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8:03 am, March 27, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress

Budget fight: White House claims the upper hand over Congress as GOP struggles for unity

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 01:03pm EDT

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

When CIA director John Brennan announced a reorganization, a big feature was formation of a new directorate. It's aimed at what Brennan calls digital innovation in cybersecurity and other areas. It has a lot of potential for contractors of all sizes. Jonathan Aberman, managing director of the Northern Virginia capital fund Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit business development-oriented TandemNSI, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss this development.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 11:39am EDT
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Dr. Wendy Dean, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, U.S. Army

You might remember Charla Nash. She's the woman who was horribly disfigured when attacked by a friend's pet chimpanzee back in 2009. The Pentagon has been closely watching her long recovery. More than watching, actually. The Army has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nash's medical bills. The hope is Nash's ordeal can help the military learn to care for disfigured soldiers returning from war. Dr. Wendy Dean, a medical advisor in the Army's Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the effort and what the military hopes to learn.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Army is moving hundreds of millions of dollars to the OASIS professional services government-wide contract. The Army and the General Services Administration signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with new incentives to use OASIS. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the new agreement.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:38am EDT
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David Dye, Federal Human Capital Group, Deloitte

If you believe the surveys, employee engagement has been declining across the federal government for years. A recent Presidential Personnel memo makes the Senior Executive Service accountable for several agencies' employee engagement through the SES performance management system. So how do you go about increasing engagement? David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:36am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - March 17, 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, former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus continues to advise the White House on its strategy related to ISIS and Iraq, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman says the VA is withholding reports from the panel and federal improper payment shot up to a record $125 billion last year.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 08:02am EDT

Army commits $500 million to GSA's OASIS contract

Under a new agreement, GSA would reduce the Army's fee to use the professional services governmentwide acquisition contract to 0.1 percent from 0.75 percent. This is the second major MOU signed by GSA and a military service.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:53am EDT
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Scrambling your retirement nest egg, again ...

For the ninth time in 19 years and the second time in 13 months, the government has run out of authority to borrow. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains what that means for your Thrift Savings Plan account.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:00am EDT

House vets chairman: VA impeding congressional oversight

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday accused the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:37pm EDT

All things contracting with Deltek's Kevin Plexico

Kevin Plexico, vice president of Information Solutions at Deltek, discusses FSSI, small business contracting, and more with host Mark Amtower.
March 16, 2015

Monday - 03/16/2015, 09:54pm EDT
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How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, retired senior public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answerS your Social Security and retirement questions.
March 16, 2015

Monday - 03/16/2015, 08:07pm EDT
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What happens when the Treasury IG disputes findings of a VA IG report?

The Treasury Department's inspector general reviewed a recent Veterans Affairs IG report and concluded the actions of a former VA acquisitions official "did not violate applicable law."

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:37pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Army is moving hundreds of millions of dollars to the OASIS professional services governmentwide contract. The Army and the General Services Administration sign a memorandum of understanding Monday with new incentives to use OASIS. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose with details on the new Army-GSA agreement.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:27pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 2016 budget is the star of a new video from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee. He'll release the details of the budget the committee will start to mark up tomorrow morning. The Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), says his committee will start to mark up a budget soon too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what might happen next in the budget's evolution.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:14pm EDT
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Carol Cha, Director of IT Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The Census Bureau wants to try something brand new for the 2020 Census. It wants to offer people the option of responding through the Internet. Carol Cha is Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she gauged how far along the Census Bureau is towards introducing an Internet option.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:11pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Rep. Chris van Hollen (D-Md.) wants to know how many contractors work for the federal government. But the Congressional Budget Office says it's impossible to count right now. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President for ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said knowing the amount of federal contractors won't make a big difference if efficiency is the goal.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:03pm EDT
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Combating cybersecurity threats at the US Secret Service

What are the key cybersecurity threats and challenges facing the nation? What is the U.S. Secret Service's doing to combat these cyber threats? Is the cybersecurity function ready to be professionalized across the nation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Ronald Layton, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Secret Service.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:52pm EDT

Bryan McGrath, Managing Director, FerryBridge

The new maritime strategy for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard relies on four key tenets that shape how the services will face future challenges. Bryan McGrath, a former naval officer, is managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and assistant director of the Hudson Center for American Seapower. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those four ideas will not only cause debate among strategy purists in the defense community, but they also cement the legacy of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathon Greeenert.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:46pm EDT
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Karen Britton, Senior Vice President, E-Management

A new item is showing up on the job description of your agency's Chief Information Officer as CIOs look for more involvement in the strategy and business operation of the agency. Karen Britton is senior vice president of E-Management, and former chief information officer of the Executive Office of the President. She explained what kind of ambassadors CIOs are trying to be on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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Jim Grove, Prize & Small Business Office, S&T Directorate, DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate announced its latest prize competition. It wants competitors to offer solutions for indoor tracking of first responders. Jim Grove is senior adviser in the Prize and Small Business Innovation Office at the Science and Technology Directorate at the Homeland Security Department. He explained how the challenge will work and what the agency is looking for on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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