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Monday federal headlines - October 20, 2014

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, a woman found vomiting in a Pentagon parking lot does not have Ebola, employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are not too pleased with their senior leaders and the White House wants to improve the security of federal credit card purchases.

Tags: In Depth , newscasts

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:16am EDT

Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

You might be a dog on the Internet, but nobody can tell for sure. Confidence in who people say they are online is vital to a cyber secure future for government and industry. People at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace have been working on this problem within the Commerce Department for a couple of years now. Jeremy Grant is senior executive advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some recent progress.

Tags: Jeremy Grant , Tom Temin , National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace , Commerce Department , National Institute of Standards and Technology , identity management

Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:11am EDT
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Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The Supreme Court is set to hear the case of a former Federal Air Marshal turned whistleblower on Nov. 4. Robert MacLean was fired after he told the media about the Transportation Security Administration's decision to use fewer air marshals on long distance flights. This is the first case the Supreme Court will hear that directly involves a federal whistleblower. Matt Tully, founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Mathew Tully , Tom Temin , Supreme Court , whistleblower , air marshal , Robert MacLean , TSA , Tully Rinckey

Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:18am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Federal Salary Council voted to add 13 cities to a list of communities where federal employees are paid more. The council was aiming to close a growing gap between federal employees and private counterparts in certain regions of the country. But the administration has frozen locality pay until at least 2016. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the council recommends.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , Federal Salary Council , locality pay , pay and benefits , workforce

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:57am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - October 17, 2014

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, Lawmakers grill a top government health official on the nation's response to Ebola, TSA chief John Pistole says he'll retire at the end of the year and FBI director James Comey warns tech companies against encrypting smart phone data.

Tags: In Depth , newscasts

Friday - 10/17/2014, 10:02am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new analysis of federal procurement data confirms what Defense Department vendors already experienced. During the first year of sequestration contracting dollars fell abruptly, dropping 16 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , DoD , sequestration , spending

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:41am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A chief risk officer (CRO) may be the answer to how your agency manages risk. But whether or not your agency adds another to the growing list of chief this or that officers, the White House expects you to consider anything that may impede your mission success. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why measuring and mitigating risk will be a bigger priority in the coming year.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Chief Risk Officer , workforce

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:40am EDT
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Stephen King, Director, Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program

The program billed as the world's largest provider of assistive technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. The Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has made technology like speech recognition software or pens that double as recording devices mainstays in offices devoted to helping people with disabilities. CAP Director Stephen King joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a progress report on how the program has helped thousands of wounded service members and disabled federal employees so far.

Tags: Tom Temin , Stephen King , CAP , workforce , disabilities , technology

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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Kelvin Wood, Director, Treasury Acquisition Institute

The Treasury Acquisition Institute has experienced a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of federal employees it trains each year. The appetite for training is going to keep growing, forcing TAI to rethink how it delivers workforce education. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, today we'll focus on taking stock for the future. Institute Director Kelvin Wood tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how TAI is changing with the times.

Tags: Tom Temin , Jason Miller , kelvin wood , Treasury Acquisition Institute , training , workforce , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:40am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , DoD , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Congress , Pentagon , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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