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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is shedding its reputation as an agency stuck in the 1980s when it comes to IT. SSA cobbled together a few leftover computers and took advantage of an open source platform to develop a new approach to conquering its big data problem. Ann Am-Rhein is SSA's deputy associate commissioner for the Office of Earning, Enumeration and Administrative systems. Ron Sikes is SSA's director of business intelligence and analytics. They tell Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why their new approach earned honors in the Igniting Innovation awards.

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Thursday - 02/05/2015, 05:08pm EST
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Steve Kelman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

President Barack Obama's FY 2016 budget request includes $15 million for cross agency goals. The administration wants to provide an infrastructure for hitting the goals to go with the personnel it's already committed. Steve Kelman is professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said using data to hit the goals is a great priority to have for the last two years of the Obama administration.

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Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Thursday federal headlines - February 5, 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, Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter finally gets to Capitol Hill for questioning by the Senate Armed Services Committee, funding for the Homeland Security Department remains held up in the Senate and IRS commissioner John Koskinen tells senators the proposed 2016 budget will help the agency restore service that's been curtailed under its current funding level.

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Thursday - 02/05/2015, 10:20am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Ashton Carter said there's more cost-cutting to do at the Defense Department. He promised to end cost overruns in weapons systems and create a leaner Pentagon if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Rear Adm. Mat Winter, Chief, Office of Naval Research

The Office of Naval Research has an update to its strategic plan and a new chief to help to put those priorities in place. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the new chief of Naval Research, has been on the job for about four weeks. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson spoke to the new ONR chief at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology expo. He tells her what ONR looks for when updating its strategic plan.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00pm EST
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Kidder: Carter should 'critically rethink' DoD workforce

Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter says ending sequestration is critical for the Pentagon's long-term success. But in his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee today, he said defense spending reform is just as large a priority for him. Katherine Kidder is research associate for the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered priorities for the next Defense Secretary's reform agenda.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:56pm EST
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Chenok: Agencies share 'common metrics' for cross-agency goals

The recent surge of cross-agency goals under the Obama Administration is leading to a new way to pay for them. The White House budget plan for 2016 asks Congress to let the Office of Management and Budget transfer money to help agencies with governmentwide goals. Dan Chenok is executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how ideas like these will ever come to pass if they're in a White House budget plan.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:58pm EST
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Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, CNAS

Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter called on Congress to figure out a way to move on from sequestration. In his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, he said failure to do that will have a dangerous impact on the future of the Defense Department. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he outlined a strategy for the next SecDef's tenure.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:54pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's 18F has more business than it can handle. The special software development team has agreements with about 17 agencies. That's bringing in a constant stream of work. That demand for development is driving a new blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for agile development services. It needs to offer alternative sources for agencies needing fast turnaround applications. Greg Godbout is the executive director of 18F. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tells executive editor Jason Miller about plans to get the BPA up and running in the coming year.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 10:03am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - February 4, 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 is at an impasse on funding for the Homeland Security Department, Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter promises to crack down on Pentagon mis-spending and cost overruns and the Army is preparing to destroy the country's largest remaining stockpiles of chemical-laden artillery shells.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 08:29am EST
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