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Rear Adm. Mat Winter, Chief, Office of Naval Research

The Office of Naval Research has an update to its strategic plan and a new chief to help to put those priorities in place. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the new chief of Naval Research, has been on the job for about four weeks. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson spoke to the new ONR chief at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology expo. He tells her what ONR looks for when updating its strategic plan.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's 18F has more business than it can handle. The special software development team has agreements with about 17 agencies. That's bringing in a constant stream of work. That demand for development is driving a new blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for agile development services. It needs to offer alternative sources for agencies needing fast turnaround applications. Greg Godbout is the executive director of 18F. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tells executive editor Jason Miller about plans to get the BPA up and running in the coming year.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , GSA , 18F , agile acquisition , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 10:03am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - February 4, 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 Senate is at an impasse on funding for the Homeland Security Department, Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter promises to crack down on Pentagon mis-spending and cost overruns and the Army is preparing to destroy the country's largest remaining stockpiles of chemical-laden artillery shells.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 08:29am EST

Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

We now know the big picture for the 2016 budget, or at least what the Obama administration would like -- $4 trillion. What would that look like closer to the ground? For some insight into the civilian side of the spending proposal, Bloomberg Government Senior Analyst Cameron Leuthy joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Cameron Leuthy , Bloomberg Government , Tom Temin , budget

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:35am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

One of the worst mistakes a company can make in performing a government contract is to treat its customer exactly the same way it treats its commercial customers. Because the government is a very different animal. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." This week he explores the fifth commandment: You shall document your actions. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why that concept is more urgent in federal space than the commercial one.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , contracting , Tom Temin ,

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:25am EST
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Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

As part of the Obama administration's strategy for dealing with immigration, immigration enforcement and customs and border patrol officers have new orders. They must now ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify to avoid deportation. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release. It means a lot for work and a new change in mind-set for Customs and Border Protection agents. Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how it's going.

Tags: Shawn Moran , National Border Patrol Council , CBP , immigration , ICE , DHS , Tom Temin ,

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:16am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies could get a two percent bump for their technology spending accounts in fiscal 2016. Obama's annual budget request to Congress is trying to make the case that, after years of small IT increases, it's time to spend more to get bigger long-term savings. Federal News Radio's Executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details and analysis of the 2016 IT budget request.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Technology

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 11:32am EST
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I. Charles McCullough III, Intelligence Community Inspector General

"Slow and disjointed" is how Senator Dianne Feinstein, former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, described the federal document declassification process. But a routine inspector general report found no violations within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Such reviews are required under a law called ROCA, the Reducing Over-Classification Act. The review only recommended "refinement." Charles McCullough is the Intelligence Community's Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report and how some of the other intelligence agencies stacked up next to DNI.

Tags: I. Charles McCullough III , Senate Intelligence Committe , Diane Feinstein , declassification , DNI , Reducing Over-Classification Ac Reducing Over-Classification Act , Tom Temin , inspector general

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:34am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - February 3, 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, President Barack Obama has tucked a 1.3 percent pay raise for General Schedule employees and service members into his $4 trillion blueprint for fiscal 2016, information technology spending would rise by more than $2 billion in 2016 under the president's budget proposal and the President's Defense Secretary nominee says he'd consider changing plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 07:22am EST

Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

While the 2016 budget was crashing into the news yesterday, a quiet change took place in the contractor community. The TechAmerica Foundation became part of the Professional Services Council. The Council got TechAmerican from the trade group CompTIA, which acquired the foundation just last May. Although the name will change, you can still count on the annual events you've come to expect each year. Those include the Vision Forecast and Conference, the CIO survey and the American Technology Awards. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the acquisition.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , TechAmerica , PSC , Tom Temin , Industry , Technology

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:51am EST
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