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Thursday federal headlines - July 24, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, the House want to making firing SESers easier, and females will serve on Navy submarines.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 08:02am EDT

Bruce Andrews, Acting Deputy Secretary, Commerce Department

Secretary Penny Pritzker has big plans for all the data coming out of the Commerce Department's agencies. To lead this new open data strategy Commerce officials have created a new position. They're currently taking applications for a chief data officer. Bruce Andrews is acting deputy secretary of Commerce. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what they're trying to accomplish.

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Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 10:04am EDT
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Lydia Dennett, Investigator, Project On Government Oversight

Nearly 800 current and former Veterans Affairs employees and patients have submitted complaints about the department to a watchdog group. The Project on Government Oversight set up a special website to collect their complaints. It says the number of submissions is a record. Lydia Dennett is an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what POGO found.

Tags: Lydia Dennett , Project on Government Oversight , whistleblower , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 09:45am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Testing and evaluating federal programs might be an old idea, but it's getting a new lease on life. Agencies are using testing and evaluation earlier in the process, and that's gaining support as a potential fix for longstanding problems. For instance, the Defense and Homeland Security departments are pushing project managers to test weapons and other new technology early in the acquisition lifecycle. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss this emerging trend. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:38am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - July 23, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, President Barack Obama orders a shift in federal job training, and more active duty soldiers committed suicide than last year.

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Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:20am EDT

Cynthia Schnedar, Justice Department Office of the Inspector General

The Justice Department inspector general recently found the slow pace of government may have cost lives. A new report looks at how the FBI and Justice Department tried to clean up a mess that began 20 years ago. Examiners at the FBI crime lab did shoddy work for criminal prosecutions. It took the FBI nearly five years to identify all the defendants who might have been impacted. Some already had been executed. An agency task force took nine years to finish reviewing the problems. Deputy Inspector General Cynthia Schedar joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap what happened.

Tags: Cynthia Schnedar , Justice Department , FBI , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:18am EDT
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IRS scandal teaches agencies to archive

Agencies should be archiving all business communication to avoid mayhem such as at the IRS. While the agency shifts blame from e-mail to instant messenger, Nancy Flynn, founder of ePolicy, told Federal News Radio that agencies need to better manage the many communication options.

Tags: IRS , Nancy Flynn , ePolicy , Management , business records , technology , federal drive , Stephanie Wasko

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 01:07pm EDT

Jesse Byrnes, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

From the downed Malaysia airliner in Ukraine to the border crisis in Texas, the Obama Administration and Congress have many fronts to deal with. There's also the Iraqi ambassador. He's called on the U.S. to help beat the extremist group ISIS that's taken over parts of northern and western Iraq. Jesse Brynes is a staff writer for the Hill Newspaper. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the government will sort out its foreign affairs.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:14am EDT
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Jason Black, Research Leader, Battelle

By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness. Threats to the electrical grid aren't just from cybersecurity, but also from a lack of physical security. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Battelle Memorial Institute to look into security of the bulk electricity system. Jason Black is the research leader at Battelle. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about his findings.

Tags: Jason Black , Battelle , FERC , cybersecurity , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:10am EDT
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Steve Bell, Senior Director of Economic Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center

The military is shrinking, but the Pentagon's personnel costs keep growing. In fact, it pays about $125,000 per active-duty service member, including both salary and benefits. Two Washington think tanks are raising alarms. They say the Pentagon needs to do something now so it doesn't have to cut other critical parts of its budget later on. Steve Bell is senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the personnel cost has become expensive.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , DoD , pay and benefits , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:00am EDT
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