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Monday federal headlines - March 23, 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 head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive announces he's stepping down and a multiple launch rocket system battalion is heading to South Korea.

Tags: B. Todd Jones , ATF , people , Ash Carter , GSA , House , Steve Chabot , Federal Drive , In Depth

Monday - 03/23/2015, 06:06am EDT

Jesse Holler, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

When the Obama administration released its 2016 budget request last month, it left some areas sort of blank. Case in point: The IT spending details for the Navy and Army, two of the biggest technology spenders in the government. Bloomberg Government analysts raided the IT dashboard this month to find some of the missing data. Bloomberg quantitative analyst Jesse Holler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a clearer picture of Army and Navy IT plans.

Tags: Jesse Holler , Bloomberg Government , Army , Navy , information technology , Federal Drive

Monday - 03/23/2015, 09:23am EDT
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New high-level council will guide DoD's ‘neglected' electronic warfare programs

As part of its "third offset" strategy, the Pentagon says it needs a big focus on electronic warfare.

Tags: Bob Work , Frank Kendall , Sandy Winnefeld , Defense Science Board , Technology , Electronic Warfare , Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:04am EDT

Pentagon dipping its toe into BYOD

Terry Halvorsen, DoD's chief information officer, told reporters last week that he plans to conduct a limited bring-your-own-device pilot this summer.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook , Terry Halvorsen , BYOD , Technology , cybersecurity

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:00am EDT

GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Tags: budget , management , Congress , House , Senate , FERS , retirement , pay raise , Mike Enzi , GAO , High Risk List , Michael OConnell

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Tags: budget , OCO , management , sequestration , House Budget Committee , Congress , Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee , Ray Odierno , Mac Thornberry , Mark Welsh , Mike McCord , Mike Rogers

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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Air Force: Tech changes 'more rapidly in the defense space'

Dr. Mica Endsley, chief scientist of the Air Force, works to combat cyber concerns. "I would prioritize defense of our computer systems to be probably among the highest priorities that we have today," she tells Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month radio show.

Tags: Agency of the Month , Air Force , Mica Endsley , science , Technology , recruiting , cybersecurity , Air Force Scientific Advisory Board , Jason Fornicola , Workforce

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 03:56pm EDT

Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Reserve

As one of the military's highest-ranking women and its first openly gay general, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, has a busy speaking calendar, especially around this time of year. It's women's history month. Smith is the deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve, which prides itself on having women in 95 percent of its occupations. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp asked Smith whether she thought the Army Reserve was more welcoming to women than other parts of the military.

Tags: Tammy Smith , Army ,

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:50pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Top Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending simply won't work for the military. But they also have serious misgivings about the plan House Republicans released this week to increase the DoD budget. They say it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of constant uncertainty. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , In Depth

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:48pm EDT
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