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Wednesday federal headlines - Oct. 1, 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 General Services Administration awards a contract for a new Homeland Security headquarters building, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks a rise in federal workplace deaths.

Tags: Federal Drive , newscast , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 08:33am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act has already garnered more attention in four months since it became law than previous federal transparency laws did in the last seven years. The big question is: will that focus and attention last beyond this first year? Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller reports on why some experts believe the DATA Act is different than other transparency laws.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , DATA Act , transparency , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Marine Corps has settled a complaint with a high-profile whistleblower. Marine Corps civilian scientist Franz Gayl had raised concerns about delays in sending the blast-resistant trucks known as M-RAPs to Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, after the seven-year battle, the service is pledging to create a better environment for whistleblowers. Tom Devine is the legal director for the Government Accountability Project and he represented Franz Gayl. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details of the case.

Tags: Tom Devine , Tom Temin , Marine Corps , whistleblower , MRAP , Government Accountability Project , Franz Gayl , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:42am EDT
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Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Relief is coming to border patrol agents on the Mexican border. Congress is boosting spending for Customs and Border Protection to deal with unaccompanied minors. The agency will have the flexibility to hire more agents and staff at detention centers. Plus, the flood of illegal immigrants has slowed down, at least for now. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. He gave Tom Temin an on-the-ground view of what's going on at the border on the Federal Drive.

Tags: CBP , DHS , Shawn Moran , National Border Patrol Council , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , workforce , hiring

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:44am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department starts a new fiscal year Wednesday without a final budget in place, just like the rest of the government. But department leaders are working under the assumption that Congress will eventually reject up to $70 billion worth of proposals the department made to find cost savings in its 2015 budget. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

Tags: Jared Serbu , In Depth , Federal Drive , DoD , budget

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - Sept. 30, 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 Special Counsel said it persuaded VA to settle with three whistleblowers in the Phoenix medical center, and a secretive data mining firm wins a big contract.

Tags: Federal Drive , newscast

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:17am EDT

Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

President Barack Obama is going it alone for the time being. He's sending military resources to drop bombs and shoot missiles at the Islamic State line in Iraq and Syria. He's working largely without the counsel, much less consent, of Congress. Is there a big vacuum in Washington with Congress gone until after the mid-term elections? Or is there a streamlined operation without too much distraction? Justin Sink, White House correspondent for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Tom Temin , Congress , DoD , Justin Sink , Hill Newspaper , Federal Drive , Islamic State , White House , Barack Obama

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:05am EDT
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André Mendes, Director of Global Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors

When the General Services Administration wanted to move about 60 Broadcasting Board of Governors employees from a building close by to one several blocks away, the BBG seized the opportunity. The agency countered with a plan to renovate the offices on the fourth floor of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building. Phase one of the new open-office plan is almost complete and is changing the interior look of the 76-year-old building. André Mendes is director of Global Operations at BBG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he settled into his new office.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , GSA , Public Buildings Service , Andre Mendez , Broadcasting Board of Governors , renovations

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is proposing stricter lending protections for service members who take out short-term loans. The department says the move would close several loopholes in current regulations that are supposed to protect service members from predatory lenders. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details from his DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD , Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , loans

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:57am EDT
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Relmond Van Daniker, President, Association of Government Accountants

A long-time government financial management expert is calling it quits. Relmond Van Daniker retires as the president of the Association of Government Accountants today. During his 11-year tenure at AGA, Van Daniker helped the organization grow in membership and prominence. He also led an initiative to encourage government to create a four page citizen-centric report, which offers taxpayers information to help them make better decisions within their communities. Van Daniker joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why he feels now is the perfect time to retire.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Relmond Van Daniker , Association of Government Accountants , taxpayers , financial management , people

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:00am EDT
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