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Again? Agents likely 'impaired' in White House incident

Again? Report finds agents likely 'impaired by alcohol' in White House vehicle incident

Friday - 05/15/2015, 10:30am EDT

Friday federal headlines - May 15, 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,

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:13am EDT

John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Inspectors General exist to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. They save and recover money for the government. But how do your measure the effectiveness of the IGs themselves? Researchers at the Brookings Institution think they've found a way to figure out the return on investment agencies get from their inspectors general. John Hudak is a fellow at Brookings, and co-authored the research report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the findings and the methodology behind them.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:11am EDT
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The Defense Department wants to build tighter connections with Silicon Valley, as part of a new technology offset strategy. In fact, Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the plan in Silicon Valley, at Stanford University. Homeland Security announces also plans to establish a Silicon Valley satellite office. The move west isn't a bad idea, but local venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman argues, the government might be overlooking innovation talent right in its own back yard. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:02am EDT
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Studio Y - Recent grads recruit young people to federal service

Emily McConnell of the Partnership for Public Service and Michelle Marcarelli talk to Studio Y about recruiting high-performing interns through the Federal Student Ambassadors program.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 07:00am EDT

Slow progress forces Navy to change strategies for cloud, data centers

The Department of Navy later this summer will move the Data Center and Application Optimization program office under its PEO-EIS group and out of its SPAWAR organization. Acting CIO John Zangardi said the DCAO will create a cloud brokerage hosting program with commercial and federally-approved clouds.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:39am EDT
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Senate panel votes to overhaul military retirement, to cut headquarters spending

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the annual Defense authorization bill would revamp military retirement, order DoD to reduce its headquarters and sidesteps sequestration by using the Pentagon's overseas contingency accounts.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:23am EDT
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Does GOP actually stand for Go-Away-Please?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders if one political party is targeting federal employees' pay and benefits more than the other.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 03:00am EDT

Official: VA improperly spends $5 billion a year on health

Senior official says VA wastes billions on improper purchases of drugs, medical supplies

Friday - 05/15/2015, 01:10am EDT

Jean C. Zenklusen, Cancer Genome Atlas Program, NCI

Doctors and scientists know more about diagnosing and treating cancer than ever before, thanks to the discoveries of the Cancer Genome Atlas. The atlas maps genetic mutations of 33 different cancers and collects more than 11,000 specimens. Jean Claude Zenklusen is director of the Cancer Genome Atlas Program Office at the National Cancer Institute. He and his colleague, Carolyn Hutter of the National Human Genome Research Institute, are Service to America medal finalists in the Science and Environment category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what the atlas entails.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:20pm EDT
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Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Your agency's program managers could soon have new guidelines, training and recruitment policies. Reps. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduce the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. It organizes a council with senior leaders in the Office of Management and Budget to set new standards for program managers. It also designates one senior executive in each agency as the Program Management Improvement Officer. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable and a former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how this could impact your agency's project portfolio.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Contractors are responsible for reporting 11 transactional data elements under a proposed rule from the General Services Administration. GSA says it won't take long for companies to get their systems ready for the new requirements and then do the reporting. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, the time it will take companies to meet GSA's proposed requirements is at least 30 times more than what the agency is predicting.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:08pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced a series of overhauls to the Navy and Marine Corps' personnel system, saying it needs more flexibility to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes will impact everything from how service members are promoted to physical fitness tests and military uniforms.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 10:58am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - May 14, 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, the Defense Secretary nominates two officers to the top military positions in the Army and Navy, the House appropriations committee not only rejects a budget increase for Amtrak, it votes for a big cut, Homeland Security's inspector general issues a tough report on the latest Secret Service incident.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:21am EDT

Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

You never know what can come up in a psychiatric session. At the Veterans Affairs medical center in Louisville, two patients complained that Dr. Patricia Kinne revealed her sexual orientation. They requested another doctor, and she received a warning from center management. But management's case didn't prevail at the Office of Special Counsel. Federal employment attorney Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tully Rinckey joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lessons learned in this case.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:11am EDT
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Marilyn Park, Legislative Representative, AFGE

A bill introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) would restore collective bargaining rights to health care providers at the Veteran's Affairs Department. Under the current system, nurses, doctors and dentists, among others, do not have the same bargaining rights as other federal employees. Marilyn Park is a legislative representative at the American Federation of Government Employees. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk more about the VA Employee Fairness Act.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:09am EDT
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Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.)

One rookie member of Congress is getting serious about bringing government waste to light. He's just released the first issue of Waste Watch. The report kicks off an ongoing series to track waste and mismanagement in government. It identifies 10 specific instances from recent years, totaling more than $117 million. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) represents Oklahoma's fifth district. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said his efforts to highlight wasteful spending are inspired by a fellow Oklahoman.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:05am EDT
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Cybersecurity, mission areas must integrate to stave off flood of attacks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is bringing these concepts together in a new document to help improve cyber defense and resilience. Ron Ross, a fellow at NIST, said moving cybersecurity closer to the mission decision-makers will help solve a fundamental flaw in how agencies protect systems and data.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:42am EDT
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Navy pushes major shakeup to military personnel system

Navy proposes several changes to modernize its personnel system, many of which will require help from Congress.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:21am EDT
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When no good deed goes unpunished

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey ponders how bad occurrences may actually lead to positive outcomes, despite what you first might think.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 03:00am EDT
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