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Wednesday federal headlines - November 26, 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, a leading candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary has reportedly taken herself out of the running, Congressional Republicans are considering a hybrid approach to avoiding a government shutdown and a new bill would allow the Veterans Affairs Department to recommend medical marijuana for some patients.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 07:54am EST

Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Agencies spend more and more each year on professional services. Now the General Services Administration is hatching a plan to round up all of the professional services contractors and herd them into one big multiple award schedule. It'll be called the Professional Services Schedule. Miguel Garrido, a quantitative analyst with Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the impetus for the move, how it will work, and who the new schedule will benefit.

Tags: agencies , professional services , GSA , Professional Services Schedule , Miguel Garrido , Bloomberg Government , Tom Temin ,

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:32am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Selling to the federal government is a unique occupation. In no other industry do marketing and sales people face the dauting set of laws and regulations they face here. Yet, personal relationships matter in government contracting just like they do in the commercial world. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Sullivan tackled myth number 6: We contractors don't have to market to agencies like we do in the commercial sector.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Tom Temin , contracting , advertising

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 09:25am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is on the street with a new procurement to replace its patient scheduling system. The department has used the current system since 1986. It's the one scheduling staff used to manipulate data on patient waiting times in Phoenix and several other locations across the country. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about this RFP and more in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , procurement , patient scheduling system , data , Veterans Affairs , health IT

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:09am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - November 25, 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 Veterans Affairs Department has fired the head of its Phoenix Health Care System, former Defense undersecretary Michele Flournoy is a top contender to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel and the U.S. and Turkey come to an agreement over opposition fighters in Syria.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 08:03am EST

Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act appeared to sail through the Senate. The goal is to hold agencies more accountable for disclosing records and create a more uniform system for the public to file FOIA requests. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously. Sean Vitka, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the bill would do.

Tags: FOIA , Senate , Congress , records , disclosure , accountability , Senate Judiciary Committee , Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Tom Temin ,

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
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Brian Krenzien, Science & Technology Transportation Security Lab, DHS

When things go boom, often the Homeland Security Department wants to know what it was. To do that it requires sophisticated explosives detection equipment. In fact, the idea is to detect the presence of explosives before they can be detonated. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has just broken ground on a new lab for evaluating explosives detection equipment. Brian Krenzien, acting executive director of the Transportation Security Lab, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: DHS , Science and Technology Directorate , Brian Krenzien , explosives , explosives detection equipment , Transportation Security Lab , Tom Temin ,

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:02am EST
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Monday federal headlines - November 24, 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 Postal Service gets high marks from Americans, the White House names a new dessert honcho and up to 30,000 missing emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner have been recovered.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:09am EST

Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Tags: Ron Ross , NIST , contracting , technology , cybersecurity , Tom Temin , controlled unclassified information

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , GAO , Tom Temin , Mitch McConnell , Senate , Congress , government shutdown , continuing resolution , budget

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
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