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Tuesday federal headlines - December 30, 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, the IRS says it will launch the 2015 tax filing season on time, the Navy assists in the recovery of a downed Indonensian airliner and a special inspector general will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group.

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Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 08:17am EST

Dhiren Khona, Principal Investigator, Army Geospatial Center

Geospatial intelligence tools have become critical to the military when it heads into unfamiliar landscapes around the globe. The Army's Situational Awareness Geospatially Enabled (SAGE) tools help intelligence analysts quickly identify terrain that could help or hinder a mission. Dhiren Khona is a principal investigator for the SAGE Team at the Army Geospatial Center. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what the system is, and what advantages it offers.

Tags: Dhiren Khona , Army Geospatial Center , Geospatial intelligence , SAGE , DoD , Tom Temin ,

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:31am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies haven't quite found the right balance between cybersecurity and accessibility when it comes to their data. It's been two years since the White House issued its strategy on information sharing and safeguarding. And the Information Sharing Environment continues to steer efforts to achieve the administration's goals. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the ISE. In part 2 of his interview with executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive, Paul says there is movement on the security and ease of access question.

Tags: Kshemendra Paul , ISE , information sharing , White House , Tom Temin ,

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 09:23am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The improved sharing of law enforcement and homeland security information is having the intended effect 10 years after Congress created a new office to lead the effort. The impact of all the changes can now be understood more than a year after the tragic and deadly attack at the Boston Marathon. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. He told executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about how the response to the Boston Marathon attack, and other examples, shows just how much progress has been made over the last decade.

Tags: Jason Miller , information sharing , law enforcement , homeland security , Boston Marathon , Kshemendra Paul , ISE , Information Sharing Environment , Tom Temin , In Depth

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:31am EST
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Monday federal headlines - December 29, 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, the Veterans Affairs sustains another data breach, the Merit Systems Protection Board upholds the firing the director of the VA's Phoenix medical center and hundreds of New Englanders are sounding off about a Coast Guard plan to update its coastal foghorns.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:22am EST

Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has been steadily increasing its number of agents. But recently the agency commissioned a recruitment drive aimed at boosting the ranks of female agents. Only about 5 percent of CBP's 21,000 agents are women. But with more and more women trying to cross the Mexican border, CBP officials think having more women agents could help. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the agency's push to hire more female agents, starting with the results of its recruitment drive.

Tags: Customs and Border Protection , Gil Kerlikowske , Tom Temin , hiring , diversity hiring , female agents , workforce , DHS

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:24am EST
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Courtney O'Callaghan, Chief Digital Officer, Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery the Smithsonian's museums featuring Asian art will ring in the new year by releasing their entire collections online to the public on Jan. 1. The majority of the 40,000 pieces have never been seen before by the public. Most will be available in high resolution. Courtney O'Callaghan is the galleries' chief digital officer. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about this digital transition and the collection itself.

Tags: Freer Gallery of Art , Arthur M. Sackler Gallery , Asian art , Tom Temin , digitization , technology

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:15am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - December 23, 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, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) wants the next Congress to make Postal Service reform a top priority, a former Pentagon official gets five years in prison for sex offense charges and construction has restarted on the stalled Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colorado.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 07:53am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government-issued contracts usually include pages of boilerplate. Contractors ignore it at their peril. Buried in all that fine print might be clauses that can burn you. Contracting legal expert Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." He's been exploring these myths on the Federal Dive with Tom Temin. Today, Sullivan tackles the 10th and final myth: Solicitations are filled with standard provisions that don't require careful reading. Sullivan says, to the contrary. Make sure someone combs over all that boilerplate.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Tom Temin , contracting

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:52am EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

As winter settles in with its icy bite, the Office of Personnel Management is just warming up. The agency announced some updates to its dismissal and closure procedures for feds in the D.C. area. Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss these changes what's new this year, and what feds think of the additions.

Tags: OPM , Tom Temin , Julia Ziegler , closures , workforce

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:13am EST
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