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Monday federal headlines - April 6, 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, Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads East, Chelsea Manning tweets from prison and the Energy Department trains servicemembers for jobs in the solar industry.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 04/06/2015, 07:33am EDT

David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

Tags: GAO , CIO , IT management , David Powner , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT
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Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

It will be several more years, at least, until first responders can access a nation-wide broadband network being built exclusively for them. It's called the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. Even with a $7 billion budget, the project has encountered a number of obstacles. Alan Tilles is the chairman of telecommunications at the law firm Shulman Rogers. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on FirstNet's struggles.

Tags: Alan Tilles , FirstNet , Shulman Rogers , broadband , Tom Temin , Commerce Department

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:54am EDT
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Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

Tags: Robert Hite , Air Force Historical Research Agency , history , Tom Temin , military , Doolittle

Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT
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Friday federal headlines - April 2, 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, the Veterans Affairs Department appoints four new members to the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, A senator says Congress might spare the National Institutes of Health from sequestration and it's good news, bad news for the Postal Service.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Friday - 04/03/2015, 08:26am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force thinks it's done a good job of making sure its IT networks are protected from cyber threats, but that's only 20 percent of the cyber problem. A brand new task force will try to take an enterprise approach to protecting the other 80 percent of Air Force systems that are vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and critical base infrastructure. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , Air Force , In Depth ,

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 05:14pm EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees across the government have been watching the IRS and the challenges it has with its workforce. Commissioner John Koskinen said this year will be the last year for a hiring freeze, as the agency has to replenish a staff that's aging in place with thousands eligible to retire. This sounds like good news for IRS employees. But is it? Federal News Radio's Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share with some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin , IRS , John Koskinen , hiring

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:43am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal agencies have adopted mobile computing with the same fervor as the private sector. Yet securing smartphones and tablets is still a challenge for most agencies. Federal security experts are still trying to find the right balance between mobile access and security of data and applications. The Defense Department may have the answer for many of these challenges. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on how DoD and others are taking on the quest for mobility and security.

Tags: Jason Miller , Cloud computing , mobile , cybersecurity , Tom Temin ,

Friday - 04/03/2015, 05:33am EDT
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

The Small Business Administration is reopening the comment period for a rule proposed late last year. The SBA is trying to bring small business contracting rules in line with what was mandated by the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. But critics say the SBA's approach is unfair to small businesses. Many of them would qualify as large businesses, while several large businesses could qualify as small. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and a long-time procurement attorney. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Tom Temin , SBA , Defense Authorization Act

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:27am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - April 2, 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, five veterans organizations have sued the Veterans Affairs Department, only three of the Thrift Savings Plan's ten funds made positive returns in March and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he'll keep mid-level career employees out of direct congressional inquiries.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 08:30am EDT
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