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Friday federal headlines - May 29, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Defense Department wants some contractors to provide proof of delivery, a Commerce Department employee is on leave because she's believed to be a whistleblower and just in case, Congress considers a bill to make sure federal employees don't double dip after they return from potential furloughs.

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Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:18am EDT

Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Human capital management has stayed on the Government Accountability Office's High Risk List since 2001. But there are four main areas government hasn't tackled yet to solve its biggest human capital challenges. Yvonne Jones, director of strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management last week. She's tells In Depth with Francis Rose about government's progress on strategic human capital management over the last year.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:29pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force hopes small, non-traditional contractors can help it make upgrades to several of its key communications and IT systems. And it hopes to do it much more cheaply and quickly than through the traditional acquisition system. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the Air Force will base the new project on open architectures -- and kick off the new project within the next few days.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:40pm EDT

Peter Morrison, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research, Navy

Naval warfighters have new technology now to help it face a growing body of new threats. Peter Morrison and his team built the laser weapons system. It's faster to install and safer and cheaper to use than other missiles. The Navy says each laser costs less than a dollar a shot. Morrison, a program officer for the Navy Department's Office of Naval Research, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the laser is different than other weapons systems.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:30pm EDT

Richard Stiennon, Founder, IT Harvest

Technology may not be the roadblock to the biggest cyber problems your agency has. The trouble may be in the acquisition shop. Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT Harvest and author of "Surviving Cyberwar." His new book, "There Will Be Cyber War," will be out this summer. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why there is some good news in the cyber realm, but there's some bad news too.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:25pm EDT

Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Uncertainty in the federal IT market is making industry planning harder. Some of the uncertainty is unavoidable until Congress passes agency funding bills. But some is fixable right away, according to Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about potential fixes for some of the uncertainty.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:17pm EDT

Alex Major, Associate, Sheppard Mullin

Managing certain kinds of information will get easier for agencies. The National Archives and Records Administration issued a proposed rule that could have big implications for how contractors store and secure government information on systems contractors own. Alex Major, an associate in the government contracts, investigations and international trade practice for Sheppard Mullin, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a new era of cybersecurity regulations is coming fast.

Tags: Alex Major , Sheppard Mullin , NARA , contracting

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:13pm EDT

Brian Friel, Government Contracts Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration wraps up an industry day on their latest contracting opportunity. Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTs) is a human resources and training contract vehicle for all agencies. Requests for proposal will likely come from OPM and GSA by June 30. Brian Friel, a government contracts analyst with Bloomberg Government, is looking at HCaTs and the addition of two other contracts to BGOV's top 20 contracting opportunities. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:05pm EDT

GAO finds highs, lows in agencies' human capital management

Yvonne Jones, the Government Accountability Office's director of strategic issues, tells a Senate panel human capital management is critical to improving government's performance.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , GAO , human capital management , workforce , management , Senate , Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee , OPM , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 05:29pm EDT

Ram Murthy, CIO, Railroad Retirement Board

The Railroad Retirement Board needs help upgrading its legacy systems. The agency has 200 major applications systems, with about 7 million lines of COBOL. The RRB is asking for $12 million through fiscal 2017 to modernize all of its applications and get rid of its legacy systems. Ram Murthy, chief information officer for the Railroad Retirement Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the first phase of the project.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:05pm EDT
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