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Friday federal headlines - December 19, 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 Office of Personnel Management notifies nearly 50,000 federal employees their identities may have been exposed to hackers, IRS commissioner John Koskinen says taxpayers will feel the effects of cuts to the IRS budget for 2015 and the Army restores full benefits for captains being forced to retire.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Friday - 12/19/2014, 08:52am EST

Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama's wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.

Tags: Don Kettl , University of Maryland , Cuba , embargo , finance , trade , travel , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , DHS , State Deptartment

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:04am EST
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Wendy Taylor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Workers on the front lines battling Ebola face a lot of dangers. One of the biggest? Simply taking off their protective suits at the end of the day. It's a multi-step process with no margin for error. To combat this and other logistical problems, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched what it calls the "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge." It solicited designs and innovations from all over the world. Wendy Taylor, director of USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to parse the challenge's results.

Tags: Wendy Taylor , USAID , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Ebola , Ebola Grand Challenge , innovation

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:21am EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

If recent events on the cybersecurity front have scared the heck out of you, well, good. There's a lot you can do. How about start by reading the latest version of the government's premier publications on how to assess whether your security and privacy controls are adequate for today's hacker-plagued world? Dr. Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project and Joint Task Force Leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the newest revision of Special Publication 800-53-A.

Tags: Ron Ross , NIST , Tom Temin , cybersecurity , joint task force , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:14am EST
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Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Dept. of Justice

A new cybersecurity unit at the Justice Department will offer itself as a legal advisor for cyber crime investigations worldwide. It will be operating under the department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. And its doors are already open. Michael Stawasz, the deputy chief for computer crime in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why this unit was needed, as well as what sets it apart from DOJ's existing cyber crime departments.

Tags: Michael Stawasz , DoJ , cybersecurity , Computer Crime and Intellectual Property , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:05am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - December 18, 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, lots of federal agencies will have new assignments under the Obama administration's new policy towards Cuba, top Air Force officials cancel their plans for involuntary force reductions in 2015 and OPM updates its closure procedures.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 08:23am EST

Ann Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation

It's a casualty that people generally don't like to talk about. But it's a real one — the toll that months at war can take on a service member's sexual health and intimate relationships. The Bob Woodruff Foundation just concluded a two-day event with the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to address these issues. Ann Marie Dogherty is executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the foundation's programs and progress.

Tags: Ann Marie Dougherty , Bob Woodruff Foundation , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute , DoD

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:21am EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases one in the federal sector and one in the private.

Tags: Heidi Burakiewicz , Mehri & Skalet PLLC , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , pay

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:24am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - December 17, 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, lawmakers are furious with the Social Security Administration for targeting family members to resolve decades-old debts, the Transportation Security Administration asked for and received an exemption from the Obama administration's ban on racial profiling and a former Homeland Security Department official is sentenced to three years in prison.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 08:46am EST

Daniel R. Elliott III, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

The news from this year's "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list is not that great. It shows federal employees' morale at the lowest point in the last 11 years. But it's not doom and gloom for every agency, and there are some encouraging signs. The Surface Transportation Board was number one among smaller agencies on this year's list. How did they do it? STB chairman Daniel R. Elliot III joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Tags: Daniel R. Elliott III , Best Places to Work , Surface Transportation Board , workforce , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:28am EST
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