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9:40 pm, January 25, 2015

Federal News Radio News Stream

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A taxing tax season: Press 2 to weep

When you make that call to the Internal Revenue Service with a tax question or a plea for help, maybe you'd better pack a lunch, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. You might be on hold for a very long time.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 02:00am EST

Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
January 12, 2015

Monday - 01/12/2015, 08:53pm EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A plan to fund the Homeland Security Department is taking shape in Congress. But there's a big question mark next to HR 240: Is it an actual bill? Or just another continuing resolution? David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the details on HR 240.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:23pm EST
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John Teeter, Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health

Federal health agencies need help drafting their latest update to the Federal Health IT strategy guide. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan relies on new research gathered about electronic health records in both the public and private sectors. But those agencies are looking for public input to make it perfect. John Teeter is managing director of the Federal Advisory Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to improve the new strategy guide that will inform public health policies until the year 2020.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:18pm EST
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OPM disables Web portal after retirees' information potentially exposed

The Office of Personnel Management disabled a Web portal used by federal retirees Monday to address a malfunction that may have left some retirees' personal information exposed.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:16pm EST

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The federal hiring process is too complicated to give people a fair shot at working for your agency, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's possible to fix the hiring process without compromising your agency's core principles.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Sharon Burke, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

If oil prices stay at their current level, the Defense Department stands to save about $2 billion this year. Defense News reports the Pentagon has already saved about $500 million. Sharon Burke is senior advisor of the New America Foundation, and former assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how today's oil prices will affect future defense policy.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:13pm EST
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

New members of Congress have a crash course available to teach them about the biggest challenges facing your agency. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the program is missing some important details.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:10pm EST
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John Pickett, Senior Economist, Office of Inspector General, USPS

A better work-life balance at the Postal Service will help the agency, its employees and its customers. That's according to the agency's Inspector General, who has a plan to introduce more workplace flexibility for Postal Service employees. The IG says the plan should make everyone that interacts with the agency happier and more productive. John Pickett is senior economist for the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on how to implement a new work-life balance plan.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:05pm EST
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2015 challenge to agencies: Get the right people for the job

Thanks to big data, agencies are learning where their skills gaps are. To close them, they'll have to get around some archiac personnel regulations, according to a panel of experts on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:23pm EST

Brenna Isman, National Academy of Public Administration

The 2015 budget came with more than money for federal agencies. You got some homework, too. Namely 15 Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goals important to the White House. They cover everything from cybersecurity to climate change. Brenna Isman is a project director at the National Academy of Public Administration. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some of the CAP goals agencies will be working toward over the next year or so.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 10:59am EST
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Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

Before leaving office, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a thorough study of the cybersecurity mission at the Homeland Security Department. Coburn says DHS is struggling to protect federal networks from intrusion. And he says its efforts at working with the private sector on cyber protection are sketchy. Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies, a former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force during the Bush Administration and a member of the National Security Council for President Barack Obama, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with reaction and some ideas for where DHS should go next.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 10:53am EST
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Monday federal headlines - January 12, 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, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is encouraging student veterans to join the agency, President Obama will spend some time focusing on cybersecurity this week and the new chairman of the House Oversight committee wants agencies to be able to fire feds who don't pay their taxes.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 08:24am EST

When is fair and open recruiting not fair?

Certain recruiting and hiring authorities within agencies "threaten the principle of fair and open competition," according to the latest report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal offers his take.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 05:08am EST

Obama to focus on cybersecurity issues next week

Continuing the break with State of the Union tradition, President Barack Obama will spend most of the coming week previewing more of the proposals he will outline in the address, including on identity theft, electronic privacy and cybersecurity, the White House announced Saturday.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 03:52am EST

Engineering a train wreck, or, China can you spare a yuan?

If you ran a business and were dedicated to delivering what others can't and won't - at bargain basement prices - would you rethink your mission? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks that question in today's column.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:00am EST

Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

GSA's agile RFI beginning of ‘systemic change' in IT acquisition

The General Services Administration's 18F and the Office of Integrated Technology Services issued a request for information as part of its strategy to create a blanket purchase agreement where agencies can buy agile development services for IT projects. Experts say the RFI shows how the government is beginning to adopt industry best practices.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 06:37pm EST

Federal News Countdown: FEHBP reform, IT budget authority

John Palguta, vice president of the Partnership for Public Service, and Tim Young, principal for Private Sector at Deloitte, counted down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 05:24pm EST
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Shawn Kingsberry, Director of Cloud Services, TASC

More agencies are hiring Chief Data Officers, or at least designating an official to lead data collection and curation efforts. That data may make Congress's oversight job easier. Shawn Kingsberry is director of cloud services at TASC, and former chief information officer for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he expects Congress will use a lot more data to oversee Federal agencies this year.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 05:10pm EST
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