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9:56 am, May 23, 2015

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.

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Now the hard work really begins for agencies to make their spending data more transparent. The Office of Management and Budget issues new guidance and other tools to begin the implementation of the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the new policy in his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what agencies have to do over the next two years.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:06pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is worried about an impending shortage of engineers across a lot of its technical professions. But when it comes to its acquisition programs, the shortage is already here. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Pentagon's top science official says too few of the department's program managers have engineering programs, and it's one reason programs fail.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:03pm EDT
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Federal employees get a "thank you" and an apology from President Barack Obama during Public Service Recognition Week. He admits sequestration, budget cuts and hiring freezes haven't made things easier for federal employees. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about PSRW and the President's proclamation.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:02pm EDT
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Scott Quehl, Senior Principal, Accenture Federal Services

The Office of Management and Budget's guidance for fiscal 2017 is out. The administration tells agencies to show how they'll make 5 percent cuts in their budgets. Scott Quehl, a senior principal at Accenture Federal Services and former chief financial officer at the Commerce Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the budget guidance means and how agencies use it.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 03:56pm EDT
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USDA's Risk Management Agency uses agile to solve financial systems problems

Chad Sheridan, the chief information officer of the Risk Management Agency, said after some initial bumps in the road, the agency is releasing new capabilities faster and on time.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 02:44pm EDT
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TSP cyber vulnerabilities not addressed, senators say

The Senate's top two members on homeland security want to know why more isn't being done to stop another cyber attack on federal retirement accounts.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 11:06am EDT

Maggie Hahn, Military Affairs Relationship Director, USAA's Military Advocacy Group

Summer is approaching, and that means it'll soon be peak moving season for thousands of military families. For the average military family, a permanent change in station occurs every two to three years 2 1/2 times more frequently than civilian families. Maggie Hahn is the Military Affairs Relationship Director for the United States Automobile Association's Military Advocacy Group. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some advice for military families headed to a new home.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:44am EDT
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Tony Capaccio, Reporter, Bloomberg News

The House Armed Services Committee is busy at work on the 2016 National Defense Authorization bill. In a 700-page report accompanying the bill, the committee is asking for a list of reports. Bloomberg News reporter Tony Capaccio joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with what the committee wants and the major policy provisions in the bill.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 09:43am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - May 8, 2015

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, officials tell the Senate Judiciary Committee, there's a good reason the FOIA backlog across the government grew so much last year, GAO finds Defense has a long way to go when it comes to settling whistleblower reprisal cases and the board running the Thrift Savings Plan gets more questions about cybersecurity.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 08:47am EDT

Fort Knox becomes first U.S. base to generate its own electric supply

The base made famous for its large gold vault is the first in the country to operate independently from the civilian power grid, thanks to generous supplies of natural gas directly beneath it. But officials say they wouldn't have achieved the milestone without previous steps to invest in geothermal energy and other conservation measures.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:41am EDT
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VA reevaluating use of public clouds, new strategy on tap

The Veterans Affairs Department will finalize a strategy to determine how to use public or commercial cloud computing services. VA backed away from public or commercial clouds about three or four years ago because of concerns over records retention capabilities.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Do feds really receive regular evil-tongue lashings?

Commentary: Federal Drive host Tom Temin wonders what qualifies as "fed-bashing" these days, and what that means for workforce morale.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 03:43am EDT

Tax-free government CD, or peel me another grape!

People under the old Civil Service Retirement System have a little-known perk called the Voluntary Contribution program. Lucky them, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 03:00am EDT

Damon Davis, Director, Health Data Initiative, HHS

HealthData.gov has reached old age in technology terms. Five years after its launch to make health data more accessible, the technology running the portal is well behind the times. Damon Davis, director for the Health Data Initiative in the Department of Health and Human Services, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the changes coming to HealthData.gov later this year.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 05:47pm EDT
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Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

Senators want independent review of VA to see if mismanagement of veterans' claims is systemic

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 05:36pm EDT

Navy rolls out new five-year cyber strategy

New plan charts the Navy's strategic objectives in cyber over the next five years, with 18-month measures of progress along the way.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration wants to know why prices change between different schedules for the same or similar items. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's competitive pricing initiative could create a flood of industry experts jumping to conclusions.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:24pm EDT
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Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

More transparency is the goal of two bills the Senate will consider. One deals with the information federal agencies release when they reach settlement agreements. The other one requires details on costs and performance for federal programs. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the concept behind the bill on settlements first.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:19pm EDT
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Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

A stack of bills that affects federal employees is under consideration in Congress. One would create new protections for military whistleblowers, and another would expedite the firing process at the Department of Veterans Affairs even more. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed how the bills could affect federal employees in the future.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is setting limits for when to use lowest price/technically acceptable procurement strategies. He says there are only four conditions when LPTA is appropriate to use. Bob Lohfeld is CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, former chaiman of ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the new limits may be a sign DoD is trying to phase out LPTA.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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