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Friday federal headlines - June 27, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, a new bill allows agencies to share information on job candidates among each other, and the FAA wants to lower the maximum building height around airports.

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Friday - 06/27/2014, 07:17am EDT

Cheri Cannon (pictured), Valerie Riviello

The Veterans Affairs Department is reeling from allegations, made by its own staff, that it has mistreated patients. More employees are coming forward to report what they see as systemic wrongdoing. The Office of Special Counsel is looking at 50 cases right now, and one of them is the case of Valerie Riviello. She is a nurse at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tulley Rinckey is handling her case. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why Riviello decided to blow the whistle.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey , Valerie Riviello , VA , whistleblower , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:31am EDT
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Col. Deborah McDonald, Director of Admissions, West Point Military Academy

As the military opens more key roles to women, there's one glaring problem: the pipeline. Military academies don't have a lot of female students. West Point has struggled more than the others, but change is on the horizon. Of the nearly 1,200 cadet candidates reporting next week, 22 percent will be women. That's a record number. Col. Deborah McDonald is director of admissions at West Point. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the latest numbers.

Tags: Deborah McDonald , West Point Military Academy , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has cleared his first hurdle on the way to becoming director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave him the nod, even though some members weren't thrilled with his answers to their questions. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap the drama, and share details on everything else the busy committee did yesterday that could impact federal agencies. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Senate , Shaun Donovan , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Tom Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service

The Postal Service's financial crunch means that it is delivering mail with some very old trucks. Nearly all of its 190,000 vehicles are gas guzzlers from the 1990s. This is the type of problem that keeps Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day up at night. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the problems with the service's delivery fleet.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:26am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - June 26, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, a Senate committee passes a bill to overhaul the overtime pay system at Border Patrol, and the White House wants to cut or consolidate reports.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 08:31am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators are proposing legislation to give federal chief information officers more control over information technology investments. A draft bill would let CIOs have budget authority and approval over all IT contracts. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will offer up this version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act today at a meeting of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the draft copy of the bill. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Senate , FITARA , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Robert Anderson, Executive Assistant Director, FBI

The Justice Department has rewritten the playbook on catching cyber criminals. It recently led an international effort to disrupt a global cybertheft ring. A Russian-led gang allegedly stole millions of dollars by infecting computers with malware known as Gameover Zeus. Robert Anderson is the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber Response and Services Branch at the FBI. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the sting operation worked.

Tags: Robert Anderson , FBI , cybersecurity , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:34am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - June 25, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, a Senate bill would strengthen FOIA, and President Obama nominates the military commanders for key positions.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 08:04am EDT

Doug Norton, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. As a senior scientist in the Environmental Protection Agency's Watershed Branch, Doug Norton has led projects to protect the nation's waterways for more than two decades. His colleagues call him a can-do person who uses the latest technology to communicate with environmental officials and the public. Now, he is a finalist in the citizen services category of the 2014 Sammies awards. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the importance of the public understanding the local waterways. Read a related story.

Tags: Doug Norton , Environmental Protection Agency , Service to America Medals , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/23/2014, 09:39am EDT
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