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Wednesday federal headlines - October 22, 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, Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2015, two senators are drafting a bill to curb the use of paid administrative leave across government and Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.) releases his annual wastebook report on federal spending.

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Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 10:03am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

More laboratory testing -- and less of an emphasis on commercial technologies -- lead the changes the Army is making to the Network Integration Evaluations process. That process began four years ago. The Army designed the NIE to put new systems in the hands of soldiers, so they can put those technologies through their paces before they go out to live-fire battlefields. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Charlie Armstrong, CIO, Customs and Border Protection

Federal chief information officers say overwhelmingly that cybersecurity is their top priority. That data is from the 2014 Federal News Radio Chief Information Officer survey. Charlie Armstrong is the chief information officer for the Customs and Border Protection directorate in the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller how CBP's priorities begin and end with cybersecurity.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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Thad Allen, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

The government has an official Ebola Czar as of today. Vice President Joe Biden's former Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, begins work as the chief coordinator of the federal response to the crisis. Thad Allen is executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton. He's also a former government czar himself, overseeing the government's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf in 2010 and to Hurricane Katrina. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to map out the road ahead for Ron Klain as czar.

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Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

The deeper they dive into cybersecurity, the closer government and industry get. The Defense Department is requiring contractors to report, within three days, any cyber breach that threatens trade secrets or government data. Civilian agencies are looking at a similar rule. Former federal cyber officials Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey, now with Liberty Group Ventures, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new rule.

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Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Kate Schweit, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Active shooter situations are more rare but more deadly on military bases than on other government property. That finding comes from a FBI report on active shooter situations. The FBI finds that since 2000 there have been five incidents on military property with 27 people killed and 43 wounded. Agent Kate Schweit is the senior executive program manager for the FBI's Active Shooter Program. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Kate Schweit , FBI , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Ebola is more than a nasty virus. It's a national security concern, a big data problem, a technology challenge and perhaps a business opportunity. Jonathan Aberman is founder and CEO of Amplifier Ventures. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the business and technology implications of Ebola.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:15pm EDT
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Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

Tags: Allison Hickey , Veterans Affairs , claims backlog , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and Member, Public Contracting Institute

Salesmen have an old saying, nothing happens until someone buys something. When the government buys something, all sorts of things can happen, good and bad. For the next 10 Tuesdays, we'll be bringing to life a blog series called 10 Myths of Government Contracting. The author, Tim Sullivan, is a 40-year contracting veteran from both sides of industry and government. Now he's a partner in the law firm Thompson Coburn. His blog gives insight to companies that contract with the federal government and those looking for new opportunities. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the first myth: you should never lodge a protest.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: J. David Cox , AFGE , Federal Drive , Ebola

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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