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Wednesday federal headlines - September 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, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services still has a number of security holes to plug, and NASA chooses vendors to build a vehicle headed to the International Space Station.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 08:04am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The IRS is stopping fraud and improper payments, but it's not doing it by gathering new or better data. Rather, the tax agency is using data as a strategy of change. Dean Silverman, senior advisor to the Commissioner for compliance analytics initiatives at the IRS, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the IRS is going beyond predictive analytics to improve its business outcomes.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is on a path to become unaffordable within the next 10 years. To fix that problem, its leaders say it needs a new strategy that's more predictable, more transparent and more realistic about the budgets it's likely to see in the future. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies at the General Services Administration looks a lot like GSA's Schedule 75 contract for office supplies. It actually looks so familiar, it might just be a rerun. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shed some light on the potential duplication issue with the OS3 contract, and sees some other contracts that could have the exact same duplication problem.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Rear Adm. Joe Vojvodich, Acquisition Programs Director, Coast Guard

The Coast Guard is almost finished unveiling eight new ships at a Navy shipyard in Mississippi. Besides being the most complex ships in service history, the Coast Guard almost had to scrap part of the program because of budget cuts. Rear Adm. Joe Vojvodich is the director of acquisition programs and program executive officer for the Coast Guard. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the Guard kept the program fully intact.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The House of Representatives might pass a continuing resolution today. The Senate could then vote on a CR as early as tomorrow. That means in just a few days your agency could have some budget certainty. At least until the end of December. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared what she sees from the CR process.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Your agency has six ways to guarantee good training and skill development for your employees, according to the Government Accountability Office. The Homeland Security Department is doing about half of those. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how DHS should beef up its training programs.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Greg Rinckey, Managing Partner, Tully Rinckey

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Navy Yard Shooting. Federal agencies are trying to reform the security clearance process to keep dangerous people out of your office. The Office of Personnel Management is has cancelled its contract with USIS, one of the companies responsible for doing background checks. Greg Rinckey is a managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said so far the security clearance reforms are just hollow achievements.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House might vote on a continuing resolution to keep your agency running through the end of the year as early as tomorrow. But issues like military action against the Islamic State and what to do about the Import-Export Bank could get in the way. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered his thoughts on the chances a CR gets a vote in the House.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

Readiness is the first casualty of sequestration, according to defense officials that testify to Congress about Pentagon budgets. Both uniformed and civilian leaders say budget cuts force all the branches of the military to sacrifice the training, equipment refreshes and other preparation they need to be ready to fight. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic Budgetary Assessments. He writes in a piece called Rethinking Readiness in Strategic Studies Quarterly that the Defense Department should think about readiness in a new way. He also shared his conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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