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Wednesday federal headlines - December 10, 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, House and Senate negotiators agree to a $1.1 trillion, 2015 spending bill, Secretary of State John Kerry asks Congress for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State and Customs and Border Protection is in the midst of a drive to recruit women to become agents.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 08:46am EST

Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The White House has launched three reforms to the Senior Executive Service. But the message President Barack Obama delivered to about 3,000 SESers at the Washington Hilton may actually have more long-term meaning than the reforms themselves. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller attended the President's speech and spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about his message and the attendees' reaction.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , SES , Barack Obama , management , workforce

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 10:08am EST
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Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer, Qualys

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but connected electronic medical devices really can be dangerous if someone is able to hack into them. Jonathan Trull is the Chief Information Security Officer at Qualys. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why these devices can be vulnerable and what to do about it.

Tags: Jonathan Trull , chief information security officer , Qualys , Tom Temin , hacking , medical devices , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 09:56am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - December 9, 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, President Obama will meet with members of the Senior Executive Service and other federal career managers today, fast passage of the 2015 spending bill has hit a snag and American embassies are preparing for backlash from today's release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 08:57am EST

Jitinder Kohli, Director in Public Sector Practice, Deloitte

President Barack Obama will have his first meeting Tuesday with more than 1,000 senior executives and other career federal managers. The President oversees a vast workforce that, according to surveys, is less than thrilled with federal service. Jitinder Kholi is a director in the public sector practice at Deloitte. He received a preview of what Obama will tell the senior managers, and shared his analysis of what to expect on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Jitinder Kohli , Deloitte , Barack Obama , SES , management , Best Places to Work , Tom Temin ,

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 09:57am EST
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Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

As the Duke of York used to say, "When you're up, you're up. And when you're down, you're down." The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released this year's version of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" Tuesday. The news is, as the Duke of York also said, "When you're halfway up, you're neither up nor down." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the big takeaways from this year's list.

Tags: Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Deloitte , Best Places to Work , Tom Temin , workforce , management

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:02am EST
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Bruce Foucart, Acting Director, Intellectual Property Rights Center, ICE

The end-of-year holiday shopping season always seems to suck in a torrent of counterfeit merchandise, everything from faux Louis Vuitton baggage to fake car tires. It's also when federal agencies charged with stopping trade in counterfeits swing into high gear. A group of federal partners team up with industry and nonprofit organizations to warn consumers of holiday shopping scams. Bruce Foucart is the Acting Director of the Intellectual Property Rights Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why they've stepped up their effort.

Tags: Bruce Foucart , ICE , Counterfeit products , Intellectual Property Rights Center , Tom Temin , DHS

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:07am EST
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Monday federal headlines - December 8, 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, more than 10,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan early next year, a Navy civilian engineer is indicted on charges that he tried to steal aircraft carrier schematics and have them sent to Egypt and the number of federal employees filing for retirement dips in November.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:20am EST

Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is still attached to the 2015 Defense authorization bill the House passed and the Senate will debate this week. The latest version of FITARA looks a bit different than the original. Still, the new bill would hand civilian agency CIOs more authority, prioritize hiring of specialty IT experts and maximize use of data centers. Trey Hodgkins is Senior Vice President of Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, a division of the Information Technology Industry Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what we can expect from the compromise version of FITARA.

Tags: Trey Hodgkins , Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector , NDAA , Congress , House , Senate , FITARA , data centers , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:30am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

How a company's business systems are organized sets it up for success or endless trouble when it comes to doing business with the federal government. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 8: We can treat our government customers the same way we treat our commercial customers.

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

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:44am EST
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