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Thursday federal headlines - November 6, 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 appropriators are trying to agree on a 12-part omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2015, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of retirement claims grows for the first time in three months and President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for new war powers to fight Islamic State militants.

Tags: Federal Headlines , In Depth

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 07:41am EST

Ira Goldstein, National Director for Federal Services, Deloitte

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Ira Goldstein. He's had a long public management career, starting as a charter member of the Senior Executive Service during the Carter Administration. Goldstein is now national director for Federal Services at Deloitte. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective on federal management .

Tags: National Academy of Public Administration , Ira Goldstein , Deloitte , Tom Temin , management

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:34am EST
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Increasing building security may be a problem for FPS, GAO says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he wants to increase security at federal buildings. But the FPS, the agency responsible for doing so, may not be up to the task. GAO's Mark Goldstein said the FPS has a number of long-standing problems to solve before it can adequately protect anyone.

Tags: building security , workforce , DHS , GAO , FPS , Mark Goldstein , federal buildings , Tom Temin , Jeh Johnson , Matt Wingfield , management , contracting

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:46pm EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - November 5, 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, newly elected officials could have a big impact on workforce issues, including pay and benefits, the President will nominate David Berteau as assistant secretary of defense, a homeless assistance program is flawed, an IRS employee is cleared of any wrongdoing following a security breach and more.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 07:50am EST

Dan Blair, President, National Academy of Public Administration.

Federal workforce issues could face challenges as a result of yesterday's elections. Republicans beginning in January will regain a majority in Senate while adding 14 seats to their lead in the House. What will this all mean to federal employees and agencies? Dan Blair is president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

Tags: Dan Blair , Tom Temin , NAPA , workforce , Senate , Republicans

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:56am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is closer than ever to becoming law. Key Senate and House lawmakers have reached an agreement on the bill. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what has to happen next for FITARA to reach the President.

Tags: FITARA , Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Congress , House , Senate , acquisition

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:46am EST
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Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

Recently the White House established what it calls the Digital Service Group. It's job: To help federal agencies with troubled, public facing technology projects. Well, the Veterans Affairs Department has established its own Digital Service group. Marina Martin, chief technology officer at VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the new group will work.

Tags: Marina Martin , Veteran Affairs , CTO , Digital Service Group , technology , Tom Temin ,

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:40am EST
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Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration has set aside 1.5 percent of its personnel budget for training and reinvestment in skills for the next fiscal year. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the focus will be on customer relations and evolving with technology. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller caught up with Tangherlini at the National Contract Management Association's annual government symposium. Tangherlini described his relationship with the Office of Management and Budget's Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert and some of the things they're working on together on the Federal Drive.

Tags: GSA , personnel , budget , Jason Miller , Dan Tangherlini , OMB , Beth Cobert , training , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:27am EST
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Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

After a gunman opened fire at Canada's National War Memorial and Parliament, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wants to beef up security at federal buildings. But as Mark Goldstein, GAO's director of physical infrastructure issues, explained on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, more security means a greater workload for the Federal Protective Service. Reports from the Government Accountability Office show the small agency isn't always prepared for new threats.

Tags: Tom Temin , Mark Goldstein , GAO , building security , DHS , federal buildings , Federal Protective Service , workforce

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:36am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration recently hired another contractor to try to integrate 10 disparate acquisition databases. The first time around, the agency struggled both with its contractor and the plan to improve the Integrated Acquisition Environment. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about GSA's latest attempt to straighten it all out

Tags: Tom Temin , Jason Miller , GSA , Integrated Acquisition Environment , contractors , workforce , acquisition

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 11:13am EST
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