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3:58 pm, December 22, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Obama wants diverse skills for federal managers

Obama seeks more diverse skills for federal managers, aims for greater customer service

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 01:39pm EST

Obama announces series of SES reforms

During a meeting with thousands of federal managers today, President Barack Obama announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service. They include creating an SES advisory group, developing a leadership program for future career executives, and forming a new customer service awards program.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:14am EST

Bruce Foucart, Acting Director, Intellectual Property Rights Center, ICE

The end-of-year holiday shopping season always seems to suck in a torrent of counterfeit merchandise, everything from faux Louis Vuitton baggage to fake car tires. It's also when federal agencies charged with stopping trade in counterfeits swing into high gear. A group of federal partners team up with industry and nonprofit organizations to warn consumers of holiday shopping scams. Bruce Foucart is the Acting Director of the Intellectual Property Rights Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why they've stepped up their effort.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:07am EST
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Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

As the Duke of York used to say, "When you're up, you're up. And when you're down, you're down." The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released this year's version of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" Tuesday. The news is, as the Duke of York also said, "When you're halfway up, you're neither up nor down." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the big takeaways from this year's list.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:02am EST
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Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte

President Barack Obama will have his first meeting Tuesday with more than 1,000 senior executives and other career federal managers. The President oversees a vast workforce that, according to surveys, is less than thrilled with federal service. Jitinder Kholi is a director in the public sector practice at Deloitte. He received a preview of what Obama will tell the senior managers, and shared his analysis of what to expect on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 09:57am EST
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Iraqi forces get new start

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says Iraqi security forces have new momentum in their battle to regain territory lost this year to ISIL.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 09:50am EST

Tuesday federal headlines - December 9, 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, President Obama will meet with members of the Senior Executive Service and other federal career managers today, fast passage of the 2015 spending bill has hit a snag and American embassies are preparing for backlash from today's release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 08:57am EST

Contracting Myth No. 8: We can treat our federal customers the same way we treat our commercial clients

Failure to take two simple steps could spell big trouble for companies selling products and services to the government, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 05:33am EST

Key lawmakers seek pension changes

Lawmaker discuss change to allow pension reductions at endangered multi-employer plans

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 03:10am EST

December's disappearing feds

Fewer federal employees are showing up for work in December, because they're using their leave before they lose it in the new year. Maybe that's why your daily commute has improved, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 02:00am EST

2014 Best Places to Work list reflects feds' sagging morale

A few agencies rise above the doldrums in the new list of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 12:01am EST

Last day to make a sound decision

For Your Benefit co-hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan answer questions about health benefit plans on this last day of Open Season.
December 8, 2014

Monday - 12/08/2014, 10:40pm EST
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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
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