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Wednesday federal headlines - May 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, OPM authorizes agencies to use speedy hiring authority to build their teams of digital whiz kids, the White House guidance to agencies on 2017 budgets calls for holding the line on discretionary spending and a pending Senate bill shows how frustrated some members are with the progress in service improvement at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:58am EDT

Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), American University

President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When confirmed, he'll succeed retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. But what can we expect from the man nicknamed "Fighting Joe?". Retired Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now a visiting scholar at American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to outline some of the challenges Dunford will be facing.

Tags: David W. Barno , American University , Joseph Dunford , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Martin Dempsey , Tom Temin ,

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:51am EDT
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Chris Smith, Vice President, Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

Fleet management solutions help agencies cut costs and improve logistics using real-time information on the status of deployed vehicles and equipment. AT&T might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of fleet management. But it's gained experience managing its own fleet of tens of thousands of vehicles. Chris Smith is the vice president for technology at AT&T Government Solutions. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how it all works.

Tags: Chris Smith , AT&T Government Solutions , Fleet management , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:53am EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 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, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:28am EDT

Capt. Andrew Tucci, Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard unveiled a new cybersecurity strategy earlier this month. It doesn't just focus on protecting Coast Guard networks and systems. It also includes the country's 3,600 ports. That's because so many ports are nearly fully automated, and therefore vulnerable to cyber attacks. Capt. Andrew Tucci is the chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Compliance. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said cyber attacks comprise the fastest growing risk, even at the ports.

Tags: Andrew Tucci , Coast Guard , cybersecurity , Tom Temin ,

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:34am EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

If the nation is thinking about the next presidential election, it might as well be thinking about the next presidential transition. A bipartisan Senate bill is aimed at ensuring smoother transitions in part by giving career officials the job of ensuring continuity. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some commentary on the bill.

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

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:47am EDT
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Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

Everyone wants to prepare their child for life after school, whether that means college or something else. That's where College and Career Readiness standards come into play. They outline what a child should know and be able to do from kindergarten through the end of high school. Tom Brady is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the CCR standards.

Tags: Thomas M. Brady , DoDEA , Tom Temin , Department of Defense

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

Tags: Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , USA Freedom Act , House Judiciary Committee , surveillance , Patriot Act , Tom Temin , NSA

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT
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Carl Demaio, Senior Fellow, Performance Institute

Politicians might be focused on 2016, but some groups say it's not too soon to consider 2017. That's when a new President, whoever it is, will take over. Federal News Radio is among the 16 Washington-area organizations helping to launch a bipartisan discussion about the transition. Leading the charge is Carl Demaio, a senior fellow at the Performance Institute. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the effort.

Tags: Carl Demaio , Performance Institute , Tom Temin , White House

Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:38am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - May 4, 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, 30 finalists have been selected for the prestigious Service to America Medal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the military isn't being honest about sexual assault and defense officials will have to come up with more gender-specific ways to help victims of sexual assault.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 05/04/2015, 08:56am EDT
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