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Wednesday federal headlines - November 26, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a leading candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary has reportedly taken herself out of the running, Congressional Republicans are considering a hybrid approach to avoiding a government shutdown and a new bill would allow the Veterans Affairs Department to recommend medical marijuana for some patients.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 07:54am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

New hope is coming from a program to modernize military helicopters. Defense Department leaders have long recognized that open systems architectures offer a lot of promise toward delivering weapons systems that stay within their budgets and adapt more quickly to emerging technologies. So far, the Pentagon has had a lot of trouble implementing those architectures. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains where the new hope is coming from.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:59pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Digital services teams will begin sprouting up across the government over the next year. The Office of Management and Budget plans to expand the number of teams of technology experts that will work on troubled or high-profile projects. Lisa Schlosser, acting federal chief information officer, and Mikey Dickerson, director of the U.S. Digital Services Office and deputy federal CIO, spoke to Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the evolution of digital services.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 05:01pm EST

Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

A major cyberattack on the nation's critical infrastructure will happen in the next 10 years, says Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency. He tells the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence the only way to handle the threat is to have a true partnership among the public sector, the private sector and academia. Chris Cummiskey is former acting undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He shared how to do that on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:56pm EST

Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Congressional leaders insist they can get an omnibus spending bill done to fund your agency for the rest of the fiscal year before the current continuing resolution runs out Dec. 11. But a cromnibus -- a combination omnibus and CR -- may be a lot more likely. That's the bad news. The good news is a bill like that might mean minimal impact on your pay and benefits. Katie Maddocks is governmental affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said a cromnibus, or even a plain old CR, isn't the worst that could happen.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:54pm EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A goal is in place to get your agency's workforce more engaged. And a plan to hit that goal is emerging, too. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose the beginning stage is a policy document that's not even final yet.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:47pm EST

Jim Taylor, Managing Director for Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton

A revamp is coming to give agencies more power to collect improper payments. Mark Reger of the Office of Federal Financial Management says his team will release an update to A-123. Jim Taylor is managing director for Grant Thornton's global public sector and former Chief Financial Officer at the Labor Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the power behind A-123, and what changes might mean.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:41pm EST

Tuesday federal headlines - November 25, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Veterans Affairs Department has fired the head of its Phoenix Health Care System, former Defense undersecretary Michele Flournoy is a top contender to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel and the U.S. and Turkey come to an agreement over opposition fighters in Syria.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 08:03am EST

Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Hagel says he'll stay in the position until the Senate confirms his replacement. That resignation starts the biggest insiders game in Washington -- the name game. Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO of the the Punaro Group and chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about what could happen next for the SecDef position.

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Monday - 11/24/2014, 05:02pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) says congressional appropriators are making steady progress on an omnibus bill to fund your agency next year. Or at least keep it running past Dec. 11, when the continuing resolution expires. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he gave a breakdown of the appropriators' progress.

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Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:19pm EST
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