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Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and Member, Public Contracting Institute

Salesmen have an old saying, nothing happens until someone buys something. When the government buys something, all sorts of things can happen, good and bad. For the next 10 Tuesdays, we'll be bringing to life a blog series called 10 Myths of Government Contracting. The author, Tim Sullivan, is a 40-year contracting veteran from both sides of industry and government. Now he's a partner in the law firm Thompson Coburn. His blog gives insight to companies that contract with the federal government and those looking for new opportunities. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the first myth: you should never lodge a protest.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: J. David Cox , AFGE , Ebola

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - October 21, 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 number of veterans running for Congressional office is dropping, U.S. military officials say it's still too early to tell if air drops to Kurdish forces in Khobani will help and the Government Accountability Office sustains a protest against the embattled contractor USIS

Tags: In Depth , newscasts

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 08:01am EDT

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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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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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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