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Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

House, Senate panels adopt budget plans but defense, spending hawks remain at odds

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:14am EDT

Pay cut: That ain't funny

Funny is a relative thing, especially when it comes to members of Congress cutting federal pay, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. It's hard sometimes to see the humor in that.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:00am EDT

White House launches 'employee of the month'-type awards for customer-focused feds

Beginning next month, agencies can begin honoring certain front-line employees through the administration's new Federal Customer Service Awards Program.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:02pm EDT

Six women tackle a variety of roles at EPA

This week, Women of Washington hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black go on location to the EPA. They interview six women in different roles to understand what it's like to be a woman working for the EPA.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 06:01pm EDT

Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Reserve

As one of the military's highest-ranking women and its first openly gay general, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, has a busy speaking calendar, especially around this time of year. It's women's history month. Smith is the deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve, which prides itself on having women in 95 percent of its occupations. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp asked Smith whether she thought the Army Reserve was more welcoming to women than other parts of the military.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:50pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The potential new rule from the General Services Administration for contractors to report their Schedules transaction data could be redundant. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA is asking contractors to report data it already has, and says the rule proposal raises five important questions.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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Greg Boison, Director of Homeland Security, Lockheed Martin

Cyber déjà vu can happen when the same or similar cyber attacks hit multiple agency networks. But cyber déjà vu can be a good thing if your agency looks at the problem in a different way. That's according to Greg Boison, director of Homeland Cybersecurity at Lockheed Martin. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three ways to take advantage of cyber déjà vu to turn your agency's strategy from reactive to proactive.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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VA disputes House lawmaker's claim of nation state attack

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said the Veterans Affairs Department fell victim to another breach by a nation state in September 2014, putting veterans' data at risk. But VA CIO Steph Warren said internal and external reviews found no evidence of a breach.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:25pm EDT

If it works, kill it: How bureaucracy stops progress

Bureaucracies may be good at some things, but they always excel at one — self-preservation, says Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:52pm EDT

VA watchdog defends actions in contracting report

Battle of the watchdogs: Treasury, VA inspectors general trade barbs over contracting report

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:08pm EDT

Bill would mean 5 years without a bonus for delinquent feds

Three senators introduced a bill targeting federal employees who have engaged in misconduct, are not in good standing with their agency or have violated the law.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 02:26pm EDT

5 things that could be coming to your FEHBP plan in 2016

Expect some new health care options when open season rolls around later this year. We break down the Office of Personnel Management's letter to insurers about 2016 coverage.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 12:35pm EDT

FOIA backlog casts a dark cloud on Sunshine Week

Dan Metcalfe, former director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy, said agencies aren't clearing FOIA backlogs up to President Barack Obama's standards.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 11:08am EDT

Obama nominates new leadership for VA

President Barack Obama nominated two people for key administration posts at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 10:17am EDT

Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana

As the federal government struggles with how to make better use of data, it could learn a thing or two from the states. A case in point is Indiana. It's harnessing data to solve problems and improve how it does business. In one example, Indiana has had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country for more than two decades. Officials have identified causes and directed funds to programs that target at-risk mothers. Paul Baltzell is Indiana's Chief Information Officer. on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, explained more about the state's data analysis program.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:29am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It may sound odd, but source selection officials have the authority to use more than one selection approach within a single procurement. And it looks like they're using that authority more often. You can find this authority in an often-overlooked section of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, FAR Part 15.101. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how this works and what it means.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:28am EDT
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Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion — a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The IRS has stretched its budget enough to render furloughs unnecessary. That's according to Commissioner John Koskinen. He tells members of the House Appropriations Committee, the agency has made other tough choices, including freezing all hiring and overtime. Now he's asking Congress for a big boost next year. How'd that go over? Reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:17am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - March 19, 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, the Senate Budget Committee proposes shrinking the federal workforce through attrition, federal employees who break the law won't be eligible for bonuses under a new bill and a Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, Colorado is expected to cost more than five times the original estimate.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 08:36am EDT
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