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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The IRS has stretched its budget enough to render furloughs unnecessary. That's according to Commissioner John Koskinen. He tells members of the House Appropriations Committee, the agency has made other tough choices, including freezing all hiring and overtime. Now he's asking Congress for a big boost next year. How'd that go over? Reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , IRS , John Koskinen , furloughs , workforce

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:17am EDT
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Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana

As the federal government struggles with how to make better use of data, it could learn a thing or two from the states. A case in point is Indiana. It's harnessing data to solve problems and improve how it does business. In one example, Indiana has had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country for more than two decades. Officials have identified causes and directed funds to programs that target at-risk mothers. Paul Baltzell is Indiana's Chief Information Officer. on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, explained more about the state's data analysis program.

Tags: Paul Baltzell , CIO , Indiana , infant mortality rate , Tom Temin ,

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:29am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It may sound odd, but source selection officials have the authority to use more than one selection approach within a single procurement. And it looks like they're using that authority more often. You can find this authority in an often-overlooked section of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, FAR Part 15.101. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how this works and what it means.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell , Tom Temin , source selection , FAR , acquisition , procurement

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:28am EDT
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Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

Tags: Danny Werfel , Boston Consulting Group , Tom Temin , Improper payments , IRS , GAO , OMB

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - March 18, 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,

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT

Christine Lee, Program Manager, S&T First Responders Group, DHS

Law enforcement, ambulance and fire: Dispatchers using a base station to communicate with first-responders in the field can now upgrade and reconfigure their system for less than $500. The Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M) could save an agency as much as $15,000 to replace an entire system. Christine Lee is the program manager for the Science and Technology First Responders Group at Homeland Security. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the device and what DHS is doing with it.

Tags: Christine Lee , DHS , technology ,

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:53am EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is suspending for three months online meetings it's been having with vendors. They're aimed at helping the agency develop a procurement strategy for the replacement version of its popular Alliant acquisition vehicles. For the time being, the agency says it wants to have face-to-face meetings. The virtual meetings have been convened by the Coalition for Government Procurement. How do they work and what happens? Coalition president Roger Waldron joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , GSA , Alliant ,

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:50am EDT
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Christopher Hart, Director, National Transportation Safety Board

The Senate confirmed Christopher Hart as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He had been the acting chairman since April. when his predecessor Deborah Hersman left. A lawyer and well-known aviation safety expert, Hart held several senior jobs at the FAA. He was also an NTSB board member in the early 1990s. Just before his confirmation, Hart spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how the board is handling what's turned out to be a busy year.

Tags: Christoper Hart , NTSB , Transportation Department

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

NASA still is five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract. That'll be known as SEWP 5 Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement. In the meantime though, it's rolling out some updates for the current SEWP program. SEWP program manager Joanne Woytek joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain exactly what that entails.

Tags: Joanne Woytek , NASA , SEWP 5 ,

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:43am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Anticipating another round of sequestration in 2016, the Defense Department is trying to make some headway in preparation for a tighter budget. The Pentagon sees a small treasure chest of money in back-office operations that could be used for mission and readiness needs. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how DoD plans to unlock that treasure chest.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 06:33am EDT
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