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Friday federal headlines - April 24, 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, a former Pentagon spokesman will become the spokesman for the State Department, two senators ask the Defense Department to investigate possible retaliation against a whistleblower and lawmakers introduce a bill to stop improper payments to the deceased.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Friday - 04/24/2015, 08:39am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The top acquisition officials from each of the military branches told Congress this week that when it comes to the next round of acquisition reform, less is more. They asked lawmakers to help thin the layers of oversight in the procurement process, empower program managers to make decisions and hold them accountable when they fail. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , acquisition

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:08am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor, FederalNewsRadio.com

Want to grouse about your agency? You've got a new outlet. Congressman Mark Meadows, who heads the House panel that oversees the federal workforce, has opened an email tip line. Just send a note to TellMark@mail.house.gov. But will feds use it? FederalNewsRadio.com managing editor Julia Ziegler debated that on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:07am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The House made it two-for-two this week by passing another cyber information-sharing bill. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. They also approved the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. With the passage by the House, and at least initial support from the White House, these two bills are closer to becoming law than any previous attempts to improve public-private cyber information sharing. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details and analysis.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , cybersecurity , Congress

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:04am EDT
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Blane Dessy, Acting Executive Director, FEDLINK

What does it take to run a federal library these days? You could look to the Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox, or the small medical library at Walter Reed in Bethesda. Both are winners of this year's Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) awards. Blane Dessy is the acting executive director of FEDLINK. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the awards.

Tags: Blane Dessy , FEDLINK , Tom Temin , library

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:40am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - April 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 House passes a major cyber bill, the VA inspector general finds more problems at the agency and the Pentagon acknowledges what many suspected: Cyber attacks are part of the arsenal of the U.S. military.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:01am EDT

Steve Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Workhorse Group, Inc.

The Postal Service is planning to buy 180,000 new vehicles over the next three years. It wants those new trucks to have better safety equipment and fuel mileage than the current fleet. Mail-carriers driving the new trucks will need more room, with parcel business up 20 percent over the past five years. Steve Burns is chief executive officer at Workhorse Group, Inc. That's one of several companies bidding on the new Postal truck. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on his company's design, which includes a drone to lighten the load.

Tags: Steve Burns , Workhorse Group , Tom Temin , USPS , trucks , workforce

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:06am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal cyber experts are raising the prospect that tens of thousands more federal employees could be at risk of identity theft from a corporate cyber breach than first reported. At issue is the U.S. Investigative Services breach in August. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on these new concerns, and what is being done to shore up contractor systems.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , cybersecurity

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will unveil a new Pentagon cyber strategy today. It's expected to revise his department's approach to cyberspace to account for a number of technological and policy changes over the last several years. Officials say Carter also will announce several new initiatives intended to make DoD more capable of adopting cutting-edge commercial technologies for the protection of its networks, and build tighter linkages between the department and Silicon Valley. DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further preview the plan.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , DoD , cybersecurity , Ashton Carter

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:44am EDT
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Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

An employee with the Transportation Security Administration gets her job back after being fired for being pregnant. TSA ruled Amanda Kincannon's pregnancy made her "unfit for duty" and subsequently fired her. The decision was eventually overruled by TSA's internal review board, and she was recently reinstated. The incident was made public by the American Federation of Government Employees. Debra Roth, a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some more insight into this case. She said it's not exactly unheard of.

Tags: Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Tom Temin , TSA , AFGE , workforce

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:03am EDT
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