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2:13 pm, October 2, 2014

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More openings at OMB than just VanRoekel

Steve VanRoekel isn't the only one leaving the E-Government office.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 06:23pm EDT

Federal News Countdown: VanRoekel departure, NASA's next big step

Jason Miller, Executive Editor at Federal News Radio, and Tom Temin, Federal News Radio host, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:56pm EDT
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DHS getting a lift with the TIC initiative

The Homeland Security Department is earning some extra credit with its Trusted Internet Connections Initiative, thanks to a little help from the General Services Administration. The goal of the TIC initiative is to consolidate or simply eliminate network connections from outside the agency, which in turn will boost Internet security at DHS. GSA's FedRAMP program office is working hand-in-hand with DHS to do just that.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:36pm EDT

Improved online and mobile security the focus of federal grants

Three million dollars in federal grants will go to four national mobile communications companies to figure out a way to get rid of passwords. The grants come from the Commerce Department's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program, or NSTIC. The goal of NSTIC is to give consumers better security options with their mobile and online transactions. Commerce hopes that funding research to get rid of passwords will eventually minimize the risk of identity theft.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new program debuts on Federal News Radio. We're introducing you to the people behind some of the most important, difficult and complex work in the federal government. Emily Kopp hosts the debut program of "Federal Voices." She tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she's covering.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department unveiled the latest version of its Better Buying Power initiative Friday. It shifts its emphasis toward the need to drive more advanced technologies into the products DoD buys. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:14pm EDT
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Satisfaction lacking in electronic health records

Electronic health records might be more efficient than paper-based systems, but doctors and their patients aren't exactly satisfied with how they work. The American Medical Association is actually calling for a complete overhaul of EHR systems in federal agencies and hospitals around the country. The Association has a new framework it claims addresses the eight top challenges with EHR systems, and offers a solution for each. For example, many of its members complain the time they're forced to sit in front of a computer prevents them from interacting face-to-face with their patients. Pop-up reminders and hard-to-navigate menus can even make them less efficient than a paper-based system. The Association would like to see the technology integrate with the actual appointment with a patient.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The deadline is coming quickly for you if you're planning to retire this year. The first step is to figure out what you need to turn into the Office of Personnel Management. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a list of steps you need to follow if you want to retire before the end of the year.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT
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Michael McKeown, FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit

The FBI will channel more people and resources into its Pittsburgh office. It's a reward for the cybersecurity team that's credited for catching five Chinese military leaders stealing trade secrets, and a Russian-based cyber crime ring that stole about $100 million from banks around the world. Michael McKeown is supervisory special agent for the Associate Division Counsel, part of the FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit based in Pittsburgh. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the cybersecurity effort that earned the extra resources.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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The OMB perspective on federal information technology

How are federal agencies delivering smarter information technology (IT) services? What are agencies doing to deliver value in federal IT investments? How are agencies using data-driven reviews to enhance IT performance? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Steve VanRoekel, Federal CIO & Administrator for E-Gov, Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:30pm EDT

Carlton Hadden, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal agencies are too quick to dismiss employee discrimination charges, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC reversed a third of all cases dismissed by agencies between 2008 and 2012 without investigations or hearings. The agency received more than 1,500 dismissal appeals in fiscal 2012, and remanded nearly 700 back to agencies. Carlton Hadden is director of the Office of Federal Operations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what federal managers can do to avoid having decisions overturned.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:25am EDT
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Jordan Sims, Organization Relations & Programs, Project Management Institute

Modernizing the Defense Department acquisition system is a tall order. Sequestration has put extra strain on the process. Pentagon officials and even contractors say improvements in requirements management could help. Jordan Sims is the director of Organization Relations and Programs at the Project Management Institute. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his prescription for fostering the skills and relationships needed to boost the acquisitions system.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:23am EDT
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Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

Cybersecurity is emerging as a major business risk. USIS, the government's main contractor for security background checks, had a big contract canceled. A security breach exposed personal information about 25,000 Homeland Security employees. It doesn't matter that the company discovered and reported the breach itself. Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey are former feds and now principals of Liberty Group Ventures. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss strategies for not becoming the next USIS or Home Depot.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - September 19, 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, NIST wants programmers to think about cyber from the get-go, and Health and Human Services releases $71.5 million in withheld funds.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:54am EDT

Kerry chairs U.N. debate on Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry will chair a ministerial debate of the United Nations Security Council today.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:53am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close real and potential holes in the HealthCare.gov website. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised House lawmakers the site would be improved when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on CMS' plans and some lawmakers' concerns over the security of HealthCare.gov.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:24am EDT
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Federal CIO VanRoekel leaving post for new role at USAID

VanRoekel will advise the agency's senior leadership on using technology and data to help coordinate the government's response to the crisis. This is his second stint at USAID. Lisa Schlosser will be the interim federal CIO.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:01am EDT

Intel agencies push shared IT services from concept to reality

After two years of planning and pilot programs, the intelligence community says its plan to integrate the IT systems of its 17 agencies is moving forward toward large-scale adoption.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:38am EDT
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CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Former VA employee sentenced for stealing government property

Venita Godfrey-Scott was charged with stealing government property she used for various home improvement projects.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:14am EDT
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