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12:20 pm, March 4, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Federal legislative roundtable discussion

Jason Briefel hosts a roundtable discussion of the top federal issues, including DHS funding and the federal employee pay raise.
February 20, 2015

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:22pm EST
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Kevin Collins, Spokesman, Office of Inspector General, EPA

Potential fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency is attracting congressional attention. Members asked EPA's Office of Inspector General to investigate a specific case involving a senior policy Adviser at the agency named John Beale. Kevin Collins is spokesman for EPA OIG and contributed to its report. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the details of the case and why Congress is paying attention.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:20pm EST
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

You have two basic retirement-planning options with the Thrift Savings Plan. You can leave your money in, or take it out. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said there are pros and cons for both, but you need to think carefully before you decide what to do.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:15pm EST
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From scandal's aftermath to 18F, Tangherlini reflects on tenure at GSA

When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:10pm EST
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DHS cyber programs to ‘grind to a halt' if 2015 funding lapses

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) and Einstein 3A programs would be "gravely" affected if Congress doesn't pass DHS funding bill by Feb. 28.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 01:00pm EST

FedRAMP launches website, training to clear up confusion

The program that certifies the security of cloud-services providers will launch a namesake website next month in hopes of wooing cautious and confused agencies and vendors.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 12:37pm EST

Sharon Masling, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Chai Feldblum, EEOC

A person's disability can range from the difficult to detect — like Attention Deficit Disorder — to the more apparent, like loss of a limb or blindness. Now employers have a go-to guide to answer all their questions on hiring and equipping those with disabilities. A product of the "Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative," the plain-language guide brings together a host of resources from across the government. Sharon Masling is Chief of Staff to Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who has been a leader in the Curb Cuts Initiative. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more of what's in the new guide.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 09:14am EST
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Friday federal headlines - February 20, 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, a former Army captain is sentenced to five years in prison for wire and mail fraud, a new research center will help local governments increase their resilience to natural disasters and the operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 08:25am EST

Pentagon, Adobe offer competing options for online collaboration

The Defense Department will shut off its widely-used Defense Connect Online service in June, and is telling all of its users to transition to a new DISA-provided service before then. But the vendor behind DCO thinks users are hooked, and will continue to provide it for a fee.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 04:34am EST
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GSA, NOAA roar into March with major IT, services RFPs

The General Services Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to release major IT and services solicitations in the coming month. The draft RFPs are part of the broader effort to change the government's approach to acquisition.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 03:52am EST
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Rough Winter. So how often are you doing it?

A long-time employee of the IRS shares the pros and cons of teleworking with Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 03:00am EST

Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The horror story of the $600 toilet seat is many years behind us. But the 21st Century equivalent may be the $29 stapler that Richard Ginman used as an example for why the Defense Department would audit General Services Administration schedules. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that story of the stapler got him motivated to do some research, and see if he could find that stapler.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:51pm EST
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Zina Merritt, Director of Defense Capabilities, GAO

The Pentagon has decades-old management problems it needs to scrub if it wants to get off the High-Risk List at the Government Accountability Office. But the department has changed a lot since GAO first added its business transformation plan to the list in 2005. Zina Merritt is director of defense capabilities and management issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how close DoD is to getting its plan off the High-Risk list.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Maj. Gen. Steve Smith, Former U.S. Army, Pat Park, Metalogix

Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning personify the concept of the insider threat. Defending against that threat is now one of the highest priorities for the military and intelligence communities. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Steven Smith is former chief information security officer for the Army. He's now Security Technology Adviser to Metalogix. Pat Park is vice president for public sector at Metalogix. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained how agencies can tackle the different types of insider threats.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Agencies neglecting cybersecurity in strategic plans, research finds

New research shows departments do not incorporate cybersecurity efforts into their goals and objectives, said Kevin Desouza, the associate dean for research at the college of public programs at Arizona State University and a non-resident senior fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:03pm EST
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NIST's ID management leader Jeremy Grant to leave government

Jeremy Grant has led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program since 2011. His last day will be in April.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 12:12pm EST

MSPB inundated with furlough, VA SES cases from 2014

Susan Tsui Grundmann, chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, explains how the MSPB has been working to clear its backlog of cases on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 11:38am EST
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Dr. Nate Galbreath, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

Students at three military academies reported fewer sexual assaults during the last school year. An anonymous Pentagon survey backs that up. It shows rates of "unwanted sexual contact" are also declining. While the military struggled last year with sexual assault cases, it seems there's progress on the academic front. Dr. Nate Galbreath, Senior Executive Advisor in DoD's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what all this might mean for the military itself.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:42am EST
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Col. Jeff Schilling (Ret.), Chief Security Officer, FireHost

Information sharing is a two-way street with road hazards in both directions. President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit last week and issued an Executive Order with hopes of fostering a more open exchange between government and the private sector. Jeff Schilling is the chief security officer for FireHost. He once directed the global Security Operations Center under U.S. Army Cyber Command and has seen the challenges from both sides. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he pointed out cybersecurity was only one of the topics the glitterati actually discussed.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:38am EST
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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairwoman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board has some big plans for 2015. That's according to Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann. In part one of her conversation with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive, she discussed the board's annual report card for 2014. Today, she discusses her plans for the upcoming year. In addition to establishing an E-filing system for merit systems claims, Grundmann said she has two other main priorities to accomplish.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:18am EST
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