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Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)

Customer service at the Veterans Affairs Department has been a mixed bag lately. After the long weekend and the barbeque paraphernalia are cleaned up, area vets will have a chance to sit down with a caseworker and sort their affairs. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) will have those caseworkers on hand for a Constituent Services Workshop in Germantown. Vets can get help with all sorts of things. Rep. Delaney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more workshop details.

Tags: John Delaney , Congress , House , Veterans Affairs , Tom Temin ,

Friday - 05/22/2015, 08:53am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - May 21, 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, construction on a Veterans Affairs hospital center in Denver could stop Sunday if Congress doesn't take action before the holiday weekend, House Speaker John Boehner lashes out at Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and the Labor Department asks a House panel for help in overhauling the Federal Employees Compensation Act.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 09:22am EDT

John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

The VA wastes at least $5 billion a year by skirting federal law and paying excessive prices for goods and services. That's according to Jan Frye, VA's deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics. He recently told a congressional hearing that illegal purchase-card abuse seems to be the biggest problem. Members of the Veterans Affairs committee echo the notion that VA employees are acting illegally. What if that's you they're making those allegations about? Federal employment attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some advice.

Tags: John Mahoney , Veterans Affairs , Jan Frye , Tom Temin

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:22am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Homeland Security is about to launch a new approach to make cybersecurity information sharing easier. In the next couple of months, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT) will begin using two new technical specifications called STICKS and TAXI. Both will help DHS automate how cyber information is shared between federal agencies and business. Brad Nix is the deputy director of U.S. CERT. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how DHS is putting these two standards to work to improve cybersecurity information sharing.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , DHS , STIX , TAXII , cybersecurity

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:25am EDT
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Dr. Rahul Rajkumar, Deputy Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Health and Human Services reports saving hundreds of millions of dollars. It's been piloting a new payment model for health care providers, which was established by the Affordable Care Act. The model changes the incentives for providers who take a new approach to patient care and improving outcomes. Rahul Rajkumar is the deputy director of the Center for Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the model works.

Tags: Rahul Rajkumar , CMS , Tom Temin , HHS , Affordable Care Act

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:21am EDT
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Thomas Stanton, President, AFERM

Risk management is what you do when there's not enough people and money to take care of all the issues that could derail your program. In other words, it's something everyone needs to do. Easy to say, but for many federal managers, a lot harder to do. IBM's Thomas Stanton, president of the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some insight on how to boost your risk management skills.

Tags: Thomas Stanton , AFERM , Risk management , IBM , Tom Temin

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 03:38am EDT
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Fed bashing: How bad is it?

Federal Drive host Tom Temin joins Mike Causey to discuss fed bashing and federal job security, and Federal Times senior writer Andy Medici will tell us Congress has in store for feds after the Memorial Day break.
May 20, 2015

Tags: pay and benefits , fed bashing , Tom Temin , job security , Federal Times , Andy Medici , Congress , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 07:22pm EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - May 20, 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 bill approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would let inspectors general subpoena former federal employees and federal contractors, a Virginia congressman wants the TSP to have a new fund devoted to companies with women in positions of leadership and the Senate passes a bill to clarify how Border Patrol agents get paid.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 08:35am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department survived it, and so will you. But you can't avoid it. By June 15, every large agency will go through the new FedStat process as part of its fiscal 2017 budget development. The Office of Management and Budget kicked off its latest data-driven review with Treasury earlier this week. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what agencies should expect when they enter the Fed-STAT review chamber.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Treasury Department , FedStat , OMB

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 09:50am EDT
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Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH

The Partnership for Public Service has announced the 30 finalists for this year's Service to America Medals (SAMI). Among them is Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease at the National Institutes of Health. He and his team developed the first effective drug treatment for sickle cell disease something that's resisted cures for decades. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review his work.

Tags: Griffin Rodgers , NIH , Partnership for Public Service , Sammies , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 09:35am EDT
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