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11:44 pm, August 28, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Shrinking force size and changing force structure are two reasons the Defense Department continues to push for another round of base realignment and closure. The Army will likely shrink the most of any of the services, and they are already returning 21 locations to their home countries in Europe. But most members of Congress still oppose another BRAC round in the States. Katherine Hammack is Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Pentagon is making some progress.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Border Patrol agents might start choosing their own work hours. A bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would also create different rules on overtime pay for agents at Customs and Border Protection. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said if CBP can keep its personnel costs low enough, it can also keep the border fully staffed at all times.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Energy CIO Brese to leave government

Bob Brese is leaving government after almost 30 years, including the last 11 at the Energy Department.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 11:41am EDT

Terry Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting, LLC

Making websites accessible to people with disabilities is a challenge all federal agencies face. But they've got to do it by law. Now the General Services Administration has been hit by a lawsuit. Three blind contractors say a crucial site, the System for Award Management (SAM), is not accessible to them. GSA wants the suit dismissed. Terry Weaver, former director of IT Accessibility at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the issues.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:57am EDT
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John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Just before last year's sequestration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let go hundreds of detainees. Officials believe they didn't have the money to house them, and they neglected to tell the Homeland Security Secretary or the President. The detainee release got out in the press. That led to a political fiasco. Did anything go right? John Roth, the DHS Inspector General, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
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David Soo, Office of the Undersecretary, Education Department

The Education Department begins a new round of what it calls experimental sites initiatives. The goal is to give students the opportunity to gain the skills they need for in-demand jobs. David Soo, senior policy adviser in the Office of the Undersecretary for Education, spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the new initiative.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:29am EDT
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Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

The fast-growing number of devices connected to the Internet means enterprises need to rethink their approaches to cybersecurity. Cyber expert Melissa Hathaway says we're at a cyber inflection point. She's the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the top concerns for cybersecurity.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:25am EDT
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Attorney for 9/11 mastermind may quit

The number one attorney for the man who calls himself mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks said Thursday he might drop the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of defense team members. The Associated Press reports that civilian defense attorney David Nevin said during a pretrial hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that the possibility that defense team members are working with the FBI has strained his relationship with client Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of Kuwait.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:19am EDT

Monday federal headlines - August 18, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the shooting in Ferugson prompt lawmakers to rethink a proposal to give military gear to police officers, and the Smithsonian looks to crowdsourcing to digitize documents.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 08:13am EDT

VA reforms & vetsHQ.com

Linda Rix, co-CEO of FastYeti Incorporated, will discuss proposals to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, and how her website -- vetsHQ.com -- is helping veterans get the benefits they need.
August 15, 2014

Friday - 08/15/2014, 08:30pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Performance metrics and HealthCare.com fixer

Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton and former Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance at the Office of Management and Budget, and Ira Hobbs, principal officer of Hobbs & Hobbs and former Chief Information Officer at the Department of Treasury count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 06:19pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job — with no access to classified information. The Navy announced last November Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. It's part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 05:07pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Director of Naval Intelligence can't access classified information after 9 months

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: Pending the outcome of a Justice Department investigation, the Director of Naval Intelligence still has no security clearance; DARPA's former director is found to have improperly endorsed her former company; and changes are coming to the way DoD uses firm fixed price level of effort contracts.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:54pm EDT

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

A Navy contracting official pleads guilty this week to accepting $25 thousand in bribes to steer business towards one company. President Obama says people like that are a rarity in the federal government, but that assumption may be doing your agency more harm than good. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief of Goverment Executive magazine. He explained some leadership challenges at the top of the executive branch on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Matt Keiser, Attorney, Arnold & Porter

If you worked during the government shutdown last year, you might qualify for a spot in a lawsuit against the federal government. More than a million people worked without pay last October. Matt Keiser is an attorney for Arnold & Porter's Labor and Employment Practice. He explained both sides of the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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Van Hollen: Feds need to watch budget, pension talk come September

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sat down with In Depth's Francis Rose to preview what Congress will be focusing on when they get back to work in September, namely the continuing resolution.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:49pm EDT
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Tom Staal, U.S. Agency for International Development

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Agency for International Development is managing four major humanitarian crises at the same time. Disaster response experts are in Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and West Africa. Thomas Staal is senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's efforts.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:27am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to find a good way to ensure employees have access to only the information they are supposed to have access to. Now, one could be close to a solution. The Air Force is launching a pilot program to test role-based authentication. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:23am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's summer, and according to some federal employees that means a sudden lack of judgement when it comes to the clothes people choose to wear to work. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share your thoughts.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:19am EDT
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Bob Cusack, Editor In Chief, The Hill Newspaper

This summer has been filled with hissy fits between the government and reporters. The latest tussle came just this week. Environment reporters say the EPA is now stopping its independent scientific advisers from speaking out. Agency Chief of Staff Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming wrote a memo telling the science advisory board to refer questions from the public to designated federal officials. Bob Cusack, editor and chief of the Hill Newspaper, has covered policy and politics in Washington for nearly two decades. He spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the relationship between the Obama administration and the press.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:13am EDT
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