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Scott Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

This month a wealth of data detailing stimulus and Hurricane Sandy spending disappeared from the website recovery.gov. The Recovery Accountability Transparency Board says it can't afford to renew its contract with Dun & Bradstreet for use of its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Yet, businesses that receive federal funds are identified solely by DUNS. There is no alternative for where the government gets that data and Dun & Bradstreet controls how it is used. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the matter.

Tags: Project on Government Oversight , Tom Temin , Hurricane Sandy , recovery.org , DUNS number , Scott Amey

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 02:01pm EDT
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Afzal Bari, Senior Technology Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman Meg Whitman has announced plans to split the tech giant into two separate, publicly traded companies. One of the resulting companies will make and market PCs and printers. The other will focus on enterprise hardware, software and services. HP is the sixth largest federal IT contractor on the Washington Technology list of the top one hundred. So the split could have implications for agencies that buy HP products and services. Afzal Bari, senior technology analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

Tags: Tom Temin , Afzal Bari , Hewlett Packard , Bloomberg Government , contracting , federal IT

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 01:59pm EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - October 7, 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, the VA uses its new legal authority to remove members of the senior executive service, DoD spending on fighting ISIS exceeds $1 billion and the Obama administration tightens screening protocols for airline passengers in light of Ebola fears.

Tags: newscast , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:59am EDT

Paula Pedene, Veterans Health Administration

The Office of Special Counsel has persuaded the Veterans Affairs Department to settle with three whistleblowers from the Phoenix medical center. One is Paula Pedene, a former chief spokeswoman at the center. She blew the whistle about financial mismanagement by former leadership. Pedene is now a national program specialist in the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Communications. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what it's like to become a whistleblower and what got her through the ordeal.

Tags: Tom Temin , Paula Pedene , Veterans Health Administration , Veterans Administration , whistleblower

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:20am EDT
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Capt. Tom Chaby, Special Operations Command

Members of the special forces and their families need a lot of resilience. Combat is hard and dangerous, and service members may be away for long periods. Special Operations Command is embarking on a new initiative to help ease the pressure on members of the elite force and their families. It's called the The Preservation of the Force and Family Task Force. Task Force Director, Capt. Tom Chaby, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Tom Temin , Tom Chaby , Special Operations Command

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:26pm EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Acting Secret Service Director Joe Clancy has a tough road ahead. Employee satisfaction and commitment hit an all-time low last year. That's according to the 2013 Best Places to Work rankings. Those numbers came out before the fence-jumper embarrassment that's got the whole world wondering about the Secret Service. Turning things around will take patience, determination and strong leadership. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , Tom Temin , John Palguta , Secret Service ,

Monday - 10/06/2014, 05:24pm EDT
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Monday federal headlines - October 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, the White House gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Tags: newscast , In Depth

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:30am EDT

NASA SEWP lowers fees for agencies

When it rolls out its fifth version next month, NASA's SEWP will have the lowest fees of any governmentwide acquisition contract. It will charge less than 0.4 percent to participating agencies. SEWP IV fees are 0.45 percent, compared to the General Services Administration's 0.75 percent.

Tags: SEWP , SEWP 5 , Joanne Woytek , acquisition , GWAC , Emily Kopp , NASA

Monday - 10/06/2014, 10:13am EDT
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Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

One of the longest running governmentwide procurement contracts (GWACs) is about to enter its fifth generation. Solutions for Enterprise-wide Procurement (SEWP) has been a mainstay offering of NASA since 1993. Back then, it was known as the Scientific and Engineering Work Station Procurement. The SEWP team has awarded contracts for SEWP V. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Tom Temin , Joanne Woytek , NASA , GWACs

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:00am EDT
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Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

A new law signed by the President last month gives the Veterans Affairs secretary lots of discretion to fire or demote members of the Senior Executive Service. The law came in response to management problems resulting in long wait times for admittance to VA facilities. The law means SESers at VA work under a different set of civil service rules than those in the rest of government. It also imposes new burdens on the Merit Systems Protection Board. The board issued an interim final rule on how the agency will carry out the new mandate. Chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the comments the board received about the rule and what the law does require of the board.

Tags: Susan Tsui Grundmann , Tom Temin , Merit Systems Protection Board , Veterans Affairs , management

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:13am EDT
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