

Jenny Mattingley hosts a roundtable discussion with federal CIOs and CTOs, about how their jobs have changed over the years, and the future opportunities and challenges they see on the horizon.
December 5, 2014

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:00pm EST
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Obama gives feds four-day holiday weekend

President Barack Obama signed an executive order closing all executive branch offices and agencies on Friday, Dec. 26, creating a four-day weekend for most federal employees.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:19pm EST

Combating cybersecurity threats at the US Secret Service

What are the key cybersecurity threats and challenges facing the nation? What is the U.S. Secret Service's doing to combat these cyber threats? Is the cybersecurity function ready to be professionalized across the nation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Ronald Layton, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Secret Service.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:52pm EST

Federal News Countdown: A wonk in the Pentagon, ISIS threat

Sharon Burke, senior adviser of the International Security Program at the New America Foundation, and Steve Bucci, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:32pm EST

Dan Mintz, Principal, ESEM Consulting

Federal agency Inspectors General are submitting annual reports to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act. But your agency's networks may not actually be more secure because of that compliance and those reports. Those IG reports are still good news though, says Dan Mintz, former Transportation Department Chief Information Officer and now principal at ESEM Consulting. Dan tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's because the IGs haven't always been so hands-on with FISMA compliance.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:17pm EST
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