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Federal News Countdown: DHS vote, Net neutrality

Anil Karmel, CEO at C2 Labs and former deputy chief technology officer at the National Nuclear Security Administration, and David Olive, principal at Catalyst Partners, counts down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 06:27pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity remains one of the biggest hurdles to widespread use of cloud computing across the government. But a new type of data encryption may be the answer to those who still question if their data will be safe in the cloud. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on what some federal chief information officers see as the key to security in the cloud.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:48am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When Congress updated federal open government laws in 2007, it created a new ombudsman designed to serve as an honest broker between Freedom of Information Act requestors and federal agencies. But unlike most other ombudsmen, this one works for one of the parties in the disputes it's supposed to mediate. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, new legislation would change that by making the Office of Government Information Services truly independent from the executive branch.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:21pm EST
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The effort to fund the Homeland Security Department is in chaos this afternoon. The House rejected a three-week continuing resolution after observers spent most of the day trying to figure out what the backup plan was -- without much success. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. He broke down the odds of Congress passing a DHS budget on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Tom Shoop , Gov Exec , budget , shutdown , Congress , House

Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Greg Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service has rehired hundreds of former employees with records including conduct problems, performance issues and even back taxes owed. Greg Kutz is assistant inspector general for audit (management services and exempt organizations) at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why TIGTA focused on the issue.

Tags: Greg Kutz , IRS , TIGTA , workforce , hiring , oversight

Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:48pm EST
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Friday federal headlines - February 27, 2015

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 Senate Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch as next attorney general, some lawmakers want their paycheck withheld if the Homeland Security Department shuts down and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald tells senators he's committed to a law allowing some veterans to obtain health care at non-VA facilities.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 08:32am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department's top IT leaders tell Congress sequestration would set back DoD's plans to modernize its networks by two to three years. That would impact everything from cybersecurity upgrades to day-to-day training activities. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The size of the civilian workforce is on the decline at the Defense Department. But three other agencies plan to add 5,000 civilian employees each in the next year. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rebalancing means federal contracting opportunities will start growing in new places.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:42pm EST
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Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
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Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Defense Business Board said the Pentagon can reduce its spending by $125 billion by getting rid of contracts, offering early retirements and modernizing its business operations. The Board is looking specifically at large commercial firms like Lockheed Martin and Pepsi Co. as inspiration for how to modernize DoD's business portfolio. Steve Grundman is M.A. and George Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and former DoD assistant secretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon should be wary of following examples from those large firms.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:15pm EST
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